Photo and Video Editing Volunteer/Intern

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation is an international non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with field offices in Australia, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, and Puerto Rico. The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.

Island Conservation prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. By removing one of the greatest threats to island biodiversity—non-native, damaging (invasive) species—native island species and ecosystems recover with little or no additional intervention. To date, we have successfully restored 63 islands worldwide, benefiting 1173 populations of 468 species and subspecies. Learn why we work on islands.

Position Overview

Island Conservation is seeking a Photography volunteer/intern to support the communications and photography team needs in our Santa Cruz headquarters. We are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter who wants to develop new skills and build on their current photography skills. The ideal candidate will be interested in:

  • Editing and processing photos for internal and external use
  • Maintaining inventory of photography equipment
  • Managing photography equipment maintenance
  • Developing new skills in nonprofit communications
  • Advancing our mission and biodiversity conservation in general
  • Working in an exciting and friendly professional environment
  • Volunteering to help save species from extinction


The Photography Volunteer/Intern works closely with the Communications and Photography Team. As part of the Photography Team, the Photography Volunteer/Intern will be responsible for:

  • Processing Images (Lightroom workflow)
  • Importing images into Lightroom
  • Ensuring the proper organizational structure of Lightroom catalog(s)
  • Keywording images using Island Conservation protocols
  • Preparing images for use on websites, social media, presentations and communications materials
  • Building photosets and galleries on Flickr based on specific requests from the Communications team
  • Preparing and coordinating high-quality prints and various other photography products
  • Supporting creation of shot lists for field deployments
  • Support communications strategy development and implementation
  • Assist with print publications including IC’s Annual Report
  • Discrete projects and other assigned tasks as needed

Required Knowledge and Skills

  • Proficiency with Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom
  • Excellent organizational, multi-tasking, prioritization skills, and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent PC computer skills with Windows and Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, OneNote)
  • Strong work ethic and passion for the mission of Island Conservation

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate or undergraduate students studying photography, communications, marketing, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental studies, environmental policy, international policy, or related fields. Able to commit to 12-40 hours/week for 6 months
  • Proficiency in Adobe Creative Suite (specifically Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign)
  • Understanding of conservation, invasive species, and ecological principles
  • Proficient in Flickr
  • French or Spanish language skills or fluency desired

Start date – Open Immediately

Minimum Commitment – 6 months, between 12-40 hours/week, flexible schedules

Location – This position will be based in Island Conservation’s Global Headquarters office: 2100 Delaware Ave., Suite 1 Santa Cruz, CA 95060 U.S.A.

Compensation – This is a volunteer intern position without any monetary compensation or benefits but can qualify for course credit. The position will provide training for the benefit of the volunteer intern, who will work closely under and with our staff employees. This volunteer intern position does not involve travel or entitle the volunteer intern to future employment with Island Conservation.

Non-monetary compensation includes a unique opportunity to be part of and learn from an innovative, committed, fun, and growing conservation organization that is making a big difference through the protection of island species. Apply today to be part of one of the most passionate, motivated, and effective teams in the nonprofit conservation sector.

To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional or academic references; No phone calls, please.



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