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Position Title:  Events & Fundraising Intern

Position Status:  Internship, paid

Reports to:  Communications and Outreach Manager

 

Since 1990 the Agricultural Stewardship Association (ASA) has been working to accomplish a singular mission: protect the farms and rich soils that make up the agricultural landscape of Washington and Rensselaer counties. In that time, ASA has managed to conserve 136 farms and 23,000 acres of land.

ASA is pleased to offer one paid summer/fall internship opportunity to assist with the delivery of the organization’s two major events and provide support for fundraising and outreach programs.

ASA’s Forever Farmland Supper is the land trust’s annual dinner honoring the year’s conservation easement landowners and celebrating farmland conservation. Attended by 375 people, the event offers a bountiful farm-to-table buffet. The outdoor venue is held under tents at a conserved farm. The Forever Farmland Supper includes a live auction and a paddle raise for a specific campaign or ASA program. This year’s supper will take place on Thursday, August 6 from 5:30 – 8:30 pm.

Landscapes for Landsake Art Exhibit & Sales has become one of the region’s largest art buying events and ASA’s largest fundraiser of the year. Participating artists generously donate 50% of their proceeds to support ASA’s farmland conservation work. This past year was our most successful art sale and exhibition to date, selling 270 pieces of art totaling $108,000.

The event takes place on Columbus Day weekend in a beautiful, historic barn on route 372 between the villages of Greenwich and Cambridge. While the show is only open for a total of five days, it involves weeks of planning and organizing to successfully orchestrate the event. We collaborate with an experienced curator to help us select the artists and artwork, determine the art installation layout, help hang and display the pieces as well as greet guests and troubleshoot during the show.

ASA’s community outreach programs are designed to get participants to make a connection with the land. This summer the intern will assist with a summer outreach program at the Boys and Girls Club of Lansingburgh and lead the farm photography for kids program with the help of a professional photographer. The intern will also take the lead in creating social media pages for the Cambridge Community Forest.

Assistance to the Fundraising Program will involve researching landowners in the neighboring vicinity of conserved properties, developing an Excel spreadsheet of landowners, drafting and formalizing correspondence to introduce neighboring landowners to ASA, and conducting donor research and special projects as needed.

The intern position is designed for an energetic, multi-tasking, undergraduate student who wants to gain hands-on experience in coordinating and implementing components of complex events and art shows, gain an understanding of the development/fundraising field and broaden their writing and research skills.

Requirements:

  • Must be enrolled as an undergraduate, art program a plus.
  • Enthusiastic interest in event planning, visual arts, development work, and the region’s working landscapes.
  • Demonstrated strong organizational and project management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Ability to sit and work on a computer up to 8 hours a day; ability to climb ladders and lift panels and artwork weighing up to 30 pounds.
  • Valid driver’s license and reliable transport. 

Schedule:

  • Ability to work 6-8 hours per day, with the opportunity to extend the internship through October with flexible hours. The internship may include occasional evenings or weekends, or as arranged in advance; and
  • Ability to work between June and August, or as arranged in advance.
  • The schedule can be negotiated depending on availability.

To apply for the internship, please submit a resume and cover letter to Katie Jilek, Communications and Outreach Manager, at katie@agstewardship.org.  Resumes and cover letters must be received by April 3, 2020 for consideration.  A select group of candidates will be interviewed in mid-April either in person or by phone.

ASA protects our community’s working farms and forests, connects people to the land, and promotes a vibrant future for agriculture and forestry in the region.  For more information visit www.agstewardship.org

 

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