Work with S2
Soil Health & Justice Advocacy Lead
The Soil Health and Justice Initiative (SHJI) is a multi-year, multi-phase initiative harnessing the expertise of grassroots groups to transform how our communities interact with food systems. This work is in collaboration with Basilica Bio, Young Women Empowered, Black Farmers Collective, University of Washington and other grassroots food and soil justice partners.
- Contributes policy expertise to the collaborative Soil Health & Justice Initiative (see Interweave Tracks)
- Hands-on with community members and grassroots organizations to help shape and connect with new and existing policy and legislation related to public health and environmental justice
- Remote, and on-site at local urban gardens in Seattle and King County
- Position begins upon hire (after May 1, 2023) through December 2024
- Grant funded, contract position: $35,000 first year, $25,000 second year
S2 Board of Directors
Accepting inquiries for a 2023 cohort through July 15, 2023.
S2 warmly invites you to consider a leadership position on our Board of Directors!
Sustainable Seattle (S2) believes we will achieve sustainability when access to power and influence is redistributed to the most impacted communities. S2 is focused on long-term sustainability, equity and resilience in the Puget Sound region. Together, we are working towards a thriving, regenerative, sustainable Seattle which centers reciprocity, liberation, and restored abundance. We are a vibrant, collaborative, visionary group of community organizers, driven by shared values of equity and justice.
The Board of Directors (BOD) is a group of experienced and motivated volunteers who care deeply about our work and are committed to a transformed, equitable, and sustainable region. The BOD provides insight and advice and helps to ensure the services we provide contribute to the vision and direction of the organization and serve the expectations of our community.
Board members must be able to commit to the following, averaging a total of 5 hours/month:
- 9 virtual meetings annually, voting meetings are mandatory
- 3 in person meetings annually
- Contributions outside of these meetings for planning, strategy, and support that matches their skills and interest
- A personal donation and/or support raising funds through their networks/communities
Note: there is not a specific giving amount. We work with board members to create individualized plans that match their interests, natural skills, and capacity.
Applicants should have:
- Passion for community-owned and led projects
- Experience working in the social impact or similar sector
- An understanding of and willingness to learn intersectionality and community centric fundraising principles
- A broad network/community of contacts in the sector
We are looking for members with expertise and capacity in one or more of the following:
- Indigenous leadership/knowledge
- Land use and community development
- Equity and social justice
- Legal – esp re: CBO/NGO mgt.
- Fundraising – donor and philanthropic relations
- Community based participatory research
Our Board reflects our community, with a criteria that at least 60% represent BIPOC communities, 60% reside in Frontline neighborhoods, and 75% identify with Frontline experiences. View our definition of Frontline and sustainability on our website.
If you are interested in joining Sustainable Seattle’s Board of Directors please send an email to email@example.com. We’ll be in touch to schedule time to get to know you and to give you more information! If you have questions please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Volunteering with S2 is a great way to get involved in your community, gain or deepen your experience in sustainability, and contribute meaningfully.
For any volunteer opportunity, you should consider your availability, skills, and your own interests.
To the right are some suggestions to get you started.
If you like to work with your hands:
- Black Star Food Collective (formerly Ujamaa Food Circle) – help package fresh food and deliver it to families
- Food Not Bombs – A community-run food bank
- Black Farmers Collective and Black Star Farmers – Farmworker Days (options for all communities, BIPOC, and Black and Indigenous farmwork days)
- Food Lifeline – help get food to those in need
- Puget Soundkeeper – clean-up activities and kayak patrol
- 350 Seattle – Direct action and activism
- Sunrise Movement – Climate justice organizing for people under 35
Note: If you are volunteering for an organization led by a specific community group, and you are not of that community, please be sure to follow guidance closely and enter the space with respect to the leadership and cultural expectations of the organizers.
If you like admin tasks or planning:
- Join a planning committee for an upcoming event
- Offer assistance with data entry
If you like people and events:
- Greet guests
- Help with event activities
- Show off the cool merch and market
If you want to flex your sustainability talents:
Are you a specialist of some sort? Chef, boatsmith, subject matter expert, mushroom forager, craftsperson, or some other magical skill?
- Offer a special talk or experience for the S2 community
Internships & Professional Development
Sustainable Seattle accepts internship and professional development proposals on a rolling basis.
Individuals developing their expertise around sustainability (students, emerging professionals, transitioning professionals, and so on) may submit an idea for a special project or research proposal.
We love sharing knowledge and building the community through internships.
You should have a clear picture of what you’d like to study or contribute, and a good understanding of S2’s work.
We recommend attending an S2 community event to get to know the organization.
Proposals may include, but are not limited to:
- Nonprofit management (administration, donor engagement, resource development)
- Sustainable business management (management strategies for sustainability, industrial trends, industrial ecology, whole-systems business models, theories of change)
- Community Engagement
- Activism and community organizing
- Participatory research
- Data and trends (analytics tracking, CRM, climate impact data in Seattle and Puget Sound region, GIS)
- Design thinking and systems change
- …and what else?
Current organizational projects:
- Organizational history – research, design, present (an archiving, impact assessment, and communications project)
- Local practitioners review – a comprehensive, interactive resource guide to active organizations and key regional events (A resource mapping, regional industrial ecology assessment project)
Research topic suggestions:
- Full footprint, circular economies, and materials use in and for Seattle
- Greenwashing and Authentic Engagement
- Sustainability, Banking and Financial Institutions in Seattle
- Houselessness and best practices in Seattle
- Public Engagement towards Regenerative Cities
- Critical Culturalism and Social Change
- Gamification and Disaster Preparedness
- Sustainable Urbanism
- Just Transition Frameworks and best practices
- Queer/Crip/Intersectional/Feminist Ecology
- …and what else?
Research may be applied to develop new programs, inform strategic direction, or be published on a blog or white paper. We enthusiastically welcome innovative, unconventional, radical, playful, game-changing thinkers.
Interested in sponsoring an S2 Intern? We welcome partnerships with funders who are committed to providing equitable internships for emerging sustainability leaders in the Seattle area. Contact em[at]sustainableseattle.org to share your interest.