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McCain Foods (Canada)

Finance & Sustainability Intern

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Position Type: Temporary – Full-Time

Position Location: Florenceville Main

Potatoes. French Fries. Taters. You love them, we make them. In fact, we make 1/3 of the world’s frozen potato products and if you have eaten fries this week, chances are, they were ours.

At McCain Foods, we know the importance that food plays in people’s lives – the power it has to uplift and bring people, families, businesses and communities together. Guided by our purpose to bring enjoyment to people’s lives through great tasting food, we believe that working together with our teams, business and community partners will bring sustainable growth and positive change – today, tomorrow and for generations to come.

As a privately owned family company with over 60 years of experience, a presence in over 160 countries and a global team of 22,000 people, our values and culture are at the heart of everything we do.

Students like you are important to us. We aim to hire the best and brightest co-op students and interns, with the goal of having you join us as full-time employees upon graduation. Our ideal student candidate is passionate, collaborative, willing to learn and take initiative.

Why join the McCain family?

  • You aren’t “just a student” at McCain, you will be treated like any other member of your team
  • Work with and learn from passionate leaders
  • Our core values – Family, Authentic, Trusted and Quality – shine through every day, in everything we do

Position Summary

We are looking for a Sustainable and Regenerative Agriculture Finance Intern to join us for a 4-8 month period, starting in Fall or Spring.

This position should be based out of our New Brunswick Florenceville-Bristol location.

This opportunity will help you gain an understanding of North American potato production practices, related sustainability financing challenges and opportunities, and how to develop lasting positive change. You will also have exposure to the general operations of a globally recognized commercial Agriculture department.

The Team

Our team is comprised of 10 members. Each member has special aspects of the business they are responsible for, from raw scheduling to grower relations to storages. There is so much to learn and grow and we love teaching you what we do!

What You Will Be Working On

As our Intern, you will be assisting to research best practices, analyze data and report sustainability metrics, work directly with staff and growers to support on various Ag sustainability projects. Your tasks may include:

  • Research of regional best practices for regenerative/sustainable agriculture development, and support their adoption directly with growers
  • Develop understanding of, and support development of programs linking growers to the financing required for the transition to regenerative agriculture.
  • Develop understanding of, and support development of, regional agricultural climate adaptation strategies
  • Develop understanding of, and support development of, sustainable crop storage strategies
  • Develop understanding of, and support development of, sustainability metrics and climate change adaptation potential of different potato varieties
  • Collection of sustainability metrics (i.e. GHG emissions, water use, etc.) and metrics of grower adoption of regenerative agriculture (i.e. soil health, farmer profitability, biodiversity impacts, etc.)
  • Building networks of support with growers, governmental agencies, ENGOs, and financial institutions across our NA growing regions
  • Supporting analysis and determination of cost of production impacts, both for McCain and growers, from sustainable practices adoption
  • Statistical evaluation of best practices and data trends.
  • Promote relations between the company and growers through periodic farm and storage visits alongside grower field days
  • Other projects as assigned.

What You Need to be Successful

We’re looking for a student who wants to apply their coursework in Sustainability, Environmental Science, Agronomy, Ag Economics, Business Management or a closely related field to the food processing industry. Our ideal intern brings:

  • Analytical skills to see patterns and trends in data,
  • Communication skills to work with stakeholders inside and outside the organization,
  • Self-reliance and resourcefulness to work smarter, not just harder,
  • An ability to set realistic goals while focusing intently on a project,
  • Confidence in a fast-paced environment,
  • Computer skills in MS Office,
  • A strong work ethic.
  • A valid driver’s license, be comfortable driving a full-size pick-up truck, be prepared to work outdoors

What You Can Expect From Us

  • A supportive team that will encourage you to be and do your best
  • A safe and flexible working environment that promotes work/life balance
  • The opportunity to be part of meaningful work and projects
  • The opportunity to be part of our student community, to connect with students across North America

McCain Foods is an equal opportunity employer. We see value in ensuring we have a diverse, antiracist, inclusive, merit-based, and equitable workplace. As a global family-owned company we are proud to reflect the diverse communities around the world in which we live and work. We recognize that diversity drives our creativity, resilience, and success and makes our business stronger.

McCain is an accessible employer. If you require an accommodation throughout the recruitment process (including alternate formats of materials or accessible meeting rooms), please let us know and we will work with you to meet your needs.

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