Environmental Justice

GreenLaw: (based in ATL)

  • GreenLaw is a community based non-profit legal organization located in Atlanta, Georgia. They are the only legal organization that provides free legal services to underserved communities in Georgia. They provide environmental organizations with the legal advice and tools needed to protect their environment and address environmental justice issues. According to their website, GreenLaw strives, “to make the application and enforcement of Georgia’s environmental laws protect all Georgians equally.”
  • To get in touch with GreenLaw, fill out the form on this contact page.
  • P: 404-659-3122

GotGreen: (based in Seattle)

  • Got Green is a grassroots organization in the South Seattle area working for environmental, racial, and economic justice. It is led by people of color and low income people, and the focus is to empower their communities by building community leaders. They strive to make sure the benefits of the green movement reach underserved communities by creating strong leaders and strong voices. Three different committees–Food Access, Young Leaders, and Climate Justice– allow them to address a number of issues.
  • If you are interested in working with Got Green, fill out the form on this contact page.

Truly Living Well: (based in ATL)

  • The organization Truly Living Well was founded in 2006 by K. Rashid Nuri, whose goals were to learn everything he could about food; “from seed to table.” TLW has two natural urban farms located in Atlanta that not only provide fresh, local food to communities with food insecurities, but also provides educational opportunities. Visitors and volunteers of the garden can learn urban gardening skills, while local schools have the opportunity to conduct life science courses at the garden. TLW provides a space for community and a connection to the land, not just food.
  • There are currently 2 positions open; Farm Operations Manager and Program Service Manager. To find out more, visit this site, and to apply email resume and cover letters to opportunities@trulylivingwell.com.
  • For volunteering opportunities, visit this page.

Athens Land Trust: (based in Athens)

  • Athens Land Trust was founded in 1994 in Athens-Clarke County by Skipper StipeMaas and Nancy Stangle. ALT is one of the only land trusts that focuses not just on conservation, but on community as well. By helping to provide the Athens community permanent affordable housing, access to local fresh food, youth development, and education programs, ALT is able to promote and foster a sustainable and just use of the land.
  • They currently have a few internships available, visit this site to find out more; specific contact information for each internship is specified. They also currently have a VISTA development assistant position open through AmeriCorps; apply here.  

Indigenous Environmental Network: (based in MN, but national)

  • IEN, or the Indigenous Environmental Network, was formed in 1990 in response to environmental and economic justice issues faced by the indigenous people throughout North America. Today, IEN acts at a local, regional, and national scale, but started as a small grassroots community built on educating and empowering Indigenous People. Their shared mission is, “to protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination and exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law.”
  • There are currently two job openings at the headquarters in MN: visit this link to find out more.
  • To find out more, visit this contact page.

UGArden: (based in Athens)

  • UGArden is a student and volunteer run community farm in Athens, GA that focuses on sustainable food growth and community outreach. UGArden was started by a group of students in 2010, and was originally known as the Campus Community Gardening Initiative. In addition to teaching students valuable farming skills, UGArden donates a large portion of the food grown to organizations in the community like Campus Kitchen, Grow it Know it, and UGA Food Pantry.
  • A number of volunteer opportunities are available each semester; to find out more, visit this page.
  • Internships are offered every semester; to find out more, email your inquiries to garden.uga@gmail.com.

Athens Area Habitat for Humanity (based in Athens)

  • The Athens Area habitat for Humanity was founded in 1988 to help provide affordable housing for low income communities. They have a number of programs to address housing issues in Athens, from their Affordable Homes program, ReNew Athens, and Brush With Kindness.
  • To apply for a position with Habitat, visit this website and fill out the form.

CHEJ: Center for Health, Environment, and Justice

  • The Center for Health, Environment, and Justice (CHEJ) was founded in 1981 by Lois Gibbs in Niagara Falls, NY in response to toxic waste in the Love Canal neighborhood. According to CHEJ’s website, Lois believed that the best way to solve environmental injustices is to empower those directly impacted and allow them to become part of the decision making process. For this reason, CHEJ works to empower communities locally and nationally to address environmental justice issues.
  • To inquire about jobs and internships, visit this link.

Environmental Professionals Intern Program, Dawes Arboretum, OH

This is a training program is specifically designed for recent graduates and emerging conservation professionals, seeking direct experience and practical skills to enhance credentials and assist in career advancement opportunities.

Contact: Shana Byrd, Director of Land Conservation, The Dawes Arboretum, 7770 Jacksontown Road, Newark, OH 43056; email sbyrd@dawesarb.org

Climate Institute Internships

The Climate Institute in Washington DC has internships areas such as research, writing, and social media. These internships give opportunity to connect to and support work which aims to mitigate climate change. Current opportunities are for summer internships.

Trees Atlanta

Trees Atlanta is an Atlanta based forestry organization committed to the beautification and restoration of green spaces in urban atlanta. The Urban Forestry Crew maintains urban trees and manages volunteers.

Brian Williams: Urban Forestry Director brian@treesatlanta.org

Georgia Organics Job Board

Georgia organics posts jobs relating to meaningful food work around Georgia. Many of these jobs relate to food sovereignty, food access, and local agriculture.

Climate Action Network Internship Program

The Climate Action Network Internship Program is an opportunity to gain experience working on an international level with a multinational community of NGOs and to contribute to solving the problems of climate change. Internships are on a rolling basis. Apply below.


Nature Conservancy GLOBE internship program

Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment or GLOBE prepares young professionals for successful careers in the environmental workforce by bridging the gap between academics and real-world STEM work, encouraging innovation, and assisting in professional development.


Texas A&M Job Board

For all jobs, internships, and assistantships related to aquaculture, wildlife, fisheries, environment, ecology, natural resources, conservation, biological sciences, life sciences, and outdoor recreation.


Good Food Jobs

Local and global opportunities related to food. Food nonprofits, food media, and agriculture organizations post jobs, internships, and apprenticeships.


Louisiana Environmental Action Network

“The Louisiana Environmental Action Network (LEAN) is a community based not-for-profit organization that has been working since 1986 to resolve the unique environmental struggles present in Louisiana.”

Internship-Collects census data and organizes information regarding various environmental justice sites (such as photo documentation, demographics, and legal histories) across Louisiana for LEAN’s new website, their professional records, and for public education.

Clean Water Action-

  • About Us-”To protect our environment, health, economic well-being and community quality of life. Clean Water Action organizes strong grassroots groups and coalitions, and campaigns to elect environmental candidates and to solve environmental and community problems.”
  • Internships and Jobs- https://www.cleanwateraction.org/about/jobs

Peace Corps


All Volunteers serve in six general work areas: Agriculture, Community Economic Development, Education, Environment, Health, and Youth in Development.

Volunteers can“teach environmental education in elementary and secondary schools and promote environmental awareness to groups and individuals outside school settings,Assist environmental groups and nongovernmental organizations in management and development,Promote sustainable use of natural resources ,Teach soil conservation, forestry, and vegetable gardening practicesForestry ,Establish forest conservation plans and develop alternatives to wood as a fuel source,Work on soil conservation and reforestation projects,Improve agroforestry practices, such as fruit production•Preserve biodiversity near national parks or other reserves”

Southern Environmental Law Center

“SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents.”

Interns can expect to do research and writing on issues for litigation or for other environmental advocacy in a substantive area. Depending on the project area, research may include federal and state environmental statutes and regulations, and procedural and evidentiary issues


Earthjustice- Washington,DC

Earthjustice is the premier nonprofit environmental law organization. We take on the biggest, most precedent-setting cases across the country. We wield the power of law and the strength of partnership to protect people’s health, to preserve magnificent places and wildlife, to advance clean energy, and to combat climate change.


The Policy and Legislation (PAL) intern will work with the PAL department, which is comprised of environmental lobbyists and advocates, to protect our courtroom victories from efforts to undo them in Congress and defend and strengthen the same environmental laws Earthjustice enforces in the courtroom

Bag Speak- Santa Cruz,California

Bagito reusable shopping bags were created by Power2Sustain to help provide funding for its programs. Bagitos are full-sized, micro-stuffable shopping bags designed to hang on a key ring. 100% of the proceeds from the sales of Bagitos go to the Power2Sustain project.

Research on relevant environmental issues for K-12 students (centering on environmental stewardship, sustainability, and personal responsibility for our planet.Creating lessons and activities on environmental topics for K-12 teachers.


Atlanta Beltline Environmental Justice Program (based in Atlanta)


P: (404) 4773003

“Tasked with overseeing the planning and execution of the project, ABI works closely with City of Atlanta departments to define details of the plan, secure public funding, inform and engage members of the community, and serve as the overall project management office for construction of the trails, transit, parks, and other key components”



P: (404) 6593122

Environmental Health Dept. of Georgia


P: (404) 6576534

“The goal of environmental justice is to ensure that all people, regardless of race, national origin or income, are protected from disproportionate impacts of environmental hazards.”

West Atlanta Watershed Alliance

P: (404) 7525385

An all-volunteer nonprofit that seeks to promote a healthy watershed and community, starting from “a community struggle for environmental justice evolved into an organization that also fosters environmental stewardship.”

Indigenous Environmental Network

P: (218) 7514967


IEN is an alliance of Indigenous Peoples whose Shared Mission is to Protect the Sacredness of Earth Mother from contamination & exploitation by Respecting and Adhering to Indigenous Knowledge and Natural Law

Power Shift Network


Through the collective power of young people, the Power Shift Network is working for a safe climate and just future where communities are thriving and own their power—whether that power is electrical, economic, social, or political.

Movement Generation Justice and Ecology Project


Movement Generation Justice & Ecology Project inspires and engages in transformative action towards the liberation and restoration of land, labor, and culture. We are rooted in vibrant social movements led by low-income communities and communities of color committed to a Just Transition away from profit and pollution and towards healthy, resilient and life-affirming local economies.

P: 510- 649-1475

Got Green

Got Green builds community power by waging visionary campaigns at the intersection of racial, economic, gender and climate justice that incite community participation (via robust base-building), provides a pipeline of leadership development for directly impacted communities, and engages in direct action. Their three grassroots committees — Food Access, Young Leaders, and Climate Justice — are their primary vehicles of building power and creating change.

Solar Aid


SolarAid is an international charity that combats poverty and climate change. They provide access to solar lights in some of the most remote regions of Malawi, Uganda and Zambia through our social enterprise, SunnyMoney.