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Climate Defender-Immediate Start

Posted on: March 10, 2017

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Job description

From droughts and wildfires in the west to heat waves and Superstorms like Sandy in the east, extreme weather fueled by global warming is happening now and it’s hitting us at home. 2016 is on track to be the hottest year on record, and in Pennsylvania, nearly 9 out of 10 people live in areas that were listed as federal disaster zones due to extreme weather between 2007 and 2013.

We know what we need to do: we need to get to net zero climate pollution by 2050 by stop burning fossil fuels and moving to 100% renewable energy.

The Job Description
PennEnvironment’s 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 of more than 350 team members and activist, will build volunteer teams in key political areas to ensure support from local decision-makers for climate action. You and your volunteers will organize rallies and forums to push decision-makers to lead on climate change; coordinate regular meetings between local decision-makers and constituents; coordinate rapid response media to highlight climate impacts and hold officials accountable; and help collect thousands of petitions and personal letters on climate change. You’ll achieve all this and more by developing volunteer 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 Pennsylvania’s environment for years to come.

We’re asking candidates to make a 2 year commitment to the campaign. The position begins in November.

Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Philadelphia suburbs

There will be a week-long training near the beginning of the campaign. We will also hold periodic trainings on advanced skills for organizers.
The target annual compensation for this position is $25,500 in the first year. PennEnvironment offers a competitive benefits package. 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.

How to Apply
Apply online at Positions will be filled on a rolling basis.

Things to know when you apply
Environment America 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.


Pittsburgh, PA
Philadelphia, PA



Job category

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years


Start date
November 30, 2017

Apply by November 30, 2017