The Fund for the Public Interest is seeking hard-working individuals with good communication skills and a passion for social change to fill citizen outreach and Field Manager positions across the country this summer.

If you are looking to make a difference working to protect the environment and public health, gain real-world work experience and skills you can use, make money, and work with great people, then this is the job for you.

Our Mission:

The Fund for the Public Interest is a national non-profit organization that runs campaigns for America’s leading environmental and social change organizations, like Environment America. We launched the Fund in 1982 to help find ways to engage people on the most pressing problems of our day and turn that support into solutions. By having face-to-face one-on-one conversations we give millions of people the opportunity for their voices to be heard, through petitions, emails, small donations and meetings. That’s people power, and that’s what it takes to make change.

This summer we will be working with U.S. PIRG and Environment America to stop plastic pollution, tackle climate change, and keep pesticides out of our food supply. Apply HERE!

Job Description:
Currently we have paid Canvasser and Field Manager positions open in 25+ cities across the country, including Philadelphia. These are full-time summer positions available from May through August at an average of $500-650 per week.

-Help the directors launch the campaign and build a team of staff this summer
-Build membership and raise money for environmental and social change groups
-Educate and engage citizens on pressing issues
-Recruit, train, and manage a team of staff in the office and in the field
-Meet with the directors each week to evaluate progress and provide input on hiring decisions, goals, and priorities

You will also have the opportunity to organize press conferences and build coalitions with other non-profit organizations. While on staff, you will gain knowledge of pressing concerns facing our country, learn how to effectively generate public support, and obtain a firm understanding of the political process.

To apply online or learn more, visit: www.summerjobsthatmatter.org or call us directly at 1-800-75-EARTH!

Five Essential Skills Students Learn in an Agricultural Degree Program

This article is featured in AgCareers.com

Five Essential Skills Students Learn in an Agricultural Degree Program

By Colorado State University

There are numerous reasons to consider a degree in an agricultural field of study. Not only will students earn academic credentials that can open doors to new job opportunities, they will also learn skills that apply across a variety of career paths. Here are just a few of the ways ag students benefit from their degrees:

1. Time management: If there is one skill that’s essential in agriculture, it’s working on a schedule. To complete assignments and other projects on a deadline, students must delegate their time wisely. Earning an agricultural degree requires students to set both short-term and long-term goals. Studying in an online program can help provide more flexibility and an opportunity to master time management skills. Learning effective organizational strategies will serve students well for the rest of their careers.

2. Critical thinking skills: Agriculture students also develop keen problem-solving abilities. Whether students focus primarily on the business or the science of agriculture, both require analytical thinking.

“I got a body of knowledge that taught me how to think critically,” explained Tyler Mason, a recent graduate of Colorado State University’s online Master of Extension Education program. “I understood problems that persist in our global climate, what we can do, and how we can educate people to make a difference.”

3. Access to advanced research: The academic resources available to students in agricultural degree programs provide opportunities to gain expert knowledge. This is especially true at a research university like CSU.

“I love the holistic point of view in the curriculum but also the hard science, the very deep-down, nitty gritty technical stuff,” said Nancie McCormish, a graduate of CSU’s online Master of Agriculture in Agricultural Sciences program. “The online program and the flexibility of the hours actually played to my strengths, which let me dig deeper and do more research. What I learned in the program is helping me every day because I have resources.”

4. Communication skills: From writing papers to crafting project proposals, students must learn how to effectively convey complex ideas. Whether it’s talking with clients, delegating tasks to employees, or explaining advanced concepts to business stakeholders, communication skills matter in an agriculture career.

“I understood how to write better and how to communicate,” said Tyler Mason. “Having those tools from the program… now I’m equipped to make a bigger impact.”

5. Technological literacy: From using software to analyze seasonal crop yields to scientifically choosing livestock for breeding based on genetic profiles, there are abundant opportunities to implement modern technology as a problem-solving tool.

“We’re actually going into a new field of big data at our company,” explained Ralph Towell, graduate of CSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Business program. “I’ve been able to apply the tools I’ve learned at Colorado State directly to my job duties to actually advance in the company.”

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Cherry Grove Farm Summer Internship

Cherry Grove Farm is currently hiring for a summer internship starting in May or June 2018 (length of internship negotiable) to work with a small dairy herd in central New Jersey.  Previous dairy experience not required, training will be provided.  A weekly stipend, shared-housing and farm store discount are part of the compensation.

To learn more about the internship visit:
To apply: Please send resume, references, dates available, and cover letter to our Farm Production Manager, Andrew Insua at andrewi.cgf@gmail.com

Cherry Grove Farm is a small, diversified dairy farm and creamery situated on about 400 acres of woodland, wetland and pasture in Lawrenceville, New Jersey, making award-winning farmstead cheeses from our grass-fed raw cows’ milk. Our cheeses are made in small batches and aged on the farm, with attention paid to the craft of artisanal cheesemaking.

Our dairy cows are a mixed group of Jersey, Milking Shorthorn, Friesian, Red Ayreshire, Dutch Belted and Normande cows. We practice intensive rotational grazing, moving the animals daily to keep the pasture healthy. We also raise a small number of whey-fed pigs, lambs, chickens and grass-fed beef.

To learn more about the farm visit: http://www.cherrygrovefarm.com/


Internship at the Penn Vet Swine Center

The swine group at the School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania is seeking a highly motivated individual to join our team at the Penn Vet Swine Teaching and Research Center located on the New Bolton Center campus in Kennett Square, PA. The internship position provides a unique opportunity for someone interested in food animal production and or medicine.  We have a research and teaching farm that places us on the cutting edge of swine husbandry and medicine.  Hands-on practical experience in our facility provides unique insight in to the swine farming of today and tomorrow.  Over 3% of the US swine industry is using the basic “Penn” gestation system developed at the New Bolton Center.

The intern will also have the possibility to contribute to our teaching and other research initiatives.  The internship is a year-long position and has a proposed start date of June 1, 2018.  The position is an ideal first step for someone seeking a career in either swine production or veterinary medicine.  In particular over the last seven years, seven of our former interns have matriculated at veterinary schools. If you are interested, please respond with an updated resume or CV, a cover letter explaining your interest, and contact information for two references.

Contact: Cheryl O’Sullivan  cherylo@vet.upenn.edu

The University of Pennsylvania is an equal opportunity employer.

Minorities/Women/Individuals with disabilities/Protected Veterans are encouraged to apply.