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WWF-DCPO, Internship - Communications/media work related to freshwater conservation

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Sectors Nature Conservation, Ecology, GIS
Sustainability, Climate, CSR, EMS
Type Temporary / Contract / Seasonal
Status Full Time
Level Voluntary & Interns
Deadline 28/04/2009
Company Name WWF
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Directory Entry : Environmental and Wildlife Jobs with WWF. WWF's mission is to stop the degradation of our planet's natural environment, and build a future in which humans live in harmony with nature.
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Climate change is likely to increase the frequency and severity of both floods and draughts in the Danube river basin. Floodplain restoration along the Danube and its tributaries is an efficient climate change adaptation measure, because restored floodplains can absorb excess water masses in the occurrence of catastrophic floods, thereby lowering the risk that areas of high economic assets such as cities will be drowned. The wetlands in the restored floodplains also retain water in the system which will be gradually released in the case of draught.

Besides their value as climate change adaptation measure, restored wetlands also increase biodiversity and provide ecosystem goods and services to local people such as increased fish production or the possibility to harvest reeds for construction and energy generation.

Unfortunately, these values are still insufficiently known, understood and trusted and engineering solutions such as the building of retention polders and new dykes are often given the preference when it comes to climate change adaption measures. This is why the WWF Danube Carpathian Programme plans to prepare and implement a number of communications and media activities, including a possible information campaign, to raise awareness and gain support for restoration work, in particular along the Lower Danube and the Tisza and Drava rivers.

Objective of the internship:
To be involved with the DCP Danube/freshwater and communications teams in planning, developing and implementing communications activities, including possible campaign/s, including e.g.:
  • Research and analyse information
  • Conduct stakeholder analysis to identify most important targets and media partners
  • Analyse level of knowledge and awareness of targets
  • Define main messages
  • Define and develop main information tools
  • Draft communication strategy

Location and supervision:
The intern will work closely with DCP staff in Vienna but also be in close contact by e-mail, skype and phone with colleagues in Romania, Bulgaria and Hungary.

Expected qualifications  
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience in working with various media
  • Knowledge about how to design a communication campaign
  • Good team player
  • Fluency in written and spoken English
  • Studies/interest in conservation sciences, biology, environmental policy, or similar is an asset

A valid work permit for Austria is a prerequisite.

Preferably at least eight weeks between May and December 2009

Application procedures:
Interested candidates should send their CV and cover letter no later than the 28 April 2009 to:
Sylvia Goessl, Human Resources Manager, WWF-DCPO at office@wwfdcp.org

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