Climate Campaigner (Remote)

  • Friends of the Earth
  • Remote (Washington, D.C., USA)
  • Jan 12, 2021
Remote Office - Work from Home Advocacy and Policy Climate Change/ Resiliency Communication - Public Outreach Energy Renewable Energy Research

Job Description

The Climate and Energy Program is focused on laying the groundwork for ambitious federal climate policy driven by science, justice, and climate equity. We build political power for climate action from the ground up and promote new models of renewable energy production that support energy democracy. Our intersectional program of work seeks to advance economic and racial justice, and includes campaigns at the national level as well as in North Carolina and Memphis, Tennessee. Our approach is rooted in a position of solidarity domestically and internationally.

Our climate and energy work strives to: (1)  ground our advocacy in the need for a rapid managed decline of the supply of fossil fuels to hold global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius; (2) center environmental justice, climate equity, and human and civil rights and protections of Black, Brown, Indigenous, low-wealth, immigrant, and other marginalized communities; and (3) support  the right to dignified livelihoods for workers and their families, including a fossil fuel-free Just Transition for workers and communities currently dependent on the fossil fuel economy.


Position Summary

The urgency of the climate crisis demands a wholesale reorganization of our economy along the principles of equity and justice. But that urgency cannot become an excuse to funnel public resources to dubious corporate schemes that threaten communities and the environment. The Climate Campaigner will help to design and implement strategic campaigns at the federal level to oppose subsidies and other forms of government support for false solutions to the climate crisis, amplify voices of affected communities, and increase local and democratic control of our energy system. False solutions include biomass, biogas, carbon trading, nuclear energy, carbon capture and sequestration, and geoengineering.

Essential Functions

  • Support the development and implementation of strategic campaign plans to stop federal public subsidies for false climate solutions, such as biomass, biogas, nuclear, carbon capture and sequestration, and geoengineering.
  • Conduct research and analysis to develop reports and articles, factsheets, and other campaign materials to educate decision makers, allies, opinion leaders, the press, and the public.
  • Effectively communicate and engage with the staff of Members of Congress and federal agencies and departments.
  • Participate in and play a large role within coalitions.
  • Assist project-affected communities to amplify their voices.
  • Represent Friends of the Earth before policymakers, in media interviews, and at public events to support campaign objectives.
  • Assist the Climate and Energy Program Manager to support fundraising responsibilities as needed.

Required Qualifications

  • Three to five years of work experience with a minimum of three years of demonstrated success in campaigning or policy advocacy in progressive policy settings or equivalent experience and bachelor’s degree.
  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice and/or the environment.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of legislative and executive branch processes.
  • Excellent written communication skills and comfort with presenting material to a wide range of audiences, including the public, the press, businesses, and government officials.
  • Ability to balance multiple priorities and effectively complete a wide range of campaign activities, including policy analysis, advocacy, organizing, public speaking, research, and communications.

Preferred Qualification

  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well within coalitions.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage multiple projects and tasks at once in a self-directed manner.
  • Collaboratively engage as part of a fast-moving and results-oriented team, work in coordination with a diverse group of coalition partners from different backgrounds, and work effectively in a changing environment.
  • Excellent time management, professional initiative, prioritization, and networking skills, demonstrated initiative, and flexibility. 

Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.

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