The Nature Conservancy Monitoring GLOBE Intern in San Antonio, Texas
San Antonio, Texas (TX) TX201
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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.
Through the GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) internship program. The Nature Conservancy hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2015, 2016, and 2017) 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 recruites 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.
The Texas Chapter of The Nature Conservancy is looking to hire two Monitoring GLOBE interns, to work on projects at two preserves. The functions are listed below:
Cibolo Bluffs Monitoring Intern: The intern will assist with on-going research and monitoring activities at preserves throughout the state, as well as with data management for those projects and completed projects. The intern will particularly focus on collecting vegetation data at our Cibolo Bluffs Preserve, located about 30 minutes from the San Antonio office. The intern’s work at the preserves will build on previous monitoring and allow us to measure how vegetation on the preserve is changing. The intern will also assist with other on-going monitoring activities at preserves throughout Texas. During fieldwork, the intern will learn the following skills: vegetation monitoring techniques for a variety of habitats, plant identification, using GPS units, and driving off-road. These skills are required for most entry-level science and stewardship positions in The Conservancy. Transportation, food and housing (when appropriate) will be provided for all field visits.
When not in the field, the intern will work in our San Antonio office. The intern will focus on digitizing old science and stewardship files containing valuable historical and scientific information that is currently difficult for staff to access. Working with these files will teach the intern how to work with CONNECT, as well as provide an opportunity to learn about The Conservancy’s history in Texas. Finally, we will provide time for the intern to take GIS courses on-line and apply those skills to both the field work (e.g., preparing maps) and document scanning (e.g., digitizing old maps).GIS skills are in great demand in a variety of fields.
Love Creek Monitoring Intern: The intern will assist with on-going research and monitoring activities at preserves throughout the state, as well as with data management for those projects and completed projects. The intern will particularly focus on collecting vegetation data at our Love Creek Preserve, located about 90 minutes from the San Antonio office. The intern’s work at the preserves will build on previous monitoring and allow us to measure how vegetation on the preserve is changing. The intern will also assist with other on-going monitoring activities at reserves throughout Texas. During fieldwork, the intern will learn the following skills: vegetation monitoring techniques for a variety of habitats, plant identification, using GPS units, and driving off-road. These skills are required for most entry-level science and stewardship positions in The conservancy. Transportation, food and housing (when appropriate) will be provided for all field visits.
When not in the field, the intern will be responsible for creating a preserve report summarizing the history and management of the preserve based on available documents and communication with field staff. This will allow the intern to apply and potentially improve their writing and communication skills within the science field, as well as provide an opportunity to learn about The Conservancy’s history in Texas. Finally, we will provide time for the intern to take GIS courses on-line and apply those skills to both the field work (e.g., preparing maps) and document scanning (e.g., digitizing old maps). GIS skills are in great demand in a variety of fields.
HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (within two years of graduating from an undergraduate or graduate program) for Biology, Conservation/Environmental Studies or related field, or equivalent
Valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program (see Auto Safety Policy section)
Experience using MS office, Word, Excel, Access, and navigating the Internet
Experience working both independently and in a team
Experience working outside, preferably vegetation sampling
Experience with vegetation sampling, plant ID skills
Experience using composition and writing skills
*WORKING CONDITIONS/PHYSICAL EFFORT *
This position will require working outside in variable weather conditions.
The intern should be able to navigate uneven, densely wooded terrain.
The intern will potentially be exposed to stinging and biting insects, poisonous reptiles, and thorny plants.
This position may occasionally require working more than 35 hours a week.
*ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION *
This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of June 5th – August 11, 2017.
Housing stipend will be provided
ELIGIBILITY The Nature Conservancy's GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:
Contribution to The Nature Conservancy's diversity. 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 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 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 mid-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.
- $12.00/ per hour (undergrads) and $14.00/per hour (grad students and recently graduated level students
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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.
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Job Title: Monitoring GLOBE Intern
Job ID: 44740
Full/Part Time: Full-Time