Food & Water Watch is seeking student organizers to fill multiple positions running campus campaigns to protect our food and water. Gain hands-on grassroots experience with a national advocacy nonprofit organization; learn concrete organizing skills from professionals in the field; and win real victories for environmental and socioeconomic justice. Our campaigns include:
Food: Expose Big Ag Influence
At colleges and universities across the country, funding from Big Ag and the corporate food lobby is supporting more and more agriculture, food and public health research, while public funding has been steadily declining for research that is in the public interest. This trend is leading to skewed and selective results — that are being purported as unbiased — used to prop up our broken food system. For example, Purdue University’s food science department received nearly 40% of its research grants, $1.5 million, from private-sector donors between 2010 and 2011, including Nestlé and PepsiCo. Recently, Coke was exposed for pouring millions of dollars into university research designed to distort and confuse the public health debate about the effects of sugary drinks on obesity. Work with Food & Water Watch to expose corporate influence on your campus and call on administrators to require public disclosure.
Fracking: Frack-Free Campuses
Fracking is a danger that touches on every aspect of our lives – the water we drink, the air we breathe, the health of our communities. It also accelerates climate change. Fracking carries unavoidable risks and the oil and gas industry profits at the expense of the communities they frack. Oil and gas companies are exploiting college campuses by funding research to influence public policy, and in some cases, fracking right under university-owned land. In addition to compromising the academic integrity of these institutions, fracking on campus poses public health and environmental risks — putting finite water resources and air quality in jeopardy — and could affect those on campus and in the surrounding area. Carrizo Oil & Gas, for example, has been drilling on the campus of the University of Texas-Arlington since 2008. Work with Food & Water Watch on your campus to ban fracking where it could happen on university land, and call for an end to oil and gas industry influence at your school.
Water: Take Back the Tap
Water is a human right, yet corporations are profiting off of our most essential resource and selling it back to us at thousands of times the cost. Food & Water Watch is working with students across the country who are dedicated to helping break the bottled water habit on their campuses and in their communities. Instead of relying on overpriced, environmentally harmful bottled water, students deserve free and easy access to high quality and environmentally sustainable tap water on campus. Over 70 colleges across the country have implemented full or partial bans on bottled water. Join us and launch a campaign on your campus. Join other students who have organized their campuses and have asked decision makers to:
- Recruiting interested students, facilitating group meetings, and providing guidance for group efforts.
- Building strategic coalitions with faculty, staff, student groups, alumnae, and board members on your campus.
- Coordinating outreach to influential religious groups, labor groups, elected officials, citizen activists, and businesses.
- Recruiting and managing volunteer leaders to run strategic campaign actions.
- Assisting in media outreach to educate millions of people (Cleared by Food & Water Watch).
- Participating in national campaign strategy sessions and developing local tactics.
- Maintaining records of work and assist with database development.
- Strong interest in Food & Water Watch issues, commitment to social change, strong verbal and written communication skills, and excellent time management skills.
- Good strategic sense, the ability to work unsupervised.
- The ability and dedication to implement a Food & Water Watch campus campaign at your college or university.
- The ability to provide regular written updates on progress to their supervisor.
- Candidate should have the desire to develop campaign-organizing skills.
To apply, send a resume, cover letter and writing sample to Katy Kiefer, [email protected]. Please indicate which campaign(s) you are most interested in running.