Position Summary:

Are you inspired to learn about environmental advocacy, climate justice and community organizing? Does the idea of training community activists to speak out on issues in Olympia excite you? Come join our Field Team!

We are seeking up to four interns to provide support to our field team during the 2019 Legislative Session. We will support the Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC), working to pass policies on climate and clean energy, oil spill prevention and orca protection. This is a paid, part-time, hands-on, fast-paced internship that will involve critical thinking, office work, and will focus on increasing our grassroots lobbying presence through innovative outreach & engagement opportunities. These interns will also be responsible for helping plan and coordinate volunteer phone banks, turnout to town halls and Environmental Lobby Day in Olympia. These internships are a great opportunity for someone who is invested in protecting and restoring Washington’s environment and excited to gain experience in community organizing, environmental advocacy, the legislative process and building grassroots power for the environment.

Someone who is excited about meeting with and talking to a lot of new people will find this work extremely rewarding. Interns will have weekly staff supervision meetings, training, professional development and networking opportunities.


Washington Environmental Council drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For almost 50 years, we have been at the forefront of environmental protection in the state, securing laws and policies that safeguard the health of our families and our environment.

Washington Conservation Voters is the statewide political voice for the environment. We work to elect environmentally responsible candidates to state and local offices. Working with allies in the community, we advocate for strong environmental policies and hold our elected officials accountable during the legislative session. Through our political work, we are strengthening laws that safeguard the health of our communities, the beauty of our state and our economic future.

Our office is in a LEED-certified building in downtown Seattle with views of Elliott Bay, and we offer internship stipends, a transit pass, professional development and networking opportunities and the chance to make a difference in Washington state. We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment and youth, people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are especially encouraged to apply. We seek to apply a social and racial justice lens to all of our work.

Internship Hours/Timeframe/Stipend: 

The Community Outreach and Legislative Intern will serve 15 hours per week from January 7 –April 13 (14 weeks with a one week off).  Schedule will vary weekly based on our field opportunities. Schedule is flexible, but interns should expect to work one evening per week and up to two weekend shifts per month. This internship can count as course credit if approved by your institution. An $850 stipend and transit pass is provided.


  • Planning and coordinating recruitment, mobilization and turnout of 400+ Washingtonians to the Environmental Priorities Coalition Lobby Day on Tuesday, January 29, 2019. (Attendance not required, but highly recommended)
  • Tracking and updating the website on town halls and committee hearings
  • Recruit, train and mobilize activists to lobby their elected officials  through phone banks, legislative hearings and town halls
  • Build power for the environmental movement by supporting the four Environmental Priorities, fighting bad bills, and protecting existing policies and laws that keep Washington's environment and people healthy
  • Tabling and representing WEC, WCV and the EPC at community outreach events
  • Maintaining and organizing databases
  • In person attendance at legislative and outreach events
  • Other tasks as needed



Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills by phone and in person
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Comfort with Microsoft office applications, web searches, email and computers
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Enjoys talking on the phone, can shrug off cold responses easily while maintaining a professional and considerate demeanor
  • Positive attitude and has fun while working efficiently
  • Discretion and integrity to work with and maintain confidentiality of sensitive personal information

Desirable Skills

  • Bilingual abilities
  • Knowledge of Washington state environmental policy and politics
  • Experience in a multiracial setting

How to apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and your typical availability here:  http://bit.ly/wecwcvintern  We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and will begin scheduling phone interviews onDecember 17th, 2018.

WEC and WCV are an equal opportunity employer committed to dismantling structural racism and creating a welcoming work environment. WEC and WCV do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, creed, gender, religion, marital status, veteran’s status, national origin, disability, or sexual orientation. People of color, people with disabilities, and people of all gender identities are encouraged to apply.