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Sustainability Special Projects Organic Valley

  • Date Posted November 04, 2016
  • Location La Farge, WI
  • Category Agriculture
  • Job type Internship/Apprentice
Company description You probably know Organic Valley Family of Farms as a trusted source of delicious and healthful organic foods, but did you know that the key to our success is our cooperative business model? The over 1800 farm families who produce our premium quality food products share a voice in the future of our business—because they own it! The central mission of our cooperative is to support rural communities by protecting the health of the family farm—working toward both economic and environmental sustainability. Our stable, self-determined farmer pay prices and our love of the land are the best assurance that our co-op members will be able to continue the tradition of organic farming into the next generation. Building our base of loyal customers allows us to bring more farm families into the cooperative, along with the land, water, and animals that they protect. Together with you, we are crafting a new vision for family farming and healthy food in America! Internship description The Sustainability Special Projects Intern supports the work of the Sustainability Department.  This role is responsible for supporting staff workload relating to projects as outlined in the department’s Strategic Plan. Work will include support of department initiatives relating to sustainability education and awareness, grant and resource development initiatives and reducing our carbon footprint.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities
o Collaborate cross-departmentally to support project planning and development through gathering data, assessing concept feasibility and coordinating tasks and meetings.
o Obtaining and organizing internal and external resources to help support the department’s priority initiatives. This includes:  
Conducting project, grant and topic-related research;
Compiling and delivering research and grant reports;
o Assist with outreach and farmer communication for grant services.
o Collaborating cross-departmentally to gather data for annual Sustainability reporting.
Additional Duties and Responsibilities
o Assisting with program outreach to staff and members via internal and external communication channels.
o Writing articles related to sustainability for web and print forums.
o Maintaining and updating grant opportunity webpages. 
o Taking and maintaining key departmental communication such as department meeting minutes and other meeting minutes as needed.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
o Coursework in environmental studies, agriculture or sustainability preferred. 
o Currently enrolled in a post-secondary educational institution and one year or less from graduation required.
o Experience leading sustainability projects preferred.
o Interest in understanding the organic industry and family farm issues preferred.
o Critical thinking skills.
o Proficient computer skills, specifically in Microsoft Office applications.
o Strong organizational and communications (written and verbal) skills.
o Proficient research skills.
o Ability to work independently and in team environment.
o Strong attention to detail a must.
Compensation this position is : hourly, under $15/hr
Work visa This employer is willing to sponsor a work visa for international applicants Application instructions
This job expired on January 03, 2017
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