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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 Grassland Restoration Intern will travel throughout the Prairie Forest Border Ecoregion in central and southeast Minnesota participating in preserve management activities which may include some or all of the following functions:
- Remove exotic species and/or species monitoring (including the use of herbicides)
- Prescribed burn preparation, implementation, and post-fire monitoring
- Brush and tree removal
- Seed harvest and planting
This job travels around the Central and Southeastern parts of Minnesota that allows interns to see several preserves ranging from Tallgrass Prairies to Savannas to Sand Prairies. They will learn about a variety of plant communities, and the animals that live there. Interns will also learn about the geography and culture of Minnesota. Interns can expect to spend the majority of their time away from their primary residence while preforming conservation work in the field.
- One year experience, coursework or other training in conservation, forestry, wildlife, ecology, range management or other related field.
- Experience managing and prioritizing tasks.
- Experience performing physical work. Able to lift and carry 45 pounds.
- Experience performing administrative duties emphasizing detail-oriented tasks.
- Ability to work independently and cooperatively with a wide variety of people in potentially fatigued conditions and maintain a positive attitude.
- One year experience, coursework or other training in wildlife, ecology, or other related field.
- Ability to identify flora and fauna and follow established monitoring protocol once trained.
- Ability to operate various types of tools and equipment in a safe and efficient manner (e.g. Truck, ATV, pumps, mower, hand tools, GPS units, etc) once trained
- Follow instructions closely and work independently of supervisors.
- Ability to perform physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
- Manage time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
- Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g.; Word, Excel, Web browsers).
- Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means.
- Willingness to live and work in an isolated rural environment and share living quarters.
- Ability to work cooperatively with a number of staff and external parties, sometimes under pressure or adverse conditions, in order to complete project work and goals in a timely manner.
- Formulate ideas and communicate clearly with others, both orally and in written form.
- Work and communicate effectively with a diverse group of people, including scientists, preserve staff, and others, to provide and obtain needed information.
- Valid drivers license and clean driving record.
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
This is an excellent opportunity to understand the value of a functioning native prairie. The work is hard but fun. The people who will work with the interns are dedicated to prairie protection, enhancement and restoration and will help the interns appreciate this outstanding resource. The skills develop on this job can be applied to restoration of other habitat types.
This job travels around the Central and Southeastern parts of Minnesota that allows interns to see several preserves ranging from Tallgrass Prairies to Savannas to Sand Prairies. They will learn about a variety of plant communities, and the animals that live there. Interns will also learn about the geography and culture of Minnesota. Interns can expect to spend multiple weeks away from their primary residence while preforming conservation goals in the field.
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 Grassland Restoration 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, or 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.