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:
This is a paid position: $500 stipend for the semester, and will run for 10 weeks from January to May of 2018. Current student standing is required.
Our campaigns include:
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.
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.
- 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 and cover letter to Mariah Urueta, firstname.lastname@example.org. Please indicate which campaign(s) you are most interested in running.