Fossil Fuels and Lands Campaigner (Remote)

Climate and Energy · Berkeley, California
Department Climate and Energy
Employment Type Full-Time

Friends of the Earth is a hard-hitting, progressive, environmental organization that pulls no punches and speaks sometimes uncomfortable truth to power. It’s an approach that has worked for five decades to produce important victories that help protect our planet and its people. We’re part of Friends of the Earth International, a federation of groups working in more than 70 countries on today’s most urgent environmental and social issues.


To accomplish our mission, Friends of the Earth is working at the nexus of environmental protection, economic policy and social justice to fundamentally transform the way our country and the world value people and the environment. The Climate and Energy Program is focused on laying the groundwork for ambitious federal climate policy driven by science, economic and racial justice, and climate equity. Our approach is rooted in a position of solidarity domestically and internationally.


Our climate and energy work strives to: (1) ground our advocacy in the need for a rapid managed decline of fossil fuel production to hold global temperature rise to 1.5 degrees Celsius; (2) center environmental justice, climate equity, and human and civil rights and protections of Black, Brown, Indigenous, low-wealth, immigrant, and other marginalized communities; and (3) support  the right to dignified livelihoods for workers and their families, including a fossil fuel-free Just Transition for workers and frontline communities currently dependent on the fossil fuel economy.


Position Summary:

The Fossil Fuels and Lands Campaigner will work in coalition with a broad range of environmental, community, justice, worker and other groups to push for a planned phase out of fossil fuel production and to build a just transition for workers and communities through administrative actions and legislation. They will primarily focus on the federal fossil fuel leasing program and stopping the preferential treatment given to the boom-and-bust oil and gas industry at the expense of our communities, wild place, and climate.


Essential Functions:

  • Build relationships with a broad range of groups and stakeholders to collectively push for strong administrative actions, rulemakings, and legislation to halt oil and gas extraction on public lands and protect the health and safety of communities and habitats.
  • Advocate for targeted legislation and administrative actions to stop subsidies in the federal fossil fuel leasing program.
  • Partner with communities, Indigenous groups and tribal governments, workers, environmental groups, and other stakeholders to develop policies and plans for communities and workers to transition away from fossil fuels in a manner that repairs past harms, protects public services and ensure a better future.
  • Develop articles, factsheets, reports, and other campaign materials to educate decision makers, legislators, allies, opinion leaders, the press, and the public.
  • Represent Friends of the Earth before policymakers, in media interviews, and at public events to support campaign objectives.
  • Assist the Senior Fossil Fuels Program Manager to support programmatic work, partner engagement and fundraising as needed.
  • Work closely with the Digital Team to keep FOE members and supporters engaged.


Required Qualifications

  • 3-5 years’ experience - campaigning in progressive organizing and policy settings.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and experience building relationships with and bringing together a broad range of individuals, stakeholders, and organizations.
  • A demonstrated commitment to environmental, social, and racial justice.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of legislative and executive branch processes.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to support multiple projects and tasks at once in a self-directed manner, including policy analysis, advocacy, organizing, public speaking, research, and communications.
  • All candidates must be authorized to work in the United States.  FOE does not sponsor any employment related visas. 


Preferred Qualification

  • Experience supporting public lands and opposing fossil fuel extraction.
  • Prior engagement in Administrative actions and rulemaking processes.
  • Experience working with the Department of Interior.
  • Experience working with communities, Tribal governments, officials, unions, and/or issue campaigns, particularly in Western States.
  • Experience working on the federal fossil fuel leasing program.
  • Preferred location: Western States (AZ, CO, MT, NM, NV, UT, WY)


Friends of the Earth is an equal opportunity employer who encourages applications from women, people of color and other members of underrepresented groups who will contribute to the diversity of its staff.

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  • Location
    Berkeley, California
  • Department
    Climate and Energy
  • Employment Type
    Full-Time