RAY Clean Energy Fellow/Environmental Justice

POSITION TITLE: RAY Clean Energy/Environmental Justice Fellow


REPORTS TO: Sam Montaño Director of Organizing                 

STATUS: Regular, Full-Time                             

LOCATION: Chelsea, MA 


Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship Program aims to increase and facilitate environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. The RAY Fellowship Program is a paid fellowship designed to equip recent college graduates with the tools, experiences, support, and community they need to become leaders in the conservation and clean energy sectors—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents, includes, and is led by the diverse communities, perspectives, and experiences of the United States.

ABOUT GreenRoots, Inc

GreenRoots, Inc., is a grassroots community-based organization with a 25-year track record of achieving significant environmental justice accomplishments and public health victories in Chelsea, Massachusetts and the Greater Boston region. The mission of GreenRoots is to achieve environmental justice and greater quality of life through collective action, unity, education and youth leadership across neighborhoods and communities. We do so through deep community engagement and empowerment, youth leadership and implementation of innovative projects and campaigns.  GreenRoots carries out  grassroots, base-building campaigns that result in broad-based resident engagement, particularly the most ethnically and racially diverse, lowest income and hardest to reach residents.


This position will be involved in the following; engaging members in regular community meetings, deep and meaningful relationships building, doorknocking, event implementation and membership recruitment and development. The goals are to foster relationships with community members, build trust among community, expand leadership development to address and dismantle the structural racism and discrimination in environmental, land use, health care, and policy deciscions facing Chelsea and East Boston residents.


  • Participate in grassroots organizing campaigns from start to finish. This includes, door knocking, flyer making/outreach, and planning and implementation of community meetings.
  • Empower residents and develop strategies to address environmental and health inequities, disparities and injustices.
  • Attend and mobilize community/city meetings in Chelsea, Boston, and surrounding communities.
  • Lead and implement grassroots organizing efforts to engage local residents, particularly low-income residents, immigrants, people of color and youth in community meetings.
  • Coordinate projects with city agencies and other community based agencies, as appropriate.
  • Support microgrid and energy work being led by others in the organization.
  • Provide support to the Leadership Team and Waterfront Coordinator on Energy Democracy projects
  • Conduct outreach to microgrid partners, participants and community as a whole
  • Provide other support as requested by the Executive Director and Associate Executive Director.


In addition to the responsibilities at the host institution outlined above, RAY Fellows will spend, on average, 2-4 hours per week (5-10% of work time) on the following:

  • Actively communicating and building community with their RAY Fellow cohort and previous RAY Fellows.
  • Attending monthly check-ins calls (including 1-on-1 check-ins with RAY program staff and group calls with their RAY Fellow cohort).
  • Meeting regularly with mentors both inside and outside the host institution.
  • Attending monthly professional development webinars, trainings, and other opportunities to build knowledge and skills.
  • Developing a Personal Leadership Plan (PLP) in their 2nd year with the support of supervisor(s), mentors, RAY program staff, and their RAY Fellow cohort. The PLP will serve as a tool for self-reflection, planning, and assessing progress towards professional, personal, and leadership goals.
  • Preparing and leading an hour-long end-of-fellowship webinar highlighting their Fellowship experience.

RAY Fellows will also attend:

  • A 3-day Orientation Retreat in November 2022.
  • A 3-day Mid-Fellowship Leadership Retreat in September 2023.


Eligible RAY Fellow applicants will:

Come from a racial/ethnic background underrepresented in conservation and clean energy and demonstrate a commitment to the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Be no more than 1 year out of college and have a Bachelor's Degree by September 2022 (we are not considering individuals with graduate degrees at this time).

Have not had a full-time job in conservation or clean energy.

Have the ability to work in the United States and commit to the entire fellowship.


  • A college degree by the time of employment
  • An interest in the field of clean energy/ Environmental Justice.
  • Demonstrated intellect and leadership.
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills.
  • An eagerness to learn.
  • Spanish Language skills a plus.


This is a two-year, full-time fellowship (one year with a one year renewal) starting on or after September 12, 2022.


The Fellowship is compensated and sponsored by GreenRoots, who offers a competitive benefits package as well as training and professional development opportunities.

Full Time Salary for this position is: $50,000


To apply for the RAY Fellowship Program, applicants must:

Complete the online application survey on the RAY Fellowship Program website: https://rayfellowship.org/apply

Follow the instructions on the linked application webpage to submit a resume or curriculum vitae, one essay response, one visioning response, one short answer response, and a letter of support.

Applications must be submitted to the RAY Fellowship Program no later than June 26, 2022. Transcripts and additional writing samples are not required. If you have questions please see our FAQ page, attend an informational webinar or watch a recording, and any further questions about the application process can be submitted to the RAY Program Manager, Charlie Espedido, via email at charlie@elpnet.org.

GreenRoots is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status. GreenRoots is continually seeking to diversify its staff, particularly to broaden opportunities for individuals from demographic groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences and in environmental advocacy.