Communications Volunteer/Intern

About Island Conservation

Island Conservation is a small, international non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with field offices in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hawai’i, 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 Communications Volunteer/Intern to learn from and support the Communications Team in our Santa Cruz Headquarters. We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter who wants to develop new skills and improve their writing, communication, social media, organizational, and computer skills. The ideal candidate will be interested in:

  • Writing blog posts related to invasive species impacts on islands
  • 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

Duties and Responsibilities

The Communications Volunteer/Intern works closely with the Communications Specialist and is exposed to many facets of the organization’s staff and work. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Support communications strategy development and implementation
  • Draft conservation news articles—summarize latest relevant news articles and editorialize to bring attention to Island Conservation’s mission and values
  • Maintain, update, and expand blog content
  • Maintain, update, and expand social media outlets (currently Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn)
  • Draft, review, edit, and publish daily social media posts
  • Monitor and report on social media outlet activity
  • Share posts by IC’s partner organizations
  • Monitor internet for relevant media, collect and maintain IC earned media archives
  • Support website content development and updates
  • Generate new Twitter followers with a particular focus on journalists
  • Assist with editing and formatting documents and presentations
  • Assemble and organize IC info packets and other collateral for meetings
  • Assist with print publications including IC’s Annual Report
  • Discrete projects and other assigned tasks as needed

Preferred Qualifications

  • Undergraduate or graduate students studying communications, marketing, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental studies, environmental policy, foreign languages, international policy, or related fields
  • Motivated, detail-oriented, passionate self-starter with excellent organizational, communication, writing, editing, and research skills
  • Quick learner, ability to take initiative, strong work ethic
  • Ability to prioritize competing demands; flexible
  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team
  • Commitment to Island Conservation’s mission, work, and conservation in general
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation and ecological principles
  • Familiarity with blogging, SEO, and WordPress
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets
  • French or Spanish language skills or fluency desired

Start Date – Open Immediately

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

Location – This volunteer internship 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, writing sample, and three professional or academic references to No phone calls, please.

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