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Conservation Assistant GLOBE Intern

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
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Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 06/01/2016
Company Name Nature Conservancy
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Directory Entry : The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to survive.
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The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 35 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/aboutus to learn more.

Through the GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) internship program, The Nature Conservancy hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2014, 2015, and 2016) 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. Additionally, the GLOBE Program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.

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.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
The CWNY Chapter is in the process of a two phased restoration project with the goals of improving butterfly habitat and better connecting people with nature. Over the last 20 years populations of monarch butterflies in the eastern US have declined by approximately 90%. We will improve and
restore butterfly habitat at the Thousand Acre Swamp Preserve, through a multipronged restoration and outreach approach implemented with significant contributions provided by the GLOBE Intern. This project was initiated with a 2014 GLOBE intern, which included the Phase I project
planning, pilot restoration and preliminary species selections. In Phase II and with a 2015 GLOBE intern, this project was scaled up to restore more butterfly habitat acreage, collect and analyze ecological and social data (e.g. number of preserve visitors) and partner with a large local scientific
institution.

The 2016 GLOBE Intern will make significant contributions two projects already underway, and will be vital in carrying these two projects across the finish line. They are the completion of a Butterfly Beltway Project initiated this summer in partnership with the Seneca Park Zoo. Work anticipated in
the 2016 field season include supplemental planting of pollinator species, the development of a meadow management plan and the continued partnership development with the Zoo and New York State Parks with the goal of scaling up regional efforts to improve pollinator habitat. The second project will be to finalize the design, construction and interpretative materials to Rob's Trail - Hemlock. We anticipate a trail opening of August 2016, and the GLOBE intern will be key to achieving that objective of developing New York States only foot-trail connecting two Finger Lakes.
Finally, we anticipate the GLOBE intern assisting with various ecological management projects and assessments throughout the 10-weeks. This includes working with Chapter staff in collecting information on road/stream culverts, and other barriers preventing flow and fish passage within the
Great Lakes. The results of these assessments will direct natural resource managers to prioritize connectivity projects.

The intern will participate and be responsible for data collection, documentation of project actions/lessons learned, trail building, planting, ecological monitoring, partner meetings, working with volunteers, development of communication brochures, and working with independent contractors.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS
from an undergraduate or graduate program) for biology, conservation/environmental studies or related field, or equivalent
Experience using MS office, Word, Excel, and navigating the Internet
Effective and demonstrated communication skills.
Ability to verbally articulate, listen, and comprehend in order to develop, maintain, and manage partnerships and various expectations of
volunteers, partners, staff and visitors.
Ability to work independently, there will be times when the intern will need to conduct field visits, assessments or even carry out work in
the field alone. They should be comfortable working in those situations.
Ability to work on a project with minimal supervision, in this capacity being able to see the big picture and objective of the task, while able
to make informed decisions to keep the project moving.
Ability to exhibit flexibility and problem solving skills. This includes everything from being able to juggle a few longer term projects and
objectives throughout the internship, to day to day flexibility on priorities and project decision points.
Valid driver’s license and good driving record required
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree and 1 year’s training in science-related field or related experience in land management
Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems
Ability to operate various types of equipment in a safe and efficient manner
Ability to recognize plant and animal species to complete preserve management activities
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION

This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of May 31st – August 5th, 2016.
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.

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.

SALARY INFORMATION
$12/hour for those currently enrolled in an undergraduate program
$14/hour for those with undergraduate degrees and/or currently enrolled in a graduate degree program
HOW TO APPLY
To apply to job id 43601, please visit the Student Conservation Association (SCA) GLOBE landing page at http://www.thesca.org/serve/program/nature-conservancys-globe-program to submit your application. All applications must be submitted in the SCA system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on January 6, 2016. Please note that the SCA PO# for this specific position is PO-00692087.

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.

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