World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks an intern for its initiatives focused on reducing food loss and waste across supply chains and in schools within the Food Waste program.
The production and consumption of food constitutes the biggest environmental threat to our planet. Eliminating waste and shifting consumption patterns represents our biggest opportunity to establish sustainable and regenerative food systems. Addressing food waste across food supply chains (from farm, to field, to landfill) is not only critical for the environment, but also companies’ financial sustainability.
WWF’s Food Waste program has worked to standardize FLW measurement across the value chain—from farms and suppliers to restaurants, hospitality businesses, food retailers, and schools. Through its No Food Left Behind initiative, WWF quantifies on-farm post-harvest loss for specialty crops and has developed a food loss metric for growers.
Through its Food Waste Warrior initiative, WWF has additionally developed research, curriculum guides, and grant programs to help schools turn cafeterias into classrooms; engage students around food loss and waste; and ultimately measure and reduce food waste in schools across the US.
By starting with measurement, better data and understanding of the drivers behind FLW will inevitably set in motion innovation and targeted intervention strategies to reduce it. The ultimate goal is to help instill principles and practices to prevent FLW, in order to lower food costs and maximize water, greenhouse gas, and land use reductions.
This position offers a unique educational experience to gain experience in working with key stakeholders across the food supply chain, with a specific focus on food waste prevention and recovery. Candidates will be prioritized who are looking to further their career in sustainable food systems and/or education. This role will work directly with the Director and the senior staff of the Food Waste program to support project management, communication, research, content development, and new pilot projects for its schools, farms, and supply chain initiatives.
Specific duties may include:
• Project and relationship management support – Assisting relationship management and communication activities, including project management support of major initiatives with partners, peer NGOs, government agencies, teachers, schools, and other key internal and external partners.
• External meeting support – Attending calls and meetings with WWF staff and external partners, compiling notes as necessary and summarizing action items in collaboration with Supervisor.
• Research – Conducting internal research and literature reviews to the Food Waste team, and also supporting the writing and research of any external facing reports for publication or project deliverables.
• Content development – Aiding the creation and improvement of materials like presentations and slide decks, reports, talking points, blog posts, case studies, digital content, and social media copy.
• Data analysis – Analyzing data from multiple sources including weights & measures from food waste pilot programs.
• Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
• Able to commit to 40 hours/week for at least 6 months (with opportunity for extension to 1 year)
• Experience in farm/agricultural or education sectors preferred (but not required)
• Must have very strong proficiency with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook), and creating customer-facing presentations
• Experience with Airtable preferred (but not required)
• Data analysis experience preferred
• Proactive and creativeproblem-solving
• Strong writing skills
• Strong research and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail are obligatory
• Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team
• Fluency in English is required
Applicants from nontraditional career paths, transitioning into this field, and pursuing higher education degrees are encouraged to apply.
With regards to our values and commitment to DEI, the following are excerpts from WWF Freshwater & Food’s statement on Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion:
• Diversity is an essential element to a thriving, functional ecosystem, just as it is to humanity—diversity enables innovation, complexity, beauty, wonder, and resilience.
• The long history of discrimination, prejudice and exploitation of differences, in the United States and around the world, has led to deeply embedded injustices and inequalities in structures, institutions, and mindsets (both conscious and unconscious) that must be acknowledged and addressed to advance justice and equity today.
• We commit to a culture of learning and growth, in which we strive to understand and address our intrinsic biases and inspire our colleagues to do the same. This commitment includes being self-reflective, open to respectful and constructive feedback, and eager to learn about areas of growth and improvement. We commit to fostering space internally to facilitate courageous conversations in a safe, compassionate, and respectful way.
• We commit to leverage our position as conservationists and conveners to elevate, make space for, and emphasize historically underrepresented voices and perspectives with humility, openness to learning and recognition of complexity and nuance, especially related to culture and power dynamics.
• Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-21045
• Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.