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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.

 

SUMMER 2019 INTERNSHIPS - Application deadline is EXTENDED to March 31, 2019

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, Lucidpress, or other graphic design software is a plus

Compensation: The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our summer Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options.

To Apply: Internship is 24-32 hours/week for 12 weeks, to be determined at time of intern selection. 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.

 

Farm to Table Intern

This intern will assist the Food and Farm Director and the Local Food Coordinator in carrying out tasks related to our local food institutional purchasing work as well as working with the Green Dining Alliance Program Manager at Earth Day 365. These tasks could include regular email and phone call communication with our network of farmers and, emailing, calling and meeting with chefs or other local food buyers, creating materials about our farmer network and the value of buying locally, scheduling and planning for farm visits and farm meetings, and researching best practices for building up local food supply chains in other regions.

Qualifications:

  • Passion for sustainable food systems and interest in helping connect farmers to consumers and institutional purchasers of local food

  • Background in environmental science, food systems, public health, food science, food service, or related field

  • Ability to work independently as well as a team

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Very organized and willing to follow deadlines

Compensation: The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our summer Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: 24 hours per week minimum for 12 weeks.

To apply: Please send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Rae Miller 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.

 

Urban Planning and Agriculture Intern

At Missouri Coalition for the Environment, we believe that to sustain a healthy environment and healthy communities across Missouri, we must work toward a future in which nutritious, locally produced food is accessible and affordable for everyone, and farmers can make a living wage producing it. Our Food and Farm Program is working toward this vision by convening and coordinating the St. Louis Food Policy Coalition (STLFPC), a group of people and organizations across the region united in their efforts to achieve such a future. Apply today for our Urban Planning/Agriculture Internship to help advance our mission to support and expand the reach of the STLFPC into low-income communities and increase their access to healthy, locally grown food from environmentally-responsible farmers. 

Internship Description:
The goal of this position is to help increase equitable food access and reduce vacancy in the region by exploring potential avenues and strategies to connect local community-based growers to more equitably access land ownership for food production through vacant land. The Urban Planning/ Agriculture Intern will work under the Food and Farm Director to research green infrastructure/ food production strategies, analyze research, prepare educational materials for the public and important stakeholders, attend meetings through the Vacancy Collaborative and Missouri Coalition for the Environment networks. At the conclusion of the position, the Intern will be responsible for preparing a well researched but brief proposal suggesting successful models for green infrastructure food production strategies in urban farming. The internship comes with opportunities to meet with local organizations and leaders in the vacancy and urban agriculture work in the region. One or two evenings during the week could be needed as well.    

Internship tasks include:

  • Assisting with research and analysis of articles around vacancy issues in St. Louis, gentrification through urban agriculture practices, green infrastructure strategies for effective water runoff in permaculture and other food production practices
  • Developing educational materials based on research for a variety of audiences
  • Conducting outreach to important partners and decision makers related to urban agriculture, vacancy, and food production
  • Assisting with running meetings and note taking 

Qualifications:

  • Background or strong interest in urban planning, urban agriculture food systems, and/or environmental stewardship is preferred
  • Prior experience in synthesizing and analyzing detailed reports
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Willingness to conduct outreach to new contacts on a regular basis through phone and email

Compensation:
The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our summer Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: 16-24 hours per week for 12 weeks, to be determined at time of intern selection.

To apply: 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 “Urban Planning/Agriculture Intern” in the subject line.

 

Food & Farm Marketing Intern

Work with MCE on local food promotion projects, such as developing and executing a farm to school marketing plan with Maplewood Richmond Heights school district for promoting the local food they are sourcing for their cafeterias, and assist with other local food marketing projects of MCE’s Food and Farm Program. 

Internship tasks will include:

  • Working closely with Local Food Coordinator and Maplewood Richmond Heights staff and students to develop and execute a marketing plan for promoting the local food that is being sourced for the cafeteria
  • Creating marketing materials about local farmers in the region to be shared on social media, in organization emails, and on our website
  • Possible marketing techniques would include creating content for social media, emails, newsletters, our website, and various in-cafeteria posters or other visual displays of farmer narratives
  • Use photos of local farmers to create visual displays promoting their farms
  • Communicate with local farmers, school staff, and students

Qualifications:

  • Background in strategic communications, marketing, or related field
  • Strong interest in food service, local food systems, and/or environmental stewardship
  • Prior experience with social media and email communication on behalf of an organization (can be a student group)
  • Ability to create a marketing plan including a budget and timeline for execution
  • Understanding of different marketing techniques and tools, familiarity with Constant Contact, Canva, Hootsuite, and Lucidpress is a plus
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and take initiative

Compensation:
The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our summer Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: Internship is 24 hours/week for 12 weeks.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Rae Miller at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. “Marketing Intern” in the subject line.

 

Food and Farm Interactive Communication Intern

Help MCE illustrate the impacts of industrialized agriculture on our health, our environment, our rural communities and how policy plays influences industrial agriculture with our interactive communication internship! MCE already has some resources that display this information, such as our interactive concentrated animal feeding operation map and Chapter 6 of the St. Louis Regional Food Study. We have also been collecting information on the state of agriculture in Missouri that we need to transform into an exciting, attention grabbing visual. This internship would provide a unique opportunity to work with both the Water Program and Food and Farm Program staff, helping visualize and articulate the shared issues that both programs work on. 

Internship tasks will include:

  • Reading existing MCE relevant resources and combining information from each resource into a narrative that tells a cohesive story about the impacts of industrialized agriculture
  • Updating existing or developing new infographics on the issue for our website
  • Working with ArcGIS's story map feature to bring together maps, infographics, photographs, video, farmer quotes, and other content to develop a seamless story map on industrialized agriculture

Qualifications:

  • Interest in food systems, public health, environment, rural communities, farming, or other related field
  • Strong written communication skills
  • Willingness to call or email MCE food and water allies as needed to gather information for the project
  • Experience with ArcGIS is a plus; willingness to learn basic ArcGIS online features is required
  • Experience with Google Drive
  • Experience with graphic design programs such as Canva and Lucid Press is a plus
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

Compensation:
The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our summer Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: 16-24 hours/week for 12 weeks, to be determined at time of intern selection.

To apply: Please send resume, cover letter, writing sample, and a mapping and/or graphic design sample (if available) to Melissa Vatterott at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with "Interactive Communication Intern" in the subject line. Mapping and graphic design samples do not need to be expert level; these samples are requested if available in order to demontstrate that applicant has experience with mapping and/or graphic design programs of any sort. 


Special Events & Marketing Intern

Missouri Coalition for the Environment (MCE), is celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2019. We have a unique opportunity to garner additional awareness, as well as fundraise for our organization and the protection of Missouri's environment. To that end, we seek a dynamic self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills, to assist with event planning and marketing efforts. This is an outstanding opportunity for an individual interested in learning more about the environment, nonprofit fundraising marketing, and event planning.

Responsibilities:

  • Create and coordinate the drafting and distribution of promotional materials, sell tickets, manage event and staff volunteers, and cover the logistics of events
  • Update guest registration, seating information, and related data entry
  • Manage and implement a plan for securing silent auction items for the gala
  • Update all special event content on MCE's website and social media channels
  • Assist with all event marketing and social media promotion
  • Assist with donor acknowledgement and guest follow-up
  • Plan and facilitate planning committee meetings, including distributing agenda and taking minutes

Qualifications:

  • Experience with social media platforms (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) and marketing tools (Constant Contact, Canva, Hootsuite, and Lucidpress is preferred)
  • Completed or working toward a college degree, preferably with an interest in nonprofit development, event planning, or marketing
  • Previous internship or related expeirence in event planning and marketing is a plus
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with community contacts
  • Self-motivated, good organizational and interpersonal skills, detail-oriented, ability to multitask, prioritze, and meet deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for MCE's mission

Compensation:
The position is unpaid; however, MCE does allow interested students to apply for our summer Conservation Fellowship. MCE will do what it can to ensure your participation counts toward class credit or a stipend from your university if you university offers such options. 

Hours: 16-24 hours/week for 12 weeks, to be determined at time of intern selection.

To apply: Please send a cover letter and CV to Laura Lock at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. "Special Events and Marketing" in the subject line.

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