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Virginia Climate Defender

Posted on: September 22, 2016

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Job description

Now hiring IMPACT Climate Defender Organizers!

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Positions will be filled on a rolling basis as applications are received.

The Campaign
From droughts and wildfires in the west to heat waves and more frequent and severe hurricanes in the east, extreme weather fueled by global warming is happening now and it’s hitting us at home.

We know what we need to do: dramatically reduce the carbon emissions that are created when we burn fossil fuels, both by using less energy and by ensuring that all of the energy we do use comes from clean renewable sources like solar and wind.

The good news is that there’s enormous momentum for action, and we’re on the verge of the biggest step our country has ever taken to tackle climate change. The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized standards dramatically cutting carbon pollution from power plants. This unprecedented step forward is facing enormous opposition from the fossil fuel industry and their allies in D.C. and Richmond.

The next few months will help determine the success of the Clean Power Plan, and whether Virginia and the nation will be on the path to a clean energy future. Environment Virginia is expanding our efforts to mobilize and engage tens of thousands of Virginians for climate action and build the movement to tackle climate change. The stakes could not be higher, the opportunity has never been more clear, and victory will signal a historic step forward in the fight against climate change.

The Job Description

Environment Virginia Climate Defender Organizers are responsible for recruiting, developing and mobilizing powerful teams of climate volunteers in critical communities across the state.

As a Climate Defender Organizer, you will work with our existing network to recruit dozens of volunteers and build volunteer teams in key political areas to ensure support from local decision-makers for climate action. You and your volunteers will organize rallies, run phone banks to generate thousands of calls, coordinate rapid response media, collect thousands of petitions and personal letters on climate change, attend lobby meetings with volunteers, run skills trainings for citizens and more. Along the way you will train dozens of volunteers to take on more leadership, organize creative events including forums and town halls, present to dozens of community groups and build political power to ensure real progress on climate change.

By the end of the campaign, you will will have built volunteer teams in key areas that can continue the fight for Virgina’s environment for years to come.


Richmond, VA and Northern Virginia


There will be a week-long training near the beginning of the campaign. We will also hold periodic trainings on advanced skills for organizers.


Entry-level organizers will be paid based on an annual compensation rate of $25,500. Pay for experienced staff is commensurate with relevant experience, where we value experience with political campaigns, environmental organizations, and managing volunteers or paid staff. All staff will receive paid sick days. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


We’re seeking applicants who are ready to commit their time, talent and passion to advocating, organizing and recruiting new leaders to protect the environment. We look for smarts, organizing experience and an eagerness to learn. We value leadership experience of all kinds, especially organizing, grassroots outreach and building campus groups. College graduates, graduating seniors, and rising seniors are invited to apply.

IMPACT is part of The Public Interest Network — a group of organizations that share a vision of a better future, a set of core values, and a strategic approach to making positive change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Our Climate Defender Organizers will have the opportunity to apply for a career position with Impact–the federation of state groups of which we’re a part–at the end of the campaign.

How to Apply

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Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.




Richmond, VA
Alexandria, VA



Job category
Issue Organizing

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years


Start date
November 21, 2016

Apply by August 31, 2017