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[GreenYes] U.S. Network and Campaign Coordinator job, Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives/Global Anti-Incinerator
Alliance (GAIA)

Job Announcement

U.S. Network and Campaign Coordinator

Posted July 26, 2006

Position description

In the 1980s and 1990s, U.S. community groups and environmental
organizations stopped proposals for hundreds of municipal waste
incinerators. Waste burners poison our food and bodies, destroy resources
that should be recycled, drain money from local economies and discourage
waste prevention. By the mid-1990's, incineration was widely viewed as an
obsolete, uneconomical and dirty technology in this country and many cities
re-focused their attention on waste reduction practices. However, after
nearly a decade of no incineration expansion, the incinerator industry is
attempting a comeback here. A recent spate of new proposals now require a
coordinated effort to preserve the progress made against this wasteful
technology and to ensure that real, sustainable approaches gain an even
stronger and effective hold.

GAIA seeks an energetic and experienced organizer to lead this urgent and
exciting work on a national level, including building a coalition of
community groups, NGOs, and recyclers on this issue; developing and
implementing a national strategy to reframe the waste debate; preventing
incentives for new incinerators; supporting local campaigns across the
country to stop the new plague of incinerator proposals; and strategically
promoting zero waste strategies, environmental justice, social justice, and
a toxics-free future.

The position will be based in GAIA's Berkeley, California office.

Key Duties/Responsibilities

. Network communities fighting incineration to facilitate information
sharing and strategic discussions

. Conduct effective policy development and legislative advocacy at
local, state, and national levels

. Work with groups to provide technical and strategic advice, going
to communities and speaking at public hearings, helping groups to find
resources, and developing case studies about viable solutions

. Research technologies, companies, proposals and related issues

. Write factsheets, letters, articles, and policy positions

. Develop toolkit for communities facing proposals

. Educate decision makers, including elected officials

. Network with related issue organizations, including clean
production, climate change, renewable energy, environmental health,
recycling, and others

. Communicate with GAIA's global coordination team and with GAIA
members around the world


. At least three years successful organizing and advocacy experience

. Demonstrated ability to work well with diverse groups and build

. Commitment to environmental health and justice

. Self-starter and well organized

. Strong oral and written communication skills, including public
speaking, information materials development for diverse audiences (i.e.,
technical and lay audiences), and media outreach

. Project and budget management experience desirable

. A team player who works well with others as well as independently

. Ability to work in a second language desired

. Willingness to travel within the U.S. and likely internationally

About GAIA

The Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance / Global Alliance for Incinerator
Alternatives is a Philippines-based network of over 450 community, academic,
environmental, environmental justice, informal recycling, and recycling
organizations in 77 countries. GAIA's name has two meanings to reflect the
dual nature of our work. GAIA members campaign against wasteful and
polluting incinerators and work for safer sustainable alternatives. Our
network was founded in December 2000, and has grown steadily ever since.

Collectively, we recognize that our planet's finite resources, fragile
biosphere and the health of people and other living beings are endangered by
polluting and inefficient production practices and health-threatening
disposal methods. We oppose incinerators, landfills, and other end-of-pipe

Our ultimate vision is a just, toxic-free world without incineration. Our
goal is the implementation of clean production, and the creation of a
closed-loop, materials-efficient economy where all products are reused,
repaired or recycled back into the marketplace or nature.

GAIA's Secretariat is in Manila, Philippines with other offices in Buenos
Aires, Argentina and Berkeley, USA. In the U.S., GAIA is a project of the
Berkeley Ecology Center. For more information please visit


Depending on experience with generous benefits package.

To Apply:

Submit a statement of interest, recent writing sample, and resume to fatou @ (delete spaces in address).

No telephone inquiries.


Open until filled. The target start date is the end of August 2006, or as
soon as the appropriate candidate is found.

We value diversity and strive to create a workplace which reflects this
value. We especially encourage people of color to apply. EOE/AA.

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