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Position: Communications and Programs Intern
Type: 8-month paid contract/internship (30 years and under, see below)
Organization: National Farmers Union-Ontario
Location: flexible/anywhere in Ontario for the right candidate 

Communications and Programs Intern

The National Farmers Union-Ontario is looking for a qualified intern who is passionate about local and sustainable food and farming systems. The primary duties of the Communications and Programs intern will fall into four categories; likely tasks are noted below but exact work will depend on the aptitudes of the successful candidate.


This position is funded by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada through the Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative. Candidates must

  • be 30 years old or younger at the start of the project;
  • have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution;
  • not have participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy programs (ie, Career Focus); and
  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.


  1. General Communications
    • Engage with farmers, eaters, government, and food system stakeholders through social media, electronic communication, and face-to-face conversation;
    • Design beautiful and incisive monthly e-newsletters with relevant information for farmers, industry and eater members using Mailchimp;
    • Create engaging, relevant and knowledgeable social media channels and content;
    • Assist in raising awareness about sustainable farming issues and programs to improve the economic viability of rural and farming issues;
    • Give and gather feedback on the success of outreach and messaging;
    • Research and compile available resources to enhance web presence;
    • Write and develop farmer feature stories;
    • Support the development of media releases and monitor relevant media hits;
    • Distill information from government and organizational policy statements into digestible and engaging pieces;
  2. Event Planning and Coordination
    • Support the planning of events such as the NFU-O annual convention;
    • Assist with logistics and speaker outreach;
    • Reach out to potential sponsors;
  3. Membership Development and Outreach
    • Assist in the identification of and outreach to new members;
    • Support the development and implementation of new member benefits;
  4. Administration and Fundraising Assistance
    • Assist with internal systems development (e.g. cloud filing structures and database of funding opportunities);
    • Identify and track potential fundraising opportunities.

The Ideal Candidate has some combination of the following skill sets:

  • Is highly motivated: can work independently and in a team;
  • Is passionate and knowledgeable about local food systems and agriculture;
  • Has strong written communications skills and an eye for design;
  • Has experience with planning complex events and soliciting event sponsorship;
  • Has experience with Wordpress and/or other website development platforms;
  • Has experience working with Mailchimp or similar newsletter applications;
  • Has experience managing multiple social media channels simultaneously including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram (familiarity with Tweetdeck, Hootsuite or other management tools an asset);
  • Has a strong affinity for spreadsheets, databases,and systems;
  • Experience with cloud file storage and sharing systems;
  • Experience with graphic design an asset (Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator, Canvas etc.);
  • Experience with communications strategy, marketing and designing campaigns an asset;
  • Experience working or volunteering in a non-profit organization;
  • French language skills an asset.
  • Experience and knowledge of communications and/or marketing (preferred).
  • Excellent time management skills

Hours & Rate of Pay:

This is a eight-month, full-time contract for 35 hours per week with anticipated start in September 2017. Pay is $15/hour with the location to be decided.

To apply:

Send your cover letter detailing how your skills, experience, and education fit with this position, along with your resume, in Word or PDF format to Sarah Bakker, NFU-O General Manager at:
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with the subject line “Communications and Programs Intern” by Wednesday, June 21 at 5:00 p.m.

Only those applicants to be invited for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please.

About the National Farmers Union - Ontario

The NFU-O works towards the development of economic and social policies that will maintain small and medium sized family farms as the primary food-producers in Ontario and in Canada. The NFU-O believes that agriculture should be economically, socially and environmentally sustainable and should lead to enriched soils, biodiverse natural ecosystems, financially-viable farms, high quality, healthy and safe food for people, thriving rural communities, and a more beautiful countryside.

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FoodWork ID: 40895       Date posted to Jun 9 2017