The Food & Farming Business Outreach Intern will work closely with the Food & Farming team to educate businesses about the Eat Local First campaign and recruit businesses to participate in publications and events. Publications include the popular Food & Farm Finder, the Culinary Map, and the Wholesale Directory. These tools are crucial in making local food accessible to commercial buyers and the public. The main event is the Farm to Table Trade Meeting, a gathering of nearly 200 chefs and farmers with educational workshops, networking, and connections.

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 November – March. This is a dynamic position and the duties and goals may shift over time.

Job Duties

  • Contact businesses to encourage participation in publications and events
  • Support with growing the Eat Local First campaign via phone calls and in-person meetings
  • Keep detailed records of distribution, engagement, and other metrics
  • Attend networking events to represent Sustainable Connections
  • Recruit additional volunteers for event support
  • Assist in distributing the Food & Farm Finder and other materials
  • Update database and enter data

Desired Qualifications and Qualities

  • Outgoing and confident, enjoys talking to business owners
  • 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 Business Outreach Intern” in the Subject. Application review begins November 1 and closes November 9.

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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