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Paid Remote Conservation Policy Research Intern Posted Jun 15
Looking for an opportunity to gain real-world conservation experience? Highstead Foundation is currently recruiting for a remote Conservation Intern for the fall 2021 Semester. Applications must be submitted by July 17, 2021. The Conservation Intern will support Highstead’s Conservation Program for a twelve-week period from September 20, 2021, to December 10, 2021. The intern will work remotely during the entirety of the 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.

The applicant should:

● Be a recent graduate of a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree program.
● Have a demonstrated interest in conservation science or natural resources management.
● Demonstrate a collaborative spirit that enjoys both independent and group work.

Additional qualifications:

● Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
● Ability to effectively manage multiple projects and adhere to deadlines.
● Experience conducting research.
● Access to a computer with a reliable network connection and a webcam.

As part of this program, the intern 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.


The Conservation Policy Research Intern will work with Highstead’s Conservationists and staff to advance conservation in the region by bringing their writing, research, and communication skills to our Conservation Finance program. Interested candidates can expect to conduct research and policy analyses, assist with the writing and editing of conservation finance reports and communications materials, and collaborate with various Highstead partners and networks.

A major focus for this position will be leading the research and development of a series of articles exploring the current and emerging policy initiatives on climate finance in the U.S. The intern will work to produce materials that communicate the link between federal policy and finance for conservation to better understand and forecast trends in conservation finance.


● Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills and ability to convey work to a variety of audiences through presentations, meetings, and in online formats.
● Ability to synthesize information - strong analytical skills, and experience collecting, interpreting and organizing data.
● Must be computer literate and proficient in Excel.

The Highstead Conservation Internship Program is also recruiting a GIS intern and a Conservation Communications and Events Intern. For more details -

Compensation: Stipend of $6,500 for the 12-week session

How to Apply: Please send the following materials by July 17, 2021. Reference “Policy Research Intern” as the email subject. Candidates will be notified by Aug. 13, 2021.

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. Please indicate the internship for which you are applying. (300 words maximum)
2. Resume
3. Contact information for three references
4. Short writing sample (max 2 pages; do not include excerpts from a research thesis)

Please submit one PDF document containing all application materials.