Beyond Toxics is a leader challenging Oregon's weak regulations governing the use and reporting of pesticides and impacts to human health and environmental integrity.
The Pesticides and Environmental Health - Grassroots Organizing and Research Assistant will work side-by-side with Beyond Toxics staff members on one or more of the following campaigns:
1. Oregon Pollinator Protection Act: work with communities, organizations, businesses and legislators to protect bees, promote bee-friendly habitat and ban bee-killing pesticides in Oregon.
2. Forestry Chemical Use Reform: partnering with rural communities, assist with grassroots organizing, research pertaining to chemicals in waters, soils and people, planning educational events and forestry tours.
3. Farm Worker Safety: assist staff with public education materials, planning events, building coalitions with labor groups and impacted communities to improve worker safety and health by advocating for stronger pesticide protection standards.
Our projects are diverse and fluid to meet the needs of the communities we serve. Duties may include: pesticide literature review, policy review, GIS mapping and data analysis, organizing public forums and other types of events in rural and urban communities, preparing presentations using graphics and other software.
Responsibilities: A minimum of 6 hours/week and maximum of 8 hours/week; Some weekends or evenings upon prior arrangement. Assist with on-going projects at the direction of staff and the Executive Director. Use creative problem solving to investigate a problem, contribute toward the creation of a strategic public involvement campaign and envision solutions.
Meeting the needs of the organization will be the primary priority for the internship position. However, Beyond Toxics has flexibility to further shape the position based on intern’s demonstrated skills, interests and talents.
Excel, InDesign. PowerPoint, Arc GIS, Spanish language proficiency a plus. Legal classwork or training a plus