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Wallace Center Intern, Pasture Project  

About the Organization Winrock International is a nonprofit organization that works with people in the United States and around the world to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity, and sustain natural resources.
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POSITION TITLE: Intern, Wallace Center

LOCATION: Arlington, VA

DEPARTMENT: Wallace Center

REPORTS TO: Program Officer, Pasture Project & Programs Director, Wallace Center


The Wallace Center at Winrock International is a national leader in sustainable and equitable food systems development that supports entrepreneurs and communities as they build a new, 21st century food system that is healthier for people, the environment, and the economy. To achieve this vision, the Center builds and strengthens linkages in the emerging chain of organizations, businesses and civic efforts focused on making good food-healthy, green, fair, and affordable food-an everyday reality in every community. The Wallace Center is a unit within the Enterprise and Agriculture Group of Winrock International and works across the United States on national level initiatives as well as regionally in partnership with other organizations.

The Pasture Project exists to increase the acreage in the Upper Mississippi River Basin that is under more environmentally-sustainable management. The primary ways we do this are by helping farmers and landowners integrate livestock and rotational grazing on their farm, supporting the network of farmers and advocates promoting soil health and the many practices that develop it, and directly tackling major educational, political, economic, and social barriers to reintegrating livestock. The Pasture Project is a team of teams. We are an initiative of the Wallace Center at Winrock International and operate as part of that team. We have a core team of Wallace Center staff and consultants that coordinate the Pasture Project, and we create or participate in dozens of teams of partners around individual approaches.


As part of the Pasture Project team, the Intern will play a key role in advancing the Project's understanding of existing and emerging opportunities in grazing research and policy. This position will work to consolidate and expand existing research to produce two summary papers and accompanying resources. The first paper focuses on state grazing policy in the Upper Mississippi River Basin, exploring both the presence and impact of current policy as well as emerging opportunities for new policy on the state and regional levels. The second paper focuses on developing summaries of the newest science about the environmental and economic benefits of grazing in the United States and globally.

This position will also provide day-to-day administrative support for existing Wallace Center programs and the rollout of new project management and M&E systems. The Intern will work with other members of the Wallace Center team as well as independently to achieve project and initiative goals.

This position offers the successful candidate a diverse and meaningful experience with a dynamic and leading organization in the field. The position will be primarily office based and will offer the successful candidate an opportunity to contribute critical resources to an emerging area of work in regenerative agriculture. This full-time, 6-month internship opportunity will begin early to mid-August.


State Level Grazing Policy (30%)

  • Review existing research and analysis and develop a work plan for expanding this work in collaboration with staff, contractors and other topic experts
  • Conduct desktop research, as well as phone and e-mail interviews with key stakeholders, to update research on current policies and associated practices
  • Identify and act upon opportunities for consolidating or generating best practice resources, case studies, and contacts for appendices
  • Analyze current policy research to generate state level recommendations for increasing and improving grazing through policy interventions
  • Revise and finalize a paper highlighting findings and resources

Environmental and Economic Summaries (30%)

  • Consolidate and review existing organizational resources, including those solicited from staff, core team members and contractors, in accessible format

  • Develop a literature review framework for categorizing sources and complete a review of available research to identify themes and relevant frameworks

  • Conduct desktop research, as well as phone and e-mail interviews with key stakeholders, to identify relevant best practice resources and case studies

  • Analyze research to generate recommendations for grazing professionals and organizations to increase and improve grazing knowledge and practice
  • Revise and finalize a paper highlighting findings and resources
  • Compile resources and necessary permissions for sharing via project website, social media, etc.

Communications, Monitoring and Evaluation Support (25%)

  • Support staff in the coordination and follow-up to updates and implementation activities for new communications infrastructure

  • Support the rollout of a new monitoring and evaluation system

Overall Project Support (15%)

  • Draft content for press releases, social media, blogs, and websites

  • Provide administrative and logistical support for overall project work
  • Provide meeting support, including coordinating schedules and notes


Other duties as assigned


Education: Bachelor's degree in related field; master's degree preferred


  • Experience reviewing and analyzing state level policy and peer-reviewed research within the context of a literature review

  • Experience conducting research and expert interviews via computer, phone, and email

Skills & Knowledge:

  • Ability to maintain the highest ethical standards at all times.

  • Knowledge of agricultural practices and policy in the Upper Midwest, ideally regarding regenerative agriculture, grazing and conservation

  • Strong writing and speaking abilities

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team

EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, gender identity and sexual orientation), national origin, caste, tribe, age (40 or older), disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

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