Our goal is to connect good people with good food. We advertise sustainable food jobs and training opportunities to help jobseekers and employers find each other.
The Green House, 244-254 Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9DA and various locations with Feedback including 61 Mare Street, London, E8 4RG
Compensation: £10.75 / hour (London Living Wage)
Purpose of the position
Sustain runs three projects addressing food poverty. The Food Power programme works with a network of local food poverty alliances across the UK to tackle food poverty, particularly its root causes. Our London Food Poverty Campaign assesses London councils’ response to food poverty through our annual Beyond the Food Bank report and offers support, as well as campaigning, for councils to take further action. This year the campaign is particularly focusing on protecting meals on wheels services. Our Right to Food project advocates for the Right to Food to be enacted in UK law. This role will support different members of the food poverty team at Sustain to deliver on a range of projects, including our national Food Power conference and London Mayoral and Assembly Election campaigning.
Scope of job
We expect the intern to work with us on these tasks below, but we would welcome discussion during interview and once in post. We will look to assign specific tasks to the intern, but will of course also work alongside and support them.
Who we are looking for:
This is an opportunity for people to learn. We don’t want to exclude people on the basis of background or past experiences, and we understand that applicants will have different levels of experience and skills. We would like to appoint an intern who would like to develop skills and knowledge in some of the areas below:
The Food Power conference will be held in the week commencing 8 June in the north of England, so we would expect that the intern is able to attend this event. We will of course cover reasonable travel and accommodation costs.
PLEASE NOTE: Eco Talent placements are only open to graduates who have not been able to secure a paid role within the sector in the first year following their degree. If you graduated over a year ago but have not worked in the environmental sector following your degree you are welcome to apply.
EcoTalent is an Our Bright Future funded project. Between January 2020 and June 2021 Feedback will facilitate 36 paid internships with environmental organisations that have a focus on food. These placements have been created to offer more accessible points of entry into the environmental sector in the hope of increasing the diversity in the environmental sector and training a workforce of sustainable food leaders.
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 organisations working internationally, nationally, regionally and locally. Some of our recent campaign successes, working with a broad alliance, include the following. Our alliance has campaigned for and won:
Working together, the Sustain alliance has also:
Position in organisation
Sustain is an unusual organisation – small, creative, friendly, supportive, responsive and highly effective. We are frequently complimented for “punching well above our weight”. We value our staff and pride ourselves on creating an organisational culture that focuses on good relationships and working together to achieve ambitious change.
We are committed to taking action to offer opportunities to people from diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in the food and farming sector. We hope that the EcoTalent programme can help us to achieve this aim. Alongside working with us on the allocated tasks, we will ensure that the intern has an opportunity to speak with colleagues running the different projects at Sustain, the senior management team, and where possible alliance members.
Feedback is a small NGO that works on transforming the food system. We are known for our bold campaigning style and are proud to often be called 'the troublemakers in the room' for calling out greenwashing and the lacklustre efforts of big corporations. We work across multiple aspects of our food system, including industrial meat, food waste, farmed fish, British sugar and ‘green’ energy generated through Anaerobic Digestion of edible food. https://feedbackglobal.org/
You will spend the 1st and 7th week of your placement with Feedback. This time will be spent on learning more about the environmental and ecological crisis and how it relates to the food system, and on your own professional development working on skills such as job application and CV writing, and interview skills. You will also spend 0.5 days per week during your placement with Feedback, this time will be spent gaining further skills, discussing your progress, and creating networks.
If you have any questions relating to the role itself and your time with Sustain please contact Simon Shaw on 020 3559 6777 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Other information about applying is below.
If you have any questions about Feedback’s EcoTalent programme or your time with Feedback please contact Claire Woodhill on 020 3051 8633 or via email to email@example.com
To apply please write a cover letter and/or video answering the following three questions:
Please submit your applications by email, either in writing or as a video or audio recording here.
You do not need to send a CV.
Deadline for applications: Friday 28 February 2020
Date of interviews: Wednesday 10 March 2020
Start date: Monday 23 March 2020 (but we are open to discussing a different start date)
These placements are open to everyone, regardless of experience or background. We acknowledge that the environmental sector is less open to young people from under-represented backgrounds and we’re committed to doing what we can to correct this. We especially want to hear from you if you feel that opportunities like this are less available to you, or if you feel overlooked by mainstream institutions.
Please mention Roots to Work when applying for these jobs
Sustain: The alliance for better food and farming advocates food and agriculture policies and practices that enhance the health and welfare of people and animals, improve the working and living environment, enrich society and culture and promote equity. We represent around 100 national public interest organisations working at international, national, regional and local level.