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 a symptom 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 seeks a highly-skilled, passionate, and goal-oriented Zero Waste Coordinator to lead development of digital campaign strategies and tools to create a Zero Waste Master Plan and coordinate campaigns for GAIA’s U.S. members and allied organizations. The ZW Coordinator will provide critical coordination and internal and external communications support to build and strengthen the work of the Break Free From Plastic U.S. (BFFP U.S.) movement and GAIA’s U.S. Zero Waste Program Work with messages tailored for diverse audiences. The ZW Coordinator will also develop and implement optimal digital media strategies for the GAIA U.S./Canada Zero Waste Program in collaboration with GAIA’s Communications Coordinator and implement social media strategies during peak moments of movement collaboration, such as America Recycles Day and launch of the Zero Waste Master Plan. The Zero Waste Master Plan will be a central repository for toolkits, models, case studies, and other materials to assist grassroots organizations, mission-based recyclers, government officials, and others working to adopt zero waste plans and policies. The ZW Coordinator will also provide support to GAIA members campaigning for their cities to adopt local zero waste policies, as needed.


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. The ZW Coordinator will proactively assess how the Zero Waste Communities coalition is engaging with Jemez Principles and other benchmark standards to incorporate diverse voices into movement strategy and addressing environmental justice. They will also be energized by promoting implementation of zero waste strategies in policy and practice, including support for community organizing around solutions to waste and plastics pollution.


GAIA works in partnership with organizations in the plastic reduction movement to expand and strengthen organizing against the plastics and petrochemical industry and its pro-incineration message. GAIA is a lead organization in building the U.S. strategy for Break Free From Plastic.



  • At least 2-3 years of successful experience in building campaigns, primarily centering around digital communications strategy development, within environmental/social justice organizations, campaigns, or movements.
  • Strategic thinker and demonstrated skills developing toolkits, resources, model policies, and case studies for environmental or social justice for a diverse audience.
  • Experience working with a diverse group of stakeholders to coordinate campaigns to achieve common objectives and goals.
  • Excellent writing skills.
  • Experience working effectively on multiple projects simultaneously, setting priorities, organizing time, and identifying resources for projects as needed.
  • Experience working as part of a team to integrate and deliver web content and/or social media results as part of a larger integrated campaign strategy.
  • Ability to distill stories and other content into short copy for a social media audience.
  • Ability to employ and move between a variety of organizations’ voices in writing.
  • A passion for zero waste policies, social, and environmental justice. Commitment to GAIA’s mission and core values.
  • Strong interpersonal communication skills. Good listener.
  • Systematic and goal-oriented – in it to win it!



  • Familiarity with waste, pollution, and climate issues.
  • Spanish language skills.
  • Has practical appreciation for other key programmatic areas for member support, such as community organizing, local policy development, strategic planning, research, and/or meeting facilitation.
  • Basic HTML skills and familiarity with at least one content management system (e.g. WordPress)
  • Basic photo/image editing skills, using Adobe or a similar platform(s)



  • This position will preferably be based out of GAIA’s main office in Berkeley, California, although we are willing to consider applicants with strong qualifications in New York City or 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.



GAIA is an equal opportunity employer and strongly encourages people of color, gender non-conforming, and LGBTQ 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 your resume and cover letter to with the subject line “U.S. Zero Waste Coordinator Application.”  No calls, please. References and writing samples will be requested from successful candidates later in the process.


This position will be open until filled. Applications will be considered as received, with a priority deadline of May 31, 2019.