The Nature Conservancy 2018 Urban Waters Intern/Conservation Practitioner I - 46659 in Topeka, Kansas

This job was posted by : For more information, please see: DescriptionOFFICE LOCATIONTopeka, Kansas, USAKS201A LITTLE ABOUT USFounded 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 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 POSITION WITH TNCThrough our new Blue River program, we will partner with Heartland Conservation Alliance and others to help communities in the Blue River watershed protect this important stream from degradation.To support this new initiative, we are launching a Blue River internship. The intern will be integral to developing science about challenges in the watershed, gathering data, and building partnerships and relationships with stakeholders.The intern will gain firsthand experience working with local and global conservation nonprofits. This is an opportunity for a student to gain important skills that will support a career in conservation, biology, or environmental science/engineering, especially in urban systems.The intern will need to complete 300 hours of work over the course of the internship and before the end of the calendar year. The start date and schedule are somewhat flexible.ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONSStakeholder assessment: The intern will identify the major stakeholders in the Blue River watershed and recommend tactics for engaging with the highest priority stakeholders.Community engagement: The intern will participate in at least three meetings with communities and partners in the watershed. The intern may also support development of education and outreach materials.Data collection: With the U.S. Geological Survey and the University of Missouri-Kansas City, the intern will collect water samples from Municipal Farm and other permitted locations along the Blue River. The intern will also collect data on priority species in the watershed.RESPONSIBILITIES & SCOPE* Reports to Beals Healthy Streams Initiative Manager in Topeka.* Will work collaboratively with Heartland Conservation Alliance and other partners in the Kansas City area.* Comfortable working in team settings and independently.* Primary responsibilities are to gather and analyze information needed to protect the Blue River and to identify key stakeholders and help TNC build relationships with them.* May work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations for long periods of time in isolated settings, on difficult and hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.* Requires considerable physical exertion.MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS* Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate program.* Strong communication skills.DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS* Interest, experience and/or education in natural re source management, wildlife biology, environmental science, engineering, water resource management, or a related field.* History of active engagement with communities in the Kansas City area. Experience with community building is desirable.* Multi-lingual skills and multi- or cross-cultural experience appreciated.* Able to work independently and in a team environment.* Comfortable collaborating remotely with colleagues.* Must have a driver's license and maintain a good driving record.* GIS experience may be helpful.This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job.HOW TO APPLYTo apply to position number 46659, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on July 27, 2018.Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. 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