FoodE Intern (Dutch) - Fall 2021

About Metabolic

Metabolic’s mission is to transition the global economy to a fundamentally sustainable state. We advise governments, businesses, and NGOs on how to adapt to a fast-changing global context. Combining systems thinking and data science, we map and understand local and global systems to assess where to intervene and develop solutions that can dramatically shift how the economy functions. We also worked on the practical implementation of sustainable solutions and prototypes, hence our closed-loop aquaponics farm!

We are an international and dynamic team of around 90 people who share an ambition for catalyzing a sustainable future. Based in the Netherlands with an increasingly international reach as a company and research institute, we work at the cutting edge of sustainability initiatives for a broad range of clients and research partners across the Netherlands, Europe, the US, and Asia.

About our Farm

In 2014, Metabolic built a greenhouse and an aquaponic system in De Ceuvel, an old polluted brownfield (former shipyard) in the North of Amsterdam. Thanks to a consortium of local stakeholders, De Ceuvel was converted in 2014 into a CleanTech playground, where solutions for the sustainable city of tomorrow would be tested. This aquaponic system will be growing catfish and plants. The greenhouse produces herbs and vegetables, which are sold to the adjacent café. 

In 2020, through the European-funded FoodE, the farm has initiated a full upgrade to increase food production, cycle local resources and inputs even more efficiently, and facilitate the dissemination of our systems to other urban communities. 

To produce more food, different growing techniques are being tested. Last spring, we installed our brand new NFT system (Nutrient Film Technique), and last winter, we completed the renovation work, deploying other growing systems, such as Vertical Media Beds,  Dutch Bucket system, DWC (Deep Water Culture) and hydroponics towers. The fish tank environment has also been upgraded to grow more fish while increasing the quality of their environment.

About the internship

Fluency in Dutch is a requirement for this role

As an aquaponics intern, you work closely with Andrei, Aquaponics Greenhouse Operator at De Ceuvel. The role has a dual function: 1) to perform outreach activities to local schools to organize tours (in Dutch) for pupils of De Ceuvel and our Greenhouse & Aquaponics systems; 2) to help Andrei maintain the current aquaponics and participate in daily farm activities. Andrei will offer time and patience to teach all he knows about growing plants, fish, and aquaponic systems. The first to two months (Sep/Oct) will be focused on getting to know the aquaponic systems with Andrei, perform school outreach activities to plan school visits, and create the tour’s educational content. The following months (Oct-Feb) will be focused on giving the tours, communicating with the school contact points, and supporting Andrei in the daily activities at the farm. 

The position lasts for 5-6 months and starts in early September 2021. The internship requires 4 days of work per week.

This internship provides a stipend amounting to €400/month pro-rata.

Note: This internship is located at the Metabolic Greenhouse at De Ceuvel.


We are looking for someone who is …

  • Fluent in Dutch
  • Strong organizational (e.g., planning) and communication skills (e.g., public speaking for tours)
  • Strong motivation to learn about Aquaponics systems
  • Able to work independently
  • Great team working skills
  • An energetic, solutions-focussed, proactive spirit
  • Bonus: Experience with growing fish or plants, experience with educational activities involving children

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for an internship with Metabolic the following criteria must be met (non-negotiable):

  • Have a residence permit in the Netherlands (valid for working purposes and the entire duration of the internship)
  • Have a BSN (burgerservicenummer/citizen service number)
  • Preferably based in Amsterdam (Based outside the city is also possible, but living in Amsterdam would be better with an eye on fast answers to emergencies)

To apply

To apply, please use this form. You will be asked to upload your CV and copy over a letter of motivation. In case of questions, please feel free to contact us through

We will be evaluating applicants on a running basis.