2024 Democracy Organizing Fellowship

Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund is seeking two dynamic individuals who are interested in developing communication, organizing, and leadership skills as a Democracy Organizing Fellow.

About OLCV-EF: The Oregon League of Conservation Voters Education Fund (OLCV-EF) is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that -- along with its sister organizations the OLCV and the OLCV PAC-- works to protect Oregon’s natural legacy by providing Oregonians with the knowledge and skills they need to be effective advocates for the environment. OLCV-EF’s key programs include sponsoring the Oregon Conservation Network, a coalition of over 40 state and local environmental groups, and has built a reputation as one of the leading environmental advocacy organizations in the state; and reaching out to voters through Get Out the Vote and voter education efforts during elections. OLCV-EF also works to pass pro-environment and pro-democracy ballot measures. OLCV-EF is committed to creating a culture of justice, diversity, equity, and inclusion in our organization and outward. 

We achieve these goals by organizing and engaging people in the legislative process through voter outreach and communication with local legislators. We work closely with policy leaders, activists, and partner organizations to urge state lawmakers to pass progressive climate and democracy policies.

Timeline and Time Commitment:
August 26, 2024 through November 8, 2024 (10 weeks)
Part-time, flexible hours, with fluctuating ~8-12 hours per week required. A minimum total of 100 hours, or minimum number of hours required by College/University to earn credit (whichever is more). 

Some evening and weekend work and travel will be required for events.

Primary Fellowship Responsibilities:

  • Volunteer recruitment and coordination for voter outreach events, such as tabling at community events and on campus, voter registration drives, mock RCV elections, etc.
  • Assist in the organizing of voter outreach events and voter registration drives, mock RCV elections, tabling, etc.
  • Organize and participate in Get Out the Vote (GOTV) efforts, especially on campus
  • With support from OLCV-EF’s Organizing Team, plan and organize youth-oriented events to help grow OLCV-EF’s reach with Oregonians under age 25
  • Outreach to local high schools, colleges/universities, programs, and clubs to help grow OLCV-EF’s youth voter engagement
  • Research youth outreach opportunities, and attend events such as activism fairs, tabling events, etc. with members of OLCV-EF’s Organizing Team and youth volunteers
  • Database tracking and processing

In addition to your listed responsibilities, you are welcome and encouraged to participate at some level in organizational priorities including attending intern meetings, staff & staff equity meetings, monthly OCN meetings, and bimonthly Central Oregon Conservation Network meetings.

Required qualifications:

  • Shares OLCV-EF’s values around conservation, environmental justice, equity, and climate action
  • Shares OLCV-EF’s value of fostering an inclusive and accessible democracy
  • Has an interest in Oregon democracy policy, the environment, and community engagement for positive and progressive change
  • Is comfortable talking with new people over the phone and in person
  • Has strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Is reliable, dependable, and accountable

Qualities we appreciate, but are not required:

  • Experience volunteering/working with running voter registration drives, or any kind of issue or candidate campaign
  • Knowledge of Oregon democracy and voting policies and environmental issues
  • Knowledge of youth-based organizations in Oregon
  • Comfortable using computers, Zoom, spreadsheets, learning databases, and using mobile apps; or has an open willingness to learn new programs

Location: Portland, OR with some travel throughout the metro area. Ideally the applicant is a student at a college or university in Portland.

Compensation: $700-900 stipend per month. You will also gain direct experience working with seasoned and knowledgeable political and environmental professionals at one of Oregon’s leading conservation organizations. Throughout the course of the fellowship, you’ll have the opportunity to network at events and gain valuable communication and organizing experience. Additionally, letters of recommendation may be provided upon request (and course credit, if applicable). Opportunities for full-time employment at OLCV do occasionally occur, and fellows are eligible to apply. 

To Apply: Complete our online application form. If you are unable to complete our application form, please email your application to OLCV-EF Organizing Director britney@olcv.org with the subject line OLCV-EF Democracy Organizing Fellowship Application. The deadline to apply is Sunday, July 21, 2024. No phone calls please.

OLCV-EF is an equal opportunity employer. Applications from women, LGBTQ individuals, and people of color are encouraged.

Time commitment: 8-12 hours/week
Sponsoring organization(s): OLCV-EF
Solution Area:
Adaptation & Resilience
Climate Justice
Finance & Economy
Food & Agriculture
Governance & Leadership
Inflation Reduction Act (IRA)
Land Use & Restoration
Mental Health & Mindfulness
Public Health
Renewable Energy
Storytelling & Art
Tribal & Indigenous
Waste Prevention
Listing created Jun 3, 2024