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Policy and Advocacy Internship (NOFA Vermont)

Organization NOFA Vermont
Location 14 Pleasant Street
Richmond, VT 05477
Description

Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont

Policy & Advocacy Intern 2019

 

About NOFA-VT

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont promotes organic practices to build an economically viable, ecologically sound and socially just Vermont agricultural system that benefit all living things.

NOFA Vermont’s mission is to create a vital Vermont food system – one that supports consumers who want to eat local, organic food year-round, farmers who want technical assistance to be the best stewards of their land and animals, and gardeners who want to grow more of their own food. To achieve our mission, NOFA Vermont works on the national, statewide, and community level to engage our audience. We have developed programs to respond to organizational goals, build relationships between producers and consumers, and advocate for the interests of Vermont’s organic farmers and eaters. For more information about NOFA-VT and its programs, visit www.nofavt.org.

Position Description

The Northeast Organic Farming Association of Vermont (NOFA-VT) is seeking a Policy and Advocacy Intern for the Fall 2019 semester (September- December.) Reporting to the Policy Advisor, the Policy & Advocacy Intern will assist with research, policy development and educational initiatives related to NOFA-VT’s strategic focus on agriculture as a solution to climate change. The intern will assist with and attend our upcoming three-part on-farm soil health workshop series aimed at engaging farmers and partners in developing soil health policy solutions for Vermont. They will also conduct research on agricultural solutions to climate change, creating a toolkit to inform NOFA’s leadership in promoting organic farming as a critical tool in climate change mitigation.

NOFA-VT seeks an individual with the capacity to:

  • Attend soil health workshops around the state on September 17 in Brattleboro, September 26 in Highgate Center, and October 1 in Middlebury, and compile data collected during focus group sessions at each event.
  • Conduct research and compile resources related to agricultural solutions to climate change.
  • Support other advocacy and policy initiatives that arise.
  • Flexible schedule, available for some evening/weekend events.
  • Provide administrative and outreach support.

Qualifications

  • Excellent communication, writing, editing, research, and organizational skills
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and social media platforms
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with others
  • Enthusiasm for organic and local food and farming
  • Be flexible with a great sense of humor
  • Have your own transportation

Education

Ideal candidates are interested in food systems and are pursuing a degree in a related field.

Compensation

This internship is unpaid, but students may receive credit if awarded by their educational institution. (Note that it is the student’s responsibility to arrange to receive credit for the internship.)

Please send a cover letter and resume to info@nofavt.org with the subject line “Policy & Advocacy Intern.”

Date Posted August 26th, 2019
Deadline Open until filled
Categories Regulations and Public Policy, Advocacy organization
Type Internship/Apprentice/Other
How to Apply Please send a cover letter and resume to info@nofavt.org with the subject line “Policy & Advocacy Intern.”

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