Current Food Law and Policy Career Opportunities

It is an exciting time to have a career in food law and policy. As we learn about new opportunities, we will post them on this page as a resource for those seeking to start or continue a career in food law and policy. Good luck in your job searches!

Policy Research Intern, Massachusetts Farm to School

Massachusetts Farm to School is seeking a part-time/temporary Policy Research Intern to research existing policy tools used to promote farm to school activity in other states, analyze the applicability of these policies in Massachusetts, and assist with the development of three case studies here in Massachusetts. The Policy Research Intern will collect and analyze existing reports, update the research where new policies have been introduced, and analyze the findings in the context of the specific Massachusetts political, agricultural, and school food landscapes. The Policy Research Intern will be expected to produce a report providing a comparative analysis of these existing state-level policies that promote local foods procurement and education. The Policy Research Intern with also help MFTS staff conduct in-depth financial analysis of meal costs of 3-5 MA school districts to identify standard economic barriers and opportunities for greater local foods purchasing. The Intern will have the opportunity to develop experience in agriculture and food policy research, to gain a deeper understanding of farm to school policies across the United States, to contribute to the development of a state level policy strategy, and the skills to work in a small, fast paced, non-profit organization

Responsibilities: 

  • Review existing policy reports and identify priority states for follow up interviews;
  • Conduct interviews with key advocacy partners from states with successful campaigns and/or state agency representatives who oversee farm to school grant programs or related programs resulting from legislation;
  • Work with Co-Directors to compile research into a report identifying key factors that influenced state legislation including key differences and similarities with the Massachusetts policy environment, agricultural economy, and school food service landscape;
  • Assist MFTS staff in creating 3-5 case studies to document economic barriers and opportunities for local foods purchasing and the potential financial impact for Massachusetts farmers and fisherman.

Special Requirements:

  • Massachusetts Farm to School is a statewide organization with staff in western and eastern Massachusetts. This position could include some occasional statewide travel. Access to reliable transportation is preferred. Must have access to a computer for working remotely.

Issue Development:

  • In consultation with the Executive Director, policy committee, board, and staff, develop policy positions on issues relevant to our members and Massachusetts organic farmers and gardeners 
  • In consultation with committee, develop an action strategy for using the limited NOFA/Mass resources (organizational credibility, committed membership, special relationship to the issue, etc.) to achieve progress on selected issues 

Qualifications: 

  • Interest in agriculture, nutrition education, and school food;
  • Experience conducting policy research and analysis;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with MFTS staff and MFTS partner organizations as needed;
  • Comfort with Microsoft Office suite, G Suite (Docs, Sheets), and Mac and PC platforms;
  • Preferred—Experience conducting phone interviews.

Compensation:

  • This is a paid internship with a salary ranging from $15.00/hour and will require approximately 10-15 hours/week for approximately 3 to 6 months. Exact timing of project will be developed with Intern upon hiring.

We strongly encourage online applications. Please attach your resume and you must submit a cover letter.

Apply online here.

We also accept applications by mail or fax. Send to:

TSNE MissionWorks
Attn: Employment Manager
The NonProfit Center
89 South Street, Suite 700
Boston, MA 02111

Or fax to: 617.896.9393.

Linda Golodner Food Safety & Nutrition Fellow, National Consumers League

The National Consumers League, America’s oldest consumer advocacy organization, seeks a highly qualified and dedicated candidate with expertise in the areas of food safety and nutrition to serve as the organization’s next Linda Golodner Food Safety and Nutrition Fellow.  The League (www.nclnet.org) is a national nonprofit organization that protects and promotes social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad, focusing on telemarketing and Internet fraud, food and drug safety, consumer education for teens, and fair labor standards. 

Position Summary

The Fellow serves as the head of NCL’s food safety and nutrition division and works on a broad range of food safety, nutrition, truth-in-advertising, and alcohol-related issues.  The Fellow works directly with the League’s Executive Director to determine and execute the policy and organizational agendas for the division.

The Linda Golodner Food Safety and Nutrition Fellow’s primary responsibilities include:

  • Drafting letters to federal agencies on a range of food safety and truth-in-advertising issues.
  • Advocating for the passage of food-safety and nutrition related legislation and for the creation and enforcement of consumer-friendly regulations.
  • Identifying and drawing attention to truth-in-advertising violations.
  • Serving as an active member of several food safety and nutrition coalitions.
  • Staying abreast of current developments in the division’s areas of interest.
  • Leading project teams for investigations and other one-time projects in the areas of food safety and truth-in-advertising.
  • Writing articles and blog posts for NCL and other publications as opportunities arise.
  • Speaking at conferences and conducting interviews as opportunities arise.

Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to the public interest and to the philosophy and goals of NCL.
  • Bachelor’s degree and at least three years of experience in nonprofit advocacy or policy work; candidates with less experience will ideally possess an advanced legal or policy-related degree.
  • Detail-oriented self-starter with excellent interpersonal skills and a sense of humor.
  • Very strong written and oral communication skills.
  • Outstanding organizational and time management skills; ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment with multiple priorities and frequent deadlines.
  • Routinely display professionalism and discretion; proven ability to exercise good judgement on a consistent basis.

Salary and Benefits

Salary based on experience and education, competitive with other nonprofit public interest organizations. Full-time employees receive health, dental, disability and life insurance benefits, vacation and sick leave; and direct payroll deposit. The League offers a 401(k) retirement plan. The National Consumers League is an equal opportunity employer.