Fields: health, environment, sustainability, policy, outreach
Location: Remote in the Great Lakes Region
About the Organization: Freshwater Future is a catalyst for community action that strengthens policies designed to safeguard the waters of the Great Lakes region. We help create and strengthen community action on water by providing grants and professional development services to over 2,000 community groups working on local issues impacting their water. Through this engagement with groups, we learn of and track emerging issues that impact many communities in the region, and are able to synthesize those concerns into strategic policy solutions.
About the Position: The Policy Program Associate helps build and support a base of community-level organizations working to protect water in the Great Lakes region and connect those organizations to policy opportunities of interest.
- Track local, state, provincial, regional and national policy changes and needs related to water. Track and develop stories of policy implementation outcomes.
- Write, and work with guest writers, to develop an ongoing blog that supports water leaders in the Great Lakes region.
- Provide training, coordination and engagement opportunities to grassroots water efforts.
- Connect local community efforts to meaningful opportunities for water policy change. Maintain engagement databases and move participants to new levels of engagement.
Job location is negotiable, but must be in the Great Lakes region.
Special Requirements/Qualifications: The Policy Program Associate will have a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree, preferably with a water/environmental resource, policy, nonprofit or advocacy background. The position requires excellent verbal and written communication skills; computer skills including databases, spreadsheets, and word processing as well as social media outreach and growth; organizational skills, ability to work independently and a commitment to protecting water resources.
Estimated Salary: $30,000 – $35,000 a year