Conservation Intern (Work from Home)
Posted Jun 30
The Conservation Interns act as research assistants in Highstead’s Conservation Program for a twelve-week period from September 21, 2020, to December 11, 2020. All interns will work remotely during the entirety of their internship.
Highstead is a regional non-profit conservation organization dedicated to working with regional partners and the best available science to conserve the New England landscape towards the Wildlands and Woodlands vision. Its principal conservation programs include catalyzing the land protection activities through Regional Conservation Partnerships, conservation finance, ecological research, policy analysis, and land stewardship. Highstead employs nine staff members and supports many senior fellows and academic collaborators in advancing its goals. Founded in 1982 and located in the conservation landscape of Redding, CT, Highstead encompasses diverse natural areas, long-term studies on ecological dynamics, beautiful office and meeting facilities, and unique collections of trees and shrubs.
The Conservation Program expects to hire one to two intern positions including Conservation GIS and Conservation Communications and Events to assist with this work.
Highstead’s Conservation Program seeks recent graduates of Bachelors or Masters programs with a demonstrated interest in conservation science or natural resources management. Candidates must have strong writing, research, and organizational skills. Interns must be comfortable working with others as well as taking on individual projects while working remotely through the entirety of the internship program.
● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and adhere to deadlines.
● High level of creativity and strong problem-solving skills.
● Access to a computer with a webcam.
All interns can expect opportunities to assist in the development of communications products that may include writing and editing content for websites, blog posts, and social media platforms; support the organization, development, and administration of online workshops and events for conservation practitioners; and provide technical and administrative support to working groups of conservation professionals and volunteers via online meeting and communication platforms.
1) Conservation GIS Intern:
Overview: The Conservation GIS Intern will work with Highstead’s Conservationists to advance conservation in the region by bringing their writing, researching, and mapping skills to our conservation programs. Interns will work on mapping projects across two or more of the following initiatives. Some examples include:
● Hudson to Housatonic Regional Conservation Partnership (H2H)- Support activities related to land protection planning and community engagement, including mapping urban assets and conservation values within the H2H region.
● Northern Appalachian Trail Landscape Partnership- Support a developing partnership of organizations working in the landscape surrounding the Appalachian Trail corridor with various activities including updating a strategic conservation map with new data, partner outreach, and administration.
● Northeast Bird Habitat Conservation Initiative- Assist RCPs and Audubon chapters in the production of mapping projects and analyses to support landscape-scale bird habitat conservation in the northeast.
● Provide GIS Support to new RCPs - Produce GIS maps to help new RCPs across New England identify their partnership’s boundaries and priority landscapes.
● Story Map for the Pollinator Pathway Program (PPP) - Produce a multi-media story map to help PPP members communicate their mission and attract additional participants and supporters.
● Proficient in use of ESRI products such as ArcMap, ArcCatalog, and ArcGIS Online, to collect, analyze, and manipulate data, and create maps
● Knowledge of cartographic principles for professional map layout and design
● Working knowledge of data availability and sources
● Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey work and complex analyses to a variety of audiences through presentations and at meetings.
2) Conservation Communications and Events Intern:
Overview: The Conservation Communications and Events Intern will work with Highstead’s Conservationists and staff to advance conservation in the region by bringing their event planning, writing, research, and communication skills to our conservation programs. A major focus for this position will be the support, organization, and administration of the virtual Regional Conservation Partnership (RCP) Network Gathering Program, a multi-day training and conference for over 300 regional conservation practitioners. The Communication and Events Intern will also work on two or more of the following projects. RCP Spotlight Story Series- Develop a series of stories on the activities of specific RCPs that align with the steps to RCP success as outlined in the RCP Handbook. These stories, to be posted on various websites, social media platforms, and e-news editions, will help illustrate best practices.
● Wildlands & Woodlands Initiative (W&WI) and RCP Network Communications: Work with communications and conservation staff to develop content for e-newsletters, social media, and websites in support of W&WI and the RCP Network.
● Northeast Forest Network- Assist the steering committee with the hard launch of their Forests Keep Us Healthy pilot campaign and in the development of a regional coordinated communication network designed to increase resources for forest conservation across the Northeast.
● Must be proficient in Microsoft Suite, specifically Excel and Publisher
● Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media space and experience creating and posting content
● Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey work to a variety of audiences through email, presentations, meetings, and in online formats
● Experience with event planning- from event development to implementation
● A collaborative spirit that enjoys both independent and group work.
● Ability to synthesize information - strong analytical skills, and experience collecting, interpreting and organizing data.
● Must be proficient in Excel.
Compensation - Stipend of $6,500 for the 12-week session
As part of this program, interns will benefit from the following:
● Virtual networking opportunities with conservation professionals and academics
● Opportunities to present work and research throughout New England to a variety of conservation professionals
● Time and support to develop personal portfolios
● Work on “real world” projects with landscape-scale impact
● Serving as an integral part of the Highstead staff
How to Apply
Please send the following materials by July 13, 2020. Reference “Conservation-GIS or Conservation Communications Intern" as the email subject. Candidates will be notified by Aug. 7, 2020.
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 (max 2 pages; do not include excerpts from a research thesis)
5. If applying for the Conservation GIS internship, please submit a copy of a map you created as a PDF or a link to a web map
Please submit one PDF document containing all application materials.