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Sep 2 / BARD CEP

Communications Intern-

Organization: City Parks Foundation/ The Natural Areas Conservancy

Position Title: Communications Intern

Location: 830 Fifth Avenue, Room 280, New York, New York, 10065, United States

Hours and Compensation: This is a 12-week, paid, part-time internship. The exact timing of the internship is flexible, and may be structured as a two-day or three-day-per week position, with compensation to be determined based on the final work schedule.

Application Deadline: not given


Organization Overview

The Natural Areas Conservancy was founded in 2012 to advance the restoration and conservation of green and blue places for a resilient and livable New York City.  We work in partnership with the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation toward the management of the City’s 10,000 acres of forests, wetlands, and grasslands. Since 2012, we have received more than $4.5 million, including generous support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Tiffany & Co. Foundation, and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City.  The Natural Areas Conservancy supplements public spending by receiving private donations, enabling the hiring of additional expert staff and use of advanced technology, and brings resources to parkland in all five boroughs of NYC.

City Parks Foundation (CPF) is the only independent, non-profit organization to offer park programs throughout the five boroughs of New York City.  CPF works in over 750 parks citywide, presenting a broad range of free arts, sports and education programs and helping citizens to support their parks on a local level.  Our programs and community-building initiatives reach more than 600,000 New Yorkers each year, contributing to the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout New York City.


As a young organization, the Natural Areas Conservancy is seeking an intern to help us to establish a media presence, lead our social media efforts and generate web content. We want to increase our profile in print, radio, television, and web-based media.  Our audience includes potential funders, conservationists, policy makers, and the general public.  The intern will assist our staff with external writing and strategic communications assignments.  This is an exciting opportunity for someone interested in non-profit communications, journalism or social media.  The communications intern will have the opportunity to help shape the voice of the Natural Areas Conservancy, and to work on a variety of projects.


  • Social Media – Work with program staff to generate content for weekly (or more frequent) twitter, facebook, and tumblr posts.  Manage Natural Areas Conservancy’s social media including posting new content, and reposting relevant news and content from our partners.
  • Website Content Development – Work with CMS to make periodic changes to the website, including changes in staff, updating job postings, and adding media links.  As requested by supervisor, assist in creating new content about current projects.
  • Press –Help to identify and pitch stories.  Write press releases.
  • Internal Communications – Assist in writing a newsletter.  Assist in creating internal and external presentations about the Natural Areas Conservancy.


The Natural Areas Conservancy seeks a self-starting, personable undergraduate or graduate student with strong writing and research skills, a keen news sense, and an interest in nature, parks, and civic affairs. Qualified candidates will either have completed or be working towards a degree in journalism, communications, environmental issues, conservation, urban affairs, or a related field.

How to Apply

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and three writing samples to:

Sarah Charlop-Powers

Vice President

Natural Areas Conservancy

1234 Fifth Ave, 2nd Floor

New York, NY 10029


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