Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate and Outreach Coordinator

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is seeking candidates for a policy advocate who will work with businesses, communities, Maine people, and elected officials to promote sustainability and reduce impacts on Maine’s environment. Candidates should be entrepreneurial and passionate about Maine’s environment, with strong communications, organizing and advocacy skills. Competitive salary and benefits. Send cover letter and resume by November 26 to Leisa Dennett, NRCM, 3 Wade St., Augusta, ME  04330, or email to  


Job Summary:

The Sustainable Maine Policy Advocate will help advance NRCM’s mission across a number of policy areas, including advocacy for advanced recycling and product stewardship programs, promotion of sustainable business practices, and community initiatives that foster creative approaches to economic development and natural resource conservation. Responsibilities include advocacy before the Legislature; communications with businesses, community groups, and members of the public; grassroots organizing; and development and implementation of project initiatives and advocacy campaigns. A portion of the job may focus on sustainability initiatives in the greater Portland area that could be pilot projects for elsewhere in the state.


  • Demonstrated skills in environmental advocacy and policy analysis.
  • Prior experience with an environmental advocacy organization or non-profit involved in policy work preferred.
  • Commitment to and passion for environmental issues and NRCM’s mission.
  • Ability to learn policy issues quickly and communicate complex issues in simple and persuasive terms.
  • Excellent communications skills across a range of settings, including lobbying legislators, responding to the media, and speaking to the general public.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills, including ability to think strategically and motivate others toward common goals.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet deadlines and manage a project.
  • Ability to work with diverse constituencies, including staff from other non-profits, business leaders, and the general public.
  • Willingness to travel and build relationships with NRCM members, activists and potential allies in various Maine communities.
  • Enterprising, outgoing, entrepreneurial, and undaunted.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Provide leadership in developing NRCM policy positions and advocacy initiatives across a range of issues, including advanced recycling and product stewardship, solid waste management, sustainable business and community development, and pollution reduction.
  • Develop and deliver testimony to the Legislature and administrative bodies in support of NRCM positions on legislation, proposed policies, and regulations.
  • Work with the Advocacy Director to identify and respond to strategic issues involving policy challenges and emerging opportunities.
  • Build an expanding network of strategic relationships with key decision makers, business and community leaders, and other organizations and individuals who may help advance policy positions.
  • Help build support from activists, legislators, the media, and general public through written and oral communications.
  • Develop materials in support of advocacy initiatives, including fact sheets, reports, and public communications.
  • Provide leadership in developing and managing NRCM’s product stewardship and sustainability work and keep NRCM staff and Board informed of project status.
  • Work with NRCM development staff on grants and fundraising strategies.
  • Solicit ongoing performance feedback from colleagues and utilize such feedback for professional development.
  • Assist with NRCM’s marketing, membership, and organizational development initiatives, as directed.




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.


Internships at the Natural Resources Council of Maine

The Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) provides unpaid internship opportunities throughout the year. NRCM is the state’s leading environmental advocacy organization. We have a broad range of major initiatives underway in the areas of addressing global warming, promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency, curbing threats to Maine’s North Woods, reducing threats from toxic pollution, and protecting water quality and Maine’s rivers.

Interns work on one or more meaningful projects in these issue areas, depending on the candidate’s strengths and interests and NRCM’s organizational needs. Interns work under the supervision of the Advocacy Director or one of the Project Directors. Interns get an inside view of how the environmental policy process in Maine works, and how NRCM mobilizes facts, media attention, decision-makers, and the public to contribute to the protection of Maine’s environment. Prior interns have had a great experience, and NRCM appreciates having them.

Send resume and cover letter to Leisa Dennett,





Augusta, Maine
The Natural Resources Council of Maine
Leisa Dennett

3 Wade St., Augusta, ME 04330