Clean Water and Air Advocate

Environment Texas

Austin, TX, US

Environment Texas needs an experienced advocate to drive our campaigns to protect public health and the environment from water and air pollution. This person will work with Environment Texas’ state director and the national program team as well as with our organizers, stakeholders and key allies to build momentum and expand support for clean water and air.

For the last ten years, Environment Texas has played a leading role in cleaning up air and water pollution in the Lone Star State. Our lawsuits against Shell and Chevron Phillips reduced air pollution in Houston by one million pounds per year. We helped restore Clean Water Act protections to 143,000 miles of Texas streams. We won voter approval of $50 million to purchase and protect land in the environmentally sensitive Barton Springs watershed. And we helped win a major investment in water conservation by the state water board to help combat a historic drought.

Texas is known for its wide open skies, beautiful swimming holes, and friendly people. But air and water pollution threaten our natural heritage, public health, and wildlife. According to our research, Texas ranks second in the nation for toxic discharges to our water and first in exceedances of safe drinking water standards for lead. And Texas has the highest rates of “High Priority Violators” of clean air laws in the nation.

The advocate will help us reach the following clean water and air campaign goals:

  • Clean Water: From lead in our drinking water to polluted run-off making our rivers unsafe for swimming, Texas suffers from unacceptable levels of water pollution. The advocate will work to get lead out of the drinking water in schools and to get cities to combat stormwater runoff by adopting policies to promote green infrastructure.

  • Texas Clean Air Project: In 2015, refineries, chemical and other industrial plants released more than 69 million pounds of unauthorized air pollution. The advocate will manage our Neighborhood Witness program to call out the state’s worst polluters and organize community members to push polluters to comply with their clean air permits and eliminate illegal pollution. Work with our attorneys at the National Environmental Law Center to sue targetted polluters. Work with a coalition of groups to help raise awareness about air pollution issues in the Houston region.

To win these campaigns, we need to get more people more engaged to press our leaders to clean up Texas’ air and water. We need to get more citizens, more opinion leaders, more people and more organizations representing varied and powerful constituencies engaged in the effort.

Responsibilities include:

Campaign Coordination: Working with our staff and our campaign partners to win ongoing support for local, state and federal policies to support clean air and water. This will include building partnerships with allies and being responsible for meeting our tactical campaign goals.

Coalition Building: Cultivating relationships with diverse and powerful allies and expanding the constituencies supporting our efforts. This will include building a coalition of more than 200 key allies and getting them actively involved in our campaign including attending events, participating in press conferences, and tapping into their networks to promote the campaign.

Grassroots Mobilization: Working with our organizers and advocates to mobilize citizens in support of our campaigns both on and offline. Providing compelling information and opportunities for action to our members and the general public will be a critical component of winning our clean energy campaigns.

Media and Visibility: Getting the word out far and wide, in the media and through other channels is a critical part of our work. By elevating the issue in the public debate, we can better educate and motivate our supporters and hold decision-makers accountable. Opportunities for visibility will include releasing reports, writing and developing materials, including press releases, developing talking points, op-eds, letters to the editor, in addition to social media materials and doing outreach to the media. Our advocate will also be responsible for representing the organization at various conferences, on panels, etc.

Fundraising: Money makes the world go round. The advocate will help raise grant money to fund our work and will help cultivate donors for our clean air and water work. S/he will also have the opportunity to provide briefings and updates for our citizen outreach staff, donors and funders.

Recruitment: Help recruit new staff, new interns and new volunteers to increase our impact and build more power.