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Director, New Leaders Initiative Program

The New Leaders Initiative (NLI) honors, supports and sustains exceptional youth environmental leaders around North America through the Brower Youth Awards (BYA), year-round coaching and programming for burgeoning young activists, and uplifting the role of youth in the environmental and social change movement.

The Director of the New Leaders Initiative will lead and grow a 17-year old program, building upon existing strengths and expanding relevant programmatic offerings. The Director will supervise a part-time Program Manager, who will, among other responsibilities, support the program’s public outreach, social media and online presence. The Director of the New Leaders Initiative serves on the Management Team of Earth Island Institute, and works in close collaboration with the Development, Project Support and Earth Island Journal departments on specific projects, as well as helping the broader organization to advance a newly designed theory of change.

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Deputy Project Director – Real Food Real Stories

Real Food Real Stories (RFRS), a project of Earth Island Institute, is a startup non-profit entering its third year. We seek to transform regional food systems by shifting culture between eaters and the food industry towards trust, relationship and collaboration through powerful storytelling, transformative experiences and community building. We address the entire food chain, coaching and making available stories that inspire action.

RFRS is looking for a dynamic & thoughtful collaborator who is passionate about igniting cultural change in the food system and helping lead the organization to a new phase of growth and service. The Deputy Project Director (DPD) will oversee: Organizational Strategy and Implementation, Business Development, Fundraising and Corporate Sponsorship. The DPD will work closely with the Founder/Project Director, whose focus will be on overall creative direction for the organization, act as lead facilitator for storytelling, key partnerships, and public facing engagements.

Read more about the position here.

Forest Protection Advocate, Lobbyist and Grassroots Organizer

The John Muir Project is hiring! Given the full out attack that the current administration and leaders in Congress are making on the environment, now more than ever we need a steady presence in Washington D.C. to educate legislators on the importance of protecting our nation’s forests and to push for legislative changes which will permanently protect these areas to maintain native biodiversity of plants and animals and mitigate the negative effects of climate change.

This is a full-time position which will be based in Washington D.C. Travel will be a significant part of this position (approximately 20% or 10 weeks over the course of a year) including day trips to Congressional districts near the D.C. area and longer trips to strategic congressional districts, including in the western United States. Travel will also include trips to certain national forests across the country to obtain on-the-ground personal knowledge of issues regarding specific forests and ecosystem responses to natural disturbances, as well as participation in John Muir Project and/or Earth Island Institute staff gatherings. Full job description, including qualifications and responsibilities, can be found here.

John Muir Project of Earth Island Institute is an equal opportunity employer and highly values diversity. We offer a competitive compensation package commensurate with other non-profits and full benefits which include medical, dental, vision and life insurance, 11 paid holidays per year, paid vacation and sick leave. A salary between $60-70k has been allocated for this position.

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to: with DC Position in the subject line. Please include any references which highlight your qualifications for this position as well as salary history. No phone calls or hard copies please. Job will be open until filled.

Spring-Summer Intern – Earth Island Journal

Earth Island Journal, an award-winning quarterly environmental magazine, is looking for a Spring-Summer intern who will work with us on our print publication as well as the Journal’s web component. This is an unpaid position that offers the opportunity to build knowledge and reporting/writing experience for those interested in the environment and the future of our planet. (We do provide a monthly transportation stipend of $60, and sometimes interns may be able to receive college credit for their work.)

Ideal candidate will provide the following services:
  • Write online articles on current environmental and sustainable development issues
  • Fact-check reports from contributors
  • Help editors with research (mostly web-based)
  • Help promote the Journal at events

Ideal candidate would be

  • Comfortable with writing and interviewing, and detail oriented
  • Have a strong interest in environmental and sustainable development issues.
  • Familiar with Word, Excel, email, and Web programs.
  • Able to work fast and think creatively while under deadline

Interns should commit 8-15 hours a week. Some of the work can be done remotely. The internship will last 3-4 months or longer.

How to apply

To apply please send resume, brief cover letter, and writing samples to: by February 10.

Internships with All One Ocean

All One Ocean’s mission is to educate people about the destructive impacts of our trash by providing a simple way for beachgoers, any time they visit the beach, to help clean up our Ocean, beautify beaches and prevent needless death and suffering to marine life. For information about the internships, follow this link.