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The Nature Conservancy
35333 115th Street
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 Grassland Research Intern will participate in monitoring and research related to conservation targets (birds, butterflies and bison) identified as priorities in the Leola Hills Landscape. This is part of a long term monitoring program. The intern will work as part of a team including TNC staff, other interns, volunteers, and partners providing the intern with many opportunities to network with other conservationists.
While learning about prairie ecology the intern will have the unique experience of living on a bison/cattle ranch in north central South Dakota. This is an integral part of the project since one of the main questions of the research is how best to manage for wildlife habitat in a manner that is economically sustainable and compatible with livestock production (the main land use in the area). The intern will gain first-hand experience observing and recording data related to species of concern in this landscape. The intern will also have opportunities to participate in other aspects of grassland management, such as invasive species control, maintenance, and public education/outreach.
The work duties are dependent on the weather and will require a flexible schedule (long days and/or work on weekends). The work plan will be tailored to fit the interns skill and educational level. There is potential for an extension of employment (contingent upon availability of funding).
- High School diploma and one year experience, coursework or other training in wildlife, biology, range management or other related field.
- Experience managing and prioritizing tasks.
- Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented and numerical tasks.
- Experience performing physical work.
- Must be an alumna of TNCs LEAF program
- Must be highly motivated and organized
- Must have good oral and written communication skills.
- Ability to identify flora and fauna (grassland birds, butterflies, and key plant species) of the northern Great Plains and follow established monitoring protocol (previous experience preferred, training will be provided).
- Ability to obtain required licenses or certifications, such as first aid, CPR, and herbicide application.
- Must have a good driving record and maintain a valid drivers license (preferred).
- Must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancys background screening process.
- Experience with safe operation and general maintenance of pumps, small engines, sprayers, ATVs, 4x4 vehicles, and mowers, preferred (training will be provided).
- Experience in the safe handling and use of pesticides.
- Experience with prescribed fire management; FFT2 qualified (preferred).
- Ability to pass physical fitness test (carry a 45-pound pack over 3 miles of level terrain in 45 minutes or less).
- Must have a working knowledge of common software applications (e.g. Word, Excel, Web browsers).
- Ability to use GPS units, read maps, and navigate to remote locations.
- Willingness to live and work in an isolated rural environment, share living quarters, and travel on short notice.
- Ability to work cooperatively with a wide variety of people in potentially stressful or fatigued conditions while maintaining a positive attitude, following instructions closely and working independently.
- Ability to make day-to-day decisions as delegated by supervisors.
- Manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
- Interest in and experience with animal behavior.
- Maintain accurate records, such as daily work logs, herbicide treatments, and other monitoring data.
- Basic understanding of scientific methods/research design.
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. These conditions may:
- require physical exertion and/or muscular strain.
- present possibility of injury
- require long hours in isolated settings.
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.