The Food & Farming Events & Outreach Intern will work closely with the Food & Farming team to improve community visibility of the Eat Local First campaign and increase business participation in various areas of the Sustainable Connections Food & Farming program. The position will report to Alex Smith and Sara Southerland, and will work independently and collaboratively with members of the team to accomplish these goals. The position will require a minimum of 8-12 hours per week and will run from April – September. This is a dynamic position and the duties and goals may shift over time.

Organization: Sustainable Connections, www.SustainableConnections.org
Title: Food & Farming Events & Outreach Intern
Reports to: Food & Farming Program Director, Food & Farming Outreach Coordinator
Location: Bellingham, WA
Status: Unpaid/Temporary Internship
Application Deadline: Applications accepted July 23-August 9
Internship Dates: 8-20 hours/week from mid-August 2019 – November 2019

Summary
The Food & Farming Events & Outreach Intern will work closely with the Food & Farming team to improve community visibility of the Eat Local First campaign and increase business participation in various areas of the Sustainable Connections Food & Farming program. The position will report to Alex Smith and Sara Southerland, and will work independently and collaboratively with members of the team to accomplish these goals. The position will require a minimum of 8-12 hours per week and will run from mid-August through November. This is a dynamic position and the duties and goals may shift over time.

Duties
• Represent Food & Farming Program and Eat Local First campaign at community events and festivals, engaging with members of the public
• Lead cooking demos at Farmers Markets and other locations around Whatcom County
• Support with growing the Eat Local First campaign via phone calls and in-person meetings
• Support with planning business workshops
• Support with online Local Food Atlas data entry and outreach
• Write business feature articles and support with e-newsletters
• Assist in distributing the Food & Farm Finder and other materials
• Keep detailed records of distribution, engagement, and other metrics

Desired Qualifications and Qualities
• Outgoing and confident, enjoys community outreach
• Experience in sustainability, ideally sustainable business
• Strong written and verbal communication
• Knowledge and enthusiasm for the mission of Sustainable Connections
• Detail-oriented self starter
• Ability to work independently and as part of a team
• Experience with software and ability to learn new programs
• Reliable transportation

Perks
• Help an innovative organization improve our community
• Learn transferrable skills for nonprofit and private sector work
• Meet farmers, business owners, and other members of the community
• Attend exclusive events
• Enjoy an occasional delicious shared meal
• Fresh ground coffee and an unbeatable tea selection in the office

Applying
Qualified applicants should send a resume and contact information for three professional or academic references by email only to alex@sustainableconnections.org. Please write “Food & Farming Events & Outreach Intern” in the subject line. Application review begins August 1st and closes August 9th.
Sustainable Connections complies with all federal, state, and local laws which prohibit discrimination in employment. Recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce is a high priority at Sustainable Connections.
Sustainable Connections is an equal opportunity employer that believes it is the responsibility of the company and all its employees to ensure there is no discrimination against any employee or applicant for employment based on race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, military service, sexual orientation, gender identity, the presence of any sensory, mental, or physical disability, genetic information, or any other protected status.

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