Hawai‘i Fellow | Pesticide Action Network
Reclaiming the future of food and farming

Hawai‘i Fellow

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is seeking a passionate individual to support the work of PAN and our partners’ legislative and movement building priorities. PAN fellowships are an important PAN program in which we intentionally invest time, energy and resources because we see this as an opportunity to build a pipeline of leaders for our movement(s) that is rooted in communities of color and most-affected communities. We expect Fellows to invest similarly: to challenge themselves; to use this opportunity to develop their own leadership skills; and to bring all of themselves to the fellowship.

About PAN

PAN works to create a just, thriving food system, working with those on the frontlines — farmers, farmworkers, families with young children, Native peoples and rural communities — to tackle the health, economic and environmental problems created by our industrialized system of food and farming. We are part of a global network that works to reclaim the future of food and farming from corporate interests. Our organizational values are here: http://www.panna.org/about-us/mission-values.

About the Fellowship (General Job Description)

Our Fellows are a crucial part of our team and help in all aspects of our campaigning:

  • Research to understand the dynamics of a problem and possible solutions
  • Building community / institutional awareness and support (power-building)
  • Garnering media coverage with strategic frames and key messages
  • Getting the issue on the public agenda in a way that is viable for policy action
  • Generating awareness of, and support for, ecologically sound and socially just solutions
  • Building a collaborative, accountable culture within a multiracial organization

The fellowship is a commitment of 20 hours a week, for a period of 5 months (ideally January through May)

The Hawai‘i Fellow will focus their time on the legislative session: building on opportunities for legislative progress and holding off rollbacks of important programs. In 2018, PAN’s legislative priorities will include restricting the use of hazardous pesticides, increasing transparency by the GMO industry and other initiatives that support sustainable agriculture and Hawaiian community self-determination.

The Fellow’s duties will include: Reading and researching proposed legislation, raising awareness of proposed legislation especially among impacted communities, attending hearings and sharing information with the community, formulating and representing PAN’s position on current issues, organizing impacted individuals to build their own power, doing media outreach and writing for PAN’s online audience.

At the end of the Fellowship, the Fellow will be asked to provide a summary of their experience and any feedback on how to improve the program. 


The fellowship program is designed for people from Hawai‘i, especially candidates from frontline communities. PAN defines “frontline communities” as communities that are most affected by the harms of pesticides, including farmworkers and their families, family farmers, rural communities living near industrial agriculture, Indigenous people and youth. These communities bear a disproportionate burden of the costs of our chemical- and fossil fuel-dependent food and farming system that is dominated by large corporate interests. The only way we can successfully transition to a more socially just and ecologically sustainable food system is by growing a movement that is led by people from these communities, rooted in their lived experiences and reflecting their priorities. 

Hawaiian people and people impacted by pesticides in their community are particularly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates would be from O‘ahu (or able to stay on O‘ahu for the duration of the Fellowship).


The Hawai‘i Fellow will receive:

  • A stipend of $1100 per month for 5 months.
  • Training in the form of workshops on organizing, strategic communications and grassroots science, led by PAN staff.
  • Weekly check ins and regular mentoring by PAN’s Fellowship Coordinator
  • PAN will cover travel costs for the Fellow to travel once to California, to meet with PAN staff and other Fellows.
  • At the conclusion of the fellowship, the supervisor will provide the Fellow with a letter of recommendation and endorsements on LinkedIn / other professional networking sites.

Application instructions:

Submit cover letter, resume and contact information for two references to devika@panna.org. In your cover letter, please include your availability (preferred days & times of the week) and specific goals for your fellowship.