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Even in our most divided moments, all Americans want a healthier, safer, more secure future. PIRG’s role is to find common ground around the common sense solutions that will make that future a reality. The problems we address aren’t progressive or conservative, they’re just problems our country should no longer tolerate in an age of great abundance and technological progress.
For almost 50 years we’ve helped to win laws and policies that make a real difference in people's lives. Take our work reducing air pollution for example. We've won laws and policies to limit pollution from power plants, cars and other sources that helped save tens of thousands of lives. In fact, deaths from air pollution dropped nearly in half between 1990 and 2010.
If you are ready to roll up your sleeves and win more results for the public, we’d love to hear from you. But you'll also be joining a great team of advocates, researchers, policy experts and communications specialists, who share a vision, and a passion for making a difference in people’s lives. At our online jobs center you can find out more about all our positions including:
CALPIRG RIGHT TO REPAIR CAMPAIGN ASSOCIATE
You buy stuff. It breaks or doesn't work right. You could throw it away and buy new stuff, but you'd rather repair it. But then you find out you can't do it yourself, you can't even bring it to a third party repair shop. You have to bring it back to the original company, which can charge an arm and a leg because there's no competition—and sometimes they just won’t fix it. And you decide to throw the thing away. It means more cost to consumers, and also means more waste. Americans throw out 416,000 cell phones per day, and only 15 to 20 percent of electronic waste is recycled.
We imagine a different kind of system, where instead of throwing things out, we reuse, salvage and rebuild. But that means taking on the big companies who would push us into buying more and throwing more away. The goal of our Right to Repair campaign is to give every consumer and small business access to the parts, tools and service information they need to repair products so we can keep things in use and reduce waste. We are seeking a Campaign Associate who will spearhead this campaign and work with our experienced team of advocates, researchers, and digital and communications experts. MORE | APPLY
NATIONAL CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR
U.S. PIRG is hiring national campaign directors to lead our program teams. We’re looking for an experienced political advocate who will be responsible for organizing, media outreach, recruitment, developing staff, fundraising and coalition-building to drive the program. MORE | APPLY
We're looking to expand our team of state directors across the country. The state director is responsible for developing our strategy, approach and local message to win our campaigns. The state director will also meet with local decision-makers and opinion leaders and represent our organization to allies and the media. Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to public interest issues and to citizen-based social change, as well as a track record of leadership. MORE | APPLY
ORGANIZER WITH THE STUDENT PIRGS
How will you get results on important issues? Well, for one thing, you won’t spend a lot of time sitting behind a desk. Instead, you'll get out and organize where there are young passionate people, people who care as much about these issues as you do, and who have the drive and energy to make change happen. That’s why we’re sending organizers to college campuses around the country. MORE | APPLY
CALPIRG CAMPAIGN STAFF
Are you ready to help build the grassroots power it takes to stand up to special interests and give the public a voice? For years, CALPIRG has won real victories to protect our democracy, our health and safety, and our financial wellbeing. Yet we still face enormous challenges, from a flood of big money in our democracy, to protecting public health by keeping our antibiotics safe and effective. That’s why we’ve partnered with the Fund for the Public Interest to help us bring together thousands of like-minded students and activists to work on campaigns to win real progress for the public. We need people like you to go out into communities to talk with citizens about the issues, raise money, and build membership. You will also have the opportunity to work with the media, build coalitions and mobilize community activists. Positions are available in state, as well as in more than 50 offices across the country. For more information or to apply, visit www.jobsthatmatter.org.
INTERNSHIPS AND VOLUNTEER POSITIONS
Get a chance to work side by side with one of our lead CALPIRG staff, focusing on real problems that affect people in their daily lives. We are currently hiring undergraduate, graduate and JD interns on a rolling basis to work with us on our various campaigns. To find out more about internships and volunteer positions, click here.
CALPIRG is an equal opportunity employer.
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