Responsible Cafes/Internship / Work Experience


Posted 30 May 2022

Closes 29 Jun 2022

About Responsible Cafes (RC):

Responsible Cafes is a growing community driven organisation that connects cafes with conscious consumers, builds community and reduces waste by encouraging cafes to take action and do their best reducing, reusing and recycling. 

Responsible Cafes was founded in 2013 from the idea to offer people a discount if they BYO cups. The program grew organically at first through word of mouth, until the ABC War On Waste was broadcasted in 2017 and featured the initiative. Overnight the website went bonkers and we received 1000’s of emails and messages of support from CEO’s to grandparents and school kids wanting to know more about how they can minimise their impact. 

We are now one of Australia’s most innovative, popular, & fastest-growing programs actively engaging cafes, councils and the community to improve sustainability. In 2018 we were recognised for our achievements and nominated for a NSW Green Globe. Last year we launched the world’s first rating system for cafes and ran a hybrid Cafes Summit event to engage the community further on these important environmental issues. In 2022 we were recognised by the WasteSorted Community Award in WA for our team effort in the hospitality industry.

We have now grown to 5000 cafes and continue to look at ways we can continue to keep the conversation active and drive more impact in the hospitality industry. We have a very active community on FB and Insta and are looking to constantly grow and nurture. We are a group of volunteers who really want to see the tide change on single use plastics. We have lots of fun doing it and make sure we meet regularly to celebrate our wins! So if you care about the state of the planet and love coffee then this could be just the experience you are looking for… 

Compostable Alternatives is the right arm of Responsible Cafes and introduces certified home compostable solutions as the best alternatives to single use plastic packaging after reusables. 


Position Description:

As part of our Council’s program, Responsible Cafes does activation campaigns where we check in on our cafes + new cafes that are keen to fight the war on waste! Following our Council members’ needs, we sometimes require additional helping hands to run those activities. As part of this casual position, you will be managed by a RC Coordinator and will:

  • Create a list of Responsible Cafes already registered on our map

  • Organise and run an online Expression of Interest

  • Execute an engagement activities where you will:

    • Plan and organise visits with a number of cafes via social media, phone or emails

    • Introduce RC and help the cafe register on our map / update their information to be rated and be RC accredited 

    • Take photos and stories to post on our social media

    • Introduce relevant Councils activities

    • Present alternative products to single use plastic packaging with a gifted sample box of products

    • Keep a progress reporting up-to-date following your visits

    • Follow up with each cafe on their Bean Rating, and any switch to better sustainable practices

  • Create a report to summarise your findings, in collaboration with your Coordinator

Training will be provided by your Coordinator.

Important: This offer is advertised in Sydney but we constantly seek activators all around Australia so if you’re not based in Sydney but are keen to help in your area, fill an application and get in touch!

About you:

  • You have a bubbly, engaging, curious and kind personality

  • You love to connect with new people 

  • You are responsible, organised, on time and have an attention to details

  • You have great knowledge of Responsible Cafes and available resources

  • You have some knowledge of compostable packaging 

  • You are flexible and independent 

BONUS: you have experience working in hospitality and know how the industry works

As part of this casual position, you will receive an allowance per cafe engaged.


Whether you get this internship or not, we’d love you to encourage the next cafe you visit to become Responsible Cafes. A small step can go a long way!

follow our actions on @responsiblecafes