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Climate Resilience Intern – National Parks Conversation Association
National Parks Conversation Association (NPCA), the nation’s oldest and largest national parks nonprofit advocate, is looking for a Climate and Resilience Fellow to join our Government Affairs Department.
The Climate & Resilience Fellow will be responsible for assisting the Government Affairs Climate and Ecosystem Restoration team, in researching, tracking, and analyzing key climate and ecosystem restoration policies and investments impacting the National Park landscapes.
- Facilitating the development and maintenance of internal tracking tools related to climate, ecosystem restoration, and conservation investments in parks and park landscapes.
- Researching climate change impacts in national parks. Developing case studies detailing ongoing threats to park resources and restoration efforts in park landscapes.
- Tracking and assisting in advocacy on federal legislation and administrative policy related to climate and ecosystem restoration—including federal budget and appropriations—important to priority ecosystems and national parks.
- Researching issues and compiling and analyzing information in support of NPCA’s broader legislative and long-range policy programs as needed.
Main deliverables may include:
- An updated database of climate change stories impacting national park landscapes.
- Development of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act climate and infrastructure investment tracking tool.
- Series of short case studies or fact sheets detailing the impact of climate change on water resources in national parks and stories of effective restoration projects and the use of natural infrastructure solutions for climate resilience in the parks and park landscapes.
- Historic federal funding chart, tracking the changes in federal funding for key DOI, EPA, and DOT climate, ecosystem restoration, and infrastructure programs.
- A series of advocacy letters detailing key funding priorities for Congressional committees in FY2024 and FY2025 negotiations.
- Current college student enrolled in undergraduate (junior or senior) or post-graduate program; or recent college graduate (within one year of graduation).
- Experience, education, and skills in one or more of the following areas: conservation biology, ecology, climate science, natural resources management (terrestrial or marine), ecosystem restoration, cultural resources management, anthropology, public policy (social, demographic, philosophic implications of National Park Service activities), legal research and analysis, or political science.
- Excellent communication and writing skills.
- Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
- Enthusiasm for gaining new knowledge and skills.