Yahara Pride Farms – Communications Internship – FILLED

Fall Semester 2014

Yahara Pride Farms (YPF) is a non-profit, farmer-led organization that works to improve soil and water quality in the Yahara watershed through the implementation of agricultural conservation practices. Our focus has included improving manure storage and management, increasing conservation practices including cover crops, vertical manure injection and strip tillage; and a certification program that provides incentives for best management practices in agriculture. This internship provides a unique opportunity to learn about current, innovative conservation happening on farms in the Dane County area as well as the opportunity to work directly on these issues, which will include a variety of activities related to the environmental and economic factors that influence farmer experiences in the local agricultural industry.

Submit your resume to Rachel Fossum at to get involved in this exciting and progressive movement in our watershed by Tuesday, August 26th 2014.

This internship is designated for the fall 2014 semester with the possibility to continue into the spring 2014 semester. Internships require a commitment of at least 3-4 hour timeblocks.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities (flexible based on skillset)

  • Writing articles for and helping to distribute the Yahara Pride Farms newsletters and mailings.
  • Writing content for our websites and social media pages including Facebook and Twitter.
  • Assist with marketing, communication and development efforts for the Yahara Pride Farms program.
  • Providing logistical support at meetings and various CLA and YPF events.
  • Assist with event preparation and coordination.
  • Assist with research regarding grant mining, agricultural conservation and/or water quality issues.
  • Providing administrative support as needed.
  • Facilitating communication and outreach with local entities to produce content for various projects.

Education and Experience Profile

    • Currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics, Agricultural Business Management, Dairy Science, Life Science Communications, Community and Environmental Sociology, Political Science, Environmental Studies, Communications or related field
    • Experience or interest in how agriculture ties to water quality preferred

Required Skills

      • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
      • Strong Microsoft office skills including Word, Excel & PowerPoint
      • Agricultural background with knowledge of basic farming practices.
      • Ability to make decisions independently and resourcefully.
      • Proactive and strategic thinker.
      • A flexible, resourceful, and detail-oriented person that loves working in a fast-paced environment.

Work Environment & Hours

      • Working conditions are normal for an office environment.
      • Three or four-hour minimum work shifts in morning or afternoon.
      • Must be flexible and may be asked to work occasional evening and/or weekend events as requested.
      • This is a paid position.

Job Location

Verex Plaza: 150 East Gilman Street, Suite 2600 Madison, Wisconsin
On bus line and short walk or bike ride from the UW Madison campus

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