Is your community being negatively impacted by pollution, environmental disasters, locally unwanted industry, harmful land/water use practices, or climate change impacts?
Are you seeking resources or financial support for local environmental monitoring?
Are you curious about learning new tools and methods organizing local environmental action where you are?
Is there a need to cultivate a network of support around your community’s environmental concerns?
If you answered YES to any of these questions, we’re interested in hearing from you! Public Lab’s Fellowship Teams program is set up to move your local environmental health concern to the next level! We’ve launched the Fellowship Teams program to help frontline community organizers around the world work on their local environmental concerns and collaborate with a network of supporters. Whether you're new to working on environmental monitoring issues, or are a long time community environmental advocate, we want to hear from you.
The Program Details:
- There is a current cohort underway led by a Community Organizer, please visit the fellows page for more information.
- Three (3) more Community Organizer Fellowships will be selected throughout 2021.
- More information about Documentation Fellows and additional support roles for the Fellowship Teams program to come.
The Community Organizer Fellow Details:
- Start Date: The next Community Organizer Fellowship will begin in May/June 2021
- Commitment Period: 8-9 month fellowship with biweekly meetings
- Fellowship Stipend: US $10,000.00 in total over the commitment period
- Project budget: US$1,200 for monitoring budget per project team
- Required technology: You will need access to a personal laptop/computer for the duration of the fellowship, access to the internet, and the ability to work remotely with others. Public Lab provides the team with access to online communication and collaboration platforms (Zoom and PublicLab.org).
- Where: Remote and local—the community science project will be situated locally to you, but you may collaborate with project team members remotely.
The major goals of these Fellowships are to:
- Advance a local community environmental concern with Public Lab community science and environmental monitoring methods (examples: water quality, plastic pollution, toxic smells, etc). And learn along the way!
- Center your voice and your community needs. Community Organizers outline the fellowship goals for the rest of the cohort and for the community science project with Public Lab.
- Grow your network with scientists, technologists, and/or organizers working on environmental health issues. We will help you reach others with the skills needed to move this project idea to reality! Collectively, we will share resources to advance your local environment concern.
- Collaborate on the Public Lab platform. By sharing your experiences along the way, knowledge of best practices, and methods on PublicLab.org you will elevate your communities’ stories and help create pathways for other communities facing similar issues to get started! Our website serves as a digital organizing hub. Public Lab provides training for using the website and assistance with documenting your work.
This role may be for you if you are:
- Dedicated to a local environmental concern that has negatively impacted your community and are seeking resources (i.e. tools, support resources, project funds, and a stipend).
- Excited and ready to start: You can devote time to a local monitoring project for an 8-9 month period; on a flexible, part-time basis.
- Team-oriented and visionary: You seek to work collaboratively with colleagues, envision and promote systemic change within your community, and are looking to connect with others to address environmental concerns.
- A humble collaborator: You're enthusiastic about organizing with people from a multitude of backgrounds, from diverse academic or work fields, and those that have lived experiences that may be different than your own.
- Self-directed: You are driven to build and find solutions to share back with your community. You can organize work flows, set and meet your own internal milestones, and communicate regularly and often when help is needed.
Express Your Interest & Nomination Process
The Fellowship Acceptance Schedule
To be considered for the next Community Organizer Fellowship, please fill out the “express interest” application form OR nominate someone who you think might be a good fit for this role! These are two separate forms.
We accept nominations on a rolling basis throughout the year. To be considered in the upcoming round, please submit your application or nomination by May 16 on or before 11:30pm PDT (other time zones here). You will have the option to indicate in the form if you’d like to be considered for a start date later in the year.
How to Apply for the Fellowship
- To apply for a Community Organizing Fellowship, please fill out this application form.
- Preview of application form
If you would prefer to submit your application verbally over the phone or via Zoom, please email (email@example.com) to schedule an appointment with our team. We will walk you through the interest form sections/questions and help document your responses. If you have other language needs beyond English, please indicate this in your email request. We will do our best to accommodate your request.
Do you know someone who is working on a local environmental concern in your community? Share their name with us!
We recognize that people have limited capacity for standard application processes. Those who are most sought after for the Community Organizer Fellowship are often those who are already navigating limited time and resources in dealing with a pressing environmental justice concern in their community. The nomination process is meant to help recognize and bring community organizers to light who could benefit from the resources of the Fellowship Teams program! The materials you submit will be the basis of the nominee’s application, reducing the need to ask for additional content from the nominee.
Once you have filled out a nomination form, Public Lab staff will reach out to the nominee to notify them of their nomination.
Nominating someone else for the Fellowship
Interested in learning more? Have a project idea? Need help?
If you’re a community organizer interested in this fellowship program and need help narrowing down your project idea, or are unsure about filling out the application form, let us know! The Public Lab team is here to help.
Join us at Open Call, which occurs each week, and spark a conversation! Learn how to join a call here. No pre-registration required.
Need to meet at another time? Schedule a time to meet with the Public Lab team. Please contact us directly by emailing (firstname.lastname@example.org). In the subject line please use Community Organizer 1:1. Please allow up to three business days to respond and coordinate a time to meet.
We will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis beginning in May 2021, for as long as it takes to fill the position. No phone calls, please.
Public Lab is an equal opportunity employer committed to a diverse, multicultural work environment. We encourage people with different ability sets, people of color, and people of diverse sexual orientations, gender expressions, and identities to apply.