Work With Beyond Pesticides

Beyond Pesticides is currently seeking applicants for the following positions:


Program Director

(Posted 9.19.16) Beyond Pesticides is seeking to fill the position of program director with a creative, self-motivated individual with ten years’ experience working in a non-profit environmental, public health, or social justice organization. (Advanced degree in field relevant to environmental work preferred.) This position willsupervise a staff of approximately ten people to empower local, state and national level activity aimed at eliminating hazardous toxic chemical use and advancing organic systems. To effectively excel in this position, the person must believe in and exhibit substantial background working to achieve a precautionary and preventive approach to the protection of health and the environment. Helpful to this position is a background in science and policy that informs effective strategies to challenge status-quo dependencies on pesticides.

The person must possess a passion for the issues in order to sustain a rigorous work schedule and the ability to multi-task on numerous subjects. Stellar research and writing skills are required to effectively coordinate production of numerous policy documents, public information pamphlets, web postings, and congressional, state, and local testimony. Desire and ability to work with the public, a commitment to social justice, and an optimism about the future is all necessary to be successful in this position.

Beyond Pesticides, founded in 1981, is a national non-profit research and action organization at the forefront of the grassroots environmental health movement with a focus on eliminating the use of pesticides that are hazardous to human health, wildlife, and the environment. With science, campaigns, information dissemination, and partnerships and coalitions, the organization advocates for the protection of basic human rights, environmental protection, pesticide policy reform, and the adoption of organic practices and policies. For more information on Beyond Pesticides and its projects, visit the website at www.beyondpesticides.org.

Beyond Pesticides seeks a program director to:

  • Coordinate policy work that may include, but are not limited to, pollinator protection, organic management systems, protecting children, biodiversity preservation, genetic engineering, toxic chemical regulation and risk assessment, and global climate change.
  • Organize communities and generate support for local, statewide, and national pesticide reform and the adoption of organic systems.
  • Research, develop and distribute outreach materials and reports regarding campaigns.
  • Build relationships with pesticide activists/network and with media and serve in a technical assistance capacity to advance policy reform.
  • Conduct advocacy, educate, and speak to promote organizational mission.
  • Contribute to and oversee organization's extensive outreach through its publications, website, social media, and direct communication with the public.
  • Assist in the development of new projects and campaigns as needed.
  • Work with the executive director and other program staff on an as-needed basis to advance the mission of the organization.

Qualifications: Applicants must have public interest experience managing programs that carry out education and policy advocacy. Experience with implementation of land and building practices that incorporate organic management is a plus. It is preferred that the applicant possess a graduate degree in the area of public health, environment, or a related field and has a minimum of ten years work experience in public interest organizations, several of which include managing programs and staff. Excellent communication skills, ability to work independently and in a group, computer proficiency, ability to supervise staff, juggle priorities, and a willingness to take initiative required. Ability to work some nights and weekends expected. Desire to help people and community-based organizations to advance an organic future and stop the use of practices and products that poison people and contaminate the environment is essential.

Salary/Benefits: Commensurate with experience, full health benefits, pension plan, 12 days cumulative vacation time in first year.

Send Resume and Cover Letter to: "Job Search/Program director," in the subject line via email to [email protected]. Position is open until filled. No calls please and apologies for our inability to respond to all applications submitted.

Beyond Pesticides is an equal opportunity employer.



Beyond Pesticides is a national non-profit membership organization, founded in 1981, dedicated to educating the public about the toxic hazards of pesticides and safer alternatives. The organization advocates for strong policy to protect public health and the environment.

Responsibilities may include:

  • Researching health and environmental impacts of pesticides and/or materials for use in organic agriculture.
  • Producing materials, including factsheets, articles, report contributions, and online materials.
  • Assisting in fielding phone calls and emails from the public, researching and answering information requests.
  • Assist the executive director and program staff with outreach, research and administrative tasks on an as-needed basis.

Interns are given tasks that match their interests, skills and background with Beyond Pesticides’ goals. In addition to working on specific projects, interns will gain insight into the importance of grassroots action, the complexities of environmental issues, and how non-profits function.

Internships are based on a small ($1,000 monthly) stipend and vary in length from 3 months to 1 year.

Please send a resume and cover letter outlining what type of internship interests you, what you hope to gain from the experience and what time frame you are available to: Job Search/Internship, Beyond Pesticides, 701 E Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003 or via email to [email protected].