Part One: Classroom Training
Green Corps trainees participate in eight weeks of intensive classroom training conducted by representatives from a wide range of organizations and campaigns. Past trainers include Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org; Phil Radford, former executive director of Greenpeace; Margie Alt, executive director of Environment America; and other respected leaders who have contributed to the growth and victories of major environmental organizations over the past three decades.
Through instruction and practice, our staff and trainers present overviews on the biggest issues facing our environment and case studies on defining campaigns. Our trainers will also teach a variety of valuable skills, such as volunteer recruitment, campaign planning, public speaking, fundraising and much more.
Part Two: Field Training on Real Campaigns
Green Corps organizers receive the bulk of their training through hands-on experience working on behalf of organizations such as the Wilderness Society and the Climate Reality Project. Organizers will use the skills they learn in their classroom training to work on some of the most pressing issues of the day. Their responsibilities will include recruiting, training and supervising volunteers, planning and running visibility events, securing media coverage, and building strong coalitions.
Over the course of the year, Green Corps organizers lead three to five different campaigns in communities across the country. By working with several different campaign partners, organizers experience a diversity of issues, tactics and organizations. Green Corps organizers travel to different cities for campaigns, allowing them to work in different communities and constituencies.
For example, a team of organizers last year helped run a campaign that persuaded Kellogg’s to pressure its supplier of palm oil to stop destroying tropical forests. Other Green Corps organizers have played critical roles in the retirement of more than a dozen coal-fired power plants on the Beyond Coal campaign.
Part Three: Launch Your Career
After completing the training program, Green Corps connects graduates to groups looking to hire full-time staff. Our alumni now work with organizations such as Environment America, Sierra Club, Greenpeace, Corporate Accountability International, Rainforest Action Network, National Wildlife Federation, 350.org, and NRDC, among others. Due to Green Corps’ rigorous training program and the great need for trained organizers in many social change organizations, Green Corps organizers are often able to find professional positions immediately after completing the program.
Location and Compensation
The target annual compensation for this position is $26,000. Green Corps offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.
We take into consideration location preferences as well as people's skill sets to see where organizers will make the biggest impact and receive the best training experience.
Green Corps is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, disability, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status.