New York City Program Intern
A LITTLE ABOUT US Founded in 1951, 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. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 79 countries, including all 50 United States, 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 Cities Program in New York State (NYS) builds strategies and initiatives to create a healthy, resilient and sustainable urban environment in NYS cities, with a significant focus on New York City (NYC). We work with government and nongovernment partners to tackle climate change, improve water quality in and around cities, promote nature and environmental solutions to enhance the quality of life, and reduce urban heat island and air pollution challenges.
The Nature Conservancy’s NYC Program intern will provide volunteer event planning, research, writing, and communications support during a 10-week summer internship. This position will be based in New York City, NY and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and real-world urban conservation work.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The NYC Program intern will directly support the Cities team's Future Forest NYC initiative, focused on improving the protection, growth, and long-term care of trees on public and private lands, with an emphasis on public health and equity. The intern will assist with volunteer event planning, related to tree stewardship; research, write, and present information on New York City tree issues; as well as providing some miscellaneous support to the overall project.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE • Assistance with scoping and planning volunteer events, which includes, but may not be limited to: communicating with and • Coordinating with TNC staff and external partner organizations, organizing and attending meetings, light research, ensuring compliance with grant funding, etc. • Research, write, review, synthesize and present information on NYC tree issues • Provide general support to meetings of the NYC Urban Forest Task Force (coalition of organizations dedicated to improving New York’s trees) i.e. assist with meeting planning, preparation of meeting materials, etc., as needed
• Enrolled as a current undergraduate of Middlebury College (graduating Seniors not eligible), in the areas of Environmental Studies, Conservation Biology, Political Science/Government Relations, Public Policy, Business, Urban Planning/Design, Urban & Human Ecology, or related field, or equivalent
• Experience using MS Office
• Experience navigating the Internet for professional use
• Experience or skills in data tracking and/or research, and general program support such as meeting preparation
• Experience with written and oral communication
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Self-starter and eagerness to learn
• Experience completing tasks independently
• Strong organization skills, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks in a dynamic, fast-paced environment
• Interest in volunteerism and/or prior work on the effects of climate change in and around cities, preferred but not required
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION
• This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a 10-week term of June 1 – August 7, 2020.
• Housing stipend provided for duration of internship
• This internship is an alumni referral and reserved for Middlebury undergraduate students.
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