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Environmental Grassroots Organizer

Clean Water Action
Oakland, California
$16.50 - $20/hr
Closing date
Oct 27, 2021

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Focus Areas
Civil Rights / Advocacy, Environment
Job Function
Advocacy / Lobbying
Position Type
Full Time
Degree Level
High School
Experience Level
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There is a growing outcry for change. But change often seems impossible when special interest groups have more influence over environmental policy than everyday people do. 

In order to make real progress on issues that we care about we need to build a grassroots people-powered movement. People-power is built when hundreds and thousands of folks come together and make their voices heard. And that’s the kind of work we do at Clean Water Action 

Clean Water Action is a non-profit environmental political advocacy group founded during the passage of the landmark Clean Water Act in 1972. 

Our mission is to protect our environment, health, and quality of life for all communities. Clean Water Action advocates for strong environmental policy on the local, state and national level through coalition building and grassroots pressure. For 50 years Clean Water Action has succeeded in winning some of the nation's most important environmental protections through grassroots organizing and political advocacy focused on holding elected officials accountable to the public. 

Clean Water Action is dedicated to being an anti racist organization. We believe that those most affected by environmental degradation should be at the forefront of the environmental movement to contribute to broader goals of justice for the most vulnerable among us.

In order to be an effective ally and partner in environmental justice work, we are working to create a culture that allows all people to thrive and grow within the organization. We know that a diverse staff will result in more varied, effective ideas and approaches to our campaign objectives, strategy, and tactics.

Candidates who possess a strong commitment to environmental, social, and political justice, a positive attitude, and a good sense of humor will be well suited for this role. Bilingual candidates are encouraged to apply.

Some of the other Issues we work on:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Climate Change
  • Renewable Energy
  • Water as a Public Trust
  • Toxics in Everyday Products
  • Lead in Drinking Water
  • Restoring Democracy
  • Oil and Gas pollution

Responsibilities of a Clean Water Action Grassroots Organizer

  • Promote political action on progressive issues to influence national, state, and local decision makers.
  • Communicate with and educate people about important issues that matter to them.
  • Recruit new and existing members and motivate them to take action on a specific campaign.
  • Raise and track funds to support our research, lobbying and educational campaigns.
  • Participate in daily briefings to learn more about the issues and strengthen your skills.


  • Must be located in the Bay Area.
  • Must have strong communication skills.
  • Must be committed to the cause of diversity, equity, justice and inclusion.
  • Must commit to a minimum of 3 months. Shifts are from 2:00 pm - 9:00 pm Monday through Friday. Must be available 3 shifts/week minimum.
  • Experience with canvassing, political organizing and successful negotiations are a big plus!
  • Bilingual, POC, LGBTIQ and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.


What's in it for you?

  • Starting rate of $16.50-$20/hr
  • Gain valuable experience in the non-profit sector.
  • Relaxed, fun and casual workplace culture.
  • Get to know your local neighborhoods
  • Paid Training.
  • Flexible Scheduling.
  • Paid Sick Leave
  • Enhanced benefits available for employees who work 21+ hours/week.
  • While on staff, you will gain knowledge of pressing concerns facing our country, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.
  • Room for growth and leadership development for candidates who possess a desire for non-profit career development. 
  • Experience being a part of grassroots people-powered change, this is the future of the environmental movement!
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