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Contributing your time and energy is valuable to us!  Do you have a passion for the environment and a valuable skill that you are willing to share?  The Missouri Coalition for the Environment is always looking for dedicated people to devote their time, energy, and talents to our organization.  Some of the volunteer skills we are looking for are:

  • Data entry and office work
  • Events assistance (including working at the MCE booth at environmental events)
  • Website content management (joomla)
  • Social media promotion
  • Graphic Design
  • IT/Network/Hardware
  • Outreach and networking
 

INTERNSHIPS

Internships are located in our St. Louis headquarters at 3115 S. Grand Blvd., Ste. 650, St. Louis, MO 63118 and are unpaid, unless otherwise specified. We can work with students to obtain college credit and are usually an eligible entity for public service stipends. Our office is accessible by metrolink and metrobus and there are bike racks up and down the street. There is free parking across the street on Hartford behind the Commerce Bank Building.

 

SPRING 2019 INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Farm to Table Intern

Be at the center of an exciting collaboration between the Green Dining Alliance and the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition as their joint Farm to Table Intern!

Internship tasks will include:

  • Regularly communicate with the GDA's chef network to determine what produce and products could potentially be sourced from STLFPC's network of farmers. Communication will include phone, email, and in-person communication

  • Presenting information to restaurants about the economic viability of buying these 5-10 products that are price competitive

  • Assessing the unmet demand for animal products in restaurants and determine whether animal producers in STLFPC network can meet that demand - including meat cuts, price, delivery service, and volume.

  • Assessing barriers restaurants have to sourcing more locally generally

  • Communicating with STLFPC’s network of farmers to determine what products they may have available for these restaurants or to determine what they could plan to grow for the restaurants in the next season. This includes phone and email communication.

  • Brainstorming with restaurants how to best communicate the local fare they have available in a given week in the midst of changing availability of product

Qualifications:

  • Background or strong interest in food service, food systems, and/or environmental stewardship is preferred

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills

  • Experience in outreach is a plus

  • Detailed note taker

  • Comfortable and confident meeting one-on-one with new people

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Ability to travel to restaurants as needed

To Apply: Internship is 10 hours/week for 12 weeks. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to both Melissa Vatterott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Jenn DeRose at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Farm to Table Intern” in the subject line.

 

Foodshed Research Intern

Be a part of informing St. Louis of the state of our Foodshed! MCE is seeking a foodshed research intern to update the statistics in the St. Louis Regional Food Study. In the Food Study, MCE looked at the state of our food system within 100 miles of St. Louis, reporting changes between 1925 and 2007. We later captured a "snapshot" of the most important foodshed statistics when the USDA released 2012 data. We are now looking for an intern to collect, analyze, and summarize the new data coming out this spring to help us inform the region on whether or not our food system is improving for our health, our environment, our rural communities, and our local economy. 

Internship tasks will include:

  • Collect and aggregate data from the 2019 Census of Agriculture for the foodshed regarding population, farm employment, dollars spent on food, hunger and food insecurity, diabetes and other diet related health conditions, types of crops grown, total farmland, size of farms, number of farms, number of animals raised, and soil erosion. 
  • Create handout that captures a "snapshot" of our food system today based on the 2019 Ag Census data similar to the 2014 snapshot document here. 
  • Illustrate changing trends in our food system by graphing existing foodshed data collected and the new data from the 2019 Ag Census from the last decade.
  • Summarize findings in written form for MCE's website to accompany the Food Study. 

Qualifications:

  • Background or strong interest in environmental science, environmental studies, sustainability, food systems public health, nutrition or related field

  • Excellent written communication skills

  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

  • Experience using Google Drive

  • Experience researching and collecting data is a plus

  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Canva, Lucid Press, or other graphic design software is a plus

To Apply: Internship is 10 hours/week for 12 weeks starting in February 2019. Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to  Melissa Vatterott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with “Foodshed Research Intern” in the subject line.​

 

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