Do you want to make a difference for our planet and get hands-on work experience at an international conservation NGO? Rainforest Partnership (RP) is a non-profit based in Austin, Texas, with team members in the US and Peru. We conserve and restore tropical rainforests by working with communities to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature.
RP is currently looking for a Program Volunteer to join our youth-led team Gen Z for the Trees.
The Program Volunteer will work with the Gen Z for the Trees team to strengthen Rainforest Partnership’s connection with youth, to research the main drivers of deforestation, and to work on targeted campaigns for change. Gen Z for the Trees is a youth led movement to educate, inspire and empower young climate and rainforest advocates across the globe to achieve net zero deforestation by 2030.
The ideal candidate will share in Rainforest Partnership’s core values, which include:
Entrepreneurial: resourceful, innovative, and action oriented.
Efficient: organized and process/procedure driven.
Empathetic: respect and understanding toward other’s perspectives
Authentic: genuine and self-aware.
Positive: focused on moving us toward desired results.
Gathering detailed information about public and private actors in the rainforest
Drafting/conducting outbound communications (e.g letters to corporate boards)
Monitoring and filtering inbound communications
Working with the team on programmatic planning
Curating educational and inspirational resources
Proficient in English
Able to compose compelling narratives
Punctual and deadline driven
Adaptable and able to learn new concepts quickly
Great team player with the ability and interest to develop relationships with others
Social networking and organizing
Preferred: background knowledge of rainforest ecosystems
The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours per week. If you are interested in this position, please contact us by email: email@example.com and please name the one or two teams you are most interested in joining.
Identify which palm oil mills (out of 5,000+ the team has already mapped) overlap with recent tree cover loss and fires
Work with RSPO, Solidaridad Network, SPOC, and other organizations to implement solutions including polycropping, agroforestry, biological corridors, enforcing NDPE, using Aidenvironment and Satelligence for tracing to farm, and lastly the restoration and use of abandoned lands rather than expansion into rainforests
Build consumer awareness and pressure on companies (traders and conglomerates, major grocers, beauty brands, etc.)
Research consumer-end solutions that take into account the share of global consumption of palm oil in India and China
Research the beef industry, identify major corporations, understand stakeholders and smallholders, look for policies lacking enforcement, and map concessions and farms
Advocate for food systems solutions (less waste, and less beef consumption overall, especially in USA and Europe, and also in schools)
Together with the leadership team, palm oil team, and policy team, meet with Walmart to ensure sustainability goals are met across all the supply chains in products they carry
Build consumer awareness of the impact of beef and leather on rainforests, and pressure on companies (traders and conglomerates, major grocers, restaurants, etc.)
Powermap and research the global soya farming industry, major corporations, and international and local supply chains
Research the connection between the conversion of land use from cattle ranching into soya farming and how this affects accelerated loss of tree cover, as well as the extent to which soya is farmed as animal feed
Identify, evaluate, and highlight practical and powerful solutions for sustainable soya
TIMBER AND PAPER
Research and powermap multinational logging companies and the global wood products industry, working down toward an understanding of local subsidiaries
Promote transparency of illegal logging permits and violations of environmental laws or corporate commitments, with the assistance of the policy team
Campaign for using other sources of wood pulp and fiber (bamboo, hemp, etc.) and other material to be used in construction instead of wood (hempcrete, downcycled plastic, etc.)
Research investment firms, particularly private equity, and press for transparency and changes in ESG policy
Identify banks and credit unions with clean investment policies and encourage younger generations to use them instead of major banks
Campaign for banks to divest from deforestation and development projects which are violating the rights of Indigenous communities or the terms of land concessions
Campaign for universities’ endowments, state pensions, etc. to enact policies which refuse to put money in banks which are financing deforestation
LAW AND POLICY
Research existing policies, regulations, suits, etc. from national and local governments and international organizations regarding land use, agriculture, and markets for important commodities to support the other teams
Read and evaluate corporate policies and plans, seeing whether they are feasible, not ambitious enough, or lacking specific protections for forests and people
Connect with organizations which can advise on specific questions, strategy, and offer information which might not be public on the web
MEDIA AND OUTREACH
Open channels of communication and build relationships with organizations, accounts, and individuals focused on rainforests, conservation, climate change, Indigenous rights, corporate accountability, and youth empowerment
Grow the social media presence and following
Curate and prepare content for social media, balancing the three pillars of Educate, Inspire, and Change
Develop a formal style guide for Gen Z for the Trees
GIS AND TECHNOLOGY
Support the commodity teams by mapping palm oil mills and plantations, beef cattle ranches, soya farms, logging areas, agricultural concessions, forest loss, fire, and more
Learn more advanced GIS skills with the help and mentorship of more senior members at Rainforest Partnership
Rainforest Partnership is an international nonprofit organization based in Austin, Texas. Our mission is to protect and regenerate tropical rainforests by working with the people of the forests to develop sustainable livelihoods that empower and respect both people and nature. We envision thriving tropical rainforests that support a healthy, vibrant planet.
Our central objectives are to:
- Protect tropical rainforests and mitigate local drivers of deforestation by making it more profitable for the rainforest communities to keep the forests standing;
- Improve local livelihoods by helping communities establish and manage economically and ecologically sustainable businesses that flourish long after our work with the community is over;
- Make community members key players in the protection and monitoring of the forests where they live;
- Achieve added beneficial objectives alongside the key goal of rainforest protection including biodiversity conservation and climate change mitigation and;
- Create enduring, replicable models in regions where we work and beyond.
We are currently working with communities in the Amazon rainforest region in Peru and Ecuador, developing businesses specific to each project area, including biodiversity potential; land management practices, socio-economic conditions; cultural diversity etc.
We believe the time we invest to establish trust with partner communities, identify appropriate businesses, and form strategic partnerships are the building blocks for our project success. Each of our projects become an important site for understanding the synergy between environmentally sustainable economic development and rainforest conservation.
Education & Literacy
We'll work with your schedule.
This is a Virtual Opportunity, with no fixed address.
January 11, 2021
Social Media / Blogging
Orientation or Training
The expected time commitment is 5-10 hours per week.