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MassPIRG Zero Waste Campaign Associate

Posted on: March 3, 2023

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Job description

MASSPIRG is hiring a campaign associate to help drive our campaign for a zero waste Massachusetts. 

American politics is too often dominated by special interests. MASSPIRG’s mission is to focus attention and action on the public interest.

We work on problems that affect everybody, not just one group or another. And we’ll work with anyone, Democrat, Republican or independent, who agrees with our positions and supports sensible solutions.

At PIRG, we focus on the quality of our lives, not the quantity of stuff we produce and consume. We aim to improve the quality of our health, our environment and our well-being.

Campaign for Zero Waste

We live in a society that encourages us to constantly consume and throw away things. From single use plastics to over packaged items to food waste and more, we throw away  tons of  “stuff” everyday—much of which we use  for all of 5 or 10 minutes. The expression is ‘throw away’ but there really is no “away.” All of this waste not only clogs our landfills, trashes our parks, and litters our streets, but it washes into our rivers and oceans where it can harm wildlife and eventually our health. From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, Bay Staters want less waste, more sustainability, and a Commonwealth we can be proud of.   We need to get back to the future, and focus on what was always supposed to come first: “Reduce” (and then reuse/recycle), with a goal of zero waste. 

Entry-level candidates are encouraged to apply; we provide training on advocacy and organizing skills, as well as oversight and on-the-ground training by an experienced advocate. Ideal candidates will have leadership experience, top-notch written and verbal skills, an eagerness to learn, and be ready for a challenge. We value organizing experience, including building campus or community groups.


  • Build powerful coalitions: Reach out to like-minded organizations and affected constituency groups to demonstrate support for our campaign goals. 
  • Earn traditional media and social media attention: Organize news conferences and write opinion pieces. Build a following on Facebook and Twitter for your campaign.
  • Lobby elected officials: Coordinate strategy with champions in Congress. Make a convincing case to legislators who are undecided on a particular vote. When a critical vote is happening on your campaign, work to demonstrate the support you’ve been building on the ground to help line up the votes needed to win. 
  • Research and write reports: Catalog and analyze data relevant to the issue and our policy proposals to help influence public debate and earn media attention for our cause.
  • Identify and cultivate donors: Reach out to foundations and major donors and ask them to fund your campaign.
  • Run a grassroots campaign office each summer: Run a campaign office for the summer to raise money to support our campaigns, build our organization and membership, and help build critical and timely grassroots support to win key campaigns while honing your organizing and management skills.


The target annual compensation for this position is $31,000-$31,500 in the first year. MassPIRG offers a competitive benefits package. We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.


Boston, MA

We’re also hiring Campaign Associates to work on other campaigns in locations across the country. We accept applications on a rolling basis. 


Why work with PIRG? Check out 10 reasons: 

MassPIRG is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to social change. Visit for things you should know about our network when you apply.

MassPIRG is an equal opportunity employer.

COVID-19: We take COVID-19 safety very seriously. Employees must follow our COVID safety protocols and be fully vaccinated and boostered. Accommodations are provided to the extent required by law.




Job category
Issue Organizing

Employment type
Full Time

0+ years

$31,000 – $31,500

Start date

Apply by June 1, 2023