Stop Pre-harvest Sugarcane Field Burning Campaign Intern

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Job Title: Stop Pollution at its Source Intern

Department: VC3300

Location: 415 1st Avenue North, St. Petersburg, FL 33701

Reports to: Senior Organizing Manager

Duration: 10 – 15 hours per week for 4 months

Context: At the Sierra Club, we believe in the power of togetherness. Together, we remain committed to the fight for environmental, racial, economic, and gender justice – a future where all people benefit from a healthy, thriving planet and a direct connection to nature. As the climate crisis and deeply entrenched systemic racism all fuel inequity, we will continue to fight for a bold, transformational agenda that recognizes the interconnectedness between our planet, our humanity, and our democracy. By recognizing that our destinies are tied, we continue to name that all things are fundamentally connected, and the overlap between ecology, race, gender, and representative government will move to either advance our collective humanity or to oppress it.

It will be a priority that the intern lives near enough to the Sierra Club Florida Belle Glade office to fill this hybrid, remote-in-person, position. The intern’s work will center upon activities under the Stop Pre-harvest Sugarcane Field Burning Campaign (Stop the Burn-Go Green) umbrella.

Scope: The intern will assist the campaign during the 2023-2024 pre-harvest sugar field burning season to build Stop the Burn-Go Green Campaign grassroots engagement and power in Western Palm Beach and Hendry counties, and collect critical information needed to end the toxic, discriminatory, and outdated practice of pre-harvest sugarcane field burning and transition to burn-free green harvesting.

Job Activities:

  • Representing the campaign at public stakeholder meetings and events
  • Canvassing and phone banking
  • Tabling at local events
  • Recruitment and support of the grassroots
  • Assisting in the management of campaign social media pages
  • Online research
  • Monitoring and recording of permitted sugarcane field burns

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Demonstrates good verbal and written communication skills
  • Experience, or a strong interest in, environmental justice and grassroots organizing
  • Proficiency in Google Suite or Microsoft Word and video conferencing
  • Good time-management skills
  • General awareness of campaign issues
  • Experience with, or interest in, data management
  • Committed to evolution. You are committed to continuously deepening and evolving your own understanding of systems of oppression through study, openness, and humility. And you easily recognize your own relationship to privilege and power, examining and shifting your behaviors as appropriate.
  • Uplifting and additive. You see mistakes as opportunities for growth; problems as catalysts for solutions, and inspire others along the journey. You carry a constructive approach, can-do attitude, a sense of humor, and authentic kindness wherever you go.

Intern must be at least 18 years of age and possess a valid driver’s license. This is a hybrid work position, including some virtual (work-from-home) and some in-person office work and campaign activities. Some evening and/or weekend hours should be expected. Intern must have their own vehicle for regional travel.

Compensation and Benefits

The compensation for this position is $18/hour.

This is a category 99, hourly, non-exempt position.

Sierra Club is a 501(c)(4) non-profit organization. Sierra Club employees are not eligible to participate in the Federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program.

Sierra Club values the expertise and talents of foreign nationals. Sierra Club sponsors both nonimmigrant and immigrant visas when certain criteria are met, based on immigration laws and organizational needs. Such sponsorship is at the discretion of the Department Head and Sierra Club Human Resources in consultation with the employee’s manager. The Sierra Club cannot guarantee the approval of a visa petition. The Sierra Club is an equal opportunity employer committed to workforce diversity.

To Apply

This position does not have an undergraduate education requirement. If you choose to include your education history, please remove your schools from your resume. You may leave your degree (e.g., “B.A. Philosophy”), but please remove any undergraduate and graduate school names.

This anonymous process is aimed at opening this opportunity to more candidates, reviewing applicants on performance assessments and mitigating bias in the decision-making process.

Lastly, we are intentionally not asking for a cover letter, so please do not send one in with your application.

We are accepting applications until the position is filled.

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