Do you feel a passion for the issues of agriculture and sustainability in the poorest countries? 

Do you want to lend your skills to help us drive a global understanding of what works, and what doesn’t work, for the world’s smallholder farmers?

COSA began with a handful of volunteers committed to finding globally comparable metrics for understanding sustainability in agriculture. Today, as a nonprofit organization operating at the forefront of sustainability, COSA thrives on the gift of skilled volunteers to work together with us in creating a better world.

Volunteer Spotlight

For Coralee McNee, volunteering with COSA “allows me to double task researching sustainability and networking for my new career, as well as helping COSA reach its goals. It’s a win-win.”

Coralee, who lives in Philadelphia, USA, was inspired by local food justice activists to chart a course out of her career in engineering and into new studies that explore human relationships with land. She is studying economics, soil science, land reparations and USDA policies, with the intention of weaving these fields together in a way that benefits both people and the land, and using data analysis and visual communication to better inform policy decisions. In between volunteering for COSA and studying, she works in freelance graphic design. 

A volunteer since 2019, she is supporting COSA’s communication efforts. Thank you, Coralee!

We invite you to consider sharing in our work to

  • learn new skills
  • gain knowledge about sustainability
  • improve your resume

Volunteering can even reduce stress and help you get more socially connected!

Except where noted, these are virtual volunteer roles and can be accomplished from almost any location. We actively encourage volunteers from all continents. Our primary language of operation is English.

Business Development Research events and foundations for potential business development Open, ongoing Anywhere
Communications Help us create infographics Open, ongoing Anywhere
Communications Translate or edit documents, reports and communications from English into Spanish Open, ongoing Anywhere
Communications Edit videos Open; ongoing Anywhere
COSA Metrics Research information on relevant sustainability indicators on the web
Information and Public Relations Survey and report on the landscape of COSA information on web Open, ongoing Anywhere
Research Build query programs using farmer data sources, to build real-time COSA dashboards. Projects lasting several weeks to several months in developing countries Anywhere
Research Translate STATA scripts into R language Open, ongoing Anywhere
Social media Research optimal positioning, messaging and group connections for COSA’s LinkedIn page Occasional, several hours per month Anywhere
To apply: Complete the application survey and send us your C.V. We will contact you about  roles for which you could be a good match. Don’t see something that matches your interests or skills? Send us your C.V. with a letter expressing how you would like to help. Short-term opportunities can arise at any time. If any of these opportunities look like a good match with your background, we will contact you to see if you are interested.