Do you have an affinity with activism, grassroots organizing, or campaigning on agriculture and food issues, as well as social justice? Are you concerned about climate change? Would you like to use your fundraising skills to change our current food system towards a more fair and sustainable one?
Then maybe this is something for you!
- General introduction: What is ASEED Europe?
ASEED (Action for Sustainability, Environment, Equality and Diversity) is an Amsterdam based campaigning organization that targets the structural causes of environmental destruction and social- agricultural injustices by involving people in direct democracy. ASEED advocates for food sovereignty and agroecology working together with activists, small scale farmers, grassroots collectives and other groups working on social and environmental justice. ASEED is often involved in international actions and events extending beyond Amsterdam and the Netherlands, although we have a “Think Global, Act Local” ethos.
With a small team working together in a consensus-seeking, non-hierarchical structure, we campaign against multinational corporations and their national and international influence spheres and control tools. At the same time, we promote sustainable alternatives. Currently, ASEED runs the Fossil Free Agriculture (FFA) campaign, where we focus on exposing the connections between the fossil fuel industry (specifically gas) and agriculture. Simultaneously we support and educate about the alternatives to industrial agriculture that exist in the Netherlands and worldwide. Follow these links!
- Internship description
Structural sources of funding are challenging for our small NGO, and we are looking to revitalize the organization towards a more sustainable funding scenario. Together with the rest of the ASEED team, the intern will represent ASEED towards external parties and funders. In cooperation with the project coordinator, the intern will also be in charge of ensuring the necessary resources for project implementation within ASEED. This includes identifying new fundraising opportunities, writing grant and fund applications and helping with reporting for said grants and funds. The intern will also be responsible managing and updating the official website in order to make ASEED mission and image more appealing and clearer to funders.
Fundraising is a central task to the internship position and a current need we have within ASEED, but in addition to that you can take on other tasks and roles depending on your motivation and skills. Another major task is to be part of the organization of the Food Autonomy Festival, our biggest event which usually takes place at the end of May. The intern will also work closely with the two coordinators, the financial administrator, participants of the ESC program and the rest of the campaign team, providing support as needed.
Tasks and responsibilities (60% of time):
- Supporting the project coordinator in securing necessary resources for project implementation, both for projects expenses as well as for the organizational support structure (admin and coordination), e.g. through:
- Identifying new fundraising opportunities
- Writing grant and fund applications and helping with reporting for said grants and funds
- Project funding (FAF, FtS, Patagonia, etc)
- Income from regular and one off-donations, benefit events
- Ensuring that the official website is clear, up to date, vibrant and appealing
Other tasks include (40% of time):
- Being part of the organization of the Food Autonomy Festival
- Participating and supporting the rest of the team during ASEED events
- Participating to general office tasks and responsibilities (answering emails, keeping the office tidy, helping to plan agendas and facilitate meetings)
The ideal candidate will have:
- Experience with fundraising and grant applications
- Affinity with food sovereignty issues (non-GMO, agroecology) and grassroots activism in general
- Awareness of and commitment to anti-oppression work
- Ability to keep a broad overview
- Strong sense of responsibility
- Ability to work independently
- Solution oriented – creative problem solver
- Willingness to learn on the job
- Spoken/written fluency in English. Some Dutch is a preference
- Good feeling for written and visual communication skills
- Experience with web design
- Familiarity/experience with Linux and other open source software
- Experience with Co-op’s, CSA’s, or farmers
We are committed to being a diverse and inclusive workplace, which is why people from communities that experience discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity; gender; ability or sexuality are especially encouraged to apply.
- Terms and conditions
Position title: Fundraising Intern
Location: Your work will be done primarily in the ASEED office in Plantage Doklaan 12a, Amsterdam. Being based in the Netherlands is required (and preferably in Amsterdam).
Scope: Part-time (20 hours per week as a standard; some flexibility in availability can be expected during project periods)
Duration: 6-8 months
Financial compensation: Unpaid internship, interns that benefit of financial support programs such as Erasmus+ are encouraged to apply
Starting date: Flexible, preferably 1st February
- How to apply:
- Short motivation letter (no more than 1 page). Mention of your experience as an activist (voluntary and/or professional) is useful
Short-listed candidates will be notified and invited for an online or in person interview by the 4th of January. Interviews will scheduled between the 9th, 10th and 11th January.