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Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Internship — Washington, D.C.

Organization: National Wildlife Federation

Job Title: Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern

Location: Washington, D.C.

Hours and Compensation: This position offers $10/hour plus core benefits. The Intern must be available to work a 40-hour weekly schedule

Application Deadline: Nov. 26, 2012

Position Dates: starts January 2013

Posted On: Nov. 9, 2012

Organization Overview

National Wildlife Federation is America’s largest conservation organization, passionate about protecting wildlife for our children’s future.


The National Wildlife Federation is seeking a Wildlife and Climate Safeguards Intern to support NWF’s Climate Change Safeguards team, which focuses on climate change adaptation, wildlife protection and responsible renewable energy development. Major team initiatives include development of criteria and guidance for carrying out climate-smart conservation and wildlife-friendly approaches to wind and solar energy.

The intern will also play a key role supporting the Climate-Smart Communities program, which focuses on promoting nature-based approaches to protect people from the impacts of climate change. More information is available at The Safeguards team also is involved in policy and legislative work on issues such as State Wildlife Action Plans, endangered species, invasive species, land protection and management, and conservation funding. The position will start January 2013.


  • Research, writing, and editing reports, newsletters, factsheets, and memos on wildlife, climate change and natural resource conservation.
  • Legislative and policy work at the federal, state and local levels including tracking bills and administrative regulations/rulemakings, distributing information to decision-makers in hard copy and e-mail, maintaining target database and policy information and occasionally attending lobby meetings.
  • Coalition building with partners, including attending coalition meetings, engaging NWF affiliates and partners, helping with lobby days and trainings, calling activists and like-minded organizations.
  • Logistical support in organizing meetings and other events, including arranging travel, taking minutes, and distributing notes and other materials.
  • Administrative duties as assigned.


Bachelors degree or experience in natural resource management, conservation biology, or environmental policy/advocacy; interest in policy and legislative affairs desirable.

  • Good expository writing skills.
  • Facility reviewing technical policy and/or scientific documents.
  • Excellent phone and interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to conduct independent research.
  • Computer literacy a must (MS Office suite and internet applications).
  • Graphic design or GIS skills are useful but not essential.

How to Apply

Interested and qualified applicants, please submit resume and cover letter no later than November 26th.

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