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Climate Defender – Environment America

Posted on: January 6, 2020

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Job description


The Campaign

Iowa has suffered from the effects of climate change with flooding, rising humidity, habitat changes, and increased air pollution.

The good news is that Environment Iowa has been working to cut global warming pollution for decades and we’ve made progress from cleaner cars on the road to boosting solar and wind power. Unfortunately, crucial victories have come under attack from the Trump administration.

We won’t let that hold us back in Iowa or across the country. We’re drawing a line in the sand to stop the Trump administration from rolling back climate and clean air protections from the Clean Power Plan to clean cars.

If we are going to be successful in fundamentally changing the way that we power our country, we are going to need every elected official who believes in the science of climate change and who wants to see us take it on to be vocal in their support and call on other elected leaders to do the same. And we need them to make this stand as loudly as possible—to make it clear that supporting climate action is good policy and good politics.

The Job Description

Environment Iowa’s Climate Defender Organizers are responsible for recruiting, developing and mobilizing powerful teams of concerned Iowans to become climate volunteers in critical communities and on college campuses across the state.

As a Climate Defender Organizer, you will work with our existing network of members and activists, and expand volunteer teams in key political areas and on college campuses to ensure support from local decision-makers for climate action. Whether it’s educational events, rallies, or bringing Iowans to meet one-on-one with their elected officials, you and your volunteers will push decision-makers to lead on climate change.

You’ll coordinate regular meetings between local decision-makers and constituents; coordinate rapid response media to highlight climate impacts and hold public officials accountable; and help collect thousands of petitions and personal letters on climate change.

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


There will be a week-long training in Denver, CO at the beginning of the campaign. We will also hold periodic trainings on advanced skills for organizers.


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. Candidates must have excellent judgment and discretion and the ability to oversee significant projects.


Positions will be filled on a rolling basis. Organizers will start as early as Nov 1. The position requires a commitment through the end of June 2020. Organizers may have an opportunity to be placed on election projects with one of our partner groups at the end of the campaign.

Pay & Benefits

The target annual compensation for this position is $27,000 in the first year. Each of the groups that partner with Impact offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Iowa City, Ames, Cedar Falls

Things To Know When You Apply

Environment America and Environment Iowa are part of The Public Interest Network—a group of organizations that share a vision of a better country, a set of core values, and a coordinated strategic approach to getting things done. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

Environment America is an equal opportunity employer.



Environment America

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Employment type
Full Time

0+ years


Start date
February 10, 2020

Apply by January 2, 2020