Sierra Club Maine Volunteer Opportunities
Unique among environmental organizations, the Sierra Club is run by and for volunteers. We are truly a grassroots group of citizen activists committed to environmental stewardship and protecting our environment today and for future generations. We work on national and state levels of course, but we are also focused on local communities, and our effectiveness and success is based on volunteer action and leadership.
There are so many fun and meaningful ways to get involved in the Chapter's vital work to protect Maine's environment. Volunteer opportunities range from lending a hand in the office (database entry, mailings, etc...), tabling at events, participating or leading an outing, writing a letter to the editor, organizing a film night, contacting legislators about environmental issues, helping to elect pro-environmental politicians, organize rallies and other events, and joining one of our Teams.
Sierra Club strongly values and supports our volunteers. Please see below for the various ways to volunteer, and contact our volunteer coordinate Jeanine Bischoff or call the office at 207-761-5616 for more information.
Sierra Club Maine Teams
Climate Action Team (CAT)
Our Climate Action Team program works to address the climate crisis by moving Maine beyond fossil fuels to 100% clean energy like solar, wind, and energy efficiency. We also oppose dirty energy projects like the plan to pump dangerous tar sands oil from Canada through Maine. If you would like to start on join a local climate action team in your community, contact Glen Brand.
The Transportation Team advocates for more public transportation choices, electric vehicles and fuel-efficient cars, and smart state and local policies that encourage and support sustainable transportation in Maine. We are currently focusing on the exciting proposal to provide new passenger rail service connecting Portland and Lewiston-Auburn, and eventually to other parts of the state and Montreal. We are also working to oppose Cianbro Corporation's plan to build a private, East-West toll highway for freight trucks across the Maine Woods region. For more information, contact Tony Donovan.
The Fundraising Team helps to provide the resources Sierra Club Maine needs to carry out its mission. The Team reaches out to members, donors and grantmakers, as well as organizes our successful Annual Dinner & Awards event. For more information, contact Jeanine Bischoff.
Our Political Team helps to elect state and national candidates who will support and promote environmental protection; inform the public about candidates’ environmental positions and voting records; and encourage Club members and concerned citizens to participate in the political process and to volunteer for endorsed campaigns. For more information, contact Melissa Walsh Innes.
The Legislative Team advocates for pro-environment laws and policies in Augusta. We organize our members to lobby their legislators, testify on a bills, host house parties and more. For more information, contact Becky Bartovics.
Maine Woods Team
The Maine Woods Team is dedicated to protecting Maine's vast forests and wildlands for today and for future generations. For more information, contact Jim Frick.
Ocean Protection Team
This team is currently focused on two priority issues: preventing the proposed harmful dredging plan for Penobscot Bay, and addressing the serious problem of ocean acidification caused by global warming pollution. For more information, contact Tara Hollander.
The Executive Team is responsible for all aspects of the Maine Chapter, including setting policy, fiscal management, staff supervision, and working with national Sierra Club. If you are interested in joining the Executive Committee, contact Becky Bartovics.
Green Sneakers Outreach Program
Our Green Sneakers outreach program educates Mainers about the importance of making their homes and businesses more energy efficient. For more information, contact Joan Saxe.
From the popular short, local “we don’t go far, we don’t go long, and then we eat!” samplers, to climbing Maine’s highest (and not so high) peaks, our outings committee organizes forays to Maine’s special places. If you would like to attend the next outing, or if you’d like to become an outings leader please contact Bill Briggs for information.
Do you live near our downtown Portland office? Help is needed for a variety of office work, like stamping and stuffing envelopes for mailings or maintaining our membership database. If you’d like to help out in the office for an hour or two a week contact Jeanine Bischoff or call 207-761-5616.
Set Up a Film Night
Organize an environmental film series in your community. To borrow a film from our film library and to get help setting up a screening in your community. Contact our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Jeanine Bischoff or call 207-761-5616 to learn how you can get involved!
Write letters to the editor on topics of interest in your region. We will let you know when letters on specific issues are needed. Contact our Volunteer and Outreach Coordinator, Jeanine Bischoff or call 207-761-5616 to learn how you can help.
Sierra Club Maine's unpaid internships provide valuable experience for college (and high school) students who may be interested in pursuing a career in environmental activism and organizing. To inquire about internship openings, please send a resume and cover letter to Jeanine Bischoff.