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Research and Markets Analysis Intern

Canopy Bridge aims to play a key role in strengthening sustainable markets and their power to influence biodiversity and forest conservation, as well as lifting communities out of poverty into dignified sustainable livelihoods. For this to be achieved not only are strong global connections between producers and buyers necessary, there is also a vital need for a better understanding of the size, scope and nature of these markets. Currently there is a considerable information gap when it comes to sustainable markets of certified products (organic, fair trade, climate friendly, etc.,) and even more so, a global lack of data related to the trade in other sustainable products such as wild-harvested and non-timber forest products.  While demand in developed country markets such as the US and Europe has been a key driver of trade in sustainable natural products, there is growing interest and commerce within emerging developing country markets in places such as Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and China.

 

Canopy Bridge is determined to help fill these gaps and improve understanding of these important markets. The Markets Analysis Intern will support analysis and develop profiles of markets for specific certified products (e.g., certified coffee, cocoa) and/or the examine trends in specific regional or domestic markets in the developing world. With a focus on a specific region and/or product(s) the intern will analyze existing data and perform research for new data. The intern can be home based or at our offices in Quito, Ecuador. Canopy Bridge is opened to different work scheme proposals (independent study, part-time, etc.).

 

Desired qualifications:

Positive attitude, proactivity and flexibility.

Responsible and self-directed

Good communication skills.

Preferably either a recent college graduate or graduate student, however College junior and seniors are also welcome to apply.

Desire to learn from and contribute to sustainable markets.

All majors are welcomed to apply, nevertheless we encourage statistics, mathematics, and business majors to apply

Spanish, French or Portuguese a plus.

 

 

Field Research Intern

Canopy Bridge aims to play a key role in strengthening sustainable agriculture initiatives by facilitating more direct collaboration between producers and local chefs.  For this to be achieved, there is a need for a better understanding of the farming cycles and processes behind specific products as well as of their nutritional qualities. Currently there is a considerable information gap regarding many of the Amazonian products that are being introduced into Ecuadorian and Peruvian menus. While the uses of these products have been known for many years by native indigenous people and other small farmers, this knowledge is yet to be fully documented and researched for consumption in other markets.

Canopy Bridge is determined to help fill these gaps and improve understanding of these products. The Field Research Intern will support research, analysis and develop informational profiles for specific products. With a focus on their nutritional and gastronomical value, the Field Research Intern will work closely with the Communications Associate at Canopy Bridge to generate content featuring these products. The intern should be willing and able to visit research areas regularly. When they are not doing field work, they can be home based or at our offices in Quito, Ecuador. Canopy Bridge is opened to different work scheme proposals (independent study, part-time, etc.).

 

Desired qualifications:

Positive attitude, proactivity and flexibility.

Responsible and self-directed

Good communication skills.

Preferably either a recent college graduate or graduate student, however College junior and seniors are also welcome to apply.

Desire to learn from and contribute to sustainable markets.

All majors are welcomed to apply, nevertheless we encourage biology, agriculture and other related majors to apply

Spanish, French or Portuguese a plus.

 

Communications and User Outreach Intern

Canopy Bridge aims to support and strengthen small and community-based producers. Small producers and/or small startup sustainable production initiatives specifically may be in need of support when creating a sharp English profile on the Canopy Bridge website. The Communications and User Outreach Intern will help overcome language, cultural and technological barriers that may arise.

We are the largest online platform for organic natural products in the world, connecting producers and buyers who are committed to environmentally responsible practices. As such, we aim to tell stories that help producers and buyers learn about each other beyond mere certifications. The Communications and User Outreach Intern will collaborate in communications projects by reviewing collaborators´ proposals, translating blogs and also writing their own articles.

The Communications and User Outreach Intern will also help manage social media accounts and assist with specific contacts database tasks.

The intern can be home-based or work at our offices in Quito, Ecuador. Canopy Bridge is open to different work scheme proposals (independent study, part-time, etc.)

 

Desired qualifications:

Positive attitude, proactivity and flexibility.

Responsible and self-directed

Good communication skills.

Preferably either a recent college graduate or graduate student, however College junior and seniors are also welcome to apply.

Fluent in Spanish, French, Portuguese and/or other foreign language.

Overseas and intercultural exchange experience.

Desire to learn from and contribute to sustainable markets.

All majors are welcomed to apply, nevertheless we encourage journalism related majors, Spanish, French, and/or other foreign language majors.

 

What we offer:

We are a startup company and so unable to offer a paid position at the moment.  Nevertheless if in Quito, Ecuador, the intern will have full access to our facilities. As stated before, Canopy Bridge is flexible and opened to different contribution schemes whether they are related to academic credit or involve dedicating only part-time to this position.

Interns will work closely with CanopyBridge’s founders, Jacob Olander and Marta Echavarría. Both have a long trajectory in market-based conservation, with their company EcoDecisión and in partnership with organizations such as Forest Trends, Conservation International, Ashoka and others. For more background information please go to http://www.ecodecision.com.ec

 

If you are interested, please send your resume and a cover letter here.