We’re the country’s most respected training program for environmental organizers.
Are you determined to make the biggest positive impact you can on issues like climate change and clean water, but you don’t know where to start? Green Corps offers a yearlong, paid training program that will prepare you for a career in environmental organizing and the broader social change movement. Here’s how it works:
LEARN SKILLS FROM ENVIRONMENTAL LEADERS
To make an impact, you need training. We provide top-notch, unparalleled training in the skills of organizing and advocacy to help you launch a lifetime career of impact.
Our staff and trainers present overviews on the biggest issues facing our environment, as well as more specific trainings on proven organizing tactics. Topics include volunteer recruitment, campaign planning, public speaking and much more. You’ll learn how to run campaigns that inspire the public and build organizations and political support needed to save our planet.
HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE ON REAL CAMPAIGNS
Green Corps packs extensive experience into one short year, with organizers working in three, four or even five different cities throughout the Green Corps year on a variety of issues with multiple partner groups.
You work on the most pressing environmental issues of the day — from saving our last wild places, to protecting our oceans, to reducing climate change pollution.
Last year, for example, a team of organizers worked on a campaign with the Solar Rights Alliance to protect rooftop solar in California, helping to turn out over 2,000 people to campaign events and build a coalition of over 600 organizations and businesses in support of the campaign.
LAUNCH YOUR ORGANIZING CAREER
After our training program, we connect graduates with organizing jobs in the environmental and social change movements. Many of these groups need trained organizers to run their campaigns, and most Green Corps graduates are able to find professional positions immediately.
Over the last 30 years, our more than 400 alumni have been infusing the environmental movement with the visionary ideas and the organizing know-how to make a significant impact on some of our planet’s most pressing environmental issues.
SUPPORT FUTURE ORGANIZERS
In order to ensure the Green Corps has both the resources it needs to run our training program and the organizers to participate, each year's class will participate in fundraising and recruitment efforts.
Organizers participate in fundraising efforts throughout the year to raise critical support to train the next year’s Green Corps class. You’ll do this through tactics like sending letters to your friends and family, hosting fundraising events and phone fundraising, all of which are critical fundraising skills as well as an important way to pay it forward and support the Green Corps organizers who will follow in your footsteps.
In addition to raising funds to support the next year’s Green Corps class, organizers also help recruit the next year's class of Green Corps organizers by going to college campuses and recruiting seniors to apply.
THE GREEN CORPS PROGRAM YEAR CALENDAR
The two components of the year are 1. Training: Green Corps organizers attend eight weeks of classroom training to learn the theory and skills of environmental organizing, 2. Campaigns: Green Corps organizers run three to five campaigns throughout the year to put their skills to work on pressing environmental issues.
Here is an example of a year in the life of a Green Corps organizer.
LOCATION AND COMPENSATION
The target annual compensation for this position is $31,500 (but compensation may range between $31,500 and $39,000 depending on location). Green Corps' benefits package includes medical insurance for employees and dependents, needs-based student loan assistance, commuter benefit program, sick pay (60-72 hours/year depending on location), and 80 hours (2 weeks) of accrued vacation. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
Green Corps organizers go where the environment needs them and wherever they can make the biggest impact. They could work on campaigns almost anywhere in the country, and while location preferences are considered for placements, we require all organizers to be geographically flexible.
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THINGS TO KNOW WHEN YOU APPLY
Green Corps is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Click here for things you should know about our network when you apply.
Green Corps is an equal opportunity employer.
Green Corps will consider for employment qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring.
COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.