The RIFPC was established on Food Day 2011 with a mission to promote a more equitable, economically viable, and environmentally sustainable food system in Rhode Island. We coordinate a statewide collaboration of diverse, committed and engaged stakeholders from all sectors of the food system. We create partnerships, develop policies, and advocate for improvements to the local food system to increase and expand its capacity, viability, and sustainability. We maintain a website that contains a dashboard that measures key RI food systems indicators and shares illustrated Rhode Island Stories that show how people in RI are making a measurable impact in improving our state’s food system.
With equity at our core, we work with governmental, business, and nonprofit partners to solve problems in three priority areas:
The Rhode Island Food Policy Council is looking for an intern to assist with the advancement of consumer awareness of dockside seafood sales in Rhode Island and possibly assist with other research tasks in Summer 2021.
Background to dockside sales in RI: Rhode Island has recently expanded opportunities for fishermen to sell their local fish from the docks under a new license option. Dockside seafood sales offer opportunities to connect consumers with local fish, meet local fishermen, have an educational buying experience, and increase revenue to fishermen. However, there have been challenges with this program and often fishermen participation is low. Many in the state (i.e. state agencies like DEM, universities, fishing industry and food business groups, and local community programs) are working to address some of these challenges, including building brand and consumer awareness of dockside sales, boosting online education and sales platforms, and telling the story of local fishermen to the wider, interested consumer public. To further support these efforts, the URI College of Business capstone project worked with CRC/URI, the RI Food Policy Council, the Commercial Fisheries Center of RI, and the Ocean State Community Seafood (OSCS) group re-think the RI dockside sales program, resulting in ideas and package materials to boost social media awareness and design a user-friendly website.
The RIFPC intern will work with Council member, Azure Cygler and also the Ocean State Community Seafood (OSCS) coordinator, Dawn McAlister, to develop tools, resources, materials, and social media that will help build brand awareness around accessing dockside sales channels. Specifically, the intern will:
The intern will have the opportunity to grow their design and communication skills as they work alongside staff and consult with Council members and other food system stakeholders.
As time allows, additional research and communications core activities.
The ideal candidate will be able to commit 10-15 hours per week for up to 8-12 weeks. This is negotiable and will be tailored to the applicant.
We will consider exceptional candidates who demonstrate a strong combination of the specific qualifications and skills described below.
Physical Demands/Work Environment
The physical demands described here are representative of those for this position. Reasonable accommodations will be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the functions. Work is performed in an office environment and in close proximity to other workers.
While performing the duties of this position, the employee is required to:
Compensation and Benefits
Location: Work will be primarily performed remotely.
Compensation: The salary for this position is $15.00/hr.
TSNE/Rhode Island Food Policy Council envisions a society grounded in the principles of social and economic justice. As such, we strive to achieve excellence through a diverse and inclusive workplace that honors the unique talents and lived experiences of each person. Our vision and values are reflected in all our employment-related decisions, including hiring practices. Accordingly, TSNE actively seeks people who bring diverse backgrounds and perspectives to join us in our work.
As an EOE/AA employer, TSNE/Rhode Island Food Policy Council will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin or ancestry, age, sexual orientation, gender identification, genetic information, veteran or disability status or any other factor prohibited by law.