Wildlife & Wildlands Intern – Portland, OR
Organization: Oregon Wild
Position Title: Wildlife and Wildlands Intern
Location: Portland, OR
Hours & Compensation: 20 – 40 hrs/wk, flexible schedule. Unpaid.
Position Dates: 3 months or longer.
Posted On: February 26, 2013
Founded in 1974, Oregon Wild is a non-profit conservation organization that works to protect and restore the wildlands, wildlife, and waters that make our state such a special place. Our major campaign areas include Wilderness and forest protection, protection and restoration of native fish and wildlife, and the protection and restoration of Oregon’s rivers, lakes, and wetlands.
Oregon Wild has a limited number of non-paid internship opportunities. These internships offer participants an opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a conservation advocacy organization while also supporting the mission of Oregon Wild. This position will be based out of our Portland office.
- Major Projects – 60%
Oregon Wild interns who serve for 3 months or longer will focus on one or two major projects. Projects may include: creating a report or collecting and evaluating existing research on a relevant topic, creating, maintaining, and updating websites, organizing a series of outreach events, creating a new program to monitor rare or important wildlife, securing the support of decision makers and opinion leaders on important campaigns. Work may include legal, legislative, and public outreach efforts
- Wildlife & Wildlands program support – 20%
Support the development of the Wildlife and Wildlands program by helping to secure funding through grants and outreach, updating and maintaining contact lists, setting up speaking engagements, creating materials, tracking relevant news, and/or supporting communications efforts.
- General administrative support – 20%
Work closely with Oregon Wild staff, volunteers, and interns to support day-to-day needs. This may include representing the organization at tabling events and other public gatherings, answering phones, working with the outdoor program, assisting with mailings, distribution of educational materials, and assisting conservation programs as needed.
- Demonstrated interest and academic foundation in a related field.
- Able to take direction and work with a team, but equally able to take initiative, work independently, and be self-directed.
- Able to enthusiastically and effectively advocate for sound policies
- Possess solid written and verbal communication skills.
- Working knowledge of technology including web-based tools is desired.
Students studying in the areas of ecology, environmental science, conservation, advocacy, and politics & government as well as those looking to pursue a career in conservation and/or advocacy are strongly encouraged to apply.
How to Apply: Email your contact information along with a short cover letter, resume, availability and two references. You are also welcome to submit a writing sample. Please send with the subject line “Wildlife Intern” to the contact information below.
Contact: Rob Klavins, Wildlife & Wildlands Advocate, firstname.lastname@example.org
Oregon Wild, http://www.oregonwild.org
5825 N. Greeley Ave, Portland, OR 97217