Washington Fellowship

Time Commitment: 10 hours per week for 8 months from October 1, 2019- May 31, 2020

Application Deadline: September 10 

Locations: Anywhere in Washington State

Supervisor: Emily Martin, Northwest Field Coordinator

Compensation: Beginning in Fall of 2019, Our Climate will offer a sliding scale stipend for our year long Fellowship. This stipend may range anywhere from $0-$1,500 and will be a part of the final round interview. Applicants will receive the full description of this sliding scale stipend upon the supervisor receiving their application. Our Climate reimburses folks for pre-approved costs incurred during the time of the Fellowship such as travel, printing, food for meetings, etc.

About Our Climate

Our Climate aims to mobilize young adults to pass bold, equitable, science-based pollution-pricing policies on a state level to combat climate change. We believe the generations most impacted by climate change need to be at the table when policies that impact our futures are being written and negotiated. 

About the Washington Fellowship

In Washington State, we will hire 5 young adults as Our Climate Fellows. (ages 18-24) .Fellows will receive training in grassroots organizing, media skills, and climate policy. Fellows will work together and organize their peers in support of state-level science-based and equitable climate policy.  Fellows would assist us in negotiating and advocating for a state-level policy that would hold corporate polluters accountable while investing in clean energy and frontline communities. 

Qualifications: College and work experience is not necessary to apply. Anyone ages 18-24 is qualified so long as they are:

  • Passionate and committed to saving our collective future through the Democratic process;
  • Eager to learn about and advocate for climate justice;
  • Must be able to travel to Olympia and Seattle for large events (lobby days, hearings, etc.) 
  • Committed to attending meetings and turning in assignments on time
  • Ability to dedicate 10 hours/week to the fellowship 
  • Proactive and timely digital and in person communication skills are a must! (Responding to emails/texts in a timely manner, being able to connect with a variety of people from students to elected officials) 
  • Ability to take initiative! 

Weekly meetingsand assignments:

  • Weekly 1 hour webinar trainings 
  • Weekly 1 hour strategy video calls led by NW Field Coordinator 
  • Weekly 30 minute one-on-one check-ins with NW Field Coordinator

Assignments and the dates they take place are determined by fellows and NW Field Coordinator and are dependent on strategy but can include:

  • Crafting and introducing  youth-led policy into the legislature or helping us join forces with groups already working on one so we can provide our input
  • Building a youth-focused coalition that will shape the course of the 2020 legislative session by bringing youth groups in your community into the conversation
  • Building  relationships with your elected officials through in-district meetings, getting them to give their support for our policy
  • Attending lobby days, committee hearings, and legislative meetings in Olympia 
  • Tabling, speaking , or organizing campus/community events to build support for climate policy in your community through rallies, phone banks, workshops, panels, house parties, etc. 
  • Writing letters to the editor of your local paper 

Fall (Oct.-November)

The general purpose of our time together in the fall will be to train fellows into seasoned grassroots activists and policy advocates through weekly webinars that will provide leadership development on relevant topics. Webinars include subject matter like civics 101, the power of storytelling, the history of environmental policy in Washington state, how to lobby, how to write a letter to the editor, and more! 

Each week we will practice what you learned in the webinar through assignments that put that knowledge into practice. 

During the fall, fellows will also prepare for the legislative session through relationship-building with partners, building a youth-focused coalition, and supporting the coalition in bringing the youth voice to climate policy advocacy in the 2020 session. 

Winter (December-March)

Winter is when the legislative session begins. We will focus on bill sponsorship and introduction. We will also continue to build relationships with elected officials to support science-based and equitable climate policy and attend and testify at committee hearings to ensure that policy solutions move forward. 

During the winter, each fellow will continue building a groundswell of support for climate policy by managing a small group of students (~10), getting them involved by supporting them at lobby days, running phone banks, letter-writing events, and more!

Spring (April and May)

It’s hard to know what will happen next Spring Depending on what happens with the policies we support we will work together to create a plan to move forward. Additionally, Fellows will support the hiring and onboarding of future Fellows and will be invited to join our exclusive Alumni Network.

Application Process

Once you complete the application, our NW Field Coordinator will follow up with you to schedule an interview. There will be two rounds of interviews and a brief work sample.

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