NRCM currently has 1 job opening:
Climate & Clean Energy Program Director: View full job description and apply (open until filled)
The Natural Resources Council of Maine, the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization, is seeking a Climate & Clean Energy Program Director who can put their skills, experience, and passion to work helping propel Maine toward a clean energy future. This senior policy staff member will play a lead role developing and promoting cutting-edge policies that address climate change and an equitable transition to clean energy at a time when Maine has finalized a new Climate Action Plan, renewable energy is being deployed at an accelerating pace, and momentum is building at the national level to decarbonize our energy and transportation systems. This exciting position will involve advocacy before the Maine Legislature and administrative bodies, communications with the media and the general public, creation and management of issue campaigns, managing an internal staff team, and coalition work with a broad range of other organizations, businesses, and allies. Law degree preferred. Significant demonstrated command of climate and clean energy policies required.
Working at NRCM
NRCM strives to provide a supportive work environment through fair and competitive compensation and benefits, up-to-date equipment and IT support, adequate supervision, and ongoing professional development. The work environment is friendly, fun, cooperative, and very fast-paced. Staff members need to be able to work independently and adapt to changing priorities. We are committed to ensuring that our staff members actively work on diversity and inclusion in the field. This work is supported by staff policy, training, and mentoring, and through fostering an organization that prioritizes fairness and respect.
Our office is located in Augusta near the State House. During the COVID-19 pandemic, all staff whose job responsibilities can be conducted away from the office have been working remotely, with the option to come into the office on a prearranged basis. NRCM is following state and federal recommendations in establishing guidelines for reopening the office.
NRCM is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, ethnicity, race, religion, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation, or national origin. NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
Common NRCM Job Responsibilities
NRCM is committed to a positive work culture where diversity is honored and respected. To this end, all employees are expected to:
- Maintain positive and productive working relationships with all NRCM staff members and also with NRCM’s members, external partners, policymakers, and the general This includes proactive work on understanding and addressing issues related to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; providing and receiving constructive feedback; and a willingness to resolve conflicts constructively.
- Participate in organizational meetings and activities as requested, such as monthly staff meetings, trainings, and ad hoc planning committees.
- Complete all administrative work on time, such as time sheets, purchase orders, project reports, and planning documents.
- Be familiar with and follow organizational protocols and policies.
Physical Requirements of the Job
The job requires working at a computer station for substantial lengths of time; performing office duties such as phoning, filing, and copying, and the ability to lift objects up to 10 pounds.
NRCM will provide reasonable accommodation to employees with disabilities where appropriate. Determinations on requests for reasonable accommodation will be made on a case-by-case basis.
NRCM is committed to providing fair and competitive compensation to its employees. We base our compensation decisions on:
- A biennial market survey of comparable organizations and localities.
- An evaluation of employee qualifications that does not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, race, religion, physical/mental ability, sexual orientation, or national origin.
- High employee performance that advances our strategic plan and other organizational priorities.
- Availability of financial resources for the organization.
NRCM pays 100% of the premium for the employee and 60% of the premium for additional family members. The employee is eligible for this benefit the first of the month following employment.
Health Reimbursement Account (HRA)
All employees that participate in NRCM’s health insurance plan are eligible for the HRA, a healthcare plan paid by NRCM, that reimburses medical expenses approved through our health insurance provider.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Employees may contribute, through payroll deductions, on a pre-tax basis to a health and childcare reimbursement account program.
NRCM pays life insurance premiums for each eligible employee for coverage up to one time annual salary with a maximum coverage of $50,000. The employee is eligible for this benefit three full months after the date of employment.
Short- & Long-term Disability
NRCM employees are covered for short- and long-term disability through the UNUM Life Insurance Company of America. NRCM pays the premium for this coverage for all eligible employees. This coverage goes into effect three full months after the date of employment.
NRCM offers a tax-deferred 403(b) plan to allow employees to plan for retirement. After a six-month provisional period, NRCM will contribute 5% of an employee’s annual salary, with an additional 2% matching component to employees contributing at least 2% of their annual salary to their retirement fund.
During their first year, employees accrue three weeks of paid vacation time. This increases to four weeks in subsequent years. Starting at year five, employees accrue another day a year for five years, reaching a total of five weeks (25 vacation days) annually.
NRCM employees also receive generous time off for sick days, parental leave, sabbatical, and more.
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Environmental Policy Internships
The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) is seeking applicants to work as interns to assist the organization on a broad range of environmental policy issues currently facing Maine and the nation. NRCM attempts to place interns year-round, and the internships may be less than full-time to accommodate academic schedules. Internships generally are unpaid positions. However, NRCM does have funding for 1-2 paid internships annually (see details below under “Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship”).
NRCM provides interns with meaningful work and an excellent training experience. Interns will contribute to and learn from activities such as:
- Policy Research for legislation dealing with water quality, renewable energy, climate mitigation, land conservation, and waste management;
- Legislative Action (when the Legislature is in session) including attending legislative hearings, meeting lawmakers, watching policy debates, and mobilizing activists; and
- Advocacy Strategy including attending internal NRCM policy meetings, coalition strategy sessions, and advocacy events.
Environmental policy interns work under the supervision of NRCM’s Advocacy Director, who works to ensure that interns receive extensive opportunities to witness internal operations of NRCM and the environmental policy process.
Applicants should have strong writing and communication skills, a strong interest in environmental policy, and ability to work on multiple projects with varying deadlines. Proficiency with Excel and PowerPoint preferred; GIS skills not required, but may be of use.
Candidates may apply at any time. Resume and cover letter should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tomorrow’s Environmental Leaders Internship
NRCM provides a $1,000 stipend for 1-2 interns annually. Generally, this intern serves from early June to early August.
Candidates interested in being considered for an internship should send a resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Candidates not selected for a paid internship may still be considered for an unpaid internship.
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