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Chesapeake Climate Action Network is Hiring

From the organization:


Looking for a challenge? How about working to change the tune of Virginia’s leaders away from dirty coal and oil and toward clean, renewable power like wind and solar…Sound good? Read on.

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the first grassroots, nonprofit organization dedicated exclusively to fighting global warming in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Our mission is to build and mobilize a powerful grassroots movement and use our proximity to that nation’s capital to push for state, national and international policies that will put us on a path to climate stability.

CCAN takes on the region’s worst climate polluters and fights for the most effective clean energy policies. We are seeking an energetic organizer to head up our Windmills, Not Oil Spills campaign in Hampton Roads, Virginia. This is a six-month contract position, with a likelihood of renewal.


Virginia’s current Governor, Bob McDonnell, was first in line calling for new oil exploration off of Virginia’s coast. Luckily, in a recent about-face by the Obama Administration, those plans were temporarily halted. However, Governor McDonnell still vows to push for offshore oil drilling as soon as possible. We at CCAN agree that we should develop energy off of Virginia’s coast – but we need to learn from the tragedy devastating the Gulf and move Virginia toward CLEAN wind power, not dirty oil. The Hampton Roads organizer will play a large role in shaping and executing our campaign for Windmills, Not Oil Spills.


* Recruit and train citizen and student volunteers
* Work with existing coalition partners, maintaining and building on those relationships
* Expand our base of non-environmental allies
* Build our base of e-activists
* Plan, organize, and execute campaign special events
* Work with the media
* Some research and writing as needed to produce campaign materials
* Some work engaging state and federal elected officials and their staff


* B.A. or B.S (or equivalent organizing experience)
* Strong communication skills, both speaking and writing
* Basic knowledge of campaign planning
* Ability to connect with many different types of people and constituency groups
* Demonstrated experience organizing
* Demonstrated ability to work well both in teams and independently
* Problem-solver and goal-oriented
* Willing to travel as needed, a valid driver’s license, a satisfactory driving record and auto insurance

Compensation: Commensurate with experience, a generous benefits package

Location: Hampton Roads, VA – exact city is flexible

Diversity: CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce.

This position is for 6 months with the likelihood of extension. To apply, please email resume and cover letter to:

Chelsea Harnish

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