What green groups offer in pay, perks

By Robin Bravender | 04/09/2024 01:24 PM EDT

Salary details, benefits and perks like “summer Fridays” are laid out in environmental nonprofits’ hiring ads. 

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Environmental organizations are trying to lure employees with competitive pay and perks including Fridays off in the summer and time off for sabbaticals. POLITICO illustration/Photos by iStock

Major environmental groups — including some that are reorganizing after layoffs — are on the hunt for new employees.

The Sierra Club is hiring a Utah chapter director for a salary of $97,200 per year. The Natural Resources Defense Council is seeking a Denver-based Western campaign manager with an annual salary up to $130,000. And Defenders of Wildlife is hoping to snag a senior attorney for its Washington office for a salary up to $126,000.

Job descriptions posted on environmental organizations’ websites or hiring sites offer extensive details about the work culture, benefits and salary ranges green nonprofits offer as they aim to lure talent. Some tout their hybrid work arrangements, “summer Fridays,” pet insurance, sabbaticals, diversity initiatives and parental leave policies.


Those hiring ads provide a glimpse into the working conditions inside groups that have seen dramatic institutional shifts recently. The environmental movement broadly has experienced a unionization wave, shakeups in leadership positions, a push for more diversity on staff and budget crunches that have spurred layoffs at some groups.