The Chesapeake Climate Action Network seeks a paid Campaign Fellow to assist the Maryland Director with research, policy development, and outreach.
About the Position
The Maryland Campaign Fellowship is a terrific opportunity to build your organizing and power building skills. The ideal candidate will see opportunities to build relationships, inspire mobilization, and urge faster and more equitable change to address the climate crisis. They are energized by empowering others and are looking to put their creativity to work. The position is paid and will be supervised by the Maryland Director.
The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is a mission driven non-profit dedicated to making a better world by addressing the climate crisis and systemic inequities in Maryland, Virginia, and DC. For 20 years we have run winning campaigns that have transformed our region. We have banned fracking in Maryland, passed the strongest clean energy legislation in the American South, created the first in the nation Building Energy Performance Standards in DC, and helped pass the national Inflation Reduction Act. Every year, our work brings us closer to the day when our needs are met without fossil fuels poisoning people or the planet in the process.
Right now in Maryland, we are working on bold campaigns to help our state meet our ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals of 60% by 2031 and 100% by 2045. For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Maryland, using every tool inside and outside of the box – from organizing to lobbying to bringing lawsuits.We are working to build more offshore wind, to electrify everything, shut down fossil fuels, and more.
What You Will Do
The primary responsibilities of the position include but are not limited to:
- Climate Change Issue Education
- Research aspects of climate and energy policy to better inform advocacy
- Speak at public forums or college campuses on climate issues, including upcoming policy priorities and fossil fuel infrastructure fights
- Attend/assist in organizing key campaign mobilizations, such as rallies, hearings or other events
- Content Creation & Written Advocacy Work
- Author Letters to the Editor regarding climate issues and priority campaigns to raise community awareness and promote action.
- Contribute to CCAN’s blog and social media platforms to encourage an engaged and active Maryland supporter base.
- Produce science-focused, accessible presentations on Maryland climate issues that can be used in public presentations and digital organizing.
- Grassroots Community-Building
- Participate in community canvassing, including in-person canvassing (when allowable), phonebanking, texting, and virtual events such as online town halls.
- Gather comments from frontline communities.
- Strengthen grassroots efforts in Maryland to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized communities that are under threat from fossil fuel expansion and the threats of climate change
Qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities:
- Passion to learn more about climate policy; familiarity with climate issues is a plus.
- Commitment to environmental justice and amplifying the voices of those being victimized by extreme extraction and the effects of climate change including Indigenous Americans, Black and Latino communities, low and moderate income communities, rural communities, and struggling farm families.
- Strong dedication to justice, equity, and inclusion
- Ability to work with social media and digital tools to convey complex ideas in accessible ways
- Ability to work independently while working effectively with a team and seeking feedback and support when needed.
- Strong time management skills.
- Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
- Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results
This position is based in CCAN’s Takoma Park office. Our staff works on a hybrid schedule, working in the office two days per week and from home three days. There will be occasional opportunities to work throughout the state. Mileage reimbursement is available for all CCAN-required travel except travel to and from the office (commute). The Maryland Fellow reports to the Maryland Director.
Compensation is $16.10 per hour for 20 hours per week during the summer over a period of 12 weeks. Exact schedule will be determined based on the intern’s availability.
How to Apply
Please fill out the Google form application linked here to apply. We will continue reviewing applications until the position is filled but preference for interviews will be given to candidates who apply before April 5th 2023. You will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume and writing sample. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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