POSITION TITLE: Watershed Stewardship GLOBE Intern
JOB FAMILY: Conservation
LOCATION: Wilmington, DE
A LITTLE ABOUT US
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
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.
YOUR INTERNSHIP WITH TNC
The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) summer internship program hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2016, 2017, and 2018) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. Our mission is to provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contributes to the health and sustainability of our world. The GLOBE Program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals in various fields. The GLOBE Program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.
The Watershed Stewardship GLOBE intern will work on the Stream Stewards project of TNC’s Delaware Chapter in conjunction with the William Penn funded Centers Network Youth Internship program. Stream Stewards project is a Citizen Science Program, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and Stroud Water Research Center, designed to engage volunteers in water quality monitoring and watershed stewardship, in the Beaver Valley Unit of First State National Historical Park.
Stream Stewards will engage members of the local communities, including Wilmington youth, in educational and stewardship activities. The Watershed Stewardship GLOBE intern will benefit from the Stream Stewards project by assisting with outreach in the Wilmington community, and making connections between watersheds and urban residents, especially youth.
RESPONSIBLITIES AND SCOPE
- Assist the Stream Stewards Project Manager with summer programming including educational and research activities related to water quality and watershed protection.
- Responsible for developing and executing an outreach plan to engage residents of Wilmington, especially youth, in watershed stewardship activities, such as water quality monitoring, stream clean-ups, and watershed advocacy.
- Assist in the supervision of watershed activities with groups of High School interns, including TNC LEAF (high school interns) and City of Wilmington Green Jobs interns.
- Work with staff from TNC and NPS to coordinate their activities in the park
- Create a presentation of their work to share at a summit attended by all the interns in the Alliance for Watershed Education (AWE) Watershed Fellowship program.
- HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2016, 2017, or 2018) for Biology, Communications, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Marketing, Public Policy or related field, or equivalent
- Valid driver’s license and compliance with Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program (see Auto Safety Policy section)
- Experience with written and oral communication
- Experience working with youth, volunteers, or interns
- Knowledge of the Wilmington, DE area (volunteering, community engagement, etc.)
- Willingness to work with minors and ability to meet internal Youth Safety qualification standards. To be Youth Qualified, one must 1) consent to and successfully complete a background screening; 2) sign the Commitment to Youth Safety; and, 3) complete two online courses (approximately 30 minutes each) through Learn@TNC
- Fluent in oral and written Spanish
- Experience in Environmental Education
- Experience working with youth (9th-12th grade) in an educational and/or work setting
- Training of watershed conservation issues or willingness/ability to learn
- Strong organizational skills
WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT
- Willingness to work outside, in and around streams
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
- This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a 10-week term of June 4 – August 10, 2018.
The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:
- Contribution to diversity of The Nature Conservancy. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization.
- Understanding of communities and skills that aid in the trust building process essential for collaborative efforts with urban communities, organizations and leaders—ability to cross boundaries, find common ground and work together across differences
- Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.
- Commitment to Equity. Applicant shows an understanding of inequity and its context and has experience with engagement and inclusion of those from disadvantaged and/or underserved communities
INTERN SELECTION PROCESS
- Applications will be screened for eligibility, qualifications and experience level related to the project;
- Applicants will be notified of next steps in the process (within 3 weeks after the posting date ends)
- 2-3 telephone interviews will be conducted for selected applicants;
- Additional information may be required before making a final decision;
- All applicants will be notified of final selection by late-March
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.
HOW TO APPLY:
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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer
Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.