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The Nature Conservancy
2231 Devine Street, Suite 100
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 intern will work as part of the South Atlantic Whole System marine conservation program which extends from North Carolina to the Florida Keys. The South Atlantic Whole System is focused around four primary strategies: oyster and coral reef restoration, coastal vulnerability, ocean planning and sustainable fisheries. The internship project has been designed to include both regional policy/coordination activities and local oyster restoration field work. This will provide an opportunity to see how the Conservancy works at different scales. Following is a brief listing of proposed activities:
- Support development of marine-focused communication materials that can be used in factsheets and reports and shared via Connect and Facebook. If applicant is experienced with Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and cartography, this could include the production of regional coastal and marine habitat maps.
- Participate as part of a South Atlantic Whole System issue team, working with staff across the four southeast chapters, helping to prepare agendas and take notes, and complete small research projects.
- Assist with the installation of an oyster reef project, including field work to help identify an appropriate site, prepping materials and equipment, and providing support in the field during the installation.
- Help initiate monitoring of the new installations and/or assist with monitoring existing oyster reef installations. Compile monitoring results from previous projects.
- High school diploma and two years of college education towards a Bachelors degree in biology, marine science, ecology, natural resource management, environmental policy or a related field and 6 months related work experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
- Must be an alumna of TNCs LEAF program.
- Knowledge of Microsoft Office suite.
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Experience conducting literature surveys
- Interest in marine conservation science and policy
- Experience using and calibrating equipment (e.g. GPS and hydrolab/ysi) for water quality monitoring
- Educational background in cartography or Geographic Information Systems (GIS), including experience working in ArcView.
Interest in marketing and design, including experience with web page design and social media (e.g. Facebook)
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 occasional physical work, sometime under adverse conditions or in inclement weather.
- High level of comfort on boats and around the nearshore environment
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.