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The Nature Conservancy
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.
The Forests and Climate Measures and Communications Intern supports the Nature Conservancys Forests and Climate team through assessment of performance against program goals, as well as through capture and dissemination of key lessons learned from our Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation (REDD+) work. The Forests and Climate Strategy, one of the Conservancys top global priorities, is working to reduce global deforestation and degradation with a goal to reduce carbon emissions, improve the livelihoods of communities who live and around forests, protect critical watersheds, and conserve biodiversity. The Forests and Climate Team focuses on demonstrating successful models of low-carbon development in the Brazilian Amazon, Indonesia and Mexico; draws from these demonstration efforts to inform a broader group of countries building national programs to reduce emissions from deforestation and degradation; and works to expand the political commitment and funding for forest protection globally. The Forests and Climate program is a nine-person team based in the Conservancys headquarters in Arlington, Virginia, and works closely with over one hundred field and policy staff involved in this strategy around the world. The Intern will support the nine-person, Arlington-based Forests and Climate team through the following key functions:
- Conservation Impact Measures (~50%): Through the Conservation Impact Measures initiative, the Forests and Climate team has identified measures, indicators, data sources and goals in the areas of REDD+ policy, finance, ecology, social science and management. Moving forward, performance against these measures will be monitored and reported. The Intern will interview key TNC staff, as well as review relevant literature/resources, to assess progress made in FY14 against all or a subset of Forests and Climate Conservation Impact Measures, and summarize in a final report. This information will be used in the creation of a 1-page dashboard, utilized by senior leadership to review program performance and assess where changes might be needed. This work is essential to monitor progress and communicate our program achievements to marketing, communications, philanthropy and the board.
- Knowledge Management and Communications (~50%): The Forests and Climate team is committed to designing and implementing a robust knowledge management plan. The Intern will work with Forest Climate team members on priority knowledge management projects such as writing fact sheets and case studies about our work, holding events to disseminate lessons to policy makers, and maintaining internal and external websites. This work is essential to help capture institutional knowledge and use it to influence REDD+ policy and program design.
- 3 years of undergraduate study plus 1 year relevant experience or equivalent, or1 year of graduate study in relevant field.
- Experience manipulating, analyzing and/or interpreting data
- Experience producing professional outputs such as reports, presentations, memos and case studies
- Experience in writing, research and analytics.
- Experience in verbal and written communication.
- Experience with organizational and attention to detail
- Experienceorganizing time, working independently and meeting deadlines
- Experiencein MS office; Word, Excel and Power Point, including database management skills
- Working knowledge in one or more of the following areas: Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation, Green Growth/Sustainable Development, US and International Climate Change Policy, Climate Finance, Forestry, Knowledge Management
- Proficiency in Spanish, Portuguese and/or Bahasa
- Familiarity with SharePoint and basic website design
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
- This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of June 1, 2014 - August 8, 2014.
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.