BR-2312 Assessing Supply Chain Habitat Conversion Graduate Intern
For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field – more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.
Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible — bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.
Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.
BRIDGE – Building Relationships, Inclusivity, Diversity, Growth, and Excellence
WWF’s diversity-focused internship program, BRIDGE, aims to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.
Agriculture is a leading cause of the destruction of forests, as they are cleared to make room for crops and pasture. Other habitats like wetlands, grasslands, and savannahs are also cleared for agriculture. The loss of these habitats also has a huge impact on the climate – almost 10% of the total greenhouse gases come from agriculturally driven habitat loss. However, the distinction between forest and non-forest loss and its implications for climate are often inconsistent and poorly characterized.
Under the supervision of the Director for Scope 3 Carbon Measurement and Mitigation, the intern will work to help WWF understand and communicate the state of knowledge and available tools/datasets available to monitor and characterize the impacts of non-forest habitat conversion from agriculture. This work may contribute to larger projects, including supply-chain focused deforestation and conversion free interventions in South America.
- Research: conduct literature review on greenhouse gas emissions from forest and non-forest ecosystems; survey available tools & datasets covering non-forest ecosystem loss.
- Analysis and synthesis: synthesize and analyze data from the academic and grey literature.
- Communication: develop a clear report summarizing the findings of the review and synthesis, and assist WWF staff in circulating the brief for informed feedback.
- Other tasks as assigned or co-developed by intern and supervisor.
- Must be an actively enrolled student and not received degree at time of internship start date.
- Pursuing a non-doctoral Graduate program.
- Analytical thinker, with strong quantitative background.
- Experience reading scientific literature.
- Identifies and aligns with WWF’s core values: Courage, Integrity, Respect, and Collaboration:
- Demonstrates courage by speaking up even when it is difficult, or unpopular.
- Builds trust with colleagues by acting with integrity, owning mistakes, and holding oneself accountable.
- Welcomes other points of view and ideas, recognizing and embracing different and contrary perspectives with kindness, curiosity, and encouragement.
- Makes conscious efforts to promote cooperative practices, behaviors, and ways of working across many groups and individuals.
- Research or literature review experience.
- Data analysis / coding.
- Earth science, ecology, or chemistry course experience.
- Experience in using research methods, analyzing data, and clearly communicating research findings.
- Experience working with other internal and external WWF experts.
- Subject matter experience in climate change, habitat loss, and food systems.
- Intern will likely also contribute as a co-author to the outcome report.
WWF interns will be provided a set of professional development opportunities, aimed at increasing their exposure to conservation and sustainability careers. This includes:
- Development discussions with their manager;
- Up to two online courses through Cornell University’s eCornell program;
- Speed mentoring with different WWF teams;
- Opportunity to present their work to intern peers and WWF staff;
- Session on resume and interviewing best practices.
Interns will also have access to an array of networking opportunities. This includes meetings with WWF’s CEO, the senior management team, Employee Resource Groups, and representatives from other departments.
US-DC-Washington or US-Remote: WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Hawaii, Idaho, Kentucky, Louisiana, Nevada, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Wyoming.
Paid - $21 per hour (full-time, 35 hours per week)
Internship will run from June 5, 2023 to August 11, 2023
How to Apply:
Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page, Requisition# BR-2312. In your cover letter, please describe your relevant skills and experience for this position and include a discussion of 1) how you have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion and 2) what you hope to gain from the internship.
If selected for the role, you will need to provide 1 letter of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
* Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.
WWF is committed to maintaining a safe and healthy workplace and requires all US-based staff to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. WWF will consider requests for accommodation from the vaccine requirement based on disability, medical contraindication, sincerely held religious belief, or any other category protected by federal, state, or local law.
As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.