THE CENTER FOR AMAZON COMMUNITY ECOLOGY
and the FAIR-TRADE MARKETING INTERNSHIP
The Center for Amazon Community Ecology is a non-profit organization that promotes the understanding, conservation and development of human and other biological communities in the Amazon region. We help people from traditional communities create value-added non-timber forest products to improve their livelihood without damaging the forest.
CACE now works with artisans in 16 native and campesino communities in the northern Peruvian Amazon to make and market innovative fair-trade handicrafts. We also cooperate with the non-profit group Camino Verde to plant thousands of rosewood trees with native partners to produce a premium aromatic essential oil and rebuild the population of this endangered species.
We help our partners market their crafts at through our online Amazon Forest Store, fair-trade shops and special events. CACE reinvests 20% of our net sales to support health, education and conservation needs in our partner communities.
CACE is seeking part-time interns to help us market our Amazon artisan partners’crafts through our online Amazon Forest Store and create new wholesale accounts. These efforts will help improve the lives of hundreds of traditional artisans, strengthen their communities and support forest conservation. Interns can focus on one or more tasks described below.
1) Edit photos of products, artisans, program activities and customers that we can post in our online store, social media sites, and information/fundraising page.
2) Create short videos using our photos and video material to promote awareness and support for our programs and sales of our partners’ products.
3) Prepare original lifestyle photos and/or videos showing creative ways that people can use or display our products. We will post these on our online store, social media sites, and information/fundraising page. These images could show just the products or the products with people. Two examples would be showing a bird ornament on a Christmas tree or a musician playing a song with one of our hand-made Amazon guitar straps.
4) Write content for our online store and social media sites to creatively describe our partners’ crafts and tell the stories about the people, plants, and places that went into making them.
1) Identify wholesale customers to receive promotional materials
2) Help prepare a product catalog and other promotional materials for wholesale customers.
VOLUNTEER QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
We seek interns and other volunteers with a passion for the environment and social justice with a strong desire and skills to help us share compelling images and stories about our fair-trade products and the people who make them. We highly value people who are well organized, responsible and pay close attention to details.
Other valuable skills for our interns would be:
TIME AND PLACE FOR VOLUNTEERING
The home base for CACE is located in Camp Hill, PA. While some meetings may take place in person there or in State College, most communication between the intern and the project supervisor (Campbell Plowden – Executive Director) will take place online. We ideally want to establish relationships with responsible volunteers who can commit to sharing two to six hours per week with us, but we would also welcome volunteers who can help from time to time for special projects.
TO APPLY FOR AN INTERNSHIP WITH CACE
For more information about CACE visit: www.AmazonAlive.net
To visit the Amazon Forest Store visit: https://amazon-forest-store2.myshopify.com/