Market Research and Community Fundraising Intern with Gorgie City Farm

Gorgie City Farm has been a much-loved part of the local community in Edinburgh for the past 30 years, offering education, volunteering and social inclusion opportunities for people in the Edinburgh Community, alongside a free visitor attraction for Edinburgh residents and tourists.

Location: Edinburgh

£7.85 per hour. 20 hours per week, ideally 3 days a week for 12 weeks, for a total of 240 hours

March 2015 start.

Gorgie City Farm support over 100 volunteers a week, including young people with marginalised backgrounds, people with learning difficulties, people seeking paid work and people who benefit greatly from a regular routine and social interactions. Volunteers and visitors get involved with the farm for all kinds of reasons and benefit in a huge number of ways from the hardworking yet family-like atmosphere.

They rely on donations to keep their work going, about 1/3 of which come from the public, including donations from visitors, animal sponsorship and people becoming members of the farm.

Gorgie City Farm are interested in finding out more about their visitors, promoting the work that they do and increasing and diversifying their community fundraising activities. As a Market Research and Community Fundraising Intern your tasks would include:

• Developing and implementing market research of farm customers and donors
• Researching and reporting on trends in visitors and donors to the farm and further community fundraising opportunities
• Creating and carrying out a survey of visitors online and in person
• Using the information from the survey to suggest targeted marketing opportunities for the farm
• Surveying current Farm Members and Animal Sponsors
• Developing a campaign strategy to increase farm membership and animal sponsor numbers
• Liaising with management team, staff and volunteers to tailor research appropriately
• Generating reports on the market data gathered
• Other general tasks as required


The ideal graduate will have a can-do attitude, be self-motivated and be able to manage his or her own workload. Previous experience and understanding of market research, questionnaires and data analysis is required. You should have good customer service, communication and interpersonal skills. You will be organised and good with data, confident to work on your own and also as part of a team.

The successful intern will have the opportunity to work directly with the farm animals during their placement in order to learn more about volunteers and activities and must therefore be comfortable around animals.


Closing date for applications is 8 February 2015, 5pm.

Please submit a CV and brief covering letter through the Adopt an Intern online application form on our website. State a. your availability and b. How you meet the requirements of the job specification. We do NOT accept e-mail applications unless otherwise stated.

This Adopt an Intern funded internship has been made possible through the financial support of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with match funding from the Scottish Government.  It is part of a "Business Growth Programme" supporting the third sector, micro businesses and SMEs and contributes to our wider focus of boosting economic stability by investing in graduates.  These are paid, meaningful, capacity-building internships, with monitored outcomes. 



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