Want to be part of a team of passionate and resourceful organizers who are building power to resist attacks on the environment? Does the idea of working for clean air, clean water, and equitable environmental protection for all Washingtonians excite you? Come join our team! 

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) and Washington Environmental Council (WEC) are seeking a talented individual who wants 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. They will also support WEC’s issue programs with project management, advocacy, and mobilization opportunities. We are looking for interns based in East King, Whatcom, Island, and Pierce counties. However, given the current pandemic, this internship will be largely online/remote and thus anyone based in WA is encouraged to apply. This internship will start between July 13th and July 27th and run through December 11th, 2020 (with the week of Thanksgiving 11/23 off). This is a great position for someone who is interested in building their skills around environmental activism and advocacy, state and local political races, and honing their outreach skills.

This is a hands-on, fast-paced paid internship that will involve up to two days a week of online campaign work through the general election on November 3rd, 2020. 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 a lot of new people will find this work extremely rewarding. Interns will have weekly staff supervision meetings, trainings, professional development, and networking opportunities. Interns will receive grounding in racial justice principles and gain skills to successfully organize.

Washington Environmental Council drives positive change to solve our state’s most pressing environmental challenges. For over 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.

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 Engagement & Campaign Intern will work 15 hours per week from of July 27th and run through December 11th, 2020. The week of Thanksgiving (11/23-11/27) will be off. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is currently closed and interns will work remotely. Interns will join 1-3 meetings per week via phone or video, including a weekly check in with their supervisor. Interns should be available for occasional weekend and evening shifts. Schedule is flexible and will vary weekly based on our field opportunities. This internship can count as course credit if approved by your institution. A $1235 stipend and ORCA transit pass will be provided.

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and your typical availability here.

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We will be accepting applications on a rolling basis and will begin scheduling phone/video interviews on July 6th.

 WEC and WCV are equal opportunity employers 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.

Responsibilities

  • Recruit, train and mobilize activists to take action with endorsed candidate campaigns through direct voter contact such as phone-banking and canvassing
  • Spend at least 2 hours per week on the phone recruiting volunteers for phone-banks and events leading up to the general election
  • Represent WEC & WCV at events (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
  • 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

Previous election work is not required. Candidates should have:

  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well individually and as part of a team
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office applications, web searches, and email
  • Ability to multitask and meet deadlines
  • Enjoys talking on the phone and in person, 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
  • A passion for civic engagement, voting rights, politics, or social change

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Washington state environmental policy and politics
  • Interest in protecting the local environment and environmental justice