Internship position with Young Friends of the Earth

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Young Friends of the Earth is looking for a dynamic coordinator to help strengthen their network.

The successful candidate will be hosted and supported in the Friends of the Earth Ireland office.

 Young FoE, a youth network within Friends of the Earth, was created in 2009 by and for young people wishing to campaign for environmental justice and sustainability in Ireland.

Responsible to: Policy and Campaigns Manager, Friends of the Earth

This is a unique opportunity to join a young, forward thinking team, to learn fast and to take on considerable levels of responsibility supporting Young Friends of the Earth on issues including climate change and energy. Friends of the Earth campaigns for sustainable and just societies and for the protection of the environment and is part of the world’s largest grassroots environmental network, Friends of the Earth International. Your role as Young Friends of the Earth Coordinator will be to build and maintain a dynamic and diverse youth network that empowers young people to campaign for environmental justice and sustainability.

Core objectives of the position:

Maintain and expand the Young FoE network in Ireland in third level institutions

Ensure that the Young FoE National Co-ordinating Group (NCG) is functioning and supported

Assist Young FoE groups to decide on, plan and take action for environmental and social justice

Promote membership and participation in Young FoE groups and individual members

Facilitate communication and interaction between Young FoE groups and members within Ireland

Facilitate communication and interaction between Young FoE in Ireland and Friends of the Earth Ireland

Facilitate communication and interaction between Young FoE in Ireland and Young FoE Europe

Build the capacity of Young FoE

Achieving these objectives will involve:

Communication via e-mail, conference calls and meetings where appropriate to:

Build-up Young FoE by contacting existing youth groups or young people within the network and giving them support

Develop existing relationships and identify new networking opportunities within the youth and environmental sectors

Support the National Co-ordinating Group guiding the network

Support working groups created by the network in achieving their aims

Maintain a strong relationship between Young FoE in Ireland and the Young FoE Europe office in Brussels

Build relationships between Young FoE in Ireland and other groups in the Young FoE Europe network

Co-ordination of events:

Organise Young FoE meetings, activities

Create and organise actions in close collaboration with the Young FoE network

Co-ordinate trips to international youth events

Participate in events in universities around Ireland

Support Friends of the Earth in their events

Website/ Online Communication:

Update website content for Young FoE

Undertake basic design work with images and banners for web and publicity

Interact with European youth groups from FoE Europe to deliver frequently updated content and images for Young FoE on what is happening in Europe

Write a newsletter about Young FoE and circulate to members

Other tasks:

Prepare funding proposals write funding applications for Young FoE under the direction of the NCG

Be active in seeking funding for international trips and activities

Manage the financial and administrative work associated with the maintenance of the network

Work to ensure that the agreements between Friends of the Earth and Young Friends of the Earth are met

Be creative in contributing to ideas for activities in 2013-2014 and be thinking of future projects

Essential Requirements:

Commitment to the values, vision and mission of Friends of the Earth

Ability to work two and a half days a week in the Dublin office

Experience as an activist within an environmental or youth group

A natural communicator and relationship builder

Experience in preparing actions and meetings

Experience in facilitating group meetings and supporting groups in making decisions

Fluent English

Self motivated and organised

A bright, confident self starter able to grasp quickly complex policy issues

High levels of motivation, good team player, confident telephone skills, creativity, flexibility, sense of humour, political awareness


Experience in delivering facilitation workshops/ training to youth groups

Experience in delivering action training to youth groups

Experiences with FoE, the FoEE network or a similar network

Experience in delivering media training to youth groups

Experience in writing action guides and resource packs for youth groups

Familiarity with the Irish environmental movement

Design knowledge an advantage

Web design

The Commitment:

This is an unpaid internship. The intern will be based in the Friends of the Earth office in Dublin for two and a half days a week. Travel costs and lunch expenses will be covered. The Friends of the Earth office provides a highly motivating working environment in a national NGO. Friends of the Earth will provide office space, support meetings, training where possible and references. Occasional weekend and evening work hours, and travel within Ireland and to Europe will be required as part of this position. After this intern period there is the possibility to prolong the position depending on the needs of the youth network.

Application by CV and cover letter to before midnight on Tuesday 11th February 2014. Interviews are being held on Tuesday 18th February.

 Internship (2.5 days per week) ,duration: 6-9 months

Location: 9 Upper Mount St, Dublin 2