Great Opportunity for Students: Apply to the Climate Action Club

By USDA

Calling all students who are passionate about sustainability and eager to engage in outreach opportunities! SustainUs, a
sustainable development organization, is looking for ambitious young people to apply for a new advocacy fellowship called Climate Action Lab. See their notice below for details:

SustainUS[sustainus.org] is recruiting Spring and Summer Fellows for a new national initiative, Climate Action Lab[sustainus.org]. The idea is simple: get a bunch of smart climate activists together and let them take it from there. You’ll live in a house with other activists, campaign for strong EPA carbon standards, and help to grow the Climate Action Lab into a sustainable program. SustainUS is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive team, and welcomes applicants from all backgrounds and experiences.

What We Offer

- A chance to slash US emissions and build the political will needed for global climate action

– An intensive, fast-paced environment to build skills and learn campaign development

- Housing and meals in a shared group house with other Fellows; modest travel and living stipends

– A safe and intentional space to live, work, and build an inclusive community

Tasks & Responsibilities

- Collaboratively design and run a campaign, including fieldwork, media, lobbying, and direct actions

- Facilitate a stronger, inclusive climate movement through outreach and coalition-building

- Manage data and campaign analytics to drive the initiative’s development

- Analyze and research policy options regarding the Clean Air Act 111(d) carbon regulations

- Develop the Climate Action Lab program for further iterations (programming, recruitment, fundraising)

Qualifications

No specific education or work experience requirements.

- Commitment to social and environmental justice, and anti-oppressive principles

- Ability to work closely on collaborative teams

- Interest in cooperative living

- Ability to handle stressful situations and deal with conflict appropriately and constructively

- Flexibility to adjust to changing work schedule, responsibilities, and conditions

Desired Skills & Experience

We’re looking for candidates with at least one of the following skills.

- Community or campus organizing and/or leadership

- Organizing creative and effective direct actions

- Political or issue advocacy campaigning, including field work and volunteer management

- Communications: storytelling and/or traditional (“earned”) and social media

– Graphic design and video editing

- Campaign metrics and analytics; campaign platforms such as VAN, Salsa, or NationBuilder

- Entrepreneurial ventures, social startups, and innovative thinking

- Fundraising and grant writing

- Knowledge of regulatory processes, particularly in environmental rulemaking

– Other skills not listed here

Program Info

Spring Dates: Mar. 3 – May 25, 2014 (45 hrs/week; potential for a three-month extension)

Spring Location: Washington, DC

Summer Dates and Locations: TBD (expected to be announced by late February)

How to Apply

Applicants for the Spring Fellowship should fill out the Spring Fellow Application[docs.google.com]. Strong candidates will be contacted for an interview. Applicants interested in the summer fellowship, which will run from early June to mid-August and will have multiple locations around the country, should fill out our Summer Interest Form[docs.google.com].

Please contact us at ClimateActionLab@SustainUS.org with any questions. Applications for the Spring Fellowship are due Feb. 7, 2014 at 11:59 PM EST. Selected applicants will be notified by Feb. 17.

photo by USDA, image was altered http://www.flickr.com/photos/usdagov/12221665853/

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