Food Access Data Collection and Mapping Intern

Providence County, Rhode Island, US
Jun 04, 2021
Jul 02, 2021
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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 development of multiple food delivery resources and possibly assist with other research tasks in Summer 2021. The intern will have the opportunity to grow their research, database building, and other skills as they work alongside staff and consult with Council members and other food system stakeholders.

The intern will focus primarily on developing multiple resources to share comprehensive data on emergency/supplemental food delivery services for Rhode Island's Hunger Elimination Task Force. These resources will help service providers assist individuals in finding the services they need in real time and help state decision-makers identify and implement structural changes that make the statewide food system more resilient and effective. These may take the form of an ArcGIS map, a searchable database, a printable PDF, or other formats.

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.
  • Advanced online research skills, particularly with population level datasets
  • Familiarity developing ArcGIS maps or experience with other mapping software
  • Familiarity with searchable databases
  • Basic Excel skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Self-motivated and committed to see tasks through to completion
  • 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 hunger elimination, especially for increasing equity in food access

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 starting 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.