At U.S. PIRG—the United States Public Interest Research Group—our mission is to champion the public interest.
When decisions are being made that affect our health, our safety or our rights, we raise our voices on behalf of the public.
Whether it’s a decision about how to address the overuse of our life-saving antibiotics in agriculture, how to stop the mistreatment of our personal information by companies like Facebook and Equifax, or how to tackle our growing plastic waste crisis, the problems we work on aren’t progressive or conservative. They’re just problems that our country shouldn’t tolerate any longer.
And these problems affect all of us, whether we live in a blue state, red state or purple state. To solve them, we need to find common ground around commonsense ideas.
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On these issues and others, there are usually two forces standing in the way of progress: the power of special interests, and the power of "that's just the way the world works." PIRG stands for two different forces: the idea that there's a public interest—a position that benefits all of us—and the idea that change is always possible.
Sometimes, we can win results with just a few people. For example, we conducted research that found lead in Fidget spinners, and within days we got Target to take the toxic toys off their store shelves. Other times, we have to rally as many people as we can to our side—like we’re doing right now with our campaign to stop the overuse of antibiotics in agriculture, where we’re pulling together tens of thousands of concerned citizens, doctors and other health professionals, restaurant owners, city and state officials, college students, and others to take action.
Our approach works—we have a 45-year track record of success. Because of the laws and policies we’ve won, people are recycling more and wasting less, buying healthier and safer products, getting a better deal on everything from credit card fees to student loans to cell phone plans, driving cleaner and safer cars, drinking cleaner water, and living longer, healthier lives.
But anyone who follows current events or the news can see that there’s a lot more work to do, and more change we need to make happen.
That’s why we’re looking for staff to join our team who are ready to roll up their sleeves, work side-by-side with our great team of researchers, advocates and policy experts, and win more results for the public. If that sounds like a good fit, we’d love to hear from you. Want to apply?
If you’re interested in learning more about U.S. PIRG, fill out this form and we’ll send you additional information, and link you to our online application.