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MT - Fall/Winter Internship (Protection of Grizzly Bears, Wolves, Buffalo and Each Species’ Habitat)

Reference   (Please mention Stopdodo/Environment Jobs in your application)
Sectors Terrestrial / Aquatic Ecology & Conservation
Location Montana - America North
Town/City Livingston Montana
Salary Additional Information This is a paid internship
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 17/07/2009
Company Name Natural Resources Defense Council
Contact Name Matt Skoglund
Email mskoglund@nrdc.org
Website Further Details / Applications
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Directory Entry : The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit global environmental organization with more than 1.3 million members and online activists.
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IMPORTANT:  This Advertiser has requested that applicants MUST be National Residents / Valid Work Permit-holders.  Other applicants need not apply.


Position Title:  Semester Intern

Start Date:  Fall or WinterCompensation:  This is a paid internship with course credit to be coordinated with the      intern’s school.

Deadline for submitting cover letter and resume:  Open until filled

Location:  Livingston, Montana

Contact:   Matt Skoglund      NRDC      PO Box 70      Livingston, MT  59047      mskoglund@nrdc.org      (406) 222-9561
             The Natural Resources Defense Council has a small field office located at “the first gateway to Yellowstone National Park” in Livingston, Montana. Our work focuses primarily on advocacy for protection of grizzly bears, wolves, buffalo and each species’ habitat.  This work involves crafting effective strategies in a complex and highly charged policy arena.  The grizzly bear—icon of the West and symbol of wilderness—has been relegated to less than 1% of its original range in the lower 48 states. Our work aims to protect grizzly bears where they live today, and to expand their habitat into biologically suitable wildlands in the Northern Rockies and adjacent ecosystems in Canada.  Restoration of the gray wolf in the Northern Rockies is considered one of the greatest success stories in conservation history, but proposals to prematurely remove wolves’ endangered species protections threaten to undermine the progress made to date.  Yellowstone harbors the largest free-roaming herd of wild buffalo left in the United States, but outdated and misguided policies have led to the unnecessary slaughter of over 3,000 animals since 2000.  All of these keystone species are barometers of the health of the ecosystems where they live.   Grizzly, wolf and buffalo recovery involves work to protect and expand suitable habitat, reduce human-caused conflicts and mortality, and improve the transparency and efficiency of the policy processes affecting these species. 

Position Description:            This position involves research, writing, policy analysis, advocacy, organizing and collaboration with partners. We expect a three-month commitment.  Frequent travel throughout Montana, Wyoming, and Idaho for meetings, research, and organizing is expected. Duties include: 1.) investigating policies and proposals affecting grizzlies, wolves and buffalo and drafting materials in response to such proposals; 2.) conducting background research on NRDC projects and reports; 3.) coordinating responses and actions with other environmental groups; 4.) working with key stakeholders, such as businesses, ranchers and others, as part of NRDC’s outreach program; and 5.) writing blogs and other internal and external communications as appropriate. 

Qualifications:A qualified candidate will:·          be from an urban area with a strong interest in conservation and wildlife policy in the West;·          have some undergraduate college experience;·          be a “self-starter” with a high degree of motivation;·          have superior oral, written and analytic skills;·          be creative and able to work on multiple projects simultaneously;·          have demonstrated “people skills” and an interest in interacting with diverse kinds of people;·          be highly proficient in Windows and all MS Office programs; and·         be eager to help with the day-to-day operations of a small office. 

Please send the following materials in your application (e-mail is preferred):

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Copy of Transcript
  • 2 writing samples
  • 3 references
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