Community Action Works
Community Action Works



“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

Community Action Works (Formerly known as Toxics Action Center) empowers people and local organizations, offering training, organizing and other resources needed to stop and clean up pollution at the local level. Since 1987, our team has worked with groups in more than 1,000 communities and trained over 20,000 people across the Northeast to confront local environmental threats and the polluters behind them.

Protecting your community and taking on well-connected landfill operators or pipeline builders can be tough. But nobody has to go it alone. In more than 1,000 diverse communities of people from all walks of life throughout the Northeast, Community Action Works has been an ally to help people make a difference.

We don’t just believe in the power of well-organized community groups. We help groups prove their power and use it to make a positive difference in the lives of thousands of people, whether it means closing down a toxic incinerator in Massachusetts, cleaning up a leaking landfill in Maine, blocking a dangerous pipeline in New Hampshire, preventing pesticide contamination in Vermont, or shuttering dirty power plants in Connecticut.

As a Community Action Works Organizer you will empower local community groups and citizens by providing training and resources as they take on environmental threats in their community. This position requires exercising discretion and independent judgment in making decisions in matters of significance.

Representative Responsibilities Include:

  • Provide training for local communities on gaining media attention, persuading decision makers, crafting a winning strategy, and other means of making a difference;
  • Recruit groups for our Emergency Relief Grant Program, which enables community groups from Durham, N.H., to Cape Cod to quickly and nimbly tackle new challenges as they arise;
  • Immerse yourself in the community and work side-by-side with local residents, providing the spark and people power it takes to prevail against tough-to-beat interests.
  • Raise money to support our work. Identify and cultivate donors, assist with grant-writing, and participate in other grassroots fundraising tactics including door-to-door canvassing, letter writing, and events.

Qualifications: Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply. We provide training on advocacy and organizing skills, as well as oversight and on-the-ground training by an experienced advocate. Ideal candidates will have leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, an eagerness to learn, and be ready for a challenge. We value organizing experience, including building campus or community groups. Candidates must have a valid driver’s license and a car that they are willing and able to drive for work.

Locations: Boston, MA; Amherst, MA; Portland, ME; Concord or Manchester, NH

Pay and Benefits: The target annual compensation for this position is $31,500 in the first year. Community Action Works offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

To Apply: Apply here. Direct your application to Leigh-Anne Cole, Acting Executive Director. Please state the position and location you are applying for in your cover letter. We’ll review your application and if we are interested in discussing your candidacy further, we will be in touch with you shortly.

Community Action Works is an equal opportunity employer.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.