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The Nature Conservancy
2350 Route 47
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.
One of TNCs newest freshwater initiatives in NJ is an urban conservation program. A significant goal of our work is the reduction of stormwater impacts on the degradation of rivers and cities within the Delaware River and Bay. Our work touches on both the social and environmental impacts of stormwater in this region, ranging from polluted waters and impacted stream habitat to local flooding of city neighborhoods. The GLOBE intern will help TNC springboard into the next phase of our urban conservation goals. There are various projects the GLOBE intern would be able to contribute to during the internship, ranging from policy analysis of stormwater and natural infrastructure issues in NJ, water quality monitoring in urbanized watersheds, and natural infrastructure project development and installation. Opportunities for GIS analysis of watersheds also are likely. Depending on the level of skills and experience the intern brings, we can shape the positions duties to best fit both the needs of the GLOBE intern and the NJ Chapter's urban program. This is an opportunity for interns to gain both on-the-ground and research experience working in a field of conservation that is increasingly becoming a priority for conservation organizations like The Nature Conservancy.
The GLOBE intern will be responsible for working closely with the Urban Programs Manager to develop a guiding document that summarizes key findings and gives recommendations for future action. The intern will be responsible for gathering data and researching literature with an aim to inform strategic decisions and provide key results for communication to internal and external stakeholders. He/she will also help implement urban conservation projects to help the program achieve its intended goals.
- Gathering and analyzing various data
- Utilizing GIS, as necessary, as a communication medium
- Providing input on strategic planning efforts
- Assisting with a guiding document that will help inform future program decisions
- Administrative duties as necessary
- Assisting with project design and implementation
- Experience using MS office, Word, Excel and navigating the Internet.
- Experience providing administrative support including one or more of the following: drafting correspondence and reports, organizing files, research and data collection, or related activities.
- Basic understanding of how stormwater impacts watershed hydrology
- Demonstrated flexibility to changing situations and priorities
- Strong communication skills, organizational skills and attention to detail
- Comfort working in urban areas
- Excellent oral and written skills in English.Knowledge of natural infrastructure solutions aimed at reducing stormwater impacts
- Experience in and ability to research and analyze public policy and legislature
- Graduate-level research experience or advanced degree
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 will have access to their own computer and will generally spend 60% of their time researching and generating reports and 40% of their time will be spent in the field with the Urban Programs Manager implementing on-the-ground projects that include minor lifting and strain. The field days may be in hot and humid conditions during the summer months.
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.