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Sustainability Funding (Grant) Intern

About us:

Cordon is a pioneering agri-tech startup enabling cost effective, environmentally sensitive vineyard automation. Our mission is to revolutionise farming practices with usable, advanced, reliable technology. Our flagship product, a patent-pending smart precision sprayer, leverages sensors and control systems to minimise power usage and pesticide application, thereby drastically reducing costs and environmental impacts associated with traditional pesticide spraying.

We are a dynamic, innovative and passionate team. We believe in honesty, reliability and team work. We offer an environment where every individual has a real influence in shaping our work; each member of our team plays a vital role, contributing to our culture of curiosity, practical creativity and hands-on problem-solving. We have a bias to action, and believe in learning by doing. Our culture is collaborative, informal, and centred around delivering real value to the farmers we serve.

We're on a journey to make a tangible difference in the world, and every member of our team is crucial to our success. Join us, and be part of a mission that matters.
 

The role:

As a Sustainability Funding (Grant Writing) Intern at Cordon, you will play a crucial role in securing funding that supports our groundbreaking projects. You'll work closely with our teams to identify grant opportunities, prepare compelling applications, and manage submissions. This role is ideal for someone with a passion for sustainability and innovation, looking to gain experience in grant writing and funding strategies in the agri-tech sector.

 

Key responsibilities:
  • Research and identify grant opportunities relevant to Cordon’s projects and mission.

  • Assist in writing, editing, and submitting high-quality grant proposals and applications.

  • Collaborate with project managers and technical teams to gather necessary information and ensure proposals meet grant requirements.

  • Help maintain a database of grant opportunities, submissions, and outcomes.

  • Support the team in grant reporting and compliance, ensuring all funding agreements are met.

  • Embrace continuous learning, foster a culture of curiosity and resilience, approaching challenges with humility and a problem-solving mindset.

  • Champion honesty and collaboration, contributing to an environment where feedback is welcomed and every team member feels valued.

 

We're looking for someone who:
  • Embodies our core values of curiosity, problem solving, resilience, humility, emotional intelligence, and commitment to collaboration.

  • Is currently pursuing or has recently completed a degree in English, Communications, Environmental Science, or a related field.

  • Has experience crafting successful grant applications.

  • Has excellent writing, editing, and research skills, with the ability to craft clear, persuasive narratives.

  • Demonstrates a keen interest in sustainability, agriculture, and technology.

  • Is organised, detail-oriented, and capable of managing multiple deadlines.

  • Exhibits strong collaboration skills and the ability to work effectively in a team environment.

Desirable characteristics

- An interest in sustainable agriculture.

 

Remember, this is just a guide, if you don't know about all of the above, but the idea of learning about them excites you then please apply!

What we offer:

  • The opportunity to develop and refine grant writing skills in a real-world context, contributing directly to the funding of innovative projects.

  • Hands-on experience in a leading agri-tech company dedicated to creating sustainable solutions for the future of farming.

  • A supportive, dynamic work environment where your work contributes to meaningful projects.

  • Flexible working arrangements to support work-life balance. We value the lives of our team and understand the need for work-life balance. We will consider all requests so please tell us what works best for you.

  • A dynamic, innovative, and supportive work environment where your work directly contributes to shaping the future of sustainable agriculture.

  • Opportunities for professional growth in an environment that encourages learning and experimentation.

 

Location

Slough, England, United Kingdom (with options for flexible remote work)

Join us

If you're passionate about using your skills to contribute to a more sustainable future and eager to be part of a team that values innovation, honesty, and collaboration, we want to hear from you!

 

Please complete this screening questionnaire then email info@cordon.ai with your CV and no more than 100 words sharing why you're excited about the role and how you align with our mission and values. Applications close on Friday 3rd May.

 

If you are successful at this stage, we'll arrange an initial phone/video call where one of the team will explain the position, introduce Cordon and get to know a little bit more about you (30 minutes).

 

Successful candidates at this stage will then be invited to an on-site interview, including hands-on activity, and presentation of a previously prepared technical task. They will also meet the rest of the team with tea/coffee (2.5 hours).

 

At Cordon, we have a unique opportunity to ensure our teams are diverse and inclusive from day one. We know outstanding results occur when unique individuals from diverse backgrounds come together and this is something we are keen to cultivate as our company grows. We encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating an environment where everyone can thrive.

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