Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park
Job Title: Rachel Carson Council Fellowship
Organization: Rachel Carson Council
Location: Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Park
Organization Overview: The Rachel Carson Council is a national environmental advocacy organization founded in 1965 to carry on the work and legacy of Rachel Carson. We promote Carson’s ecological ethic that combines scientific concern for the environment and human health with a sense of wonder and reverence for all forms of life in order to build a more sustainable, just and peaceful future.
The Rachel Carson Council (RCC) educates, organizes and advocates at the national, state and grassroots level for climate and environmental justice, renewable energy, forest and ocean protection, for the advancement of civil and human rights and American democracy.
Position Overview: The RCC Fellowship Program is designed to identify outstanding students with a passion for environmental education, organizing and advocacy and provide them with financial support to carry out valuable projects or campaigns on behalf of the RCC. To apply to the program, students propose their own projects that are focused on sustainability and environmental justice to be carried out on their campuses and in their communities. Individuals considering applying to the program may consider a wide variety of potential projects. Former fellows have run projects ranging from divestment campaigns to podcasts on environmental justice issues and campaigns for renewable energy infrastructure on their campuses.
RCC Fellows become nationally recognized environmental youth leaders. If accepted into the program, Fellows will become active members of the RCC national campus program with thousands of active faculty, students, staff and administrators at 59 campuses. They will also benefit from the mentorship of longtime national climate and environmental advocate, expert, and author Dr. Robert K. Musil, and Associate Director Mackay Pierce an experienced campus organizer and environmental justice advocate.
RCC Fellows selected for the 2022-2023 will also benefit from attending the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute for 5 days from July 24-28, 2022. The AELI will be held at the Rockwood Manor Retreat Center adjacent to the C&O Canal National Park just outside Washington, DC, one of Rachel Carson’s favorite haunts for bird watching and enjoying nature.
- A $2,000 stipend over the fellowship term
- National recognition as a RCC Fellow
- Experience in professional writing and opportunities to publish
- Training and mentorship from environmental professionals on the RCC staff
- Professional experience organizing and working for a national environmental non-profit
- Training in advocacy, organizing, and writing as well as mentorship under RCC staff
- Participation in the RCC American Environmental Leadership Institute
- Access to the RCC National Advisory Council and RCC Alumni Network