What is Wetlands Activism Collective?
in 1989, Wetlands Activism Collective is a volunteer-run, New York City-based
Recognizing the common roots of all forms of oppression,
Wetlands Activism Collective fights for human, earth, and animal liberation
through protest, direct action, street theater, political advocacy, and public
education and isalways seeking committed, responsible, individuals to assist in organizing
exciting projects year round. Responsibilities vary widely, depending on
interns' experience, interests, time commitment, and the needs of the program
at the time. These positions are excellent opportunities to learn about a wide
range of environmental, animal rights, and social justice issues.
are given the opportunity to select the area of focus that is most appealing to
their interests from a range of choices (listed below).
and volunteer opportunities fall into three categories:
– General interns take on
short-term tasks on a wide variety of projects on an as-needed basis. Those who can only make a limited or
sporadic time commitment, or who want to tip their toes into a wide variety of
projects prefer general internships.
Task-Based – Task-based internships focus on a specific
task area as it relates to a wide variety of organizational programs and
administrative functions —working with media, fundraising, computer
maintenance, documentation of events, etc.
Program-Based – Program-based performing a wide variety of
tasks necessary for one specific project or campaign.
Interning, Volunteering, and Collective Membership
are ideally suited for people
interested in making a short or mid-term commitment to devote substantial
amounts of time to the organization on a weekly basis. Interns are mentored by
experienced Wetlands volunteers and often view internship opportunities as an
opportunity to learn or practice a variety of skills and information Many, though not all, interns are
current or recent students, and some students complete internships as part of
an academic requirement.
contrast to interns, volunteers generally participate in our organization for
an indeterminate length of time.
Some choose to participate in specific projects, while others involve
themselves in all aspects of the organizations work. Some volunteers go on to make a long-term investment in the
overall management and in shaping the direction of our organization, as members
of our collective.
term volunteers may go on to provide guidance and support to new interns and volunteers.
time commitments vary widely, with some volunteers only able to volunteer
several hours per week or on an occasional basis, while others regularly commit
volunteers join our organization with extensive experience in their chosen area
of volunteer work, and thus do not expect or require the same level of
mentorship as interns. People who
have already completed internships with other organizations and may be employed
will sometimes not be interested in applying for another internship, but may be
enthusiastic to find a volunteer opportunity.
all positions below are described as internships, these positions are also open
new office is located at 15 Thames Street at the corner of Morton Street in
East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, New York City. However, most meetings are held at various locations in
Manhattan. Externships are also
available for people outside of New York City or who are unable to commute to
Credit: Can be arranged in conjunction with school internship programs at the
high school, college, and post-graduate levels. We will fulfill any
requirements of a formal internship (such as training in particular skills or
issues and administrative details like attendance sheets evaluation forms and
Salary: Unfortunately, we are unable to pay interns, but
many have gone on to find salaried positions in the environmental movement
subsequent to their internship with organizations including Rainforest Action
Network, Friends of Animals, Greenpeace, The Ruckus Society, The New York Civil
Liberties Union, The Allegheny Defense Project, The High School for
Environmental Studies, The Alliance for Democracy, ForestEthics, Western Rivers
Conservancy, The Rainforest Alliance, Rainforest Foundation-US, Defenders of
Wildlife, Women's Law Project, Connecticut Audubon Society, and In Defense of
Animals. Additionally, the very flexible hours of Wetlands internships, finding
an ethical part- time job is not difficult (e.g. walking dogs, waiting tables
at a vegan restaurant). Paying activist positions at other organizations are
often posted in our office for people looking for paying work during or
subsequent to their internships
Training: Wetlands interns work with the experienced volunteers
of an organization that has been on the forefront of activism in New York City
for over eighteen years. As part of the program, intern will gain extensive
knowledge of relevant issues and experience in implementing activist
flexible. Interns set their own
schedules and are expected to work with mentors to make time-appropriate
project commitments. No
minimum number of hours is required for general internships. For other
positions, we suggest a minimum commitment of 10 hours per week. Many interns work 40 hours
per week, but this is not required.
Some intern positions can be split between several people during a given
time period, in order to complete all the work required for the position and at
the same time accommodate interns' time limitations.
Length of Internship: Interns may start or end internships at
For More Information: Call Adam Weissman, our internship program
coordinator, at (718) 690-2755 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.