Job Title: JC Woodley Memorial Fellowship for Storytelling in Environmental Justice (Documentary)

Reports to: Advancement Outreach & Recruitment Manager, Kimala Luna

Organization: Dogwood Alliance

Location: Remote and In-Person

Position Type: Full-time, Hourly, Internship

About Dogwood Alliance: 

For over 25 years, Dogwood Alliance has fought threats to Southern US forests and frontline communities. We promote forest protection as the best solution to climate change. We partner with communities to develop economic solutions that work with and for our forests.

For more information, visit our website: www.dogwoodalliance.org.

Position Summary: 

Are you interested in making a difference in the world of climate and social justice? Consider joining Dogwood Alliance this summer as our Documentary Fellow. The JC Woodley Fellowship will give you valuable environmental justice movement experience.

As a Documentary Fellow, you will:

1) produce a video documentary related to an environmental justice issue

2) design and execute an environmental justice lesson plan for children ages 6-12. They are participants of the Horizons program in Asheville, NC. You will be a mentor to students in the Black Student Union (Asheville).

3) deepen your understanding of the environmental justice movement in the Southern US

Key Responsibilities: 

Create a curriculum focused on teaching environmental justice. The curriculum is for children ages 6-12 in the Horizons program.

Establish curriculum for class
Receive input and feedback from supervisors before presenting the material
Lead the class
Create a short video documentary.

  • Document time during the internship
  • Tell a compelling story about environmental justice and industrial logging in the South
  • Complete a short video a few weeks before the end of the term
  • Present the video to Dogwood Alliance staff

Learn about environmental justice issues.

Attend regular Zoom meetings with Dogwood Alliance staff to learn about different programs

Must have: 

  1. Availability to work 35 hours per week beginning on May 20th, 2023
  2. Experience with shooting and editing video
  3. Experience in teaching, curriculum development, education
  4. Understanding of environmental justice
  5. Ability to communicate needs and ask for help
  6. Passion for community and social justice

In the past, our Fellows have come from diverse backgrounds across the US South. We welcome and encourage people of all backgrounds to apply to the fellowship. Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, youths and elders, those who have experienced incarceration, migration, etc. Your background and experiences enrich our team. Our Fellowship program welcomes you to apply and grow with us.

Travel & Location: 

Dogwood Alliance can hire people in these states: NC, MI, GA, LA, SC, PA. You need to live in one of these states to apply. You don’t have to move; you can work from home if you’re in these states. We won’t look at applications from outside these states.

The candidate must be on-site in Asheville to teach a course for a week during the fellowship. We may support other voluntary travel if it matches the project goals and budget. Dogwood Alliance will cover travel and accommodations for the Fellow. Otherwise, there is no relocation required. This position is otherwise remote.

Compensation and Benefits: 

This fellowship opportunity is a 12-week fixed-length project. It is full-time (35 hours per week). Fellows will receive a living wage of $20.00 per hour for their work. Because this is a temporary internship position, it does not qualify for any benefits. We offer a flexible work schedule as well as holidays off.

Application Process & Deadline:

Kimala Luna, our Advancement Outreach & Recruitment Manager, will lead the hiring.

Application Review (March 1 – March 30)

  • All applicants must submit a resume and examples of content or videos that they’ve created. They must answer two application questions.

Introduction Call (April 1 – April 7) :

  • The hiring manager will schedule an introductory, 30-minute call with selected candidates. Candidates will discuss the role and their interests.

First Round Interview (April 8 – April 15)

  • This is a more thorough interview to explore candidates’ qualifications and backgrounds.

Final Round Interview (April 16 – April 30)

  • Select candidates will meet a hiring team. During this interview, candidates will share more about their expectations for the role. They will also learn about Dogwood Alliance culture.

Final Offer (May 6 – May 10) The selected candidate will receive an offer letter.

Start Date (May 20) The chosen candidate begins their journey with Dogwood Alliance.

The Fellowship runs May 20, 2024 – August 19, 2024.

How to Apply:

Our application requirements are:

1) submission of a resume

2) answers to these two questions: What is your understanding of environmental justice? What calls you to this work?

3) provide examples of any content or videos you’ve made in the past. Share something you’re proud of!

Interested candidates: please apply on our BambooHR site. Do you need any accommodations or have questions? Please email Balpreet, Director of People & Culture, at balpreet@dogwoodalliance.org.

EEOC Statement: 

At Dogwood Alliance, we’re committed to equity, justice, and inclusivity. We follow EEOC guidelines. We offer equal employment opportunities to everyone, regardless of their background. We don’t tolerate discrimination or harassment. We treat everyone fairly in all aspects of employment. Read our full statement here.

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