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Communications Intern

Vacancy #:   6768
Unit:   North America Regional Office
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Program Officer, Commission on Education and Communications and North America Region
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   01 April 2024
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   17 March 2024
The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,400 members (States, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and more than 15,000 scientists and experts from over 160 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are based in its regional and country offices, and at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from qualified women and men.

The IUCN North America Regional Office (IUCN NARO) is located in Washington D.C. and is home to senior leadership of IUCN’s global program teams (including Climate Change, Economics, Forests, Oceans, Human Rights and Gender) as well as NARO staff responsible for supporting the 170 IUCN Members across North America and driving conservation strategy and policy in the region. The North America Office has built strong relationships with U.S. funders – including government agencies, charitable foundations, and philanthropists – to support the work of IUCN and its partners and Members worldwide.
IUCN NARO houses IUCN-United States, a partner organization to IUCN, incorporated in 1986 in the District of Columbia with 501(c)(3) charitable status under U.S. law, and legally distinct from IUCN. IUCN-US provides financial support to IUCN in addressing some of the world’s greatest environmental challenges. It has been supporting IUCN, and its network of members and partners for over 25 years. By partnering with IUCN-US, IUCN is better able to channel U.S. funding opportunities to the Union. IUCN-US's mission is to “builds bridges between US donors and IUCN, by catalysing, accelerating, funding and promoting IUCN’s work — conserving nature and natural resources in the United States and throughout the world”. Dr. Tracy Farrell, the IUCN NARO Regional Director, serves also as the Chief Executive Officer of IUCN-US.
IUCN-US is seeking a Communications Intern to support IUCN-US communications activities broadly and to create communications assets across topics including partners, funded projects, and IUCN projects seeking funding from donors in the United States. The IUCN-US Communications Intern will:

- Assist in establishing the IUCN-US presence on social media (this may include LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook), including development and dissemination of weekly content based on a co-designed editorial calendar, as well as monthly monitoring of results.

- Support the IUCN-US CEO, Associate Director of Development, and Programme Officer to produce communication assets, articles, press releases, and social media content on emerging priorities and emerging funding targets.

- Contribute to social media strategy outreach and build followers using infographics, micro-videos, and news content, including identifying and following key influencers.

- Contribute to updates of the IUCN-US website (WordPress), creating, reviewing, and publishing articles with support from NARO Staff.

- Monitor and moderate comments on social media posts, intervening as appropriate to answer questions and guide the conversation.

- Assisting with day-to-day administration tasks.
  • Advanced Degree in Communications, Journalism, Marketing, or similar field

• Background and/or experience working in communication, community management, social media strategy, or any other related field will be an asset.

• Experience using advanced tools for online publishing, including content management systems, design and content creation tools, and social media analytics.

• Fluency in written and spoken English.

• Strong motivation and interpersonal skills; excellent communication.

• Graphic design skills.

• Authorization to work in the United States.

• Ability to work in-person in IUCN-US's Washington D.C. office (Dupont Circle), with some flexibility for remote work.

• This could be a part time or full-time internship.

Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the "Apply" button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

Other job opportunities are published in the IUCN website: https://www.iucn.org/involved/jobs/

About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,400 Member organisations and around 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.