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Intern, Forest and Grassland

Vacancy #:   6553
Unit:   Forest and Grasslands
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Programme Officer
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   I
Expected start date:   01 September 2023
Type of contract:   Max-term (4 months)
Closing date:   14 August 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. The Forest and Grassland Team (FGT) at IUCN operates at the cutting edge of conservation, focusing on the protection, restoration, and sustainable management of forest and grassland ecosystems. By interning with us, you'll be part of a team committed to enhancing biodiversity conservation, promoting large-scale ecosystem restoration, and fostering inclusive, gender-responsive land management. You will play a key role in initiatives that have local impact and global resonance, contributing to our mission of conserving the integrity and diversity of nature worldwide.

This is a paid internship. $1500 monthly.
Under the direct mentorship of the Programme Officer based in Washington DC, and as an integral part of the Forest and Grassland Team (FGT), the intern will play a key role in supporting the work of the Restoration Barometer. This role provides an unparalleled opportunity to delve into the world of ecosystem restoration, climate action, and sustainable development, gaining first-hand experience in influential environmental research and policy-making initiatives.

As our intern, you will be instrumental in carrying out research and developing insightful analyses on trending restoration commitments and nature disclosures (within the UN Conventions and other bodies). This role offers an excellent opportunity to engage with cutting-edge concepts and policy frameworks, learn from seasoned professionals, and contribute to globally significant projects.

Specific Tasks

•Conduct an in-depth analysis of global frameworks relating to restoration, biodiversity, and nature-related disclosures, extracting insights that could be relevant to the work of the Restoration Barometer

•Gather and organize relevant data and indicators, focusing on the unique requirements, guidelines, and reporting mechanisms of these global frameworks.

•Update the Bonn Challenge website with data from the Restoration Barometer, ensuring our mission and progress are accessible to all.

•Support the team in conducting internal and external user surveys for the Restoration Barometer, allowing you to engage with our stakeholders and understand their perspectives.

•Analyze and synthesize the collected information to identify commonalities, gaps, and best practices in these frameworks.

•Assist in the development of comprehensive reports and engaging presentations based on your analysis findings.

•Provide administrative support, including scheduling meetings, taking minutes, and maintaining project documentation related to the work of the Restoration Barometer
  • Currently enrolled as a student pursuing at least a Bachelor's degree (Masters or PhD preferred) or a recent graduate (degree obtained within the past 12 months).

• Studying or holding a degree in fields related to natural resources management, forestry, conservation sciences, sustainable development, geospatial sciences, environment policy or similar.

• Proficiency in GIS & remote sensing – a definite plus!

• Availability during standard business hours (9 AM–5 PM, Mon-Fri).

• Passionate about IUCN's mission and keen interest in nature conservation and sustainable development.

• Proven skills in organization, administration, and reporting.

• Independent and multitasking maven with the ability to meet tight deadlines without compromising quality.

• High motivation to learn, eagerness to contribute ideas, and an insatiable curiosity.

• A team player with a knack for creating strong working relationships in an international environment.

• Excellent command of written and spoken English. French and Spanish knowledge is a plus.

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 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.