The practice of aquaponics is growing, and the Aquaponics Association is growing along with it.

2019 is already a big year for the Association as many new initiatives, strategic partnerships and new members are emerging. These exciting projects offer the potential for others to contribute and share their talents as we create together.

The Association is run by a part-time, all volunteer board. We see the enormous need to grow awareness about our practice and to develop an industry infrastructure that connects growers worldwide — But we need your help!

In order to accomplish the projects and initiatives that support these goals, we have created the following four internship positions: Communications Intern, Public Policy Intern, Technology & New Media Intern, and Aquaponics Research Intern.

To apply, send your resume to [email protected] with a brief note about which position you are applying for; and fill out this internship application:  Aquaponics Association 2019 Internships

Listed here are the four positions with a description, and below is an overview of internship details.

Communications Intern

The Communications Intern will work with the board to create and distribute content. We are seeking an individual who is passionate about creating content that empowers people and/or organizations and ignites engagement in aquaponics. Storytelling, visual artistry and movement building skills are highly desired for this position.  Given that interest in aquaponics is growing exponentially, this role has the potential to bring a lot of value to a resume and work experience.  Working with our board where we have existing measures and metrics in place, we can track how the fruits of our labor will grow this movement and the association. This role offers great potential for someone looking to showcase their movement building skills.  The role and responsibilities of this position include:

  • Write blog posts and articles;
  • Coordinate Association publications schedule;
  • Oversee and execute publications across media including the Aquaponics Association website, Member forum, Facebook, Linkedin, Instgram, and Twitter accounts;
  • Coordinate and create monthly newsletter and membership emails;
  • Develop a press contact list and capacity to issue press releases;
  • Stay on top of the latest news in aquaponics;
  • Develop marketing materials for the annual conference and other initiatives; and
  • Other duties and responsibilities that may emerge.

Public Policy Intern

The Public Policy Intern will work with the board to serve as an intermediary between the aquaponics community and the nation’s governing bodies.

With the recent Farm Bill going into effect, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has included aquaponics in its vision.  Given this, the Association recognizes the need for advocacy, education and input on policy making.  Therefore, we have elected to create a very special role to assist the board in serving as a researcher and liaison between the policy makers and the Association.  With massive interest and expansion of aquaponics in the U.S., the Association needs help in understanding and communicating where the market potential is and how aquaponics can serve as a sustainable solution.  This role will involve actively researching the current U.S. Food System and how aquaponics can serve as a solution to problems like food security, food sovereignty, climate change, etc. As accurate data and information is obtained, this role will facilitate relationship building within various agencies to help support and expand this emerging green industry.  The roles and responsibilities include:

  • Research and write posts, articles, or reports on agriculture; the U.S. food system; true-cost accounting; and public policies that affect aquaponics;
  • Review the implementation of recently-enacted Farm Bill policies that affect aquaponics, including the establishment of the USDA Office of Urban Agriculture and Innovative Production;
  • Represent the views of the aquaponics community to Congress, the USDA, and other relevant entities during the implementation of 2018 Farm Bill Policies;
  • Study true-cost accounting, lifecycle analysis, ecosystem service-valuation, and related fields to compare the costs and benefits of aquaponics compared to other forms of agriculture;
  • Research food safety and other laws and regulations that affect aquaponic growers, assist members navigating laws and regulations
  • Promote USDA and other grant opportunities to the aquaponics community;
  • Other duties and responsibilities that may emerge.

Technology and New Media Intern

The Technology and New Media Intern will work with the board to develop and implement user friendly technology that engages and builds our growing aquaponic community and membership base.  We are seeking to find individuals who can cultivate supportive and empowering virtual environments for learning and discovery to take place.  Part of the Association’s 2019 goals is to generate more video content, teleconferences, webinars and podcasts to bring inspiring stories and helpful information to the public and our membership base.  Given that, we have a need for people to assist us with the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Help create new Member interaction app;
  • Help create new interactive aquaponics resource database;
  • Improve and modernize Association website, membership platform, and communications functions;
  • Create interactive map for Members to post their systems;
  • Edit and distribute digital content, such as conference video;
  • Organize online teleconferences and podcasts;
  • Other duties and responsibilities that may emerge.

Aquaponics Research Intern

The Aquaponics Research Intern will work with the board to keep the Association current on the most advanced aquaponics science around the world. This individual will have a strong desire to translate science to application for the aquaponics community. Candidates can work to build the foundation of an aquaponics research community or journal.  Candidate will identify common issues and trends in aquaponics. This individual would assist us with the following roles and responsibilities:

  • Stay abreast of the latest aquaponics research, disseminate important research to members
  • Assist members in applying the newest research to their growing
  • Summarize the latest news about cutting-edge aquaponics projects
  • Understand and explain aquaponics concepts in water chemistry, fish health, nutrient cycling, filtration, etc.
  • Research and plan for an aquaponics research publication
  • Communicate with researchers and growers to identify research needs

 

Internship Details

The Aquaponics Association is a non-profit entity. All positions are unpaid. All positions will be conducted remotely.

All interested applicants are asked to commit to 10 hours per week, for a minimum of four months.

The Association will readily work with students to attain school credit for activity, where applicable.

Successful completion of at least four months will earn the team member two years of Association Membership. It will also earn the team member a free ticket to the September 2019 conference at Kentucky State University, provided individual assists the with conference tasks. Individual must provide for their own travel and lodging.

Please fill out this Google form form application: Aquaponics Association 2019 Internships and send your resume to [email protected]