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Natural Resources Defense Council Spring 2021 Conservation Intern in Bozeman, Montana

Spring 2021 Conservation Intern

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Nature [405000]


The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is a non-profit environmental advocacy organization. We use law, science, and the support of 3.1 million members and online activists to protect the planet's wildlife and wild places and to ensure the rights of all people to clean air, clean water, and healthy communities. NRDC was founded in 1970 and our staff helped write some of America's bedrock environmental laws, including the Clean Water Act, and many of the implementing regulations. Today, our staff of more than 700 lawyers, scientists, economists, policy advocates, communications experts, and others work across the United States and internationally from our offices in New York; Washington, D.C.; Chicago; Santa Monica; San Francisco; Bozeman, Montana; and Beijing.
Position Summary:

NRDC is seeking an intern to work with our Nature Program in NRDC's Northern Rockies Office in Bozeman, Montana. This internship will support NRDC's advocacy work on wildlife and other conservation issues in the Northern Rockies. A remote work arrangement will be offered for this position.

The intern will lead an exploratory project on the significance of beaver and the status of beaver conservation efforts on Tribal lands in the Northern Rockies. This work will involve networking, information gathering, and developing a communication tool to share findings about Tribal relationships to beaver in terms of history, culture and practice. The internship will begin March 15, 2021 or soon thereafter. We are seeking applicants that can work full time (35-hour-per-week for 10 weeks) but are open to negotiating a part-time position depending on the right candidate's needs. This is a paid internship with a full stipend amounting to $6,000.


Research beaver conservation and restoration efforts on Tribal lands in the Northern Rockies;
Conduct outreach and interviews on topics related to the cultural, spiritual, and ecological significance of beavers;
Summarize findings in writing
Help inform future wildlife conservation efforts; and
Gain an understanding of wildlife conservation work by assisting Nature program staff with various projects.


Bachelor's degree or equivalent experience;
Resourceful, able to manage multiple projects, and motivated to succeed;
Excellent written and verbal communications skills;
An interest in relationship building and learning from diverse perspectives in the wildlife community;
A passion for conservation issues in the West and alignment with NRDC's mission.
NRDC is committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, both in our work and in our workplace. We believe that celebrating and actively welcoming a diversity of voices and perspectives is essential to solving the planet's most pressing environmental problems, and we encourage applications from candidates whose identities have been historically under-represented in the environmental movement. We are an equal opportunity employer and do not discriminate in hiring or employment on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, marital status, sexual orientation, national origin, citizenship, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local law. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.
We offer competitive salaries, excellent benefits, and a supportive working environment. Salary is based on a nonprofit scale and commensurate with skills and experience. This is a paid internship with a full stipend of $6,000.
To apply, please visit and upload your resume and cover letter through our online portal. We would like you to upload any additional papers or project work that you think would showcase your abilities. Due to the high volume of resumes, only qualified candidates will be contacted. Please no phone calls, emails, faxes or in-person resume drop-offs. Please reference where you saw this posting. NRDC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
If you are having technical difficulty while applying, or if you are a person with a disability and you need assistance applying online, please reach out to iCIMS Customer Care by dialing 1-800-889-4422.
For further information about NRDC, please visit

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