Positions Available

12-3-18 Update

Seventh Generation Institute seeks 1-2 full/part-time intern(s)

This full time position is offered on a flexible basis so that one person can complete it full time or two persons half time. Please state your preference in your cover letter as described below. If half time, two interns will be hired, allowing each of the interns time to work or recreate locally.

These positions are offered as part of Seventh Generation Institute’s Women in Conservation program. Selected interns will receive mentoring in leadership for women, nonprofit organization management and participation in as many of the Institute’s programs and administrative activities as possible.

Information about Institute programs, location, approach to conservation and more can be found throughout this website.

Internship positions require a minimum 6 month commitment and interns may opt for a second term if desired. Desired start date is 1/15/19 or as soon as possible thereafter. There is no deadline to apply but position will be filled as soon as suitable candidates are identified. Positions are unpaid and receive no benefits.

The Interns will assist the Executive Director and Operations Director with tasks drawn from all of the Institute’s programs and activities as various needs arise during the seasons. The selected candidates will assist in any or all of the following responsibilities and should have at least intermediate level skills in these:

  • Design and write a wide variety of communication and outreach materials, including but not limited to: newsletters, social media, press releases, funder and donor communication, educational fact sheets, presentations, other materials as needed.

  • Data entry and maintain records of communication.

  • Organizing, promoting and coordinating workshops, fundraising events, public presentations and education events. Ensuring quality of these. Occasional public speaking opportunities are available for appropriate interns.

  • Recruiting, training and coordinating program field volunteers.

  • Coordination with project partners including private land owners, BLM, Forest Service and others.

  • Other tasks as may be identified. Increasing responsibilities during the internship will be matched to the intern’s skills, interests and abilities.

Specific tasks and hours are variable, since some of the Institute’s work is seasonal, conducted outdoors and is affected by weather. Other activities are affected by the schedules of project partners. Work hours must be flexible but will definitely include some evenings and weekends.

Candidates should be:

  • Located in Blaine County Idaho (Sun Valley/Ketchum area) or willing to relocate. Rental housing is scarce in Blaine County, so interns that wish to relocate will need to begin a housing search early.

  • Able to work from home, provide your own vehicle and cell phone and have internet access. A computer and printer will be provided or you may use your own.

  • Have a reliable 4WD vehicle and evidence of insurance.

  • Be reasonably physically fit – sufficient to hike 5 miles in hilly terrain - and capable of working outdoors on occasions. 

  • Able to complete occasional travel in Idaho and other parts of the West. This is highly variable from season to season and year to year. Local travel will be required within an estimated 100 miles of Blaine County. Other travel will be optional.

Required qualifications

  • A minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a field related to biodiversity conservation.

  • Strong verbal and written communication skills, graphic design skills, organizational skills. Ability to communicate scientific information to a wide variety of audiences.

Other desirable skills/availabilities. Candidates are not expected to have all of these skills. Please describe your level of proficiency in these skills if this is not clear on your resume.  

  • Photography and videography

  • GIS skills and/or GPS mapping experience.

  • Field monitoring of streams, wildlife, native plants or invasive plants.

  • Spanish language or other abilities.

  • First aid

Upon successful completion of the internship, each intern will receive a detailed evaluation and a letter of recommendation for future employment. A highly-qualified intern may be offered a paid position at the end of the internship.

How to apply

Before applying please read about the Institute’s mission, values and approach on this website. Candidates for these positions should be comfortable with the Institute’s values and approach, which is one approach among many in the conservation field.

Please send a resume and cover letter to admin@seventh-generation.org with the subject heading “Internship.” In your cover letter please describe:

1.           Your interest, qualifications, strengths, and past experience that would help you perform this role. Include your interest in women’s leadership in conservation and in the Institute’s approach to conservation.  

2.           Any specific skills, strengths or knowledges you have and wish to use that may not be on this list, but may be relevant to a nonprofit conservation organization or this position.  

3.           Date you are available to start work.

4.           A list of software that you are familiar with. You may categorize these as “very familiar” or “somewhat familiar.”

Questions about these internships may be submitted by email. Please wait up to 3 days to receive a response and do not call. You email will be acknowledged and your submission reviewed.  Selected candidates will be contacted and asked for samples of previous work, references and other typical follow up.

Seventh Generation Institute applies the concepts of equal opportunity employment to internships, volunteers, contractors and employees, whether paid, unpaid, short-term or long-term.

Thank you for your interest.



About Volunteering and Interning at Seventh Generation Institute

The Institute is particularly interested in "skills-based volunteers" (which typically includes interns). A skills-based volunteer is a different breed of volunteer, one who brings higher level skills to volunteering - hence the name. Skills-based volunteers contrast with "traditional volunteers" who typically work on jobs that require little skill or specialized knowledge - such as serving food in a soup kitchen or cleaning trash from roadsides. Skills-based volunteers are seeking more challenging ways to serve, to use existing knowledge and skills, or to build new skills. Skills-based volunteers may be found different phases of life and with different motivations but share a strong desire to make a difference in a nonprofit setting with work that speaks to them.

Some examples:

  • Professionals wanting to add more meaning to their life outside of their workday.

  • Graduate school students kick-starting their professional careers.

  • Retirees wanting to find a new or different purpose in life through contributing to a better world.

If this level of volunteering sounds appealing please review the positions below and be in touch per the specific instructions.

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