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IN-19079 Markets Institute Internship: Labor Economics

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20001
  • Job Code
    112308259

Overview

The WWF is a leading conservation organization; our half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science. WWF has worked in Markets and Food for over a decade with the acknowledgement that the biggest threat to our mission has long been where and how we produce food. Now those impacts are being exacerbated by increased populations, increasing income, shifts in consumption patterns, and climate change.

This internship provides an opportunity for a labor economics student to contribute to research at the intersection of environmental and financial sustainability. The Next California project is examining whether some of the food we currently produce in California, which grows half of all vegetables and more than 2/3 of all fruits and nuts in the US, could be better situated from both a financial and environmental viewpoint in the Mississippi Delta region. However, a key question arises around labor. Right now, California depends heavily on migrant labor to harvest its fruit and vegetables. The Mississippi Delta region largely grows commodity row crops, which are harvested mechanically. If they are to switch to growing specialty produce, the region will need to build or attract a labor force to pick those crops, which cannot be harvested mechanically in most cases. Understanding if and how that is possible, how to accomplish it, and what it means for the financial feasibility of growing these crops will be key.



Responsibilities

Internship Description:

Specific duties will include:

  • Examine the current labor market in the Mississippi Delta (eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi, southeastern Missouri) and the River Valley area of Arkansas
  • Analyze the gaps between the current and needed labor market
  • Analyze existing federal, state, and local policy affecting agricultural labor in these areas
  • Determine the main hurdles to building/attracting an appropriate labor force: is it policy? Incentives? Education? Something else?
  • Conduct outreach to determine feasibility of implementing needed changes
  • Produce a white paper analyzing what is needed and summarizing key findings
  • Develop high-level financial model of what labor system would cost to state, to individual growers, and to any other key stakeholders
<br /><strong>Overview</strong><br /><br /> <p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">The WWF is a leading conservation organization; our half-century of conservation success is rooted firmly in science. </span><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: #222222;">WWF has worked in Markets and Food for over a decade with the acknowledgement that the biggest threat to our mission has long been where and how we produce food. Now those impacts are being exacerbated by increased populations, increasing income, shifts in consumption patterns, and climate change.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">This internship provides an opportunity for a labor economics student to contribute to research at the intersection of environmental and financial sustainability. The Next California project is examining whether some of the food we currently produce in California, which grows half of all vegetables and more than 2/3 of all fruits and nuts in the US, could be better situated from both a financial and environmental viewpoint in the Mississippi Delta region. However, a key question arises around labor. Right now, California depends heavily on migrant labor to harvest its fruit and vegetables. The Mississippi Delta region largely grows commodity row crops, which are harvested mechanically. If they are to switch to growing specialty produce, the region will need to build or attract a labor force to pick those crops, which cannot be harvested mechanically in most cases. Understanding if and how that is possible, how to accomplish it, and what it means for the financial feasibility of growing these crops will be key.</span></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <br /><br /><strong>Responsibilities</strong><br /><br style="margin: 0px;" /><strong>Internship Description:</strong> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: black;">Specific duties will include</span></strong><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: black;">:</span></p> <ul> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Examine the current labor market in the Mississippi Delta (eastern Arkansas, western Tennessee, northwestern Mississippi, southeastern Missouri) and the River Valley area of Arkansas</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Analyze the gaps between the current and needed labor market</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Analyze existing federal, state, and local policy affecting agricultural labor in these areas</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Determine the main hurdles to building/attracting an appropriate labor force: is it policy? Incentives? Education? Something else?</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Conduct outreach to determine feasibility of implementing needed changes</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Produce a white paper analyzing what is needed and summarizing key findings</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Develop high-level financial model of what labor system would cost to state, to individual growers, and to any other key stakeholders</span></li> </ul> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/E5Bj4VtyOwGncY5bs7kmg"> <br/><br/><br /><strong>Qualifications</strong><br /><br /> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: black;">Minimum Requirements:</span></strong></p> <ul> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Graduate or PhD student with experience (preference for main focus) in labor economics or labor policy</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Part-time (10-12 hours/week)</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Excellent research, writing, and analytical skills, as well as attention to detail</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">Ability to work productively on both independent research assignments and as part of a team</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: black;">Proactive problem-solving and effective communication skills (written and verbal)</span></li> <li style="color: black;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif; color: black;">Familiarity with the Mississippi Delta region a plus</span></li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0px;"><span style="font-size: 12.0pt; font-family: 'Arial',sans-serif;">This internship is flexible on location and can start in early September 2019 or sooner. </span></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>Location:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;">Washington, DC or remote</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>Compensation:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;">Paid</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>How to apply:</strong> Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page.</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><a href="http://www.worldwildlife.org/about/careers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://careers-wwfus.icims.com/jobs/search</a> , <strong><span style="background-color: #ffff00;">IN-19079</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's </strong><strong>race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p><p>PI112308259</p>
Posted: 2019-07-25 Expires: 2019-08-25

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WWF Washington, DC
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