Dockside Sales Paid Internship

Job Locations US-RI-Providence
Posted Date 3 weeks ago(5/24/2021 4:14 PM)
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Rhode Island Food Policy Council


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:

  • PUBLIC HEALTH & FOOD ACCESS: Low-income communities and communities of color bear an outsized burden when it comes to hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity and diet-related disease such as diabetes, heart disease, and certain types of cancer. Older adults and people with disabilities also do not have equitable access to nutritious and culturally appropriate food.  
  • A STRONG FOOD & AGRICULTURE ECONOMY: Food sector businesses struggle to find apt assistance developing and implementing business plans, understanding and responding to market opportunities, acquiring loan and grant capital, and hiring and retaining staff.
  • ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY: Rhode Island faces significant disruption to its food system due to climate change; this impacts every element of the system from agriculture/fisheries viability, to food distribution and access, to food waste management.   


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:

  • Work with newly developed and create new social media content, brochures, and educational materials related to buying local seafood and supporting dockside sales and distribute to fisheries stakeholders in the state. These materials can be based off of the URI capstone student products (zip files) to serve as examples/templates/jump points to create flyers, posters, and QR-branded educational materials that support RI dockside sales to be posted at local markets and to partners.
  • Manage and uplift the OSCS website and Facebook group to include regular and high-impact content and media supporting RI dockside sales, and
  • (As time and COVID restrictions allow) Serve as "brand ambassador" for RI dockside sales by having a physical presence at 1-3 docks in RI (Galilee, Newport, Westerly) to distribute materials and educate the public about where and how to purchase local fish off the docks.

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.


  • Comfort interacting with the public at docks and farmers markets
  • Familiarity with Canva or other SM and flyer design software
  • Comfort working independently
  • Knowledge for boosting the effectiveness of an existing Facebook account
  • Social Media awareness and skills, preferably on multiple platforms
  • Attention to detail
  • Willing to travel within the state; have own vehicle
  • Currently enrolled as an undergraduate, graduate, or recently graduated
  • Commitment to a flexible work schedule of 10-15 hours per week for up to 12 weeks
  • Ability to collaborate and work as part of a team
  • Passion for supporting local fishermen and seafood businesses.

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:

  • Handle, or feel objects, tools or controls;
  • Reach; traverse; sit (usually for longer periods of time); occasionally ascend/descend; and position self (to) move;
  • Occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds;
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate;
  • Job is not subject to significant occupational or environmental hazards;
  • Likelihood of personal injury would be relatively slight;
  • Environmental and work hazards are not present to a measurable degree.

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.  


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