Careers and Internships
About the PLAN Team:
We are a 7-year-old organization with 11 staff members across 4 states. Our average age is 24 years old. We come from academic backgrounds such as Public Policy, Marketing, Sustainability, Philosophy, renewable energy and more. We come to our work with passions within and beyond waste, like food security research, social justice conference organizing, design thinking strategy, sustainable fashion and non-violent direct action, just to name a few. We are southern belles, dumpster divers, queers, marching band nerds, and crafters working toward the common goal of a just and sustainable world.
PLAN’s Commitment to and Expectation of New Hires:
We work to maintain a collaborative leadership structure by developing and continuously revising our self-governance system, establishing co-directorship, and holding semi-annual full staff retreats. We adhere to a Safer Space Policy and Community Agreements and work together to develop policies that push us to be better such as an Ethical Partnership Policy and a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Mandate.
Please note that The Post Landfill Action Network (PLAN) is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, low-income persons, LGBTQIA+ people, and people with disabilities. People from these and other historically marginalized backgrounds and communities are strongly encouraged to apply to work with us!
Our Background and Vision for the Future:
PLAN was started in 2013 by recent college graduates to help other students run campus move-out projects that reduce waste and earn money. Since then, the organization has grown to national reach and a $500,000 annual budget, focusing on building and supporting student leadership in the movement toward zero waste and against the Linear Consumption Economy. The organization is currently staffed by 10 full-time team members and 1 part-time team member, with 4 major project focuses; see the links below to learn more:
- Campus Coordination and student project advising for our member network
- Zero waste consulting through our Atlas framework
- The annual Students for Zero Waste Conference in the fall
- Beyond Waste Student Summits in the spring
- Speaking events on campuses across the country year-round
As a young organization working within the growing zero-waste movement, we are constantly expanding our operations and our impact. Below are a few of our current priorities:
- Strategic planning, towards a new 5-year strategic plan, to be released in early 2022. This effort builds on our 2017-2021 plan and on ongoing assessment of our programmatic impact and future goals. We anticipate the new Co-ED will play a significant role in finalizing the development of this plan, to be released following the January 2022 Winter Staff Retreat. From onboarding through the date of the release, the Co-EDs will work together to track organizational impact and set future goals and expectations. Beyond the strategic plan release, the Co-EDs will manage tracking and reporting systems, ensuring that projects continue to advance the mission.
- Balancing a variety of levers of change for zero waste, from equipping students with change-making tools to directly advising campuses on infrastructure developments.
- Recognizing and supporting folks from historically marginalized identities who are under-supported in the zero waste movement.
- Maintaining financial stability through diversified funding streams that include mission- aligned, revenue-generating projects and long-term, stable fundraising.
Internships and Fellowships
Creative Social Media Internship
People are increasingly turning to social media for education about environmental and social justice topics. As this trend continues, it is important to make sure that educational content remains relevant, accessible, and grounded in intersectionality. To that end, PLAN is seeking a self-driven student with a creative eye and strong writing skills to help us develop snappy, shareable social media content about the Global Waste Crisis and environmental justice movement!
- Build an educational campaign for PLAN by researching and writing infographics covering the intersections of the waste crisis and systems of oppression
- Support in the management of PLAN’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages by sharing educational posts and articles
- Track and report engagement across social media platforms
- Meet weekly with PLAN’s Director of Communications throughout the internship
- Familiarity with social media platforms, particularly Instagram
- A passion for sharing knowledge about intersectional environmental issues
- Strong writing skills and an eye for digital design
- Ability to create graphics with the use of templates
- A deeper understanding of the Global Waste Crisis and the Zero Waste Movement
- How to effectively use social media to engage and expand an audience
- Experience developing creative social media campaigns
Applications close February 1st, 2021 at 11:59 EST.
Download a PDF of this posting here.
- Start/End Dates: February 22 – May 7, 2021 (10 weeks)
- Compensation: $15/hr for 10-15 hrs/week
- Location: Remote
Zero Waste Atlas Fellowship: Spring Class of 2021
The Zero Waste Atlas Fellowship is a brand new program PLAN launched in 2020 to collaborate with students and staff that are passionate about helping their campus develop a strategic plan to achieve zero waste. The Fellowship provides students with the hands-on training and experience to be able to perform Stage 1 of the zero waste assessment of their campus. Atlas Fellows will learn how to use the Atlas Campus Programs Checklist to perform the interviews needed to gather data for the campus assessment.
Application Deadline: Sunday, 12/13/2020 at 11:59 pm EST.