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The Nature Conservancy
923 Nuuanu Avenue
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 GIS/Field Technician Globe Intern will assist the GIS Specialist and must be able to navigate using a GPS, download, post-process and edit GIS files. The GIS/Field Technician Globe Intern will use ESRI ArcGIS 10 and be familiar with data entry into a geo-database, making maps and reports and imagery analysis. The GIS/Field Technician Globe Intern position requires an enthusiastic, motivated, action-oriented person with experience in natural resources management field operations in potentially hazardous conditions. These operations include surveying, mapping, monitoring and controlling alien species and their impacts to native forests. The GIS/Field Technician Globe Intern must be willing to camp in remote mountainous areas and operate in extremely rugged terrain and adverse weather conditions. Work environment involves exposure to job hazards where there is a high possibility of injury as well as helicopter operations so a commitment to safety is essential. Other activities include vehicle, equipment and facilities maintenance and outreach.
- Student or recent graduate that studied or is studying biology, environmental studies and or computer science, GIS or a related field.
- Knowledge of or ability to learn Hawaiian biota, Hawaiian conservation biology, native and alien plant and animal identification skills.
- Experience with weed and ungulate control techniques.
- Experience with field and helicopter operations.
- Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), field mapping techniques and monitoring compiling data
- Working knowledge of Hawaiian biota, Hawaiian conservation biology, native Hawaiian and alien plant and animal identification skills.
- Experience using Windows-based personal computers and ability to use various software programs including Word, Excel, Access, or other compatible software.
- Experience with Global Positioning Systems (GPS), Geographic Information Systems (GIS)(ESRI ArcGIS), and field mapping techniques.
- Experience with ungulate and weed control techniques used in Hawaii.
- Experience building and maintaining game fences in rough, uneven terrain.
- Experience with map reading and orienteering. Must be able to navigate extremely rugged terrain using maps, compass, and GPS.
- Ability to safely use and maintain tools and equipment, including power and construction tools.
- Ability to obtain related licenses or certifications such as Wilderness First Aid/CPR, helicopter safety and sling load training, Hawaii State hunting license, rappelling, and Restricted Use Pesticide Applicator license.
- Possession of a current and valid drivers license.
- Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
- This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of June 1, 2014 - August 8, 2014.
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
- Ability to perform physical work, camp and work in remote rugged areas, sometimes under adverse weather conditions or in inclement weather for up to a week at a time.
- Willingness and ability to hike up to 12 miles over steep rugged terrain, carrying 60lb packs.
- Work requires extreme physical exertion and/or physical strain to the point of physical fatigue.
- Work environment involves exposure to job hazards where there is a high possibility of injury.
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.