For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.
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Internships at WWF
WWF’s internship program vision is to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.
WWF seeks an intern summer 2022 (June 13 to August 19) to research how offering Native producers incentives (henceforth “payments for ecosystem services”) can contribute to conservation and to address the central question: How could the Buffalo Nations Grasslands Alliance (BNGA) increase Native producers’ access to payments for ecosystem services in the Northern Great Plains?
This project aims to identify how the BNGA could increase Native producers’ access to payments for ecosystem services in the Northern Great Plains in the pursuit of BNGA’s 10-year impact goals.
BNGA is a Native developed and led 501(c)(3) nonprofit collaborating with a broad coalition of partners to support conservation and sustainable livelihoods in Native nations in the Northern Great Plains (NGP). BNGA envisions Native nations uniting so that the diversity of life in the Northern Great Plains flourishes for current and future generations. BNGA’s mission is to ensure that the 15 Native nations in the Northern Great Plains (NGP) have the technical and financial resources to plan and act on the vision for their traditional lands and waters, which includes ensuring that:Tribal members thrive by sustainably stewarding and connecting with natural resources;Grasslands and native wildlife on tribal lands are restored or enhanced; andTribal fish and game departments have the capacity to deliver conservation at scale
During this internship, the intern will be working to address five questions:Why should payments for ecosystem services (PES) be offered to Native producers, and what are the risks of offering them?What are the primary barriers Native producers face in transitioning to and maintaining conservation-oriented management?What federal, private, and NGO-operated PES programs are currently offered and how much funding is available for individual producers in the Northern Great Plains?What are the major barriers Native producers experience in accessing PES?What are primary opportunities to increase Native producers’ access to PES, and which PES opportunities are BNGA best suited to provide?
Answers to these questions will be based on information available in peer-reviewed literature, white papers, federal websites, NGO websites, other publicly available data, and conversations with several WWF staff members, combined with the intern’s own analysis.
Pursuing an Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Graduate level program in a related field. Those studying outside these areas are still highly encouraged to apply.Ability to work productively both independently and as part of a team in a high paced, dynamic environmentAttention to detail and organizational and time management skills a mustExcellent written and oral communication skills, as well as strong interpersonal skills and experience working cross-culturallyAble to commit at least 35 hours per week (full time)Proficient in Microsoft Office SuiteIdentifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & CollaborationDemonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration: Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
The intern will gain the following learned skills:
Synthesizing informationIdentifying information gaps and research questionsWorking through uncertainty and manage challenges that ariseMaking recommendationsPresenting findings to conservation and agriculture experts
WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:
Development discussions with their manager;Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;Speed mentoring sessions;Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;Session on resume and interviewing best practices.
Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.
US Remote – WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Wyoming.
Paid: $16 - $20 per hour, depending on qualifications (35 hours per week)
Internship will run from June 13 to August 19, 2022
How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
* Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.