• As You Sow
  • Feb 11, 2022
Part time Administrative QA Testing Grocery

Job Description

Title: Toxic Enforcement Investigator & Program Assistant  

Supervisor: Toxic Enforcement Research Manager 

Classification: Part-time, Hourly  

Schedule: Part-Time (20 hours/week) 


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 501(c)(3) 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 29 years we have gotten 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, known as Proposition 65, a toxic right-to-know law. 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 part-time (20 hours per week) Investigator & Program Assistant who will work with the Toxic Enforcement Research Manager and Staff Attorney to support our consumer product investigations and legal actions. The Investigator & Program Assistant role will provide administrative support for our legal team as well as be responsible for conducting investigations and gathering evidence to support legal cases, including researching, purchasing consumer products, and logging evidence and case materials.  


The ideal candidate will be an independent self-starter with a strong attention to detail who enjoys cataloging and organizing documents and data. The candidate must also be comfortable driving to various stores throughout the Bay Area to purchase products. The Investigator & Program Assistant will report to the Toxic Enforcement Research Manager. 



  • Conducting online research to identify consumer products for investigation. 
  • Populating chain of custody documents and submitting evidence to an accredited laboratory for testing. 
  • Conducting calls for investigation purposes.  
  • Traveling to assigned businesses and purchasing specific products for investigation. 
  • Inspecting store inventory and taking note of similar product types or Proposition 65 warning notices. 
  • Completing and submitting a written report detailing investigations. 
  • Labeling, photographing and otherwise documenting all evidence. 
  • Logging gathered data in a detailed spreadsheet or other internal database. 
  • Assembling and serving legal documents. 
  • Filing legal documents at local courts and online. 
  • Case management tasks, including calendaring important dates and organizing multi-party calls. 
  • Scanning and saving documents and organizing case files. 
  • Other administrative or investigative duties as assigned. 



  • Reliable transportation 
  • Strong organizational skills and excellent attention to detail. 
  • Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, prioritize multiple tasks, and meet deadlines in a fast-paced environment. 
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe Acrobat, Zoom, and/or Box preferred. 
  • Interest in consumer protection, corporate responsibility, and/or law. 



20 hours/week, $20/hour; flexible hours. Will meet with Toxic Enforcement team either in person or via Zoom once per week.  



Berkeley, California. Remote work within the San Francisco Bay Area negotiable. 



Please apply through our website here. Only applications submitted through our website will be considered. We thank all applicants for your interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. 



As You Sow is a 501c3 not-for-profit organization and is an equal opportunity employer. As You Sow makes employment decisions on the basis of merit and business needs. As You Sow does not unlawfully discriminate on the of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), gender identity or expression, national origin, ancestry, age, physical or mental disability, legally protected medical condition, family care status, veteran status, marital status, sexual orientation or identification, or any other basis protected by law. Women, People of Color, and LGBTQ candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. 


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