GAIA is a worldwide alliance of more than 800 organizations and individuals in over 90 countries working for justice and a world without waste. We see waste, plastics, and their resulting pollution as symptoms of a larger, profit-driven extractive economy, and we promote zero waste as a holistic solution and an economic shift toward justice and sustainability. GAIA’s work in the U.S. and Canada has helped to keep the public educated about the true climate, environmental, and economic impacts of quick fix approaches to waste such as incineration, and the benefits of alternative approaches like zero waste programs.  

GAIA is looking for a highly-skilled and passionate U.S. & Canada Failing Incinerators Project (FIP) Coordinator who wants to strengthen the movement for environmental justice and zero waste. Through the Failing Incinerators Project, GAIA is building a long-term strategy to support pollution-reducing zero waste efforts in key locations throughout the United States. As the FIP Coordinator, you will catalyze a coordinated effort between leading organizers in the U.S. and support cross-cutting research and communications strategies that will multiply the impact of grassroots organizing across the country. As an instrumental part of making this strategy a reality, you will support the coordination of GAIA’s Failing Incinerators Project by:

  • Organizing strategic coordination between members 
  • Building the capacity of grassroots groups to do effective on-the-ground organizing 
  • Providing support on key national projects for justice and clean air
  • Tracking our collective progress toward our goals

You will join the U.S. and Canada Regional team and work in close collaboration with our U.S. & Canada Program Director, as well as other GAIA staff situated elsewhere in the U.S. and throughout the world. This position will connect you to leading grassroots organizers throughout the region and is an excellent opportunity for growth for both the right candidate and GAIA itself. Our network is grounded in the principles of environmental justice and impacted community leadership, and includes organizations, alliances, and coalitions around the country that are fighting incinerators, advocating for zero waste, and pushing for environmental and climate justice through policy and local implementation programs. We put the Jemez Principles into practice and aim to incorporate diverse voices into movement strategy and addressing environmental justice.   


Support the Failing Incinerators Project to strengthen local campaigns and build an even stronger and better connected network.

  • Connect regularly with organizing partners around the country to ensure that we are hitting campaign goals
  • Coordinate regular conversations between leading organizations to discuss shared campaigns and learn from each other’s work
  • Understand key projects, identify needs and solutions to support organizing partners, and help to track, prioritize, and delegate tasks
  • Coordinate several trainings for key project partners on topics such as campaigns, communications, and policy
  • Provide regular updates to the GAIA team on the struggles and victories of local efforts

Support the development of the GAIA Network to foster an environment that enables members to connect to each other.

  • Organize convenings for leading organizations to share information and strategize together in-person, including ensuring that all logistics are executed smoothly
  • Catalyze and proactively improve our members-only forum to be a healthy and productive space for activists from different organizations to discuss strategies and share information
  • Manage systems for member support and tracking, drawing on resources in the network

Provide communications support to elevate the work of GAIA’s grassroots members.

  • Identify and help create tools and resources that will benefit local campaigns
  • Increase visibility of grassroots organizing by actively identifying and seeking out campaigns and victories that should be shared on our blog, website, social media, and internal platforms together with communications staff at GAIA and member organizations

Provide general program support.

  • Solicit and help develop periodic reports as needed
  • Assess results to provide recommendations for future initiatives
  • Work with other staff to develop fundraising reports and communications collateral


  • At least 4-5 years organizing or nonprofit experience working in a network or coalition
  • Experience working on environmental, toxics, or climate justice campaigning and/or local policy development
  • Familiarity with environmental justice principles and practices, especially in building relationships and collaboration with frontline communities and grassroots groups and other organizations
  • Demonstrated success coordinating complex projects that may require multiple layers of consultation and tracking over time
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to manage complicated logistics and other high-level administrative tasks
  • Proven ability to work independently and use creative problem-solving skills in order to overcome obstacle and achieve goals, including work in a fast-paced environment where projects may have quick turnaround times
  • Experience working with teams from diverse cultural backgrounds in a way that is sensitive to different communication styles and values community wisdom
  • Comfort with online platforms and ability to quickly learn new digital tools
  • Personable and enjoys interacting with people from different places
  • Willingness to travel domestically with frequency is required


  • Key programmatic skills for member support, such as community organizing, local policy development, strategic planning, research, and/or meeting facilitation
  • Strong writing skills
  • Spanish language skills
  • Experience working with database management and online forum software, such as Salesforce and Loomio, and G-Suite platforms


  • This position will ideally be based out of GAIA’s New York City office or Berkeley, CA, although we are willing to consider applicants with strong qualifications in another major city. We offer a competitive salary plus benefits, including health insurance, vacation, maternity/paternity leave, and other similar employment protections. 
  • We take pride in our ability to support one another’s work in an atmosphere of mutual trust and respect, and look forward to introducing the successful candidate to our welcoming and highly motivated team and members.
  • We are seeking candidates who are excited to make an initial commitment of at least two years to this work. Willingness to travel is required. Remote workers should expect more frequent travel to participate in team meetings.

GAIA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQI persons to apply. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion or belief, disability, gender, nationality, ethnicity, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, or any other status protected by law.

Please send a brief cover letter, resume, and three to five references to with the subject line “U.S. FIP Coordinator Application”. Applications will be considered as received, with a priority deadline of October 4, 2019.