Landscape Conservation Intern (local applicants only)

Expected Dates
November 2, 2020 to August 1, 2021
Site
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
Position ID
PO-00730783
The Landscape Conservation Intern will assist with land conservation projects within The Nature Conservancy’s climate resilient landscape, support a regional conservation partnership (RCP), and provide geospatial technical support and analysis (GIS). This internship will involve a range of conservation skills and functions and provide experience with conservation planning, partnerships, technical skills, and project implementation within a global conservation organization. It will primarily involve office-based functions out of the Conservancy’s Northampton office; however, due to Covid-19 guidance, work may be mostly remote with occasional office and/or field visits. The intern will be supervised by the Landscape Partnership Manager in coordination with the GIS Manager and Conservation Projects Manager and primary responsibilities will include the following:

Land Protection - assist with land conservation projects within TNC’s Resilient and Connected Landscapes TNC Resilient and Connected Landscapes:
  • Create land conservation project maps using GIS;
  • Research project funding sources;
  • Assist with drafting public grant and private foundation proposals to support the above land conservation projects;
  • Perform real estate project due diligence contracting (appraisals, surveys, environmental site assessments);
  • Draft internal documents for protection project tracking and coordinate closings with TNC Legal team;
  • Field landowner inquiries – research properties, determine fit for TNC and/or partners;

Support a Regional Conservation Partnership – assist with outreach and planning efforts of the Friends of the Conte Refuge:

  • Expand partner/membership capacity of Friends of the Conte National Fish & Wildlife Refuge https://www.friendsofconte.org/
    • Draft newsletter and update website content;
  • Organize outreach campaign and engage new members;
  • Prepare annual USFWS-Conte Refuge opportunities request – create map and conduct associated partner outreach;
  • Coordinate quarterly and annual Friends of Conte meetings.

Geospatial Technical Support – maintain datasets and provide cartography and spatial analysis support:

  • Maintain MA Chapter’s GIS land interests data layer. Digitize/edit property boundaries and disseminate dataset to MassGIS and TNC’s North American Lands repository.
  • Update MA submission of all permanently protected land to TNC’s eastern U.S. Secured Lands dataset for Protected Areas Database U.S. and National Conservation Easement database.
  • Perform spatial analysis and create associated reports/graphics for Chapter conservation projects. Periodically download datasets from MassGIS and other sources.
  • This internship primarily involves office-based functions out of the Conservancy’s Northampton office, with potential occasional field visits in western MA and meetings in our Boston office. TNC is ideally seeking a candidate that is local to Northampton, MA, however, due to the Covid-19 pandemic and guidance, work may be mostly remote with occasional office and/or field visits, thus an alternative remote office location may be possible.
  • Direct training with land protection/GIS program managers (mostly remote, unless Covid-19 no longer requires reduced personal contact) & online training including: land conservation Standard Operating Procedures, due diligence, contracting, & ArcGIS.
  • Western Massachusetts’ Berkshires and Connecticut River Valley offer countless cultural and recreational activities: https://berkshires.org/, https://www.visit-massachusetts.com/berkshiresandpioneervalley/
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience
GIS
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
Writing/Publishing
competent with supervision
Web Site Design
competent with supervision