Landscape Conservation Intern (local applicants only)

Expected Dates
November 2, 2020 to August 1, 2021
The Nature Conservancy in Massachusetts
Position ID
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
    • 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:,
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Resource Management
degree major or professional experience
competent with supervision
Community Engagement
competent with supervision
competent with supervision
Web Site Design
competent with supervision