Job Opening: Fair Farms Public Health Intern – Summer 2018

    May 1, 2018

Update: This position has been filled

Fair Farms is building a movement of Marylanders of all stripes, working together for a new food system — one that is fair to farmers, invests in homegrown healthy foods, and restores our waterways. We bring together consumers, farmers, green businesses, public health professionals, and conservationists to advocate for regenerative farming practices and support farmers who farm against the grain while protecting our waterways and our lands.

Description of Role

Fair Farms Maryland is seeking a qualified and enthusiastic public health intern to join our team for this coming June through September (start/end dates are negotiable). Our current agriculture and food system often prioritizes profits over public health. Some industrial farms use unhealthy farming practices that jeopardize our environment and endanger public health. These practices include the routine use of antibiotics in farm animals. The inappropriate use of human antibiotics in animal agriculture is seen as one of the culprits in the at least two million illnesses and 23,000 deaths caused by drug-resistant bacteria each year in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

This intern position will collaborate closely with the Fair Farms Campaign Manager, as well as consultants with expertise in corporate campaigns, communications, and grassroots organizing.  The intern will be responsible for:

  • Taking a leadership role in our Fair Farms Wise Choice corporate campaign, which is working to amplify consumer voices in the growing crisis of antibiotic resistance.
  • Developing creative content related to public health for publication on our blog and via social media.
  • Creating profiles of our partners, including farms, restaurants, and non-profit organizations that are implementing novel strategies to protect public health.
  • Recruiting new campaign partners from the public health community.
  • Assisting in event planning and execution, including tabling and administrative tasks.

Desired Qualifications

  • A background in public health and/or environmental justice.
  • A background or strong interest in sustainable agriculture and food systems.
  • Experience using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram in a professional context.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely about complex topics for various audiences.
  • Experience with graphic design and video editing is a plus.
  • Strong interpersonal skills – feel comfortable making phone calls, conducting interviews by phone or in-person, and interacting with staff.
  • Strong administrative skills and attention to detail.
  • Comfortable working in a collaborative team that is primarily virtual.
  • Ability to work independently once provided with some direction.
  • Access to a reliable source of internet and a remote space to work.

Compensation

  • The intern will be a non-benefited employee working at an hourly rate of $15/hour, up to 20 hours a week. Fair Farms is willing to work with students to create internships that can also qualify for academic credit.

Location

  • Much of this position will be remote, however we do have at least one in-person meeting a week in Takoma Park, Maryland.

Waterkeepers Chesapeake, our convening organizing, is a racial justice and equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Persons of color, women, persons with disabilities and LGBT persons are strongly encouraged to apply, as are individuals from communities most negatively affected by environmental injustice.

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume to alicia@fairfarmsnow.org.

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