Protect Our Keiki Coalition (Hawai‘i) Fellow | Pesticide Action Network
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Protect Our Keiki Coalition (Hawai‘i) Fellow

Hawai'i farming

Pesticide Action Network (PAN) is seeking a passionate individual to support the work of PAN and our partners’ legislative and movement building priorities in Hawai‘i. 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

The fellowship is a commitment of 18 hours a week, for a period of 4 months (mid-January through mid-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 2020, PAN’s legislative priorities will include restricting the use of hazardous pesticides, protecting families, lands, and waterways from the impacts of the pesticide/GMO industry, and other initiatives that support sustainable agriculture and Hawaiian community self-determination.

Specific responsibilities

  • Tracking, reading and researching proposed legislation,
  • Raising awareness of proposed legislation especially among impacted communities,
  • Ensuring fast and effective flow of information between the Capitol and the community (Eg: attending hearings and livestreaming them)
  • Formulating and representing the coalition’s position on legislative bills
  • Organizing impacted individuals to build and use their power at the Capitol,
  • Doing media outreach, including writing at least one blog for PAN’s online audience.
  • Joining weekly coalition calls
  • Helping to disseminate information and materials, including memes, graphics, factsheets, a short animated video that will be released in 2020, and more.

The Fellow will work closely with Coalition leaders on the ground, as well as PAN’s Fellowship Coordinator. 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.

Qualifications

This 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.

Hawaiians and people impacted by pesticides in their community are particularly encouraged to apply. Ideal candidates would be based on O‘ahu (or able to stay on O‘ahu for the duration of the Fellowship) but this is not required.

Benefits:

  • A stipend of $1226 per month for 4 months.
  • Real-world experience at the State Capitol [PAN will cover reasonable cost of travel to and from the capitol]
  • On the job training in research, communications, and lobbying
  • Networking and the opportunity to connect with PAN partner organizations across Hawai‘i.
  • Regular check ins and mentoring by PAN’s Fellowship Coordinator
  • At the conclusion of the fellowship, PAN will provide the Fellow with a letter of recommendation and endorsements on LinkedIn / other professional networking sites as requested.
  • All Fellows are encouraged to set up informational interviews with PAN staff to learn about possible career paths and opportunities in the field(s) they are most interested in.

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 your own goals for the fellowship.