About Island Conservation
Island Conservation (IC) 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.
IC 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.
Island Conservation is seeking a Philanthropy Volunteer/Intern to learn from and support the Philanthropy Team, which brings in money and resources from donors to sustain growth for the organization. We are looking for an enthusiastic self-starter who wants to develop new skills and improve their writing, communication, organizational, and computer skills. The Philanthropy Volunteer/Intern will work closely with the Philanthropy Specialist. The ideal candidate will be interested in:
- Scheduling key meetings
- Grant development support
- Donor prospect research
- Working in an exciting and friendly professional environment
- Event planning
- Uploading and organizing documents into Salesforce etc.
- 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
- Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlet
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, and three professional or academic references firstname.lastname@example.org; No phone calls, please.