Explore Natural Communities (ENC) Interns

Arlington, VA
Feb 24, 2017
Apr 01, 2017
Full Time


Up to four interns will work individually or in teams of two to four. The internship schedule is flexible. Interns may begin part-time from March through May and switch to full-time during the summer from June through mid-August 2017, depending on the availability and situation of selected individuals. NatureServe, park staff, and the NCR Urban Ecology Research Learning Alliance will collaborate with interns to create communication projects (e.g., podcasts, videos) about the natural history of parks in the NPS National Capital Region. The national parks are considered "clients" for the intern projects. Expect to adjust to client schedules for multiple iterative reviews and approvals before completing a project.


These internships are open to graduate students, recent graduates (graduation within one (1) year of start of internship), and rising junior or senior undergraduate students with a background and/or interest in ecology, biology, botany, environmental science, climate change impacts, natural resources, sociology, communication, web and mobile web design or development, psychology, or study in any relevant field.

Students must be attending or recently graduated from a U.S.-accredited college or university and must be eligible to work in the United States. Any offers of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of the required background checks.


  • Background experience in web and interactive media, audio production (podcasts), videography, photography, and required tools (Audacity, Final-cut, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop, and others)
  • Knowledge of the native flora of the mid-Atlantic region of the U.S., and/or experience in botanical/ecological field work
  • Excellent communication, marketing, or journalism skills
  • Highly self-motivated, organized, and able to keep track of multiple assignments and their products
  • Ability to understand and adhere to multi-media (recordings, imagery, etc.) usage rights and restrictions, intellectual property rights, and publicly available or limited rights such as described on Creative Commons (https://creativecommons.org)
  • Ability to work well within a team
  • Experience with social media in an organizational context
  • Volunteer or volunteer management experience
  • Experience in outdoor education, interpretation or natural resource management
  • Experience in podcast, video, or mobile website development


  • Most of the work is sedentary, but also includes actions requiring moderate physical stress, including hiking and lifting
  • Ability to remain in a stationary seated position
  • Ability to lift and carry audio/visual equipment weighing up to 25 lbs. while hiking
  • Ability to travel independently
  • Ability to learn to use organizational technology and multi-phone systems
  • Requires frequent communication, verbal and written
  • Ability to hear well and speak clearly to engage effectively with NatureServe and NPS staff and to create voice recordings for park podcasts and videos
  • When interviewed for a position, please expect to read a short excerpt provided to you ahead of time
  • Ability to visually or otherwise identify, observe or assess

NatureServe is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Veterans/Disabled

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