Winds of Change Newsletter, September 2008 See sidebar for table of contents
The Sludge Safety Project (SSP) seeks an intern to help West Virginians build citizen power for the 2009 legislative session. Depending on skills and experience, the legislative intern will perform the following tasks:
HCoordinate citizen lobby days at least weekly. This includes sending mailings, making phone calls and making sure people have rides to get to the Capitol; keeping track of where legislators stand on our issues; preparing for each lobby training; and offering general support.
HDevelop and improve informational packets and outreach
materials such as postcards and letters to educate and move citizens to take action (make phone calls, meet with their legislator, write letters to the editor, etc.).
HRegularly check in with allies and lobbyists with the West Virginia Environmental Council, Council of Churches and Clean Elections; and stay informed on recent information, health articles, etc. pertinent to sludge safety.
HProvide updates to the group.
HSet up meetings between citizens and their legislators to
discuss important issues as needed.
Desired Skills and Qualifications Include:
HStrong interpersonal skills, not afraid to pick up the phone or meet new people.
HAttention to detail and well organized. Dependable, on time, self-motivated, able to work with limited supervision.
HBasic understanding of the issue of sludge and water in the southern West Virginia coalfields.
HBasic understanding of the role legislation has in making change.
HAble to create Word documents and send through e-mail. Experience with graphics and mail merge a plus.
HLobbying experience a plus.
Internship involves some travel. Preferred base of operation is Charleston, WV. Must be available to be at the State Capitol at least two days per week.
Compensation and Hours:
Full- or part-time starting ASAP and committing through April 2009, the end of the legislative session. Stipend and mileage reimbursement provided, depending on commitment and experience.
How to Apply:
Send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (304) 235-2618. Deadline is rolling until we fill the position.