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We have multiple volunteer, seasonal, and full-time opportunities to engage in our work. We invite you to be part of what we do!

Organizer

Join us! Our Organizer will be a strong people-person, an excellent communicator, and a strategic thinker who specializes in developing relationships, mobilizing the grassroots and building leadership.

What You’ll Do

You will strategically identify and engage new and existing individuals and communities to build our network and drive our campaigns. Reporting to our Organizing and Outreach Manager, and coordinating as appropriate with program staff, you’ll implement community outreach activities, mentor and grow volunteer advocates, and work with our partners and coalitions to meet our campaign and organizational goals.

Who We Need

We’re looking for someone who enjoys effectively engaging individuals and mobilizing communities to take action. You have past experience in organizing (even if not professionally) and a passion for working on the grassroots level. You have a proven commitment to progressive values and social change and a familiarity with and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and anti-oppression frameworks and values.

This is a unique opportunity to build a growing movement to tackle root causes of disease by protecting children and other vulnerable populations from toxic chemicals in food, drinking water, and products, while supporting a just and sustainable economy.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Community Outreach Deliver outreach programs to raise awareness (particularly in directly affected communities), identify stakeholders, recruit new supporters, and strengthen our environmental health and sustainable economy programs
  • Grassroots Advocacy – Mobilize people to influence targeted decision makers through active participation in issue campaigns
  • Leadership Development – Work closely with activists to build their leadership and develop their skills, level of engagement, and sense of ownership
  • Organization Building – Build our base by actively recruiting new supporters and systematically plugging activists and business or community leaders into the activities and structures of our organizations
  • Grassroots Fundraising – Support grassroots fundraising work 
  • Coalition Organizing – Support coalition building and membership development across the organization to advance our mission

Qualifications:

  • Equivalent of at least 2 years of organizing experience, including leadership development, outreach, and mobilization (Experience can come from professional, community, labor, volunteer, and/or student leadership experiences);
  • Outstanding people skills & high level of sensitivity and empathy;
  • Excellent communication skills with a strong ability to translate complex ideas to diverse audiences;
  • Proven capacity to work effectively in teams of diverse people and organizations;
  • Demonstrated writing and editing skills; 
  • Strong organizational, computer, problem-solving and analytical skills;
  • High levels of self motivation, organization and direction;

Experience with advocacy, volunteer management, facilitation, coalition organizing, and working with a contact database strongly preferred. Experience in or passion for environmental, public health, or sustainable economic development or related areas ideal, but not strictly required.

The organizer must have a reliable car and a valid driver’s license.  Physical requirements include sitting, talking, and listening for several hours at a time, the ability to spend many hours on the telephone and working with a computer, significant cell phone use, frequent driving to meetings, and some night and weekend work with occasional long hours.

Environmental Health Strategy Center is a Maine-based organization working to ensure that all families can thrive in a fair and healthy economy where they have access to safe drinking water, food, and products that don’t expose them to harm from toxic chemicals. We also work with a partner organization, Biobased Maine, to keep families healthy by promoting biobased manufacturing and the good-paying jobs and safe products it creates.  

We're a dynamic, creative, growing 15-year-old nonprofit organization, both advancing policy in our state and leading national campaigns in collaboration with groups across the country.

In the workplace and in the world, we are committed to diversity, inclusion, and environmental justice.

You’ll join us in Portland, Maine, a Northeast gem where food is fab, local music is great, craft beer is flowing, and the city is growing! In a state known as “vacationland,” you’ll find hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and beautiful beaches are all close by.

Salary:  mid 30s, adjusted for experience over the minimum requirements

Benefits:  Medical, dental, and vision insurance; 401K; four weeks paid vacation, a generous number of paid holidays, as well as sick leave.

To Apply: E-mail cover letter, resume, and two writing samples to Shawn Hunt, Operations Manager, at shunt [at] preventharm.org with the subject line "Organizer." In your cover letter, please address how your experience matches the qualifications and skills listed in the job description. 

Application Deadline: September 1. Application review will take place on a rolling basis, as applications are received.

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, disability, or national origin.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY – BOARD TREASURER

The Environmental Health Strategy Center is seeking a talented individual with an interest in nonprofit financial management to fill the position of Board Treasurer.

WHO WE ARE:  The Environmental Health Strategy Center is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that promotes human health and safer chemicals in a sustainable economy.  We have two program areas that operate within the State of Maine and nationally. Our Environmental Health Program prevents cancer, learning disabilities and other harm by advocating chemical policy reforms to replace dangerous chemicals in everyday products. Our Sustainable Economy Program spurs job creation and a healthy economy by promoting demand for and production of safer alternatives, such as biobased plastic made from Maine forest resources. We have a staff of eight and offices in Portland and Bangor. Our ten member Board of Directors includes philanthropic, community, and scientific leaders.  

SEEKING BOARD TREASURER: We are currently seeking a motivated individual to join our board as Treasurer, as the incumbent wishes to step back from an officer role. The Strategy Center has an annual budget of approximately $1 million, with funding derived primarily from grants, contracts, and individual contributions (we do not currently have an endowment or other investments). We have a contract bookkeeper and management staff with experience in nonprofit finances, and are looking for a Treasurer who can provide review and critical evaluation of our financial reports and operations.

Responsibilities:

  • Reviewing monthly financial reports provided by staff.
  • Participating on the Board’s Executive Committee, which meets by phone as needed (currently monthly).
  • Regularly report to board on key financial events, trends, concerns, and assessments of fiscal health.
  • Leading the board in review and approval of the annual budget.
  • Representing the board in our annual audit process.
  • Leading the board in discussion of major financial policy decisions.

Additional expectations of all board members include:

  • Regularly attend quarterly board meetings and special events as able.
  • Make an annual financial contribution to the organization that is personally significant.
  • Maintain knowledge of the organization’s mission and activities and a personal commitment to its goals and objectives.
  • Represent the organization publicly in a positive manner, serving as an ambassador for the organization's work and values to the community.
  • Help the organization understand and reach diverse communities and grow its membership.
  • Participate in long-term strategic planning and review annual program plans to ensure the organization is fulfilling its mission and ability to sustain operations.
  • Work with the staff to help develop financial resources to ensure organizational sustainability.
  • Set procedures and policies to ensure that the organization is organized and managed in an accountable, fair and systematic manner and in compliance with applicable law.

Qualifications

  • Understanding of and interest in financial accounting for nonprofit organizations.
  • Passion for issues surrounding environmental health, safer products, and green economic development.
  • Belief in the power of the government to protect consumers and improve our lives.

If you are interested in learning more about this opportunity, please email the Strategy Center’s Deputy Director Patrick MacRoy at pmacroy [at] preventharm.org.

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Volunteer opportunities with the Strategy Center include: 

Office: Help with data entry, mailings, and general office tasks. 

Outreach and Education: Help plan and prepare for events, identify new events and education opportunities, and assist with presentations to community organizations.  

Political Action: Collect petition signatures for advocacy campaigns, contact supporters, help plan and prepare for rallies and media events; meet with decision-makers about environmental health concerns. 

Writing and Research: Write letters to the editor for local newspapers, read and write about environmental health news and consumer safety tips, write blog posts, and collect personal stories. 

Photography and Media: Document events by taking photos or video that can be used for online and print materials.

Please contact us via info [at] preventharm.org (email) or call 207.699.5795 to talk about how you can get involved. 

Are you interested in exploring a career in public health, social justice, or environmental health? Each year, the Strategy Center seeks talented, hardworking, passionate interns for our summer team.

Summer interns work on local and national campaigns to protect communities from toxic chemicals linked to cancer, asthma, and other health problems. This is a great opportunity to get hands-on experience working in a fast-paced, collaborative, science-based policy organization to build skills in community organizing, advocacy, and communications.

 The application window for internship opportunities is generally between January and March.  For more information, contact us via info [at] preventharm.org (email) or call us at 207.699.5795.