Help Wanted: Environmental Justice Research Fellowship

by | Mar 18, 2021 | Clean Air Journal, Internships, Jobs

GASP announces a new Environmental Justice Research Fellowship from May to November 2021. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the concepts of environmental justice, systemic racism, redlining, and criminal justice. The Fellow will conduct research on the following topics:

  • Convict leasing in Alabama coal mines and factories
  • The relationship between policing and criminalization of marginalized communities and environmental injustice
  • Environmental justice issues related to prisons and incarceration
  • The impact of environmental pollution on people in Alabama’s prisons and jails.

About GASP

Founded in 2010, GASP is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with a mission is to advance healthy air and environmental justice in the Greater-Birmingham (Ala.) area through education, advocacy, organizing, and collaboration. We envision a healthy, just, and sustainable Alabama for everyone who lives, works, learns, and worships here. GASP strives to reduce air pollution, to educate the public on the health risks associated with poor air quality and to encourage community leaders to serve as role models for clean air and clean energy development.

Our Core Values

  • We treat everyone with respect and dignity.
  • Justice & Equity. We put justice first, and work towards just and equitable outcomes.
  • We are not shy about dreaming big.
  • Servant Leadership. We aim to be useful to the communities we serve.
  • We do not hide our intentions or our objectives, and we insist on the same from others.
  • We expect all stakeholders to hold us to our word, and we’ll do the same.
  • We want to be kind and helpful to those seeking our help.
  • We try to always walk the walk and act in ways that are regenerative.
  • Data-driven. We value information, including qualitative and quantitative data points.
  • Scientific evidence. We also value both the modern scientific method and traditional ecological knowledge.
  • We put the health of our staff, board, volunteers, donors, and constituents first.

What We Believe

🌤 Every Alabamian has the right to breathe clean, healthy air.
🌤 Health should be a top priority for lawmakers, regulators, and businesses.
🌤 Clean, renewable energy is essential to a healthy, just, and sustainable Alabama.
🌤 All levels of government must be transparent and accountable to the people.
🌤 Alabamians deserve a healthy life no matter their race, ZIP code, or socioeconomic status.
🌤 Elected officials and regulators have a moral duty to protect public health and act in our long-term best interest.

About the Fellowship

This is a 6-month, part-time (10-15 hours per week) fellowship from May-November 2021. (Precise start and finish dates are negotiable and subject to the Fellow’s availability.) The Fellow will receive a $3,500 stipend. The Fellow will be tasked with submitting a report that details key findings and conclusions of their research.

Desired Skills & Traits

  • Scholarly and legal research
  • Technical writing
  • Qualitative and/or quantitative data interpretation and analysis
  • Proficiency in publishing software (e.g., Microsoft Office and Google Suite)
  • Excellent time management
  • Proactive self-starter
  • Passion for social justice and human rights

How to Apply

To apply for the position, email your resume, a detailed cover letter, and 3 references to [email protected] with the subject line: “Environmental Justice Research Fellowship.”

GASP is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, disability, genetic information, age, veteran status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or marital status. Black, Indigenous, and people of color; women; LGBTQ+ people; and members of other historically disenfranchised populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Michael Hansen
Posted by Michael Hansen

Michael joined GASP in 2013 as communications specialist. He has lived in Birmingham since 2008, and is an active member of the Birmingham community. He’s a passionate advocate for health equity, civil rights and equality. He is currently serving as executive director. Email Michael

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