Marine Programme Intern 2023

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)

Málaga, Spain 🇪🇸

Vacancy #:  6248
Unit:  Marine Programme
Organisation:  International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:  Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation, Malaga, Spain
Reporting to:  Project Marine Officer
Work percentage:  100%
Grade:  I
Expected start date:  01 February 2023
Type of contract:  Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:  31 December 2022


The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) was founded in 1948 and brings together over 1,400 members (states, government agencies, NGOs and affiliates) and some 15,000 scientists and experts from over 180 countries in a unique worldwide partnership. Its mission is to influence, encourage and assist societies throughout the world to conserve the integrity and diversity of nature and to ensure that any use of natural resources is equitable and ecologically sustainable. IUCN has approximately 1,000 staff, most of whom are located in its regional and country offices and at its Headquarters in Gland, Switzerland. IUCN is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates.


The IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation (IUCN-Med), based in Málaga Spain, is seeking a motivated candidate to fill the position of Marine Programme Intern to support the Marine Biodiversity and Blue Economy Programme. Our placements offer valuable work experience toward the candidate’s professional development, increasing their skills and knowledge on marine conservation management while working with an international organization. As an intern, you will work as part of a team in the areas of project management, communications and research. The Marine Programme Intern is expected to support the work IUCN is developing in the Mediterranean, with a special focus on communication and data analysis in the marine and coastal environment, marine endangered species and spatial management.

This internship position will provide the candidate with opportunities to apply and advance their knowledge and research skills in the following topical areas:
− Research, visualization and communication;
− Understanding specific policy frameworks and indicators for demonstrating conservation outcomes and impacts of marine and coastal conservation actions;

The intern, under the supervision of the Marine Biodiversity and Blue Economy Programme and IUCN-Med office team, will assist to accomplish the following tasks:
− Support the implementation of different meetings, events and workshops in marine conservation topics
− Provide support for the research on recent initiatives, studies and background knowledge regarding Blue Economy/Carbon, Nature-based Solutions, Marine Conversation actions focusing on MPAs, OECMs, etc.
− Conduct additional tasks/emerging issues assigned by the marine team and/or other departments to ensure the effective implementation of the programme.
− Prepare communication materials on IUCN-Med marine conservation initiatives for different social media
− Support on the application of the IUCN publication guidelines to each relevant document that will be publicised by the marine team


• This call is restricted to students or early graduates who are still in the capacity of performing an internship under the framework of their institution.

• The duration of the internship is 6 months (flexible) at the IUCN Centre for Mediterranean Cooperation in Málaga, Spain. The possibility of partial remote work may be discussed.
• The intern is expected to work full time (average 39 hours per week) unless there are specific regulations within the candidate’s university.
• IUCN will help cover the cost of living in Málaga for the duration of the internship. The intern shall receive a gross subsistence/allowance of 700.00 € per month (seven hundred euros).
• The candidate will be required to maintain frequent communication with their supervisor and also attend team calls on a regular basis.
• The candidate should apply for her/his own VISA in case of living outside EU countries.


• • Current or recent MSc student with a degree in a relevant field, e.g. marine ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental management and communications or similar disciplines.

• • It is mandatory that the candidate be enrolled in an academic programme as the agreement will be between IUCN-Med and the candidate’s university.

• • Good organizational and communication skills

• • Ability to stay organized and work independently with minimum supervision;

• • Curious and autonomous profile, with a capacity of analysis/synthesis of texts and technical reports.

• • Excellent written, oral and editing skills in English. Good knowledge of French and/or Spanish is considered an advantage

• • Proficiency and experience in additional skills such as GIS and/or social media content creation are considered an asset.


Applicants are requested to apply online through the HR Management System, by opening the vacancy announcement and pressing the “Apply” button.

Applicants will be asked to create an account and submit their profile information. Applications will not be accepted after the closing date. The vacancy closes at midnight, Swiss time (GMT+1 / GMT+2 during Daylight Saving Time, DST). Please note that only selected applicants will be personally contacted for interviews.

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About IUCN

IUCN is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together.

Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 10,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis. Its broad membership enables IUCN to fill the role of incubator and trusted repository of best practices, tools and international standards.

IUCN provides a neutral space in which diverse stakeholders including governments, NGOs, scientists, businesses, local communities, indigenous peoples organisations and others can work together to forge and implement solutions to environmental challenges and achieve sustainable development.

Working with many partners and supporters, IUCN implements a large and diverse portfolio of conservation projects worldwide. Combining the latest science with the traditional knowledge of local communities, these projects work to reverse habitat loss, restore ecosystems and improve people’s well-being.





IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development