Jobs & Internships

Employment Opportunities:

We are hiring! 

Job Title: Organizer for Grassroots Development

Reports To: Executive Director & Director of Leadership Development

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Background: The Clean Air Coalition builds power by developing grassroots leaders who organize their communities to run and win environmental justice and public health campaigns in Western New York.

Description:   In light of the recent election and the current political climate, the need to invest in community organizing is more urgent than ever. Without the involvement of the communities most affected by injustice, policies and practices are often ineffective. The Organizer for Grassroots Development is responsible for working with Clean Air’s base and constituency  to expand our  grassroots fundraising program,  build and sustaining relationships with members, leading teams dedicated to resourcing organizing campaigns, and maintaining day-to-day operations of the office.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Build and maintain fundraising team(s) accountable to the ongoing strategy of the campaign teams
  • Coordinate and facilitate member meetings, trainings and strategy sessions regarding fundraising strategy, fundraising events and one on one asks
  • Conduct one on one  meetings with members and individual donors
  • Coordinate and provide coaching to members and staff regarding fundraising strategy, fundraising events and one on one asks
  • Responsible for the development, management and execution of special events
  • Work with the Executive Director,staff, board and membership to coordinate fundraising campaigns, including written appeals, online appeals and annual fundraising drives
  • Work with Executive Director and staff to manage donor communications and grow the monthly sustainer program
  • Work with the Executive Director/ Director of Leadership Development on integrating a race and class analysis into membership team(s) to further advance Clean Air’s mission

Education, Experience & Skills

  • Has a sense of humor and likes talking to people!
  • Demonstrates the ability to work across lines of difference, with a nuanced understanding of systemic oppressions race/ class/ gender/ ability).
  • Ability to manage teams and lead volunteers.
  • Experience making fundraising asks is critical.
  • Must work well collaboratively as part of a team, yet be highly independent and able to take initiative.
  • Solid storytelling ability, understanding of narrative trajectory, authenticity and calls to action.
  • Flexibility to work some evenings and weekends as needed.
  • 1-2 years of administrative experience preferred. 1-2 years of organizing or leadership development experience a plus but not required.
  • Bi-lingual candidates, especially Spanish speaking, are encouraged to apply!
  • Proficient in Microsoft Suite necessary. Quickbooks and database experience preferred but not required.

Our Hiring Process and Timeline

  • We will review applications on a rolling basis until October 27th.  
  • We will begin scheduling interviews late October, early November.
  • If you are invited for an in-person interview, we will ask for a worksample relevant to this position (a process you created, a writing sample, or other relevant materials), and the contact information for 3 references (1 supervisory reference and two peers).
  • We would like to have the selected candidate start in mid-December.

Compensation and Benefits

  • This is a part-time, exempt position, working 20 hours per week starting at $17 an hour.
  • We provide full medical and dental insurance.
  • We provide paid time off, opportunities for professional development, and a fairly flexible schedule.
  • This job offers an opportunity to be on the cutting edge of equity and community engagement work. You will be challenged often, pushed to the limit, learn a bunch, have a lot of fun, be frustrated on occasion and inspired frequently, and make a difference in people’s lives.

Clean Air is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages People of Color, women, femme- identifying, those with working- class backgrounds, LGBTQIA  individuals and those  with disabilities to apply.

Interested candidates should email a cover letter and resume to Describe in your cover letter why you are interested in working with us and how your experience matches with our needs. If you would like to speak with someone regarding this position, please call Rebecca at 716-852-3813.




Volunteer Opportunities:

Clean Air Coalition relies on the work of dedicated volunteers. Please contact Clean Air for current opportunities or join us on our Member Mondays… Have a few hours the last Monday of the month? Stop by the Clean Air office between 4-6pm, meet other folks that care about their neighborhood and help us with mailings, research, turn out calls, or other important work.

Give us a call and let us know you plan on stopping by: 716-852-3813.

Internship Opportunities

Internship Overview
The Clean Air Coalition is a grassroots environmental health and justice organization based in Buffalo, New York. It works to build power by developing grassroots leaders who run and win campaigns that advance environmental justice and public health in the region. The Clean Air Coalition envisions a world where our environment promotes health and equity and where communities are actively engaged in decisions that impact their lives.

We seek interns to help with our organizing, community-based research, and development. All internships include some operations and administrative work. The Clean Air Coalition’s internships are ideal for highly motivated individuals looking to deepen and practice their skills engaging community leaders in solving environmental health and justice organizations.

Our interns work out of our Buffalo office. The Winter/Spring placements start in January and ends in May. Summer interns begin in June and end in August and the fall interns begin in September and end in December (exact dates are flexible). Internship hours may require attendance of evenings and/or weekend community events and neighborhood meetings.

The Coalition accepts two interns per semester. Internship goals are set between the intern and their supervisor based on the needs of the organization and the interests of the intern. Past intern projects include producing a report on toxic releases and worker exposures in Tonawanda, developing educational materials on how Erie County government passes laws, publishing a report on Tier 2 compliance in Erie County, making recommendations to improve the Coalition’s brand and identifying national foundations interested in supporting the Coalition’s work.

Current Internship Needs:
The Coalition is currently seeking interns to work on projects in the following areas:
PB Research Analyst: This project will focus on the first Participatory Budgeting (PB) process in the City of Buffalo. Intern will become familiar with best practices PB nationally and worldwide, support implication of PB in Buffalo and synthesize data collected and create visual reporting documents.
Political Education and Research Projects: Will include creating popular education documents on local municipalities that govern our organizing areas, tracking decision makers through and researching and developing popular education materials.
Development: Interns will work closely with Executive Director and Development Coordinator. Projects will include providing assistance on special event planning and execution; conducting research on major donor prospects and foundations; produce support for the board retreat, annual dinner and several targeted direct mail appeals.

The ideal candidates will have:
• Ability to work independently
• Strong interest in social justice, participatory democracy, environmental justice or non-profit management
• Strong communication, writing, and organizational skills
• Experience or interest working with non-profit organizations
• Strong skills working with Microsoft Office, Google Drive, Constant Contact, SalesForce
• Research experience, in or out of the classroom, on issues related to public policy, participatory democracy, public health, urban planning, environmental justice, spanish language, or development
• Bilingual in Spanish candidates highly encouraged to apply

We strongly encourage applications from people of color, women, and LGBTQ individuals. The internship is unpaid, though it may lead to paid work depending on the intern’s performance and available resources. For more information, visit our website at

To apply, send a letter of interest, resume, and work sample (e.g. a brochure, flyer, powerpoint presentation, report, info sheet) to Applications for fall 2017 must be submitted by September 1st.