Ohio’s environmental movement is seeking its next generation of environmental advocates, representing the diversity of perspectives, geographical locations, and backgrounds from across the state, especially those from communities most impacted by pollution. Therefore, the Ohio Environmental Council seeks candidates for its Environmental Policy Fellowship—a full-time, temporary, entry-level position for up to 2 years. This position is designed specifically to include and uplift the talents of an entry-level professional from communities and backgrounds often left out of the environmental movement.

Job Responsibilities & Performance Expectations

As the Environmental Policy Fellow, you will be a member of the OEC’s Advocacy Center, advancing the organization’s mission to secure healthy air, land, water, and a strong democracy for all who call Ohio home. This position is an opportunity to keenly develop skills as a policy advocate for the betterment of the Buckeye State. At the conclusion of the program, you will have the skills and experience to join any team searching for an effective advocate. Additionally, you will work closely with OEC Leadership, OEC staff, and our Board of Directors around our racial justice and equity goals, participate in the OEC’s fundraising, communications, organizing, and administrative work to gain a complete understanding of public interest non-profit organization operations to ultimately achieve the organization’s strategic plan goals.

The Fellow’s daily responsibilities will also include:

  • evaluating and analyzing legislation and executive agency rules and regulations;
  • reaching out to, and collaborating with, partner organizations;
  • drafting advocacy content, including position statements or blogs;
  • representing the organization at public meetings, legislative and agency hearings; and
  • contributing to OEC’s efforts to integrate racial justice and equity into the work we do to ensure a more inclusive environmental movement in Ohio.
  • Performing other related duties as required and assigned.


  • Required Work Experience: This is an entry-level position
  • Additional Skills: Well-organized; hard-working; thorough & detail-oriented; demonstrate the ability to answer research questions efficiently and with precision; understand how to work independently and in a team; and manage multiple projects at once while delivering quality results. Possess the initiative and skills required to become a policy expert and representative of the organization.
  • Required Cultural Competence: Shares our commitment to increasing racial diversity in our movement and organization, integrating justice and equity into the work we do and ensuring an inclusive organizational culture. Furthermore, we’re looking for candidates with strong listening skills and an ability to handle interpersonal relationships with grace and empathy.
  • Preferred qualifications: You have an interest in environmental issues and social justice. Nonprofit advocacy experience is a plus. Experience in a fast-paced campaign environment is a plus.


Pay for this full-time, temporary position is $36,774 annually. We have an excellent benefits package which include employer-paid health, vision, dental, and life insurance; flexible and dependent care spending account; generous paid time off; paid parental leave; and employer-matched retirement fund.