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Membership and Communications Coordinator

Application Deadline: April 27th
Start Date:

Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust is a growing nonprofit land conservation
organization serving 12 counties in northeast Wisconsin, preserving the lands that protect our
waters, landscapes, and natural habitats for this and future generations. We are seeking a parttime
Membership and Communications Coordinator. Northeast Wisconsin Land Trust offers a
faced paced, energetic work environment. The Membership and Communications Coordinator
will provide administrative support and be responsible for database management,
recordkeeping, communications, meeting coordination, basic accounting and general office


The Nature Conservancy – Summer Interns

Application Deadline: On-going
Start Date: June 8, 2015

The Nature Conservancy – 2015 Summer Interns

About Us
The mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Since our founding in 1951, The Nature Conservancy has protected more than 117 million acres of land and 5,000 miles of rivers worldwide. We have more than 1 million members and dedicated staff working in all 50 United States and more than 30 countries around the world — we are everywhere you want to be!

The Wisconsin program has four intern positions starting on June 8, 2015 and ending on August 14, 2015.  The salary range is $10 to $12 per hour. To apply for the following positions, please go to The Nature Conservancy’s site, .

Door County Conservation Intern - Position Summary

The Door Peninsula is a slender peninsula that juts into Lake Michigan and is well-known in Wisconsin and beyond for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage.  Its rocky cliffs, sandy beaches, fertile wetlands and conifer forests provide habitat for a unique and diverse group of plants and animals, some of which are found nowhere else in the world.  The Nature Conservancy (TNC) owns and manages approximately 4,250 acres in four preserves on the Door Peninsula and also collaborates with multiple partner organizations to achieve common conservation goals.  The Conservancy is looking for a 10-week intern to assist in the implementation of TNC’s land management, information gathering, and outreach goals.  This would include working with volunteers and partners to conduct invasive species mapping and control on TNC lands, aiding in the creation of an invasive species prevention and control plan for Door County, assisting in the gathering of historical or biological information for several locations to help assess ecological significance, and drafting outreach materials for private landowners among other tasks.

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)

• Associate’s degree in natural resource management, environmental studies, biology, land management, scientific research, or related field OR equivalent combination of education and 6 months of experience.
• Working knowledge of common software applications (e.g., Microsoft Word, Excel, web browsers) and ability to maintain project records.
• Ability to perform physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or inclement weather.
• Experience or willingness to learn to apply herbicide and use some power equipment.  Necessary training will be provided.
• Knowledge of natural systems and ecological principles. 
• Skills in navigation with a map, compass or GPS unit and experience or willingness to learn ArcGIS software for mapping purposes.
• Strong communication skills (verbal and written) and ability to work with various stakeholders.

Mapping and Data Conservation Intern - Position Summary

Spatial and and tabular data are pervasive in all facets of The Nature Conservancy, from painting a picture of hope for our donors, to identifying where and how we work and measuring the success of our work.  This internship will provide a glimpse across all levels of work at TNC from local, on-the-ground weed management, to participation in a wetland prioritization project that’s part of one of our North America Freshwater Program priorities.

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)

• Experience using ESRI GIS products, and the ability to learn to use the most recent version.
• Understanding of ecological principles
• Enrollment in a post high school level program in geography, biology, ecology or related field.
• Experience maintaining and populating databases and manual files.
• Experience producing maps and/or other graphic products and reports.
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and using the Internet.

Philanthropy Intern - Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy works closely with generous individuals, foundations and corporate supporters, whose gifts make a difference for our natural world.  This internship with the philanthropy team will offer opportunities to enhance our engagement with donors and share information about our work in Wisconsin and across the globe. Responsibilities include creating new print and digital materials, event planning and supporting social media outreach. The internship will also involve project analysis to assess current fundraising efforts, and research to determine new prospective audiences of potential donors

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)
• Enrollment in a post high school level program with suggested (but not limited to) academic field in one of the following areas: communications, English, business or graphic design
• Excellent verbal and written skills
• Experience with Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and using the Internet
• Strong organizational skills and attention to detail


Mapping and Data Conservation Intern - Position Summary

The Nature Conservancy works with numerous public and private partners to acquire legal interests in land for habitat conservation. Sometimes the Conservancy holds and manages these lands or conservation easements in perpetuity while other times we transfer preserves or easements to partners for long-term ownership and management. This internship will offer a look at the world of conservation real estate by working with Protection staff to acquire properties across Wisconsin while also transferring at least one established preserve to a partner non-profit or government owner.

Responsibilities and Scope

• Research files on tracts to be transferred to Conservancy partners. This will include reviewing a property’s full acquisition history including correspondence, deeds, title insurance policies, State Natural Area dedication documents & grant contracts.

• Assist Protection Staff with land acquisitions by developing land appraisal and survey requests, drafting options to purchase and completing internal project review documents

• Work with Grant Specialist to complete state and federal grant applications for land acquisition projects

Desired Skills & Experience (education and years of experience, key competencies)

• Exceptional organization skills and ability to maintain focus and attention to detail is required
• Ability to manage large numbers of paper and electronic files
• Ability to understand maps (plat maps, surveys, etc.) as well as the PLSS (public land survey system)
• Ability to locate deeds, tax information and other documents from public websites
• Ability to write clearly and concisely in letters, emails and other correspondence
• Basic understanding of the real estate process, writing grant proposals and/or GIS skills a plus

The ideal candidate will have at least a basic background in real estate, planning, law or natural resources with a willingness to learn the specific research skills required for this position.


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