World Wildlife Fund is hiring a
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.
Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible — bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.
Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.
BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence
WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.
WWF’s Forests team seeks an operations/project management intern to help streamline the functionality of Forests operations and to explore opportunities for the Mobile Basin Heirs’ Property Support Initiative based on lessons learned throughout the initiative’s pilot. Through creating online content/repositories for the dissemination of information and documenting key observations from partners and stakeholders of the Mobile Basin Heirs’ Property Support Initiative, this position will also support the team’s major initiatives and the organization’s forest conservation goals.
Perform an analysis on the Forests team SharePoint (Intranet) and Microsoft Teams (Forest Depot, Forest Leadership, and Heirs’ Property) sites, cross-comparisons with other WWF department sites.
Create, compile information, and update site contents.
Collaborate with internal Forests team members (i.e., Communications and Support) for content accuracy.
Conduct team demonstrations/training on site navigation.
Assist with the logistics for Forests team events.
In consultation with relevant internal collaborators and external partners, identity and document lessons learned during the Mobile Basin Heirs’ Property Support initiative’s pilot phase.
Produce a “lessons learned” summary to help advance the next phase of the Mobile Basin Heirs’ Property Support initiative.
Maintain internal tracking of Initiative milestones, outcome indicators, opportunities, and challenges as they arise.
Collaborate and communicate with internal staff and external constituents across Forests team issues as needed.
Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date.
Pursuing an Associate’s or Bachelor’s program.
Writing and editing skills.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills.
Strong organizational/analytical skills.
Motivated self-starter able to take projects and run with them.
Ability to prioritize deadlines.
Curiosity and interest in land management, land rights, or forests.
Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
Understanding all the behind-the scenes contributions that a support role offers to a team and an organization.
Understanding of critical issues impacting forests, both globally and in the US.
The ability to create web pages.
Gain knowledge and understanding of heirs’ property issues in the United States and their relationship to forests, biodiversity, and historical land rights.
Exposure to growing solutions and external partners committed to supporting heirs’ property owners.
Exposure to business sourcing practices and corporate goals.
WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:
Development discussions with their manager;
Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;
Speed mentoring with different WWF teams;
Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
Session on resume and interviewing best practices.
Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.
US-DC-Washington or US-Remote: WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming.
Paid - $17 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week)
Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page, Requisition# BR-2314. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant skills and experience for this position and include a discussion of 1) how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 2) what you hope to gain from the internship.
If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
* Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.