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
Students Taking on Oil and Petrochemicals (STOP)
Campus Organizer Position
Campaign organizers will establish a campaign on their campus to educate and inspire their peers to action. Student organizers for this project will work with PLAN staff to create a campaign plan that takes into account current initiatives and momentum on campus. One of the primary goals of this project is to build awareness and networks in opposition to the petrochemical buildout in this region. Campaign plans can range from: rallying students in support of strategic community action in opposition to the industry buildout and/or advocating for and supporting the implementation of post-fossil fuel systems on campuses using the Break Free From Plastic Campus Pledge and case studies.
- 1-hour, weekly and regional check-in meeting
- Each student will create their own working hours
- 10-min campaign report at the end of year (Dec.)
- Meet basic campaign checkpoints such as meetings and events
- Basic understanding of petrochemicals and their relationship to the Linear Consumption Economy, Environmental Justice, and single-use plastics
- Self-starter energy with the eagerness to learn
- Willingness to collaborate with a variety of others, regional schools, community organizers, and other on-campus organizers
- Experience in campus organizing, especially sustainability work
Familiarity with social media platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter
There are 6 open positions, we are seeking to hire one student at 6 different universities in the Ohio River Valley Region.
- Hours Per Week: 5 hrs/week for Fall semester (option to renew for Spring semester)
- Compensation: $1000 stipend, paid in two installments of $500 (over $16 an hour)
- University will additionally receive one year of free PLAN membership
- Start/End Dates: September 16 to December 4 (12 weeks)
- Location: Must be enrolled in a college, university, or technical college in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, or Kentucky. Priority will be given to institutions closer to proposed and/or operating petrochemical sites.
The Josephine A. Lamprey Zero Waste Atlas Fellowship
We are also offering a unique fellowship opportunity through the Atlas program. If you are a campus that is interested in receiving a Stage 1 Atlas Report and Score, but find the cost to be a prohibitive factor, OR if you are a student extremely passionate about helping your campus develop a strategic plan to achieve zero waste, this program is for you.
This is a 50-hour satellite program for students already hired for a campus position over the summer.