As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation. As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations.
Toxic Chemicals Investigator
Title: Toxic Chemicals Investigator
Supervisor: TE Research Manager
Classification: Part-time, Hourly
As You Sow actively seeks to recruit and retain a diverse staff in all areas of operations. As You Sow will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of age, race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sex, or sexual orientation.
As You Sow is a Berkeley-based non-profit organization founded in 1992. We promote corporate environmental and social responsibility through shareholder advocacy, coalition building, and innovative legal strategies. We are one of the nation's leading practitioners of shareholder advocacy, moving companies to take greater responsibility for the social and environmental impact of their operations. We engage companies directly, work with and mobilize investor coalitions on key issue areas, file shareholder resolutions, and write reports and research briefs to inform investors and the public about novel issue areas. In short, for 27 years, we get big companies to make big changes for good.
As You Sow is also one of the leading enforcers of California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act, also known as Proposition 65. The Act specifies that a company must provide a warning to consumers if its products or processes expose citizens to known carcinogens or reproductive toxicants, and also prohibits discharges of such chemicals into the state’s drinking water. Since 1992, As You Sow has been working to bring hundreds of manufacturers and whole industries into compliance with the Act through innovative settlements that reduce hazardous emissions, eliminate consumer exposures to toxics, and provide funds for employee training to lower occupational exposures to toxic chemicals.
As You Sow is seeking a Toxic Chemicals Investigator to conduct field investigations, including in store and online; label, photograph, and otherwise document all products and enter relevant documents in database; assist with scientific research and data logging; and help with evidence management on current cases in the database.
The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter who is comfortable in a range of duties, from creative investigation to researching scientific literature and technical information. Attention to detail and the ability to communicate about progress on deadlines are essential. The candidate will have extensive research experience and be comfortable citing all references and sources of information.
Monitor information sources re: products and Proposition 65 chemicals in consumer products; conduct literature reviews
Review and assess the Proposition 65 chemical database and identify targeted products and product categories
Organize and edit research into comprehensive reports
Conduct product field investigations in-store and purchase products
Conduct data logging and evidence management, including background research for investigations
Label, photograph and otherwise document all products and file relevant documents in database and on network
Create chains of custody and ensure evidence is submitted to laboratory
Conduct calls for investigation purchases
Excellent research and communication skills
Strong organizational and time management skills; excellent attention to detail a must
Demonstrated ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment
Ability to read scientific literature
Strong work ethic, self-motivated, and committed to excellence
Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite
Interest in environmental issues and corporate responsibility
10-20 hours/week @ $20/hour; flexible hours
Oakland or Berkeley, California. Remote work negotiable.
We encourage all applicants to review the website, specifically our Toxic Enforcement section before applying. Please send your resume and cover letter containing brief letter of interest to Kwan Hong Teoh at [email protected]. Please include “Toxic Chemicals Investigator” in the Subject line of your email.
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.