California: Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) seeks International Communications and Steward Resources Intern

10 Jan

Multinational Exchange for Sustainable Agriculture (MESA) seeks an International Communications and Steward Resources intern with a focus on our Latin American programs with a flexible start date March 2011 and work no fewer than 9 months.

Background Information: MESA facilitates a J1 farmer-to-farmer exchange program on behalf of cultivating sustainable food systems and cultural awareness. MESA sponsors annual programs for international agrarian trainees (aka MESA stewards) to live and train at U.S. farms, education centers, and businesses that are practicing sustainable and ecological farming. MESA seeks farms of various scales, agroecology education centers, urban agriculture programs, and related industries to host stewards from Ecuador, Peru, Mexico, Thailand, Ghana, Kenya, Brazil, India, and France for vocational training opportunities in transitional, organic, biodynamic and sustainable agriculture, as well as alternative distribution and manufacturing. MESA works with NGOs and universities in the home countries to ensure that when the stewards return they have a support network in order to complete their Home Country Projects. Fundraising in the US helps MESA provide small-scale seeds grants for steward alumni to implement Home Country Projects in their home communities as well as off-set Host program fees.

Description: The intern will work directly with MESA’s Program Manager to support MESA’s efforts in cultivating steward services including, but not limited to, program development with our Latin America global partners, webpage maintenance regarding steward resources, steward and host communications, Home Country Project monitoring and coordination, social media maintenance and outreach, Latin America program fund development, newsletter and marketing research and development. This is a great opportunity for an intern to get hands-on experience with inter-workings of a small non-profit and gain skills in communications, outreach, fund development, and marketing.

Time frame: 12 hours/week for nine months, starting March 2011.

Responsibilities include:

• Steward resource development on MESA webpage
• Weekly chat-room attendance with international agrarian stewards
• Regular communication, coordination and periodic conflict mediation with MESA stewards and host partners
• Organizing Home Country Project news and updates on webpage
• Social media (facebook and twitter) maintenance and cultivation
• Conduct research on prospective fund development opportunities relevant to MESA and Global Partner work in Latin America e.g. Sister Agrarian Communities Project
• Web-related content and newsletter development and proofreading

Upon completion of a successful program season (March-November), intern will be flown to a selected Global Partner region to visit developing and ongoing Home Country Projects. Flight costs and travel expenses will be covered up to $1600. Interns will research and document Home Country Project progression and submit a report to be published on MESA’s web page upon return.

The ideal candidate: possesses excellent communications skills in English and Spanish, is highly organized, and is proficient in Excel and Word. He or she is has excellent writing and proofreading skills and eager to learn more about international communications project development. He or she is able to multi-task, is internet-literate, and a quick learner.

Application instructions:

To apply please send a cover letter and resume (writing sample optional). Applications may be submitted immediately. We will close the search when we find the right candidate.

Mail to:
Leah Atwood
Program Manager


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