The Field School for Environmental Organizing
Posted on: January 19, 2018
We’re the Field School for Environmental Organizing
Are you determined to make the biggest positive impact you can on issues like climate change and clean water, but you don’t know where to start? Green Corps offers a year-long paid training program that will prepare you for a career in environmental organizing. Here’s how it works:
Learn Skills from Environmental Leaders
You’ll participate in eight weeks of intensive classroom training conducted by environmental organizers and leaders from a wide range of organizations and campaigns, such as Bill McKibben of 350.org and Jane Kleeb of Bold Nebraska.
Our staff and trainers present overviews on the biggest issues facing our environment, as well as more specific trainings on proven organizing tactics, including volunteer recruitment, campaign planning, public speaking and much more. You’ll learn how to build organizations and run campaigns that inspire the public and political support needed to save our planet.
Hands-On Experience on Real Campaigns
The bulk of your training will come through hands-on experience working on behalf of organizations such as The Wilderness Society and Al Gore’s Climate Reality Project. You will use the skills you learn in your classroom training to work on some of the most pressing issues of the day.
Over the course of the year, you’ll lead three to five different campaigns in communities across the country. By working with several different campaign partners, you’ll gain experience tackling a diversity of issues and working in a variety of communities.
For example, last year four organizers worked on behalf of The Wilderness Society to defend bedrock conservation laws from being repealed, developing more than 40 volunteer leaders to continue the campaigns going forward. Another Green Corps team worked with Bold Alliance ( a multi-state expansion of Bold Nebraska) to oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline, mobilizing 200 Iowans from across the state to rally against the pipeline.
Launch Your Organizing Career
After completing the training program, you will be connected to groups looking to hire full-time staff. Our alumni are at work today on everything from overseeing program work for Sierra Club, to promoting rainforest protection on a global scale, to protecting local places from Lake Tahoe to Appalachian forests. Due to Green Corps’ rigorous training program and the great need for trained organizers in many social change organizations, Green Corps organizers are often able to find professional positions immediately after completing the program.
Location and Compensation
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,500. Green Corps also offers a competitive benefits package and opportunities for advancement.
Green Corps organizers go where the fight is and wherever they can make the biggest impact. They could work on campaigns almost anywhere in the country and while location preferences are considered for placements, we require all organizers to be geographically flexible.
Green Corps 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 getting things done. Visit publicinterestnetwork.org to learn more.
Green Corps is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.