Join Us! 2015 Fellowship & Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities

Energy Justice: Shale Initiative organizes with community leaders to stop specific gas projects, generate media content, research environmental and socioeconomic impacts, engage with students and other outside constituencies, conduct water and air quality monitoring, and support the direct needs of communities on the frontlines of shale gas extraction.

We have volunteer opportunities at our house in Susquehanna County, PA as well as ways to support and engage with our work offsite / outside of this region. Fill out our application form here.


Media & Organizing Fellowships

Energy Justice: Shale Initiative is seeking smart, dedicated, and creative Fellows to help with our spring organizing work in the shalefields of Northeastern Pennsylvania. These are half-time temporary 3.5 month positions that last from January 20, 2015 through May 1, 2015.

Fellows live and work together from a farmhouse in Susquehanna County, PA.  Each fellow has specific responsibilities, but the general work includes organizing with community leaders to stop specific gas projects, generating media content that advances our work, outreach to students and other outside constituencies, and supporting the direct needs of communities on the frontlines of extraction. More details on the specific fellowships are below.


Media Fellow

The ideal candidate will have prior experience or coursework in journalism, public relations, and communications, with a strong interest in social media and environmental justice and activism.

The media fellow will be working with our Program Coordinator to support and advance our campaigns to fight shale gas infrastructure by creating engaging content to build our online audience via social media as well as traditional media.

Responsibilities Include:  

  • Writing press releases
  • Developing press kits
  • Coordinating community members’ letters to the editor
  • Updating our website and writing blog posts
  • Designing and creating engaging written and graphic content for our social media
  • Drafting online petitions
  • Managing crowdfunding campaigns
  • Creating and designing information and promotional materials (flyers, etc..)


Organizing Fellow:

We seek a self-driven candidate with prior experience in education, outreach, recruitment, and student/ rural community organizing.

The organizing fellow will work with our Outreach Coordinator to recruit and engage volunteers, students, and community members and build their organizational and leadership skills to help stop specific gas projects, such as compressor stations, pipelines, and gas power plants.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Booking speaking engagements on college campuses for our Frack University program
  • Presenting workshops on organizing skills
  • Participating in community outreach  such as collecting petition signatures, phone banking, mailings, tabling at community events, and leading door to door canvassing
  • Organizing community meetings
  • Planning and executing leadership retreats and other events
  • Helping people make public comments on gas facilities


Required Qualifications:

  • Self-motivated and disciplined, ambitious, and able to consistently move projects forward.
  • Willingness to adapt, learn, and apply new skills depending on our needs.
  • Ability to work independently, cooperatively and effectively with staff and volunteers.
  • Ability to quickly connect with volunteers in person and over the phone and effectively develop their leadership and organizing skills.
  • Strong oral and written communication skills – ability to clearly write and explain complex issues and effectively communicate them to youth volunteers and the general public.
  • 1-5 years experience in grassroots, campus, or community organizing
  • Willingness to work flexible hours- including some evenings and weekends
  • Able and willing to live in a cooperative living environment in a rural area


Desired (but not required) skills and experiences:

  • Creative action planning and execution
  • Blogging, social media or website maintenance
  • Hosting press conferences and talking to the media
  • Connections throughout the Northeast to students, climate activists, and potential partners.
  • Working with environmental justice/ frontline communities most affected by  dirty energy  and climate change.
  • Access to a car, with valid driver’s license and insurance


Position Details:

POSITION TYPE: Half-time (25  hours/week), temporary fellowship (January 2015 through May 2015)

LOCATION: Energy Justice: Shale Initiative campaign house in Montrose, PA


TARGET START DATE: Tuesday January 20, 2015 (sooner if agreed upon)

COMPENSATION: Room and Board covered, with $500 per month stipend for 3.5 months


Application Instructions:

Please fill out this application form send your resume to The application deadline for this position is Monday December 15.


Energy Justice: Shale Initiative is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourage people of color, women, LGBTQ, and members of other disadvantaged groups to apply. Find out more about us at