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The Great Lakes are a national treasure, and economically support a $7 billion fishing industry, $16 billion boating industry, and 1.5 million jobs. The introduction of Asian carp and other species puts the well-being of our communities, wildlife, and waters at risk.
The Sierra Club Ohio Chapter’s Clean Water Fellowship Program is seeking talented, motivated students who are passionate about water issues and environmental conservation.
- Apply Online
- Send Current Resumes to Matt Trokan
Fellows engage in hands on, real world environmental work involving community outreach, advocacy, policy analysis, public speaking, and event planning. More importantly, fellows have the opportunity to serve and better their communities by working to improve water quality.
Candidates must be flexible, have access to a computer, provide their own transportation, and be currently enrolled in undergraduate or graduate school. In most cases, successful candidates will have significant experience with environmental/water issues. Some experience in water monitoring and/or mapping are desired, but by no means required.
Fellows work closely with staff and members to further the goals of the Clean Water Campaign and following the framework of taking action, engaging in advocacy, and raising awareness. Fellows coordinate service events, such as river clean ups and honeysuckle removals, as well as water monitoring trainings. They also attend festival and community events to raise awareness about water issues. Additionally, fellows help influence decision makers and collect petitions and advocacy postcards. Fellows also have the opportunity to oversee independent projects within the framework of the campaign. Past fellows have done everything from catalyzing local community action on fracking to presenting to college administrators and influencing their decisions on water related issues.
Fellows work with their supervising staff member to development a work plan that outlines their goals and responsibilities. Work plans include an educational component that is linked to the academic work the fellow is undertaking.
Fellows should expect to work 10 to 20 hours a week and will receive a quarterly stipend of $500 to $1000 based on past experience and ability.