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Composting for Community Internship (Summer 2021 Paid Internship)

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he Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is seeking a summer intern to join our Composting for Community Initiative team. We are advancing home, community, and on-farm composting as part of our mission to build healthy and equitable communities. Composting recovers food waste, enhances soils, cuts pollution, protects the climate, and supports local food and jobs. It is an integral part of moving toward a circular zero waste economy that replaces the burn-and-bury wasting paradigm, which disproportionately harms communities of color. Our strength is sharing best practices. We provide workshops, training, guides, outreach materials, webinars, networking opportunities, and more.

See the initiative homepage (https://ilsr.org/composting/) for the team’s recent work mapping community composters, passing legislation to help farmers compost, providing composting training, and launching composting demonstration sites in urban cities like Baltimore.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for learning, public interest work, engaging with partners, and researching and documenting equitable policy and programmatic solutions that benefit marginalized communities as well as farmers and other small and locally rooted businesses.

What You’ll Do

Intern responsibilities may include the following:

  • Research, writing, and analysis of policies to support community-scale and on-farm composting
  • Research and writing of community and on-farm composting success stories
  • Research and analysis of existing data sets outlining the flow of organic materials across the state of Maryland (for a mapping project)
  • Compost workshop and webinar support (such as registration, outreach, managing virtual platform)
  • Community Composter Coalition support (such as processing new member applications, planning national virtual forum and webinars, conducting annual census, note taking)
  • Writing website posts
  • Other projects as assigned

Who You Are & Keys to Success (the must-haves)

To be successful in this job, you will excel in four areas:

  • Highly organized, motivated, and detail-oriented: Strong sense of ownership over goals. Able to juggle competing demands and prioritize without sacrificing quality. Flexible and able to adapt to shifting priorities. Leave things better than you found them.
  • Reliable and able to build relationships: Comfortable collaborating with a diverse group of stakeholders, from elected officials to rural and urban farmers. Interest in building alliances and supporting a nascent and diverse community-scale composting network. Welcome feedback and able to adapt to new ideas and priorities. Follow through on commitments. Build authentic relationships with others based on mutual trust and respect across lines of difference, such as race, ethnicity, status, sexual orientation, ability, or gender identity.
  • Committed to racial equity and social justice: Recognize ways that race, income, and other identities intersect in shaping societal disparities. Open to learning how trash disproportionately impacts marginalized communities and to supporting zero waste policies and programs that address environmental justice. Interest in joining a team who are working to recognize how our own identities show up in the work, and welcome, reflect on, and act on feedback with an eye toward continuous learning about race, ability, and other lines of difference.
  • A strong communicator and computer proficient: Pride in providing clear, helpful information. Effective writing and speaking skills. Solid proofreading and editing skills. Attention to detail. Computer skills with proficiency ideally in Microsoft Office and Google Workspace (Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Meet and more).

Research experience along with knowledge of waste, composting, farming, or other environmental policy issues and prior experience are plusses, but are not requirements.

Compensation:

This internship pays $15/hour. We work remotely and welcome applications from anywhere within the U.S.

Term of internship: May 2021 to late summer 2021 (negotiable, given school schedule or other commitments). Minimum 10 week commitment; 10 to 40 hours per week. Extending this position beyond the summer is also possible.

How to Apply:

Use the subject line “Composting for Community Internship Application” when sending your materials to hiring@ilsr.org and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two professional or academic references. We will keep applications open until the position is filled.

ILSR welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

If you’re excited about this position, but feel you don’t meet 100% of the requirements, please apply — it never hurts to try.

he Institute for Local Self-Reliance (ILSR) is seeking a summer intern to join our Composting for Community Initiative team. We are advancing home, community, and on-farm composting as part of our mission to build healthy and equitable…

Details at a Glance

  • Time Commitment
    Part Time Schedule

Location

Remote
Work may be performed anywhere in United States
Associated Location
Washington, DC

How to Apply

How to Apply

Use the subject line “Composting for Community Internship Application” when sending your materials to hiring@ilsr.org and include a cover letter, resume, writing sample, and two professional or academic references. We will keep applications open until the position is filled.

ILSR welcomes applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experiences. Black people, Indigenous people, people of color, women, people with disabilities, lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer, transgender, gender-nonconforming, veterans, and formerly incarcerated individuals are strongly encouraged to apply.

How to Apply

Use the subject line “Composting for Community Internship Application” when sending your materials to hiring@ilsr.org and include a cover letter, resume, writing…

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