Special Projects Coordinator GLOBE Intern
A LITTLE ABOUT US Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
YOUR INTERNSHIP WITH TNC The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) summer internship program hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2017, 2018, and 2019) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. These positions are available throughout the United States and provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and realworld conservation work. The program recruits individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals in various fields. We offer a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS The Foundation Relations Program is looking for a Special Projects Coordinator GLOBE intern with strong writing, research, analytical, and interpersonal/communication skills to support the team in our core functions and work on special projects. The intern will have opportunities to explore the world of foundation fundraising and the workings of a successful foundation fundraising operation. Areas of focus will include supporting the Foundation Leadership Working Group, a group of foundation relations directors from across the Conservancy (WO, NY, CA, MI, Europe) that is collaborating on a range of issues, including building the Conservancy's pipeline of foundation support and managing complex foundation partnerships. In addition to handling logistics for this working group and attending and sending out summaries of meetings, the intern will be tasked with discreet projects including analyzing the results of the FY19 work plan, drafting the FY20 work plan, and researching foundation prospects.
A second line of work will focus on stewardship. The Foundation Relations program currently manages approximately a dozen foundations and stewards 50+ grants. The intern will work on at least one stewardship project designed to thank one or more foundation donors for their contributions to the Nature Conservancy. Past projects have included the creation of books and videos.
Finally, working with a seasoned staff member, the intern will learn how to review funding proposals and grant reports, marking up real-life examples and discussing the results.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE • Work with the Foundations Relations Coordinator to perform tasks as assigned/needed to summary data and guide the development of a strategic plan for the Foundation Leadership Working Group • Assist with the administration of Foundation Relations team, including research, data management, and correspondence • Develop a stewardship project, such as a photo book or video, to aid in donor engagement around our conservation work - Collect interviews with fundraisers across the organization to develop success stories • Assist with other activities as needed within the Foundation Relations team
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS • HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program, graduate program, or a recent graduate (2018, or 2019) of Business, Communication, Conservation, Environmental Studies, English, Legal, Marketing, Public Policy, Non-Profit Management or related field, or equivalent • Experience using Microsoft Excel • Excellent writing, research, and analytical skills
DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS • Experience using Microsoft Excel specifically pivot tables and complex data sets • Desire to learn about the field of foundation fundraising and the environmental giving landscape • Desire to learn about the work of the Conservancy and how we harness our global resources to develop successful funding proposals and grow relationships with foundations • Ability to implement complex processes • Experience completing tasks independently • Strong organization skills, accuracy, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks
ADDITIONAL JOB INFORMATION • This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a 10-week term of June 3 – August 9, 2019.
SALARY INFORMATION $12.50/per hour (undergrads) and $14.50/per hour (graduate and recently graduated level students)
ELIGIBILITY The Nature Conservancy's GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following: • Contribution to diversity of The Nature Conservancy. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization. • Understanding of communities and skills that aid in the trust building process essential for collaborative efforts with urban communities, organizations and leaders—ability to cross boundaries, find common ground and work together across differences • Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity. • Commitment to Equity. Applicant shows an understanding of inequity and its context and has experience with engagement and inclusion of those from disadvantaged and/or underserved communities
INTERN SELECTION PROCESS • Applications will be screened for eligibility, qualifications and experience level related to the project; • Applicants will be notified of next steps in the process (within 3 weeks after the posting date ends) • 2-3 telephone interviews will be conducted for selected applicants; • Additional information may be required before making a final decision; • All applicants will be notified of final selection by late-March