Climate And Forest Health Summer Intern

internship - full time,

National Parks Conservation Association
Fresno, CA
Closed
Posted 92 Days ago
National Parks Conservation Association
Fresno, CA
internship - full time,
Posted 92 Days ago
Closed

Description

Position Description: (List duties, responsibilities, etc.) Since our founding in 1919, the National Parks Conservation Association has been the independent, nonpartisan voice working to strengthen and protect America's favorite places. With more than a million members and supporters beside us, and 25 regional and field offices around the country, we are the voice of Americas national parks, working to protect and preserve our nations most iconic and inspirational places for present and future generations. Headquartered in Oakland, NPCAs Pacific regional office oversees several California based field offices, including the Sierra Nevada Field Office based in Fresnowhich focuses on issues related to Yosemite, Sequoia, and Kings Canyon National Parks. The Pacific Region Climate and Forest Health Summer Intern will work out of NPCAs Oakland office and focus on helping NPCA understand and advocate for solutions related to climate change and forest health in the Sierra Nevada region. The intern will be tasked with helping NPCAs Pacific staff develop scientifically sound positions on the sources of these impacts, as well as best practice policy solutions to inform our advocacy work. Specifically, this position will be charged with analyzing the current and future state of forest ecosystem health in the greater Sierra Nevada area as it relates to topics such as: regional climate change, drought, tree mortality, wildfire, invasive/native bark beetles, air pollution, and forestry management practices. Responsibilities include, attending all relevant weekly meetings with Pacific staff, researching and summarizing the best available climate and forest health science for internal NPCA use, helping Sierra Nevada staff develop relevant policy solutions, and communicating best practice findings to the public. The intern would also be expected to visit the Sierra Nevada region at least once to meet with relevant NPS staff, advocates, and researchers in the area. Qualifications/Requirements (i.e., education, technical skills): Graduate level education with a focus on forestry and climate change. Previous experience working with nonprofits or governmental agencies on public lands issues. High level research and writing skills and access to various scientific journals. Experience with GIS, story mapping, science-based public communications, and foreign language skills are a plus. Describe the tangible deliverables (projects, outcomes) that will be achieved: -Researching and drafting an internal NPCA document summarizing the best available science as it relates to Sierra Nevada climate and forest health issues and solutions. -Work closely with Sierra Nevada and Pacific Staff to develop advocacy-oriented solutions for issues like tree mortality, wildfire, and localized climate change impacts. -Create an external facing outreach deliverable for NPCAs website to educate members of the public about the causes of Sierra forest health issues and what solutions are available (e.g a blog post, story map/board, multimedia/video project, etc.). -Potentially lead a brown bag presentation to inform NPCA staff on their findings. Work Status: Full-time, Hours per week: 37.5 Ideal Work Schedule: Monday-Friday 9am-5:30pm Salary (Hourly Rate): Unpaid

Skills

geographic information systems (gis), forestry, forest management, climate change, parks, research, science, policy, writing, microsoft access, presentations, conservation, mapping, air pollution, public

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