We are pleased to announce that we have a one-off paid internship placement available for 4 months, starting later this month. Please find full details below and send your CV and covering letter to Helen Strong by Friday 12th June.

Last October, a collective of seed justice and food growing organisations hosted The Great Seed Festival. The first of it’s kind, the festival brought groups from across the UK’s seed and food sovereignty movement together to celebrate seed, food and biodiversity. Following the festival, the prevailing view was that more collaborative work can be done to protect and revive the seed diversity in the UK.

Now, working closely alongside those organisations and actors who collaborated on the festival, The Gaia Foundation is conducting a feasibility study for a UK-wide programme in support of resilience and security in our seed system. To support this exciting work we are looking for a committed intern to join Gaia for 4 days per week until mid October. The ideal candidate with be a strong communicator with a proven interest in seed and food sovereignty. The position would suit a recent graduate from an agroecology or sustainable farming related degree.

Commitment: 4 days per week

Closing date: Friday 12th June

Interview date: Wednesday 17th June

Start date: Tuesday 23rd June

End date: Thursday 22nd October

Based at: The Gaia Foundation office, Hampstead, London, NW3 2NU

Financial contribution: Information provided upon interview

Please note, shortlisted candidates will be contacted on Monday 15th June and invited to an interview on Wednesday 17th June. The successful candidate will be notified by 6pm on Wednesday 17th June for a start date of Tuesday 23rd June.

Responsibilities will include:

· Research and mapping of seed related programmes and actors in the UK and Ireland.

· Scheduling and conducting telephone and Skype interviews with a range of UK actors working with seed and related issues.

· Logistical support for regional travel and meetings.

· Contributing to the design of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools.

· Securing survey responses from a broad range of stakeholders.

Desirable qualities and skills:

· Excellent written and interpersonal communication skills

· Good telephone/Skype manner

· Friendly, intuitive and assertive

· An interest in seed, food and farming issues

· Good time management skills – organised, efficient and able to prioritise effectively

· Attention to detail

Please apply with a CV and one page covering letter explaining how you meet the person specification and why you are interested in the internship. Please send your application to helen@gaianet.org, with ‘Seed Project intern application’ in the title of the email by 5pm on Friday 12th June.