Conservation Intern, Alaska

Location: Anchorage, AK

Description & Goals of Assignment:

Defenders of Wildlife’s Alaska office is seeking an outgoing and passionate person to work on important conservation outreach, communication and engagement efforts, particularly related to conserving Kenai brown bears and Cook Inlet beluga whales and protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and its wildlife from oil and gas development. The position will be based in Anchorage, and there will be multiple events happening on the Kenai Peninsula in areas such as Seward, Kenai, Soldotna, Ninilchik, and the Russian River.  The types of events include stewardship days, conservation minded community festivals (e.g., Salmon Fest), brown bear coexistence workshops, and more.

Defenders is dedicated to the conservation of wildlife, including top predators that help maintain biodiversity, and the protection of public lands which the wildlife depend on. There are a variety of campaigns that Defenders is currently working on, however some specific focus areas for summer 2019 include:

  • Kenai Brown Bear coexistence

  • Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

  • Cook Inlet beluga recovery

The goal of this internship is to assist Defenders on increasing the level of engagement by members and the general public on ongoing conservation issues through public awareness, education, and training opportunities, in collaboration with multiple stakeholder groups.

Intern Responsibilities:

  • Assist Defenders’ Program Coordinator with writing and/or editing to develop content for communications materials such as action alerts, social media posts, event communications, and outreach products.

  • Help plan, attend, and execute outreach events and trainings to promote our conservation and coexistence efforts.

  • Join Defenders’ Program coordinator at planning meetings with partner organizations.

  • Support Defenders’ outreach and education efforts on other issues as appropriate.

Intern Qualifications:

An outgoing personality with an interest in conserving wildlife and inspiring others to engage in wildlife and public lands issues;

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills;

  • Ability to multitask a variety of job duties and/or campaigns;

  • Ability to travel to parts of Alaska which may require camping overnight.

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To apply, please visit the Alaska Conservation Foundation’s application portal: