Great Salt Pond GLOBE Intern, The Nature Conservancy (Block Island)

October 28, 2017

The Nature Conservancy is currently seeking “Great Salt Pond GLOBE Interns” for their Block Island Program this Summer!

Start Date: 6/4/2018
Summer
Temporary
Full Time

JOB DESCRIPTION

A LITTLE ABOUT US:

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. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, 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 Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) summer internship program hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2016, 2017, and 2018) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. Our mission is to provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contributes to the health and sustainability of our world. The GLOBE Program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals in various fields. The GLOBE Program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

2018 will be the 6th year the Rhode Island Chapter has been a part of the GLOBE Summer Internship Program. The Block Island office has been around for 26 years and is an excellent example of community based conservation. One of the most important ecological features of the island is the Great Salt Pond. Six years ago, we decided that we needed to better understand and protect this resource. We have designed a monitoring program to give us this information. The Block Island office is looking to hire two (2) Great Salt Pond interns that will provide vital assistance to ensure this work is done and done right. Specifically, the interns will be responsible for assisting in all facets of the Great Salt Pond monitoring program. From Data collection to entering the analysis.

These projects include juvenile fish seining, enhanced fish survey, water quality, video survey, invert survey, salt marsh survey and much more. This work would not happen without the GLOBE interns. They are also a part of a large team of youth working for TNC on the island (LEAF (high school summer interns), seasonal assistants, youth conservation league, and volunteers).

RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE

• Responsible for assisting in all facets of the Great Salt Pond monitoring program
• Data collection to entering to analysis
• Projects include juvenile fish seining, enhanced fish survey, water quality, video survey, invert survey, and much more.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

• HS Diploma or equivalent.  Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2016, 2017, or 2018) of Biology, Conservation, Environmental Studies, Marine Biology, Ichthyology or related field, or equivalent
• Valid driver’s license and compliance with Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program (see Auto Safety Policy section)
• Experience with scientific research
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail and deadlines
• Willingness to work with minors and ability to meet internal Youth Safety qualification standards.  To be Youth Qualified, one must 1) consent to and successfully complete a background screening; 2) sign the Commitment to Youth Safety; and, 3) complete two online courses (approximately 30 minutes each) through Learn@TNC

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS

• Completion of The Nature Conservancy’s LEAF Internship Program
• Training of New England fish and systems
• Experience working independently and meet deadlines
• Strong organizational skills
• CPR/First Aid certification
• Boating experience
• Lifeguard certification

ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION

• This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a 10-week term of June 4 – August 10, 2018.
• Housing is provided for the summer

SALARY INFORMATION

$12.50/per hour (undergrads) and $14.50/per hour (graduate and recently graduated level students)

ELIGIBILITY

The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:
• Contribution to diversity of The Nature Conservancy. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization.
• Understanding of communities and skills that aid in the trust building process essential for collaborative efforts with urban communities, organizations and leaders—ability to cross boundaries, find common ground and work together across differences
• Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.
• Commitment to Equity. Applicant shows an understanding of inequity and its context and has experience with engagement and inclusion of those from disadvantaged and/or underserved communities

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 by late-March

AUTO SAFETY POLICY

This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.

HOW TO APPLY:

Go to nature.org/careers to apply to position number 45842, submit resume and cover letter (both are required) separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 12, 2018.

Click “submit” to apply for the position or “save for later” to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

If you experience technical issues, please refer to our applicant user guide or contact applyhelp@tnc.org.

The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer:

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of men and women of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process.