Public Lab

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Public Lab is a community, supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment.

Public Lab New Orleans, LA, USA
Feb 10, 2020
Full time
  Start Date: Late March 2020 Location: New Orleans, Louisiana Terms: Full time About Public Lab  Public Lab is a community, supported by a non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment. About This Role  Join our team and work to bring about healthier and more equitable world through community science, open technology, and the pursuit of environmental justice. This position is ideal for an early career organizer who wants to be part of a fast-moving team that is developing, advancing, and sharing community science practices around the world. It’s a role for someone eager to elevate and center frontline communities in Public Lab’s network, and build lasting relationships.  The Community Organizer is part of Public Lab’s Organizing & Research team, which ensures that people who come to Public Lab in pursuit of environmental justice are able to connect with others online and/or in-person to achieve locally meaningful outcomes. The Community Organizer is responsible for working with individuals and communities facing challenging environmental concerns who are interested in working with Public Lab but may not be comfortable working through the online platform. This position will be responsible for assisting groups and individuals with documentation and outreach, and helping to build relationships in the Public Lab community. The Community Organizer will become proficient in assembling and deploying environmental monitoring equipment, and in the collection and handling of data for use in local advocacy campaigns, with support from Public Lab’s Organizing & Research team. This position reports to the Community Manager. This job requires occasional travel and work outside regular business hours. Primary Responsibilities:  The documentation activities associated with this position include:  Hosting the initial “intake” moment of people coming to Public Lab with concerns Working with groups and individuals, in person and over the phone, to help ensure materials are captured that explain/support their concerns.  Assisting groups and individuals in posting questions, publishing blog posts, and posting updates.  Drafting materials to help onboard groups so that they can start to engage on the Public Lab website. The outreach activities associated with this position include:  Identifying and working with new individuals and groups facing environmental concerns who are interested in working with Public Lab.  Networking new groups with others who can support on-the-ground projects through the Public Lab community. Ensuring posts and materials from community groups, especially those with environmental justice concerns, get responses they need to move forward.  Working with the Communications Manager to elevate people’s stories and concerns. The facilitation activities associated with this position include:  Helping groups to navigate decision moments. Modeling regular, open, and clear documentation across the Public Lab website,  Helping orient community members to a range of environmental monitoring approaches, including assembling open hardware for data collection, and using data for advocacy. Assisting with planning and delivery for online and in-person events including webinars (OpenCalls, OpenHours) and conferences such as the Public Lab Barnraising. Other duties of this position include:  Delivering programming based on Public Lab’s strategic objectives .  Supporting community fellows in their work to advance priority environmental research topics. Working with the other Public Lab teams, including the website and education teams, to support community growth. Working to update the Code of Conduct , and assisting in content management and moderation across the website. Maintaining and adhering to nonprofit policies and procedures, Public Lab values , and the Code of Conduct . Experience and Training:  Approximately five years of demonstrated job experience in a related field is required. This position might be for you if you are:  Experienced in working with communities historically excluded from science and technology ( such as rural, low-income, environmental justice, indigenous, and POC communities). An experienced facilitator : You have experience working with people from different backgrounds to face challenging questions and make progress as a team, and you are proficient at teasing out the challenges and next steps. An exceptional written and oral communicator : You have excellent interpersonal skills. You're a collaborator and a problem solver who is often praised for your organization and attention to detail. You can translate complex work and the mission of Public Lab to different audiences. Team-oriented : You work collaboratively, both in-person and with remote colleagues, to envision and promote positive change, and to be supportive of others. You bring integrity to all situations. Organized, thorough, and self-sufficient : You communicate consistently with your team, stay on top of your to-do list, and you don't miss deadlines. An excellent problem solver : You're excited to take on diverse development challenges, identify where organizational operations could be improved, and propose solutions Tech-savvy : You are excited by technology and to learn new programs with support from colleagues. You are interested in or have used technology in the context of advocacy, grants tracking, and reporting. You have experience using a variety of collaborative software such as Slack, Google Docs, and Dropbox.   Compensation and Benefits  Compensation is between $40,000-$45,000, based on experience and qualifications. Public Lab offers a benefits package that includes: Three weeks starting vacation time, with a bonus week off during the winter holidays 11 personal days 12 federal holidays observed 75% coverage of health/dental/vision benefits 401(k) account A six-week sabbatical after five years of employment To Apply  Please send a single document containing a cover letter and resume to jobs@publiclab.org with the subject line Community Organizer by March 1, 2020. Make sure the document includes your first and last name . 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.
Public Lab Remote (New Orleans, LA, USA)
Feb 07, 2020
Full time
Start Date: Late March 2020   Location: Remote, but with the opportunity to work from our offices in New Orleans or Brooklyn Terms: Full time About Public Lab  Public Lab is a community, supported by a non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment. About This Role  Join our team and work to bring about a healthier and more equitable world through community science, open technology, and the pursuit of environmental justice. This position is ideal for an early- to mid-career science communicator or hardware enthusiast who wants to be embedded in a diverse research community. It’s a role for someone deeply curious and empirical who enjoys synthesizing, testing, and growing a body of practical knowledge with people who are striving to address complex problems together.  The Research Coordinator is part of Public Lab’s Organizing & Research team, which ensures that people who come to Public Lab in pursuit of environmental justice are able to connect with others online and/or in-person to achieve locally meaningful outcomes. The Research Coordinator will build working relationships with scientists and technologists developing accessible environmental research methods, and community members who use them to monitor the environm ent,  e nsuring information is clearly presented on the Public Lab website. The Research Coordinator works to maintain environmental health topic pages on the website that succinctly present the current state of methodologies for monitoring or remediating the issue, and feature accessible pathways for newcomers to get started. Example practices include synthesizing materials into an at-a-glance view of the topic, highlighting activities new contributors can try for themselves, breaking out questions that could be answerable by someone with particular expertise or experience, and framing “next step” challenges to attract a contributor with specific skills sets.  This position will assist the Community Manager in managing fellowship teams working on specific research areas, coordinating their efforts, and editing their outputs to support further growth in the broader contributor community. This position will work with the Education and Kits teams to source and distribute hardware needed by frontline communities. This position works closely with Public Lab directors to meet strategic objectives for advancing the readiness of community science approaches to key environmental health issues. This position reports to the Community Manager. This job requires occasional travel and work outside regular business hours. Primary Responsibilities:  Maintain coherence in a priority set of environmental research topics on the Public Lab website Organize a regular practice of reviewing these environmental research topics by: Collating and synthesizing materials shared by people working deeply on environmental topics to make them accessible for those who are exploring these issues as newcomers Understanding, breaking down, prioritizing, and communicating steps to approaching environmental monitoring challenges on the website and through on/offline events, in a way that helps people see where they may make a contribution  Explaining what is currently within reach for key environmental health issues, at what cost of time and energy to get what quality of data, and usable for which purposes  Inviting people to contribute feedback, failures, requests, and ideas about environmental topic areas, with support from other program staff Building relationships with people doing this work, and conducting interviews to tell their stories (with support from the Communications Manager)     Supporting fellows in their work, specifically around developing resources on environmental monitoring methods and hardware projects so that fellowship outputs clearly advance priority environmental research topics.   Convening monthly public work sessions and quarterly public presentations on environmental topics. These presentations may, for example, take the form of a “State of the Issue,” explaining the methods used and their relationship to environmental governance, highlighting emerging directions in science hardware development for improving accountability and management  Consistently engaging the Public Lab community and other communities on questions and resources for environmental monitoring methods Identifying environmental monitoring tools that address community priorities and fit the criteria for low-cost, accessible kits that can be hosted in the Public Lab store; working with the Kits Coordinator on sourcing components and drafting the item listings  Providing simple inroads, an onboarding ladder, and welcoming scaffold for people with different experiences and expertise to engage with and update topics on the Public Lab website Contribute to the emergence of an equitable technology culture Assist in moderation across the Public Lab website Support the sustainabil ity of community projects through grant writing and other fundraising initiatives Maintain and adhere to nonprofit policies and procedures, Public Lab values , and the Code of Conduct . Experience and Training:  Approximately 5 years of demonstrated job experience in a related field (science communication, investigative journalism, collaborative hardware, library science, ethnography, popular and technical writing, community organizing, advocacy) is required.  This position might be for you if you are:  Driven to uncover new knowledge frontiers with a journalistic curiosity. An inveterate connector who loves to form bonds and deepen relationships throughout a network. Excited about shaping a newly created role within a fast-moving team and are a natural leader who prioritizes learning and iteration over perfectionism. Thinking strategically about what is needed for information to be useful, relevant, and accessible. Passionate about explaining , such that others become motivated to act upon what they learn from you, as well as listening so that others feel valued by you. An exceptional written and oral communicator : You're a collaborator and a problem-solver who is often praised for your organization and attention to detail. You can translate complex work and the mission of Public Lab to diverse audiences. Team-oriented : You work collaboratively, both in person and with remote colleagues, to envision and promote positive change, and to be supportive of others. You bring integrity to all situations. Organized, thorough, and self-sufficient : You communicate consistently with your team, stay on top of your to-do list, and you don't miss deadlines. An excellent problem solver : You're excited to take on diverse development challenges, identify where organizational operations may be improved, and propose solutions. Tech-savvy:  You are excited by technology and learning new programs with support from colleagues. You have experience using a variety of collaborative software such as Github, Slack, Google Docs, Dropbox, and CRM databases. Compensation and Benefits  Compensation is between $40,000-$45,000, based on experience and qualifications. Public Lab offers a benefits package that includes: Three weeks starting vacation time, with a bonus week off during the winter holidays 11 personal days 12 federal holidays observed 75% coverage of health/dental/vision benefits 401(k) account A six-week sabbatical after five years of employment. To Apply  Please send a single document containing a cover letter and resume to jobs@publiclab.org with the subject line Research Coordinator by March 1, 2020. Make sure the document includes your first and last name . 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.
Public Lab Remote (New Orleans, LA, USA)
Feb 07, 2020
Full time
  Start Date: Late March 2020 Location: Remote, but with the opportunity to work from our offices in New Orleans or Brooklyn Terms: Full time About Public Lab  Public Lab is a community, supported by a non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment. About This Role  Join our team and work to bring about a healthier and more equitable world through community science, open technology, and the pursuit of environmental justice. This position is ideal for a mid-career organizer who wants to be part of a fast-moving team developing, advancing and sharing community science practices around the world. It’s a role for someone with heart, who will elevate and center frontline communities in Public Lab’s network, and build lasting relationships.  The Community Manager is part of Public Lab’s Organizing & Research team, which ensures that people who come to Public Lab in pursuit of environmental justice are able to connect with others online and/or in-person to achieve locally meaningful outcomes. The Community Manager will seek out and learn from case studies around the world where community research led to victories over environmental injustices. The Community Manager facilitates high-level collaboration among people facing similar issues in different locations, from diverse backgrounds, and with varying expertise. The Community Manager fosters relationships among people navigating challenging environmental concerns, growing a research community.  The Community Manager will work to ensure the Public Lab strategic objectives for growth in frontline community engagement and diverse community development are met. The Community Manager will work to improve the community science process at critical moments: when community-generated problem statements are used to shape contributions by distributed collaborators, when critiques are incorporated, and when stories of impact are told. The Community Manager will become proficient in assembling and deploying environmental monitoring equipment, and in the collection and handling of data for use in local advocacy campaigns. T he Community Manager oversees the regularly scheduled weekly, monthly, and annual public activities offered by Public Lab’s Organizing & Research team. This role reports to the Senior Program Director. This job requires occasional travel and work outside regular business hours. Primary Responsibilities:  Managing two positions on Public Lab’s Organizing and Research Team (the Research Coordinator and Community Organizer) Collaborating with program area staff to oversee the Public Lab fellows program, including managing the hiring and onboarding of new fellows,  Overseeing community outreach, specifically supporting leaders from historically excluded communities in science and technology (such as rural, low-income, environmental justice, indigenous, and POC communities) to set strategies and lead the charge towards collaborative work outputs of community science processes Assisting in orienting community members to a range of environmental monitoring approaches, including building DIY open hardware for data collection Creating and delivering programming based on Public Lab’s strategic objectives :   Developing and modeling successful methods for facilitation with people across various expertises Modeling regular, open, and clear documentation across the Public Lab website Ensuring a regular schedule of engagement opportunities for people online by coordinating and hosting OpenHours, live calls, and Welcome Calls  Ensuring resources are available to help people host Public Lab events in person, including workshops and trainings Leading the organizing of the twice-annual Barnraising—Public Lab’s largest in-person event Working with other Public Lab teams, including the website and education teams, to support community growth Supporting the sustainability of community projects through grant writing and other fundraising initiatives Working to enforce and update the Code of Conduct, and assisting in the management of moderation across the website Maintaining and adhering to nonprofit policies and procedures, Public Lab values , and the Code of Conduct Experience and Training:  Approximately 7+ years of demonstrated job experience in a related field, including the management of other staff members and the management of complex projects.  This position might be for you if you are:  Experienced in working with communities historically excluded from science and technology ( such as rural, low-income, environmental justice, indigenous, and POC communities). An experienced facilitator : You have worked with people from different backgrounds to face challenging questions and make progress as a team.  An exceptional written and oral communicator : You have excellent interpersonal skills. You're a collaborator and a problem solver who is often praised for your organization and attention to detail. You can translate complex work and the mission of Public Lab to diverse audiences. Team-oriented : You work collaboratively, both in person and with remote colleagues, to envision and promote positive change, and to be supportive of others. You bring integrity to all situations. Organized, thorough, and self-sufficient : You communicate consistently with your team, stay on top of your to-do list, and you don't miss deadlines. An excellent problem solver : You're excited to take on diverse development challenges, identify where organizational operations may be improved, and propose solutions. Tech-savvy : You are excited by technology and to learn new programs, with support from colleagues. You are interested in or have used technology in the context of advocacy, grants tracking and reporting. You have experience using a variety of collaborative software such as Slack, Google Docs, and Dropbox. Compensation and Benefits  Compensation is between $45,000-$52,000, based on experience and qualifications. Public Lab offers a benefits package that includes: Three weeks starting vacation time, with a bonus week off during the winter holidays 11 personal days 12 federal holidays observed 75% coverage of health/dental/vision benefits 401(k) account A six-week sabbatical after five years of employment. To Apply  Please send a single document containing a cover letter and resume to jobs@publiclab.org with the subject line Community Manager by March 1, 2020. Make sure the document includes your first and last name . 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.
Public Lab Remote (New Orleans, LA, USA)
Feb 07, 2020
Full time
Start Date: Late March-early May 2020 Location: Remote, but with the opportunity to work from our offices in New Orleans or Brooklyn Terms: Full time About Public Lab  Public Lab is a community, supported by a non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment. About This Role  Join our team and work to bring about a healthier and more equitable world through community science, open technology, and the pursuit of environmental justice. This position is ideal for an early career evaluator and/or researcher who wants to be part of a fast-moving team that is developing, advancing, and sharing community science practices around the world. It’s a role for someone who is driven to question the results—whether intended or unintended—of strategy and tactics, as well as develop tools that make visible the culture in which program delivery occurs. The Organizational Learning Associate is part of Public Lab’s Organizing & Research team, which ensures that people who come to Public Lab in pursuit of environmental justice are able to connect with others online and/or in-person to achieve locally meaningful outcomes. The Organizational Learning Associate will anchor evaluation and organizational learning processes to assess the impact, both planned and unplanned, of Public Lab programming and culture. The Organizational Learning Associate integrates learning practices and insights across all teams to speed the emergence of collective intelligence. Critically, the Organizational Learning Associate will be an integral part of navigating the cultural challenges of equitable knowledge production and exchange on projects happe ning in and adjacent to Public Lab. To do this work, the Organizational Learning Associate will disrupt the researcher/subject relationship in favor of collaboration and mutually beneficial and relational discourse, and from this relational position, anchor the design and generation of the varieties of data needed to document the scope and nature of the impact of Public Lab’s model. This position reports to the Director of Community Development. This job requires occasional travel and work outside regular business hours. Primary Responsibilities:  Creating logic models and metrics for program work to track progress against Public Lab’s strategic objectives Developing and maintaining an annual schedule of evaluation activities across the organization Conducting qualitative, conversation-style interviewing with community members from different backgrounds and geographies Conducting quantitative data gathering and generation with and about the networked community, with support from the Coding Community Coordinators, to produce the bi-annual Community Survey  Testing and implementing additional appropriate means for seeking and transmitting feedback throughout the Public Lab ecosystem and the broader movement. Encouraging a culture of feedback and short feedback loops Analyzing results Presenting results and insights publicly, and in greater detail to internal teams Supporting program teams to incorporate their own organizational learning and feedback practices and to implement what they learn Supporting the sustainabil ity of community projects through grant writing and other fundraising initiatives Supporting the writing of white papers on project methodology Supporting the writing of peer-reviewed articles on community science Maintaining and adhering to nonprofit policies and procedures, Public Lab values , and the Code of Conduct Experience and Training:  Approximately 4-6 years of demonstrated job experience and/or have done work at a Masters level in, or fields related to, Science and Technology Studies, Sociology, Public Administration (MPA), Development Studies, Education Studies, etc.      This position might be for you if you are:  Familiar with community science related concepts including communities of practice, peer production, the co-production of knowledge, post-normal science, environmental governance, and have had some exposure to Science and Technology Studies. Trained in program evaluation  including design, interviewing and analysis methods. An exceptional written and oral communicator : You have excellent interpersonal skills. You're a collaborator and a problem-solver who is often praised for your organization and attention to detail. You can translate complex work and the mission of Public Lab to different audiences. An experienced facilitator : You have experience working with people from different backgrounds to face challenging questions and make progress as a team.  Team-oriented : You work collaboratively, both in person and with remote colleagues, to envision and promote positive change, and to be supportive of others. You bring integrity to all situations. Organized, thorough, and self-sufficient : You communicate consistently with your team, stay on top of your to-do list, and you don't miss deadlines. An excellent problem solver : You're excited to take on diverse development challenges, identify where organizational operations may be improved, and propose solutions. Tech-savvy : You are excited by technology and to learn new programs, with support from colleagues. You are interested in or have used technology in the context of advocacy, grants tracking, and reporting. You have experience using a variety of collaborative software such as Slack, Google Docs, and Dropbox. Compensation and Benefits  Compensation is between $55,000-$60,000, based on experience and qualifications. Public Lab offers a benefits package that includes: Three weeks starting vacation time, with a bonus week off during the winter holidays 11 personal days 12 federal holidays observed 75% coverage of health/dental/vision benefits 401(k) account A six-week sabbatical after five years of employment. To Apply  Please send a single document containing a cover letter and resume to jobs@publiclab.org with the subject line Organizational Learning Associate by March 1, 2020. Make sure the document includes your first and last name . 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. 
Public Lab Remote
Feb 07, 2020
Internship- Paid
Starting: Late March Commitment: roughly 20 hours/week over eight months Fellowship Stipend: $15,000 Where: This fellowship is open to anyone located in the United States About Public Lab and the Fair Tech Collective Public Lab is a community, supported by a 501(c)(3) non-profit, that develops and applies open-source tools to environmental exploration and investigation. By democratizing inexpensive and accessible do-it-yourself techniques, Public Lab creates a collaborative network of practitioners who actively reimagine the human relationship with the environment. The Fair Tech Collective, Professor Gwen Ottinger’s research group at Drexel University, uses social science theory and methods to foster environmentally just science and technology.    About the Fellowship This is a joint fellowship being offered by Public Lab and the Fair Tech Collective. In this project, the Fellow will do research to update and archive the bucket air sampler . The Fellow will also be responsible for writing and editing an updated technical and organizing manual for communities who want to use the bucket. To help ensure the sustainability of the bucket, the Fellow will identify labs that can provide reliable, affordable air sample analysis and communicate with stakeholders about the feasibility and organization of a potential network of bucket trainers. The Fellow will be co-supervised by Dr. Gwen Ottinger of the Fair Tech Collective and senior staff members of the Public Lab team.   The major goals of this Fellowship are to: Update and digitize the bucket manual: You will create a version of the bucket manual that can be easily accessed online and lead to a run of hard copies for distribution. The updated manual will include information and illustrations on building the sampling tool. You will support the work of an illustrator and designer to complete the bucket manual. Set up the infrastructure for a distributed community of trainers: You will do an assessment of the current landscape of bucket brigades and look at the feasibility of a distributed network available to support people in using the bucket tool and methodology to support community organizing activities.  Technical scoping: You will identify potential lab partners who will be willing to analyze bucket samples pro bono or at a discounted rate. You will support the Public Lab Kits Coordinator in identifying and sourcing hardware components for the buckets. In the Fellowship your tasks will include: Doing interviews with members of existing and previous bucket brigades. Creating a revised and updated bucket air sampling manual. The original version was created in the 1990s and was approximately 80 pages. Developing a wiki page on PublicLab.org that highlights the bucket tool, process, and steps. Writing research note documentation on PublicLab.org detailing your process, steps, and highlights from your research. Drafting a prospectus on potential air sampling lab partners. Drafting a concept for a trainer network to support communities interested in using the bucket tool and methodology. The concept will identify participants, resource needs, and potential sources of funding. Interacting with an advisory team of 4-6 people and when possible meeting weekly with the Public Lab and Fair Tech Collective team or providing written updates on progress. Maintaining and adhere to Public Lab values, and the Code of Conduct . The ideal candidate will: Have approximately 3-5 years of experience and/or have done work at a Masters level in, or fields related to, environmental studies and sciences, environmental engineering, or science and technology studies.   This role may be for you if you are: Detail-oriented: You have excellent documentation skills and are often praised for your organization and attention to detail. An exceptional written and oral communicator: You have excellent interpersonal and interview skills, and you express yourself effectively in genres ranging from e-mail to proposals.   Team-oriented: You work collaboratively, both in-person and with remote colleagues, to envision and promote positive change, solve problems, and to be supportive of others. A helper who includes everyone: You’ve worked with people with different backgrounds, and different fields and experiences; you’re able to communicate on environmental science and monitoring in a way that’s approachable and understandable to newcomers.  Tech-savvy : You thrive in an online environment; you are excited to learn new programs and share about technology and monitoring in the context of advocacy. Self-directed: You work successfully with minimal supervision; you can organize work, set and meet your own internal milestones, and communicate when help is required. This Fellowship will be hosted through Public Lab. Public Lab is 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.   To Apply Send a cover letter, resume or CV and the answers to the questions below   in a single document   to   jobs@publiclab.org   by February 20th. Make sure the document includes your first and last name. Why are you interested in this Fellowship? What about working on this issue intrigues you? How would your experiences benefit your work as a Fellow? If awarded the Fellowship, what would you hope to learn, and what would you hope to accomplish?