Toxics Action Center
Toxics Action Center

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

At Toxics Action Center, we start from the core belief that everyone has a right to breathe clean air, drink clean water, and live in a healthy community where government operates responsively and democratically. Our mission is to make these rights a reality by organizing side by side with residents who are facing toxic threats.  We train residents in the skills and know-how they need to run effective local campaigns, while also developing long-term leaders to fuel New England’s progressive movements. Our work in Maine over the last eighteen years has led to countless victories including:

  • After we helped the community group, Protect South Portland, halt Exxon’s plan to bring tar sands through Northern New England and Maine, they passed the strongest city-wide ordinance in the country banning use of toxic pesticides on public and private lands.
  • Assisting local residents and lobstermen join together to prevent Conoco-Phillips and Trans-Canada from building a massive new liquefied natural gas facility in Harpswell.
  • Convincing the three largest blueberry growers in Maine to abandon aerial spraying of pesticides.
  • Halting a proposal to build a massive coal-burning power plant on the banks of a river and lobstering hub in Wiscasset.
  • Working with community groups in Camden, Scarborough, and Brunswick to ban toxic pesticide spraying on public lands and spark a regional movement to limit pesticides.  

Job Description

We are seeking an experienced community organizer to direct Toxics Action Center’s programs and campaigns in Maine. Key responsibilities include:

  • Strategic planning and program development: Set the organization’s agenda in Maine. You’ll identify the biggest local environmental threats in Maine, enter communities, and build relationships with key local leaders. You’ll work with local leaders to identify solutions to local environmental problems and develop creative strategies to win, including building coalitions.
  • Community organizing training and leadership development: You will organize with 10-15 community groups each year, conducting group training consultations on campaign skills as well as having one-on-one coaching and leadership development sessions with group leaders.
  • Communications and organizational visibility: You will work to increase Toxics Action Center’s media presence and name recognition by organizing events, news releases, holding one-on-one meetings, and doing online outreach and visibility.
  • Fundraising: You will build lasting relationships in the funder community and build resources for your work through foundation grants, cultivating major donors, door-to-door canvassing, event fundraisers, and other grassroots fundraising opportunities.
  • Volunteer and Staff Management: Recruit, train and manage a team of interns with potential to oversee staff as well.


The ideal candidate is passionate about community organizing, movement building, and environmental and racial justice. Candidates must have at least three years of post-college professional experience, such as community organizing, campaign coordination, environmental advocacy, or coalition building. If you have less experience, you can apply for our Community Organizer job.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary for this position is commensurate with the relevant professional experience and/or advanced degrees that a candidate possesses. We offer a competitive benefits package including health care, 401(k), education loan assistance, and paid vacation and sick days. Opportunities for advancement, travel and additional training are available.

Toxics Action Center is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a diverse workplace and a diverse movement.  People of color, women, and LGBT people are strongly encouraged to apply. 

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