Young APAS Producers Research Intern
The Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan has received funding from the Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada Career Focus Program to hire a research intern for 12 months.
To qualify, participants must be:
- 30 years or younger when they start the internship
- unemployed or underemployed
- have graduated in the last three calendar years from a university, college, DEP, or CEGEP
- have not participated in any other Youth Employment Strategy program (that is, Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative)
- be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
The position term would run from April 1, 2018 to March 31st, 2019. The position would be of interest to those with backgrounds in agriculture, economics, or social and public policy research.
The Young APAS Producers project will help our organization focus on the particular needs of young producers and new entrants to the agricultural industry. The intern would assist the organization with issues identification, policy research, the development of discussion papers and resolutions, and in engagement with young producers. The intern would also assist with organizing activities to support the Young APAS Producers Committee.
APAS has been operating a Youth Leadership and Mentorship program for four years, and as a result, has attracted a core group that has set up a Young APAS Producers Committee to identify issues faced by their peers, and to work on policy initiatives to allow young producers to succeed.
The skills gained by the intern would include research, writing, meeting organization and policy development. APAS is a grassroots member organization, and the intern will also receive skills in democratic decision-making and leadership development. Opportunities will also be available to gain skills in presentation and communication and writing for social and conventional media. The intern will also assist with opinion research and qualitative research design through questionnaires and social media research.
Agriculture is faced with an aging demographic base, and the future of our industry depends on policy that will assist young people in taking over from previous generations. Currently 98% of Canadian farms are family owned and operated, and while potential opportunities in agriculture are great, so is the required capital investment and management expertise. APAS has placed a priority on engaging young producers and in identifying policies and programs that would maximize the potential and enhance success rates for new producers.
Applicants can send a cover letter and resume with references by January 15, 2018 to:Duane Haave, APAS General Manager