Entry Level Position
Work for a cleaner, greener, healthier Arizona
If you are looking for the opportunity, training and experience to make a powerful and long-lasting impact on the policies that will shape Arizona’s environment, apply to be the Field Associate with Environment Arizona.
To apply, please send a resume and cover letter to Bret Fanshaw, Advocate with Environment Arizona, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You’ll work to protect Arizona’s parks and open spaces
Arizona’s state parks are some of the most spectacular in the country. From the Red Rocks in Sedona to the Lost Dutchman in the Superstition Mountains to the caves of Kartchner Caverns, Arizona's special places inspire a love of the natural world, offer a refuge for wildlife, and support local economies.
Unfortunately, budget cuts, privatization and recalcitrant politicians have put these beautiful places, and dozens of others like them, at risk. Nearly all of these our state parks were set to close down. Now, half are operating on short-term funding agreements that will soon run out.
Environment Arizona is working to keep our state parks open and public by asking our elected officials to protect park funding and work toward long-term, sustainable solutions. To make that happen, the Environment Arizona Field Associate will lead our efforts to demonstrate widespread support for state parks by working with small businesses, state park friends groups and like-minded organizations; generating media attention; educating and mobilizing average Arizonans through face-to-face conversations; and weighing in with the Arizona Legislature and the Administration of Governor Brewer.
Environment Arizona’s Field Associate will work to develop and run a field campaign to protect Arizona's state parks, and work to build field support on Environment Arizona's other critical campaigns, like helping Arizona go solar, and getting the state off oil.
You’ll work with one of the leading environmental groups in Arizona
Environment Arizona is a statewide, citizen-based environmental advocacy group. Our professional staff combines independent research, practical ideas and tough-minded advocacy to overcome the opposition of powerful special interests and win real results for Arizona's environment. Environment Arizona draws on 30 years of success in tackling top environmental problems. We have led efforts to bring renewable energy to Arizona, protect one million acres near the Grand Canyon from uranium mining, cut Arizona’s global warming pollution, improve the gas mileage of new cars and trucks and much more.
You’ll learn how to run winning campaigns for the environment
Environment Arizona is a part of the Environment America federation, a group of 29 state-based environmental advocacy nonprofits. Each year, Environment America hires passionate, talented and committed recent college graduates like you to join its two-year Fellowship Program, a program designed to give you the training you need, and put you in the right place at the right time, so you can roll up your sleeves and make a difference right away.
You’ll work with experienced advocates and organizers to make an immediate impact
If you’re hired to be the Environment Arizona Field Associate, you will be a member of the Environment America 2012-2014 Fellowship Program. This means that in addition to getting guidance and feedback from your staff director in Arizona, you’ll participate in classroom-style trainings throughout the year with other Environment America staff, including some of the nation’s top environmental advocates and organizers.
As a Fellow, you’ll learn how to plan, run, and win state and national campaigns. You’ll learn how to research and identify effective solutions to critical problems – like those facing Arizona’s landscape – and how to build and mobilize powerful constituencies to get behind your campaign. You’ll lobby lawmakers, publish opinion pieces in major newspapers and on key websites, set up and speak at news conferences, organize town hall meetings and rallies, and run citizen outreach campaigns to educate the public, build membership and raise money for our work. You’ll even recruit interns, activists, and future fellows to join Environment Arizona and Environment America in our work.In your second year a fellow, you’ll polish your skills and take on even more responsibility.
The Fellowship is only the beginning
You will develop relationships with lawmakers and community leaders throughout Arizona, earn media coverage for important issues, raise funds, build membership, recruit and manage staff and volunteers, and run grassroots campaigns to protect Arizona’s environment. Bottom line: you’ll make a real difference.
After just two years of hard work, you’ll have the skills and experience that will set you apart from most recent college graduates and you’ll be prepared to take on even more leadership at Environment Arizona, elsewhere in the Environment America federation, or in the larger environmental community.
Environment Arizona is seeking a recent college graduate who is ready to commit his or her time, skills and passion to grassroots political action on behalf of the environment. We look for smarts, academic excellence, creativity, top-notch written and verbal skills, and an eagerness to learn. We value leadership experience with campus and activist groups.
Salary and Benefits
As a recent graduate, you’ll earn $23,750 in your first year and $24,250 in your second year of the Fellowship. You’re eligible to opt into our group health plan. You accrue two weeks of paid vacation over the course of your first year, and an additional three weeks in your second year. You’re eligible to apply for college loan assistance after your third month, and to participate in our 401(k) plan at the end of your first year.
How to learn more and apply
Send a resume and cover letter to Bret Fanshaw, Advocate with Environment Arizona, at email@example.com. Bret is a 2009 graduate of UW-Madison and the Nelson Institute.
Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2012
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