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Intern-Forest and Grasslands

Vacancy #:   6472
Unit:   Forest and Grassland
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Senior Forest Policy Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   01 July 2023
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   22 June 2023
IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental network - a democratic membership union with more than 1,000 government and NGO member organizations, and almost 11,000 volunteer scientists in more than 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by more than 1,000 professional staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world. Its headquarters are based in Gland, Switzerland.

IUCN’s work focuses on valuing and conserving nature, ensuring effective and equitable governance of its use, and deploying nature-based solutions to global challenges in climate, food and development. IUCN supports scientific research, manages field projects all over the world, and brings governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

Under direct supervision of the Senior Forest Policy Officer and in collaboration with other staff of the IUCN Forest and Grasslands Team, the intern will support the work of The Restoration Initiative and the Global Partnership on Forest and Landscape Restoration (GPFLR).

This will include activities such as doing research and developing analysis on policy and legal topics on forest and landscape restoration, draft internal memos and material to be posted online on IUCN’s channels, providing support for the implementation of international policy and programmatic activities under the GPFLR, assisting in the organisation of workshops, as well as supporting project communications.


The focus of the internship will be on providing support to different tasks with a policy and programmatic focus for the implementation of The Restoration Initiative and the GPFLR workplans.

This assignment will include, but will not be restricted to, the following responsibilities:

• Develop up to 10 PANORAMA solutions focused on policy influencing impact for each of the countries under The Restoration Initiative.
• Support the development of policy impact analysis under The Restoration Initiative.
• Support the communication activities of TRI and GPFLR.
• Assist in advancing fundraising efforts for the GPFLR.
• Draft analytical pieces focused on international policy for the GPFLR
• Assist in the organization of workshops, meetings and event planning;
• Will be required to provide support on a range of tasks as delegated by their Line Manager

This internship provides a challenging and interesting opportunity to work in a dynamic international organisation and to gain work experience in the field of EU nature conservation projects. IUCN offers a modest stipend to contribute to living expenses of USD 1,500 a month.
  • Applicants must have student status (undergraduate or graduate) and be enrolled at a university for the entire duration of the internship

• Studying towards a relevant Bachelor’s or Master’s degree with a focus on law, policy, environmental science or other similar degrees

• Affinity with the vision and mission of IUCN and a strong interest in and good understanding of international environmental policy issues connected to the land use sector

• Complete fluency in the English language, including excellent demonstrated English writing skills; good level of written and spoken French is an asset but not required

• Sound understanding of information technology, with experience in applying Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) as a minimum skill set

• Proven analytical, conceptual, organization, multitasking, and problem-solving skills

• Detail- and outcome-oriented

• Ability to work independently and on multiple tasks simultaneously

• Ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising the quality of outputs

• Highly motivated to learn and develop new skills, keen to bring in own ideas

• A team player with a strong interest to work in an international environment

• US work permit holder

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.

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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 some 15,000 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.