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The Nature Conservancy
5410 Grosvenor Lane
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 Nature Trail Communications GLOBEIntern works closely with conservation staff and partner naturalists to plan and produce a positive, educational, and appealing experience for visitors to local natural areas. The focus of this internship is updating and producing audio tours on preserves owned by The Nature Conservancy or its partners in Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and West Virginia. Existing tours are posted at www.nature.org/audiotours . This includes the following functions:
- Researches natural history and points of interest at each preserve to plan talking points for naturalists. Where possible, helps the naturalist tie visible points of interest to Nature Conservancy initiatives and priorities.
- Meets with naturalists in the field and uses portable recording devices to capture their narratives as they walk the preserves trails.
- Uses GPS to record location of points of interest along trail.
- Uses audio editing software to process recordings into short audio segments.
- Uses GIS to develop trail maps showing points of interest.
- Posts these files to our Intranet for retrieval.
- Collect still and video footage of nature sights on the preserves.
- If desired, develop one or more Conservancy-sponsored geo- or earth caches on Conservancy land.
- Optional field opportunities available as time and interest allow include assisting Conservation Ecologist with collection and management of data for biological monitoring projects and providing field assistance for the Land Management Teams ecological management restoration projects.
- One year of coursework towards degree in biology, communication, English, environmental sciences, or related field, or 1 year work experience in natural resources management.
- Coordinating information from multiple resources into a finished product.
- Experience withMicrosoft Word and using the Internet.
- Strong oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent organization skills, attention to detail and ability to work independently.
- Completing tasks independently within assigned timeframes.
- Ability to hike up to 4 miles on rugged trails.
- Valid drivers license and good driving record required.
- Experience or interest in interpreting natural history for the public.
- Experience using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units in the field.
- Experience or classes using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to produce maps.
- Experience, coursework, or other training in producing audio recordings.
- Working knowledge of Web browsers and audio recording and editing programs.
- Experience with geocaching and/or still and video photography preferred.
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
- Work requires minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.
- Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.
- Intern will be traveling alone to preserves in the mid-Atlantic area (2-4 hour drive from Washington DC area).
- Intern will sometimes work alone in public areas of the preserves but not in backcountry areas.
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.