Position Summary:

Want to be part of a team of passionate and resourceful organizers who are building power to resist attacks on the environment? Do you want to help elect environmental champions and Black, Indigenous, and people of color to local and state offices? Come join our team!

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) and Washington Environmental Council (WEC) are seeking three individuals who are passionate about environmental justice and want to make a difference in local communities      Our Community Engagement & Campaign Interns will work as a team with our Field Organizers on targeted voter contact and volunteer recruitment. Interns will engage in WCV’s efforts to elect environmental champions to office and advance the Evergreen Future campaign. They will also support WEC’s issue programs such as the Lower Snake River Dams removal, with project management, advocacy, and mobilization opportunities. This internship will be largely online/remote, with a few in-person events, including canvassing, in key geographies during election season.  Applicants must be based in WA and we encourage people in the following counties to apply: Whatcom, Kitsap, Benton, Franklin, Clark, and Pierce.

This internship will largely involve supporting campaign work through the general election on November 2nd. The work will then shift to cleaning up and distilling information in our databases and advocacy work. Someone who is excited about meeting with and talking to new people will find this work extremely rewarding. Interns will have weekly staff supervision meetings in addition to      training, professional development, and networking opportunities. Interns will receive grounding in racial justice principles, develop their understanding of the intersection between the environment and social justice, and gain skills to successfully organize. This internship is open to undergraduate students and recent graduates; however a degree is not required to apply.

 

About Our Organizations:

Washington Environmental Council (WEC) is a nonprofit, statewide advocacy organization. For over 50 years, WEC has brought people together to solve Washington’s most critical environmental issues. WEC builds power for the environmental movement by building partnerships, mobilizing the public, connecting voters to decision makers, and taking legal action. Our mission is to protect, restore, and sustain Washington’s environment for all.

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) ensures Washington’s decision makers keep our environment protected, healthy, and vibrant. Over the last 35 years, we have elected environmental champions, held our elected leaders to the highest standard, and built statewide momentum for environmental campaigns through innovative voter outreach efforts and community organizing.  WCV is committed to making sure all people in Washington state have a healthy environment and a strong, sustainable economy.

We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment. Young people, Black, Indigenous, and people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. We seek to apply tribal sovereignty and a social and racial justice lens to all of our work.

 

Internship Hours/Timeframe/Stipend: 

The Community Engagement & Campaign Intern will work 10-15 hours per week from July 18 through December 9th, 2022. The week of Thanksgiving (11/22-11/26) will be off, plus another week of your choosing. This internship will be largely online/remote, with a few in-person events, including canvassing, in key geographies during election season.   Interns will join one to three virtual meetings per week, including a weekly check in with their supervisor. Interns should be available for occasional evening shifts and infrequent weekend shifts. Schedule is flexible and will vary weekly based on our field opportunities. This internship can count as course credit if approved by your academic institution.

A $2,200 stipend will be provided. We offer a $100 wellness benefit and reimbursement for any work related travel will be provided. We will also provide work-from-home technology such as a laptop, headset, etc. if needed.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Recruit, train and mobilize activists to take action with endorsed candidate campaigns through direct voter contact such as phone-banking, text-banking and canvassing (in-person events will be evaluated as public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic evolves)
  • Spend up to 2 hours per week on the phone recruiting volunteers for direct voter contact events (text and phone banks and canvassing) leading up to the primary and general election
  • Represent WEC & WCV at events, like tabling at community events or candidate forums (in-person events will be evaluated as public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic evolves)
  • Conduct civic engagement activities, including Get Out the Vote phone calls and digital canvassing
  • Engage volunteers from existing member lists and implement innovative outreach techniques to grow our activist base
  • Help with the volunteer onboarding process for the Evergreen Future campaign, help with planning and leading of Evergreen Future webinars and events
  • Maintain and organize data in various databases including Salesforce and the Voter Activation Network
  • Other tasks to support WEC and WCV’s field activities

Qualifications

Qualifications

Previous election work is not required. Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills in person, by phone and over video conference
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office applications, web searches, documents and email
  • Ability to multitask, meet deadlines, and join remote meetings in a timely manner
  • Enjoys talking with others, can shrug off cold responses while maintaining a professional and considerate demeanor
  • Discretion and integrity to work with and maintain confidentiality of sensitive personal information
  • Interest in protecting the local environment and understanding of environmental justice, tribal sovereignty, and racial justice
  • A passion for civic engagement, voting rights, politics, and social change

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Washington state environmental policy and politics

How to apply

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and your typical availability here: https://www.tfaforms.com/4993287 Please submit applications by July 5th. We will begin scheduling phone/video interviews on July 9th.

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.