Save the World: A Career in Environmental Advocacy - View the video

Steve Hiniker

Steve Hiniker
Executive Director
1000 Friends of Wisconsin

16 North Carroll Street, Suite 810
Madison, WI 53703

Career Clusters / Help Topics:

  • Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
  • Government and Public Administration

Steve Hiniker has over 30 years experience as an environmental policy expert. He started in career in Washington, D.C. where he led the grassroots efforts of the Alaska Coalition which led to the federal protection of more than 100 million acres of wildlands in Alaska. He has worked in state government as the environmental policy advisor to the state senate majority where he helped write the state’s recycling law. Steve directed environmental policy for the City of Milwaukee for six years, focusing on legislation that made it easier to clean up old contaminated industrial sites. Steve has also served as the executive director of three separate environmental organizations where has set policies, worked with the media, lobbied in state and federal government and raised funds for the organizations. Since 2004, Steve has been the Executive Director of 1000 Friends of Wisconsin, a nonprofit environmental advocacy organization focused on land use issues. He oversees the day to day operations of the organization and is its primary spokesperson.

Explore a rewarding career in making the world a better place to live. With concerns over global warming, future energy supplies, air and water pollution a career in environmental advocacy can be a challenging and exciting job choice. You will learn what it means to be an environmental lobbyist and what it takes to keep a nonprofit organization healthy. The financial rewards don’t come close the earnings of the private sector but the satisfaction of creating a better place for future generations is unequaled. (Running Time 21:38)