The Chesapeake Climate Action Network is seeking a fellow from the Virginia HBCU community to assist on our No New Fossil Fuels campaign. This paid position will focus on the impacts of climate change in Virginia and building relationships with frontline communities.

Join our Winning Team

Work in the burgeoning climate movement in Virginia to defend recent victories while joining a team of talented advocates and organizers at the forefront of Virginia’s sprint toward clean energy. Work with our diverse and committed supporters as part of a cutting-edge group that Bill McKibben calls “the best grassroots regional climate organization in the world.”  The Virginia HBCU fellow will be joining CCAN at a critical time as recent climate progress comes under attack despite ever-worsening climate impacts, especially in our most vulnerable communities. We are taking action to make sure Virginia continues to move forward, not backwards, on climate change.

About Us 

The Chesapeake Climate Action Network (CCAN) is the only group in the Chesapeake region of Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. dedicated exclusively to building a powerful grassroots movement to fight climate change. We envision an equitable energy future where truly clean sources of power — efficiency, solar and wind — sustain every aspect of our lives, and dirty fossil fuels are phased out.

In Virginia, we are working on bold campaigns that would result in energy policies matching the scale of the climate crisis the state is facing. Never has our work been more important as we are facing stalls and rollbacks at the state and national level. For over a decade, we have been pushing the envelope of what’s “politically possible” in Virginia, using every tool inside and outside of the box – from organizing to lobbying to the law. We are standing in the way of two fracked gas pipelines, weakening one of the nation’s most powerful polluters (Dominion Energy), and we led the charge towards the first 100% clean electricity mandate in the South. 

About the Position 

The Virginia HBCU fellow will have the skills, passion and commitment to take on one of the biggest problems facing our planet in a state committed to tackling it. We are looking for a resilient, creative, and strategic problem-solver to join our team. The ideal candidate will see opportunities to build relationships, inspire mobilization, and urge faster and more equitable change to address the climate crisis. They are energized by empowering others and are looking to put their creativity to work. A successful candidate must be able to quickly learn about the climate challenges facing the state, listen to community voices, and translate this information into equitable action based on science and grassroot needs.

Although some duties of this position can be performed remotely, the fellow position will ideally & eventually involve travel throughout the state for certain duties and events, particularly in the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas.

What You Will Do

The fellow will support grassroots work in the Commonwealth by:

Assisting CCAN organizers with building our membership across the state

  • Participate in community canvassing, including in-person canvassing (when allowable), phonebanking, texting, and virtual events such as online town halls.
  • Gather comments from frontline communities. 
  • Strengthen grassroots efforts in Virginia to protect the most vulnerable and marginalized communities that are under threat from fossil fuel expansion and the threats of climate change

Supporting ongoing efforts to engage with Hampton Roads communities on the topic of flood resilience 

  • Create educational and event resources
  • Identify events in the community or within our network where we can provide support and outreach on this topic
  • Conduct research and writing on current events, comments periods, and media coverage of flood resilience

Engaging on CCAN priorities and campaigns focused on transportation electrification, transit, and regulatory transparency 


Qualified candidates will display the following capabilities and qualities: 

  • Commitment to the mission of fighting climate change and promoting environmental justice.
  • Passion for amplifying the voices of those being victimized by fossil fuel companies, including Indigenous American, African American, rural communities, and struggling farm families.
  • Demonstrated experience building relationships with racially diverse audiences around a community issue or cause; experience organizing in Virginia is a plus.  
  • Demonstrated experience with public speaking.
  • Proven ability to leverage digital tools and social platforms to organize people and prompt action.
  • Proven ability to be self-driven, while working effectively with a team and seeking feedback when needed. 
  • Proven ability to multitask, while prioritizing measurable results. 
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Problem-solver; someone who thinks of solutions more than barriers.  
  • Willing to travel as needed, a valid driver’s license and car, a satisfactory driving record and auto insurance. 
The Details

This fellow position will ideally be based in the Hampton Roads area & eventually involve travel throughout the state, mostly focused on the Hampton Roads and Richmond areas. The Virginia HBCU fellow reports to the Virginia organizing staff. Mileage reimbursement is available for all CCAN-required travel.

Compensation is $15.00 per hour for 20-25 hours per week during the Fall/Winter semester over a period of 15 weeks. Anticipated start date is August 29, 2022.

How to Apply

Please fill out this Google form application by July 29, 2022, 11:59pm EST. You will be prompted to answer a series of short questions and asked to submit a resume and cover letter, a writing sample is optional.

CCAN is an equal opportunity employer, committed to a diverse workforce. We value bringing a diversity of backgrounds and perspectives on staff because it makes us smarter and more effective at what we do and, ultimately, we want our staff and supporters to reflect the communities we organize. We are seeking to recruit individuals from underrepresented groups to apply for this position.

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