Intern (Global Restoration Opportunities)

Conservation International
Arlington, VA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified
Degree Required: 
Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)


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Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


With the UN’s announcement of the upcoming Decade of Ecological Restoration, there is renewed global momentum to restore the hundreds of millions of hectares of degraded land that is directly impacting the quality of life of 3.2 billion people and threatening biodiversity worldwide. At Conservation International, we aim to “open the black box of restoration” by providing concrete support to the global community on how different restoration methods can be used to achieve different environmental, social, and financial outcomes. The Global Restoration Opportunities Intern will play a key role in this process. Working through CI’s Global Strategy Group and in partnership with CI’s country programs, the intern will be responsible for developing a database that categorizes the financial costs and enabling policies of different restoration pathways (agroforestry, natural regeneration, planted forests etc). They will also map out major restoration actors, both national and international, who are supporting restoration implementation. This data will be used to set organizational priorities for supporting the creation of restoration incentives and strategically guiding investments to areas of need.


  • With guidance from the Climate Team and CI’s country programs, develop a database that categorizes the financial costs and enabling (or disenabling) policies of different restoration pathways (natural regeneration, agroforestry, planted forests etc.) at a national and sub-national scale. The Intern will primarily draw from the literature and from phone interviews with key restoration actors.
  • Map out key national and international restoration actors across the tropics and identify their thematic area of work.
  • Work with Climate Change Lead, Climate Core Team members, and Restoration Fellow to contribute to research products, such as policy briefs, technical analyses, and/or expanding case studies


  • Located in Conservation International's Headquarters (Arlington, VA)
  • Casual and flexible work environment
  • Paid, full time internship.



  • Actively pursuing an advanced degree in environmental studies, environmental economics, environmental policy, landscape restoration, or other applicable field.
  • Familiarity with the restoration literature, including restoration policy and/or natural capital accounting
  • Experience conducting literature reviews and policy analyses
  • Comfort conducting systematic interviews over the phone, in English or in a foreign language
  • Database management expertise
  • Independent worker
  • Enthusiasm for and curiosity about restoring the world!


  • Additional language proficiency in any one of the following: Portuguese, Spanish, Bahasa, Tagalog, Mandarin
  • Working experience in developing countries