Landscape Conservation and Climate Change Intern
Location: Headquarters, Washington, DC
Department: Landscape Conservation and Climate Change
Defenders of Wildlife is a national, nonprofit environmental organization dedicated to the protection of all native animals and plants in their natural communities.
The intern will be an integral part of Defenders’ Landscape Conservation and Climate Change team. Defenders’ climate change program focuses on wildlife adaptation – advancing policies and practices to help wildlife and ecosystems cope with the impacts of climate change. Our landscape conservation program focuses on preserving wildlife, natural resources and healthy ecosystems with a focus on public lands. Defenders is seeking assistance in research, materials preparation and communications.
Our internships are designed to provide a range of experience on conservation and climate change adaptation issues of national significance. Interns can expect to work on issues such as: the Greater sage grouse conservation effort, incorporating climate adaptation into agency decision making, wildlife and habitat conservation on national forest management practices, assisting states, municipalities and others to develop climate adaptation plans, and improving federal climate adaptation policy.
Interns will occasionally attend hearings, seminars, and coalition meetings to develop their knowledge of conservation policy as well as advocacy and strategic planning. This is an opportunity to work closely with seasoned conservation professionals on a wide variety of projects and gain valuable experience.
Applicants should be current students with an interest in environmental conservation. They must have strong writing, research, media, and communication skills, and demonstrate a commitment to the conservation of biological diversity and protection of wildlife. Internships are for credit and unpaid, although a transportation stipend is provided.
- Research and analyze scientific literature on the impacts of climate change on wildlife and habitat, as well as adaptation strategies, case studies and policy frameworks.
- Analyze agency documents related to climate change, and land and wildlife management and prepare comment letters
- Develop reports, factsheets, webpage content, and other outreach materials.
- Attend hearings, seminars, conferences and coalition meetings to increase working knowledge of conservation policy and advocacy
Opportunities can be provided to work on larger projects appropriate to meet academic requirements.
Qualifications: Strong background in environmental studies, conservation biology, natural resources, or related fields is required. A graduate student is preferred. GIS skills preferred, but not required.
How To Apply:
Interested applicants should reference Landscape Conservation and Climate Change Intern (D.C.) in the subject line and submit a letter of interest, along with your resume, writing sample (less than 10 pages), list of three references, and a copy of your most recent transcript via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note in the body of your email your availability and which session (fall, spring or summer) you are applying for. We strongly encourage early applications, as offers will be made on a rolling basis.
It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.