The Conservation Interns act as research assistants in Highstead’s Conservation Program for a twelve-week period from September 24, 2018 to December 14, 2018.
Highstead's Conservation Program is engaged in building the capacity of partners to achieve large landscape conservation strategies in New England, eastern New York, and beyond. Highstead works with more than eighty organizations in the Northeast to advance the pace and practice of large landscape conservation and fosters collaboration across political and geographical boundaries and among different fields and sectors. Highstead collaborates with Harvard University’s Harvard Forest and other regional partners to advance the Wildlands & Woodlands Initiative (W&WI).
Interns will work with Highstead’s Senior Conservationists to implement research, outreach, and policy projects that advance priority conservation initiatives. Interns will prepare and present a 15-minute presentation of their work at the end of their internship.
2018 Conservation Program Initiatives
Interns will advance conservation in the region by bringing their energy and enthusiasm, writing, researching, and computer mapping skills to our conservation program. Interns will be matched to projects according to their interests, strengths, and our highest needs. Interns typically work on one or more specific projects by:
• Providing technical and administrative support to working groups of conservation professionals and volunteers;
• Assisting in the development of a communications strategy and products that may include writing and editing content for websites, blog posts, social media platforms, policy briefs, and e-newsletters;
• Supporting the organization, development, and administration of workshops and events for conservation practitioners;
• Cataloging public and private conservation funding trends by identifying new sources of information on philanthropic private and public grants and updating existing records; and/or
• Creating maps and analyzing data using geographic information systems.
for a complete list of 2018 Conservation Program projects.
We seek recent graduates of Bachelors or Masters level programs with a demonstrated interest and enthusiasm for the development and implementation of real-world strategies in the following areas: landscape ecology, conservation finance, regional conservation partnerships, large landscape conservation, and forest policy. Candidates must have strong writing, research, and organizational skills. They must be comfortable working in a group setting and taking individual initiative, as they will have considerable responsibility for advancing one or more projects, often with little supervision. Experience with geographic information systems (GIS) is a plus for some projects. Candidates must have access to a car for travel within, and in some cases outside of, Connecticut.
Intern compensation includes the following:
• Stipend of $5,000 for the 12-week session
• Free furnished housing
How To Apply
Please reference “Conservation Intern Application” as the email subject. The application deadline is July 31, 2018.
1. Cover letter describing your relevant conservation background and interests (including coursework, employment, or experience), your expectations for a successful experience, and your educational and career objectives. (300 words maximum)
3. Contact information for three references
4. Short writing sample
Please submit one PDF document containing all application materials.