Civic Engagement Fellow

JustME for JustUS is a collaboration between the Maine Environmental Education Association and Campaign Earth. Born in Summer 2020, JMJU is a new project dedicated to developing a civic engagement and climate justice statewide youth-led network. Our goal is to convene a powerful group of diverse Maine youth who care about the environment and climate justice, connect them with each other and mentors, and provide training and resources needed to be a force in 2021 and beyond. We offer regional listening sessions, trainings, school and campus visits, and youth led strategy development. Our goal is to shift power and mobilize Maine youth to be critical players in building a just and sustainable Maine. 

This project arose out of a need for a new model that:

  • Prioritizes youth in northern towns and rural Maine communities

  • Builds content for youth that comes out of their specific community and experience

  • Pays young people for their work.

  • Focuses on climate justice and civic engagement

  • Builds sustainability so that organizing can continue beyond students' graduation.

  • Increases representation and diversity in civic engagement and environmental work

  • Generates hope through examples of youth projects and providing opportunities and tools to make a difference.

Fellowship Information

  • The start date is March 1, 2021. 

  • The JMJU Fellowship pays $15-21 per hour, depending on experience with room for negotiation. 

  • The Fellow will work up to 15 hours per week through July 1, 2021, with the possibility of extension. 

  • Upon hire, there is potential to receive up to $500 in seed money to invest in a passion project that aligns with JMJU’s mission. 

  • The Fellow will work with Chloe Maxmin and Paige Nygaard to build their individual flexible work plan.

  • This fellowship is designed to be flexible and virtual.  Work can be done where you currently live. You will be expected to join one weekly meeting with the entire JMJU team plus additional daily check-ins with Chloe and Paige.  We recognize you will be working other jobs and projects at the same time and we will work with you to be flexible and support you in this fellowship.

  • If you are selected, we will work with you to overcome any barriers...if you don't have a laptop or need help with WIFI - we will help you get one; We are all currently working virtual but if COVID allows and transportation is a limiting factor - we will work together to meet in locations that can work for you.

Fellow Responsibilities:

  • Civic Engagement Training Development and Coordination

    • The Fellow will be responsible for supporting the development of at least 5 trainings. They will support the JMJU team in developing an innovative engaging civic engagement training series for youth in rural Maine. This includes research on existing trainings, working with JMJU members to brainstorm trainings, and connecting with other civic engagement trainers across the country. 

      • For example, we found an exciting database of wonderful trainings that we can adapt for rural Maine youth. We need to sift through this massive resource and find the best material for JMJU. 

    • Support coordination of at least five training sessions. This includes scheduling, logistics, and technology preparation. It also includes working with partner organizations around publicity.

      • For example, we are going to host a Maine Legislature 101 Training in February and want to follow up with a training from multiple Legislators around lobbying, bill process, etc… 

  • The Fellow will be responsible for updating and monitoring all of JMJU’s Social Media, with support and oversight from Chloe and Paige. This includes: 

    • At least 2 posts on Facebook and Instagram per week

    • Updating JMJU’s website once every two weeks. 

    • Coordinating and publishing one youth LTE on the JMJU blog every two weeks.

  • Outreach coordination

    • Part of JMJU includes building a new kind of climate justice/civic engagement network in Maine that includes rural voices. This requires outreach to communities that might not be connected to Maine’s environmental community already. The Fellow will support outreach to rural schools, youth, and educators in key regions identified by the JMJU team. 

Skills Required:

  • Passion for building a more inclusive climate justice and civic engagement sector  in Maine

  • Passion for building youth power

  • The belief that everyone can be a changemaker in their own way

  • Working collaboratively across difference

  • Openness to facilitating cross-generational conversations

  • Desire to build your own skills and share your knowledge with others

  • Self-motivation and independence

  • Reliability

Fellowship Important Details:


Application Due by Friday, February 12th, 2021 at 11:59 PM EST.


Click here to apply

If you have questions please email Chloe Maxmin (csmaxmin@gmail.com) AND Paige Nygaard (nygaardpaige@gmail.com).


JustME for JustUS (JMJU) is a project of Maine Environmental Changemakers in collaboration with Campaign Earth that aims to develop a civic engagement and climate justice statewide youth-led network.


Email: justmeforjustus@gmail.com

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