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The Nature Conservancy
56 Saint Joseph Street, Suite 1600
The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.
Through the GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) internship program, The Nature Conservancy hires students and recent college graduates to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. This is a unique opportunity for students and recent graduates to bridge the gap between what is learned in the classroom and on-the-ground work in the world of conservation. Additionally, the GLOBE program provides interns with the chance to directly work toward a sustainable future for our planet on the side of the Conservancy, the worlds largest environmental organization.
The Nature Conservancy offers GLOBE internships in the following areas: Conservation/Environmental Studies, Science, Information Technology (Computer Science), Marketing/Business, Marketing (Photo editing/Production Assistant), Communications, MBA Finance, Policy, Government Relations, Audit, and Philanthropy.
It is a high priority in Alabama to connect citizens to the landscape and to educate them on why conservation is important in the most biologically diverse state in the eastern U.S. The intern will assist conservation staff with coastal restoration projects by conducting pre- and post-monitoring activities associated with the upcoming and ongoing projects, including seagrass surveys, oyster reef monitoring, shoreline mapping, vegetation surveys, finfish and shellfish counts, topical research and community outreach.
Similar coastal conservation and restoration efforts are underway in the Mississippi Field Office and they are also applying for a GLOBE intern. If both ALFO and MSFO are awarded interns, we have already discussed collaborations with the interns assisting each other with their duties and gaining a broader understanding of how whole systems conservation is applied on the ground. The intern would work both independently and side-by-side with staff and partners to reach our goals.
Coastal restoration project goals include collecting and summarizing data at future restoration sites for permit submission or comparing and summarizing shoreline protection trends at ongoing oyster reef restoration sites. The intern will likely be involved in field activities including biological/physical monitoring, using advanced pieces of equipment/technology for these activities (such as Trimble GPS units), developing summaries and/or project fact sheet materials, and conducting general administrative duties as simple as filing or as complex as drafting Standard Operation Procedures for various activities. The intern will also participate in partnership building activities that include meetings, presentations, coordination with partners and other outreach.
- Graduate student with course work in biology, environmental studies, marketing and/or public policy.
- The intern should have advanced experience with basic computer software including Microsoft Windows programs.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
- This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of June 1, 2014 - August 8, 2014.
- Housing is provided.
AUTO SAFETY POLICY
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.
Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT
- The intern may work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
- The intern should be able to perform field activities under stressful environmental conditions including high heat and humidity, snorkeling, hiking, and transporting field equipment weighing less than 25 pounds.
- These conditions may require occasional physical exertion, muscular strain, long hours in isolation, frequent travel, evening and weekend hours.
BENEFITS-SHORT TERM POSITIONS
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
- $12.00/hour for undergraduate students; $14.00/hour for graduate students and above
- The Nature Conservancys GLOBE program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:
- Contribution to The Nature Conservancys diversity. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization.
- Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.
Other Eligibility Requirements:
- Applicant has exceptional academic aptitude and record;
- Applicant is able to demonstrate a commitment to conservation of the natural world;
- Applicant must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Recent graduates applying for internship positions should be graduates of the past 2 years.
Intern Selection Process
- Applications will be screened for eligibility, qualifications, experience level related to the project
- Applicants will be notified of next steps in the process (within 4 weeks after posting date ends)
- 2-3 phone interviews will be conducted for applicants selected to interview
- Additional information may be required before making a final decision
- All applicants will be notified of final selection by mid-March.