Position Description

Apprentice Organizer - Illinois Chapter
Location Chicago, IL
Job Code 339-17CHP
# of Openings 5
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Job Title: Political Organizing Apprentice

Chapter: Illinois

Reports To: Deputy Director, Illinois Chapter

Context: Under general supervision of the assigned supervisor, helps to build public support to accomplish conservation and political campaign goals. Recruits and trains volunteer leaders; assists in carrying out campaign strategies and interacts with volunteers, citizens, other organizations, the media and other club staff. 

Scope & Limitations: This is an apprentice position in the environmental field for an individual who within the last 12 months (from appointment date) has graduated from a four year degree (BA, B.S.) or a graduate level program.  The incumbent may only hold this apprenticeship, or any combination of apprenticeships, for up to 1 year (12 months).

Job Activities:

  1. Works with staff and volunteers to devise, recommend, and implement a plan and strategy for a conservation or political campaign.
  2. Identifies recruits and organizes volunteers both in Sierra Club and other groups around assigned campaign or program.  Seeks opportunities to advance the Sierra Club’s diversity initiatives through new partnerships and engagement strategies where appropriate.
  3. Participates (as part of a team) in planning and carrying out plans or strategies on various environmental projects or campaigns, such as public education, legislative initiatives, political programs, or grassroots organizing.
  4. Assists in the development of educational/informational materials such as newsletters, flyers, news flashes, fact sheets, and articles of interest to the public.
  5. Assists in providing guidance, training, and information to volunteers, chapters, groups, elected officials and the general public. 
  6. Assists in representing the Clubs views to legislatures, government agencies, administrative officials, news media, and the general public by giving testimony, participating in meetings, public speaking events and by establishing and maintaining personal contacts.
  7. Exchanges information, coordinates activities and works with other Club staff, volunteer organizations, Chapters, and groups. Coordinates and measures success of activities with manager to ensure progress towards the campaign's mission and goals.
  8. Works independently on specific assigned projects.
  9. Assists in general office duties to support the office and performs other relates duties as requested by the supervisor.
  10. Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Education required:

  • A four year degree or a graduate degree in Environmental Science, Political Science or a related field within the last 12 months.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Ability to work well with diverse group, staff, volunteers and the public.
  • Research and analytical skills.
  • Proficient computer skills.



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The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse workforce.

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