Central Washington State
  • Internship

Position Summary

Want to be part of a team of passionate and resourceful organizers who are building power to tackle our state’s biggest environmental issues? Does the idea of working for clean air, clean water, and equitable environmental protection for folks in the Tri-Cities region excite you? Come join our team!

Washington Conservation Voters (WCV) and Washington Environmental Council (WEC) are seeking A talented individual who wants to gain experience in environmental advocacy. Our Community Engagement & Legislative Intern will work on a team with our Field Organizers and two additional interns during the WA Legislative Session and beyond. Interns will support the Environmental Priorities Coalition (EPC), working to pass policies on salmon and clean water, climate, environmental justice, and more. This is a paid, part-time internship that will involve increasing our grassroots presence through outreach and engagement opportunities. Interns will also be responsible for helping plan and coordinate virtual phone banks, lobby days, and events. These internships are a great opportunity for someone who is invested in protecting Washington’s environment and excited to gain experience in field organizing, environmental advocacy, the legislative process, and building grassroots power for the environment. If you are excited about meeting (virtually) and talking to a lot of new people, you will find this work extremely rewarding.

We are looking for interns based in Central Washington, in particular the Tri-Cities. However, given the current pandemic, this internship will be predominantly online/remote. This internship will start the week of January 24th and run through June 24th (with one week off at your discretion). 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 activists.

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.

We are committed to a diverse, socially just, and welcoming work environment. Young people, people of color, people with varying abilities, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are 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 & Advocacy Intern will work 15 hours per week starting the week of January 24th through June 24th, 2022. There will be one week off for spring break. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, our office is currently closed until February 2022 and interns will work remotely, with possible in person meetings or events as scheduled with your supervisor. Interns will join 3-5 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 $2200 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.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Build power for the environmental movement by supporting our legislative work, including the Environmental Priorities Coalition and WCV’s Evergreen Future campaign
  • Recruit, train, and mobilize activists to lobby their elected officials through phone banks, legislative hearings, lobby days, and town halls (anticipating these will all be virtual)
  • Spend at least 2 hours per week on the phone recruiting volunteers and/or calling constituents to contact their legislators
  • Represent WEC & WCV at events (in-person events will be evaluated as public health information during the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, our first priority is safety)
  • Organizing and supporting event planning for Earth Day, Orca Month (June), and other events
  • Recruit and engage activists to take action in support of endorsed candidate campaigns for 2022 state legislative elections
  • 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 and Required Skills

Previous organizing experience is not required. Candidates should have:

  • Based in Central Washington, in particular the Tri-Cities
  • Bilingual English & Spanish
  • 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 make it to remote meetings in a timely manner
  • Enjoys talking with others, 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 environmental justice, voting rights, politics, or social change

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of Washington state environmental policy and politics

To Apply

Please submit a cover letter, resume and your typical availability here. Please submit applications by January 13th.

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.