Internships Available

Our internships offer the opportunity to gain important skills in conservation work. You’ll learn firsthand how a biodiversity advocacy organization works to mobilize public support, influence public policy and undertake ecological restoration. We have a small staff, so you’ll be an important part of the SWEC team.

Some of our internships pay a small stipend, others are unpaid depending upon our current staff resources. Either way, you'll receive great work experience and possibly academic credit. We require a 3-6 month commitment, working at least 12 hours per week on a flexible schedule.

We are looking for interns who have excellent written and verbal communication skills, relevant coursework and/or experience, good interpersonal skills for public outreach, the ability to work independently, and a strong commitment to SWEC's mssion of biodiversity protection.

We currently have the following internships available:

Desert Lands and Wildlife Program Intern

Working in the Desert Lands and Wildlife Program, you’ll assist with our campaigns to stop the border wall, restore Mexican gray wolves to the Southwest,reform state wildlife management, end wildlife killing contests and protect the grasslands and wildlife of Otero Mesa, depending on current priorities. Duties may include public outreach and education, research, reviewing current science and policy, working with the media, writing for our newsletter and website, and influencing management and policy decisions.

Communications Intern

As a communications intern, you’ll assist staff with all aspects of SWEC’s external communications. Duties may include:

  • Write media advisories, press releases and other materials
  • Organize press conferences and media events
  • Compile media contact lists
  • Monitor all forms of media
  • Contribute content to our electronic and print newsletters
  • Assist in production of printed materials
  •  Contribute content to website
  • Monitor and post on blogs, forums, and social media (Facebook, Twitter, possibly more)

Pays $500 stipend.

Desert Waters Program Intern

Working in the Desert Waters Program, you’ll assist with our efforts to restore the Rio Grande to ecological health. Duties may include public outreach and education, working with landowners to organize private-land restoration projects, grant research, historical research, reviewing current science and policy, working with the media, writing for our newsletter and website, and influencing management and policy decisions.

Alternative Giving Intern

The Alternative Giving Intern will work with the Membership Coordinator to promote, expand upon and evaluate our current grassroots giving methods. He or she will work directly with students, community members and on-line to design and implement giving campaigns and reach specific giving goals. This is a fantastic opportunity for students looking to work in non-profits and get a glimpse into the future of giving.

Conservation Education and Outreach Intern

As a conservation education and outreach intern, you’ll assist with all aspects of our efforts to promote public awareness and appreciation for the Southwest’s natural heritage.

Possible Duties (actual duties will be determined based on the interests of individual interns, as well as academic requirements):

  • Help develop and coordinate public educational programs (stand-alone and series) including lectures, films, panel discussions, workshops, etc.
  • Coordinate and serve as host for SWEC’s Back by Noon guided Saturday morning natural history outings
  • Organize and lead public tours of SWEC’s La Mancha Wetland restoration project
  • Assist with developing and implementing SWEC monthly volunteer days
  • Help develop interpretative materials for SWEC’s Rio Grande Aquarium
  • Work with staff to produce informational materials related to SWEC’s work (fact sheets, articles, displays, online posts, etc.)

Pays $500 stipend.

Ecological Restoration Intern

As an ecological restoration intern working in our Desert Waters Program, you’ll assist with all aspects of our efforts to restore wetland, riparian and aquatic habitats along the Rio Grande and other streams, arroyos, wetlands and springs in southern New Mexico.

Possible Duties (actual duties will be determined based on the interests of individual interns, as well as academic requirements):

  • Help coordinate and assist with ecological monitoring efforts (e.g. vegetation, fish, macroinvertebrates, birds, herps, water quality, groundwater levels, etc.)
  • Help coordinate volunteer efforts (e.g. plantings, removal of invasive species, trail/fence installation, etc.)
  • Research options for measuring water flow between pond and river
  • Help develop a management plan to control invasive species, e.g. salt cedar, bullfrogs, etc.
  • Help install and maintain infrared critter cams
  • Coordinate public tours, including school groups
  • Write descriptions of SWEC restoration projects for print and online media, including our website and newsletter.

Aquarium Management Intern

As an Aquarium Management intern, you’ll assist with all aspects of maintaining and improving our aquaria featuring fish species inhabiting the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico.

Possible Duties (actual duties will be determined based on the interests of individual interns, as well as academic requirements):

  • Determine optimal diet and feeding regimens for fish specimens
  • Obtain additional and replacement fish specimens as needed, by catching them in the wild or ordering them from other sources
  • Design and implement habitat components (rocks, plants, etc.) based on species’ needs
  • Maintain proper water chemistry and temperature
  • Maintain all equipment (tanks, pumps, lights, etc.)
  • Instruct staff in proper cleaning techniques
  • Set up additional tanks
  • Assist with developing interpretive materials

To apply for these positions, send the following to Kevin Bixby, SWEC Executive Director:

  • Resume and cover letter describing why you want to intern at SWEC
  • Writing sample (600-1000 words--can be an excerpt)
  • List of relevant coursework
  • Two references

  


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