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GAIN EXPERIENCE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Spend a term working with the nation’s leading endangered species advocacy nonprofit and help fight global warming, turn back political attacks on our nation’s environmental laws, and protect some of Earth’s most imperiled plants, animals, and habitat.

Interns assist with all aspects of the Center’s activities, from legal and scientific work to fundraising, outreach, and publications.  The Center offers a dynamic, flexible work environment with excellent mentoring opportunities.  Typically, positions are filled on a rolling basis and require a minimum three-month commitment, although shorter term or project-specific internships may be accommodated.   A small stipend may be available for qualified candidates, or alternatively, hourly work-study compensation for interns with confirmed federal work-study financial aid awards.  Internships are not limited to students; all interested qualified parties should apply.

Current internships are indexed by region.

+ PORTLAND, OREGON

+ SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

+ ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

+ WASHINGTON, DC

ABOUT THE CENTER

 

INTERNSHIP DESCRIPTIONS

PORTLAND, OREGON

Conservation Biology Intern
Full or part time

Description: The Center for Biological Diversity’s Endangered Species Program seeks motivated and organized interns dedicated to protecting biodiversity and thwarting the extinction crisis. Interns will work with Center scientists to
gain protections for imperiled species. The internship provides a very small stipend and will provide valuable experience with one of the nation’s most respected and cutting-edge environmental organizations.

Duties:

Interns will research and compile information from the scientific literature and government publications concerning endangered species. Duties will include writing formal comments and frequent use of databases.

Qualifications:

  • Strong writing skills.
  • Excellent internet and library research skills using scholarly databases and online tools.
  • Excellent organization and computer skills, including proficiency using Excel. Proficiency in Access desirable.
  • A passion for and knowledge of protecting biodiversity.
  • A bachelor’s degree in biology, environmental science, or related fields. Student applications will not be accepted.

Application Process: Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, a résumé, a writing sample, and references to: ConservationIntern@endangeredearth.org. Paper copies and incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 

LLaw Clerk Positions
Full time or part time (20+ hours per week)
Fall 2014, Spring 2015, or Summer 2015  internships or externships

Are you interested in groundbreaking biodiversity conservation legal work with weekend access to the Cascade Mountains and Oregon’s coast from an alternative northeast Portland neighborhood?  Then a clerkship with the Center’s Portland office might be right for you. We’re accepting applications for aw clerk internships and externships.  

General position overview:
Law Clerks will work with attorneys in the Center’s Endangered Species program on cutting-edge litigation to protect imperiled species and their habitat. Law clerks will assist attorneys with ongoing litigation, including brief-writing, discovery, preparation of memos, legal research and cite-checking, as well as helping investigate new cases, drafting comments to administrative agencies, conducting field work, and coalition building. Full-time positions are 40 hours per week; part-time positions require a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Qualifications: 
Strong legal research and writing skills are required, as are a sense of humor and the ability to think creatively and communicate effectively. Applicants should be in law school working toward a J.D. or other graduate degree. A background in environmental studies, biology and/or related fields is preferred, as is a demonstrated commitment to the preservation of biodiversity. All legal internships are unpaid. We will, however, aid law clerks in applying for funding, work with you to obtain school credit (the Center qualifies for externship credit for most law school programs), or in special circumstances accommodate federal work-study eligible students.   

Application process:
Please submit a cover letter, résumé, writing sample (no more than 10 pp.) and list of three references to: LegalInternPortland@endangeredearth.org. Please include your last name, “Portland Law Clerk,” and “fall,” “summer” or “spring” in the subject line. Applications will be accepted until all positions are filled.  We endeavor to hire our summer clerks by February if not sooner. 

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.  No paper applications will be considered.  Incomplete applications will not be considered, nor will those by applicants who contact our office without invitation. No phone calls or emails, please.   

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA

Anti-Fracking Campaigner
Full or part time

General position overview: 
The Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute seeks a motivated, creative and experienced organizer/intern dedicated to banning fracking. The intern will work with our Climate Campaign Director to implement the Center’s anti-fracking campaign.

Main duties:
The Anti-Fracking Campaigner will work with Climate Campaign Director to create a dynamic work plan to implement the Center’s anti-fracking campaign, nationally and with a particular focus on California. Duties will include:

        • Supporting local, statewide and national efforts to ban fracking.
        • Database management.
        • Public outreach.
        • Writing letters to the editor and op-eds.
        • Giving talks about fracking.
        • Helping organize events and protests.
        • Supporting coalition-building efforts.

Qualifications and skills desired:

        • Experience in community organizing or campaigning.
        • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
        • A high comfort level talking to people in person and by phone.
        • Experience working with a team and independently.
        • Experience in coalition-building.
        • A passion for and knowledge of protecting the natural world, biodiversity and stopping fracking.
        • Experience with Microsoft Access, Google Docs and maintaining databases.

Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:

        • Community organizing.
        • Coalition-building.
        • Public speaking.
        • Database management.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a short writing sample via email (no paper) to Rose Braz, rbraz@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Anti-Fracking Campaigner.” Next opening January 2014. The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Clean Air Cities Campaigner
Full or part time

General position overview: 
The Center for Biological Diversity’s Climate Law Institute seeks a motivated, creative and experienced organizer/intern dedicated to defending the Clean Air Act and its ability to curb global warming pollution and slow climate change. The intern would work with our Climate Campaign Director to implement the Center’s Clean Air Cities campaign.

Main duties:
The Clean Air Cities Campaigner will work with Climate Campaign Director to create a dynamic work plan to implement the Center’s Clean Air Cities campaign, a nationwide campaign calling on cities around the United States to support the Clean Air Act and push the Obama administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to use the Act to reduce carbon in our atmosphere to no more than 350 parts per million — the level scientists say is needed to avoid catastrophic climate change.

The Clean Air Cities Campaigner will recruit and support the Center’s volunteer advocates in taking action to urge their cities to pass Clean Air Act resolutions by, for example,

        • researching city elected representatives,
        • adapting fact sheets and background information to a city, 
        • writing letters to the editor or op-eds,
        • giving talks about the Clean Air Act,
        • supporting advocates in meeting with their elected representatives, and
        • building coalitions in support of resolutions.

The Clean Air Cities Campaigner will support the Climate Campaign Director in engaging and coordinating our network of grassroots groups, including environmental groups, faith organizations, social justice organizations, public health groups and others to defend and promote a strong Clean Air Act.

Finally, the Clean Air Cities Campaigner will assist in maintaining and updating Climate Law Institute databases.

Qualifications and skills desired:

        • Experience in community organizing or campaigning.
        • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
        • A high comfort level talking to people in person and by phone.
        • Experience working with a team and independently.
        • Experience in coalition-building.
        • A passion for and knowledge of protecting the natural world, biodiversity and the Clean Air Act.
        • Experience with Microsoft Access and maintaining databases.

Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:

        • Community organizing.
        • Coalition-building.
        • Public speaking.
        • Media relations.
        • Database management.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a short writing sample via email (no paper) to Rose Braz, rbraz@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Clean Air Cities Campaigner.” The position will remain open until filled. No telephone calls, please. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.

 

Toxics Research and Communications Intern
Part time

General position overview: 
The Center for Biological Diversity’s Toxics and Endangered Species campaign seeks a motivated, creative, and industrious research and communications intern dedicated to protecting wildlife and the environment from the impacts of toxics and contamination.  The internship is unpaid, but it will provide valuable experience with one of the nation’s most respected and cutting-edge environmental organizations.

Main duties:
The Toxics Research and Communications Intern will work closely with the Toxics and Endangered Species Campaign Director to help implement the Center’s ongoing campaign to address the threats of contamination on wildlife and the environment.  The position requires two main focal areas: 1) compilation and synthesis of published and unpublished reports, papers, information and news items on the harms of toxic contamination, and 2) written reports, outreach materials, website content, and advocacy materials on the threats that toxic contamination poses on the environment.  Interns will have the opportunity to work on one or both of those focal areas depending on interest and experience.

Qualifications and skills desired:

  • Excellent internet and library research skills using scholarly databases and online tools.
  • Strong writing and organizational skills.
  • A high comfort level talking to people in person and by phone.
  • Computer proficiency, including experience with Microsoft Office programs, especially Word and Excel.
  • Experience working with a team and independently.
  • A passion for and knowledge of protecting the natural world and biodiversity.
  • A background in environmental, biological or natural resource studies or related experience is preferred.

Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:

  • Research and writing.
  • Exposure to a range of environmental topics and organizations.
  • Exposure to information on laws, regulations and science relating to contamination and the environment.
  • Advocacy and outreach.
  • Media relations.

Application process:
Please send a cover letter, a résumé, references and a short writing sample via email (no hard copies) to Jonathan Evans, jevans@biologicaldiversity.org, “Attn: Toxics Research and Communications Internship.” The position will remain open until filled. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted.  No telephone calls, please.

 

ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

Legal Intern
Legal Intern
Summer 2015 — full time
Fall 2014 and spring 2015 semester — full or part time

General position overview:
Legal interns will work on cutting-edge environmental law issues concerning endangered species, ocean protection and climate change in the Southeast. 

Duties:
Legal interns will conduct legal research and writing. Legal interns may prepare legal memos, assist with brief writing, prepare filings, investigate new cases and draft comments. On occasion, legal interns may have opportunities to observe court arguments or attend agency hearings.

Qualifications:
The legal internship requires strong legal research and writing skills. Creative, motivated and good-humored law students are encouraged to apply. A background in environmental or biological studies or related experience is preferred. Legal internships are unpaid and occur over a duration of 8-10 weeks in the St. Petersburg, Fl., office.

Application process:
Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, a résumé, a writing sample, a transcript (unofficial is fine) and references toJacki Lopez at jlopez@biologicaldiversity.org. In the subject line, please provide your name and the position for which you're applying. Incomplete applications won't be considered. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. You'll be notified if you're selected for an interview. No phone calls, please.

 

WASHINGTON, DC

Legal/Policy Intern
Fall 2014 — full time (40 hours per week) or part time (20+ hours)
Summer 2015— full time (40 hours per week)


DEADLINES: Fall 2014 May 1; Then Summer 2015 - November 1.

General position overview:
Interns are likely to work on projects concerning endangered species, toxics and ocean protection, focusing primarily on current administrative regulatory proposals and congressional legislation. This is not a litigation position. Full time positions are 40 hours per week; part time positions for the fall and/or spring semester require a minimum of 20 hours per week.

Duties:
Interns will conduct legal research and writing. Work will primarily focus on reviewing regulations and other policy proposals, drafting policy comments, and assisting with administrative petitions. Interns will also track current legislation in Congress relating to biodiversity. Interns will have opportunities to attend meetings with agency and congressional staff.

Qualifications:
The internship requires strong legal research and writing skills. Creative, good-humored law students are encouraged to apply. A background in environmental science, conservation biology, or a related field is preferred. All legal internships are unpaid. However, we will work with you to obtain school credit (the Center qualifies for externship credit for most law school programs). 2Ls and 3Ls preferred.

Application process:
Please submit a cover letter explaining your interest in working at the Center, a résumé, a short writing sample, a transcript and two references to: dcinternship@biologicaldiversity.org. Please provide your name and the position you are applying for in the subject line. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews are conducted on a rolling basis. Due to the high volume of applications, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No telephone calls, please.

 
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