Watershed Stewardship GLOBE Intern

Wilmington, DE, United States 🇺🇸

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in 69 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit www.nature.org/about-us to learn more.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.

Through the GLOBE (Growing Leaders on Behalf of the Environment) internship program. The Nature Conservancy hires undergraduate students, graduate students, or recent college graduates (2015, 2016, and 2017) to fill paid internship positions during a 10-week summer internship. Our mission is to provide a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between academics and the real-world conservation work that contributes to the health and sustainability of our world. The GLOBE Program recruites individuals from a variety of backgrounds and experiences who are interested in contributing to our conservation goals in various fields. The GLOBE Program offers a structured orientation, professional training, network opportunities, mentoring program, and real work experience.


The Watershed Stewardship GLOBE Intern will work on the Stream Stewards Project of TNC’s Delaware Chapter in conjunction with the William Penn funded Centers Network Youth Internship program. Stream Stewards is a Citizen Science Program, in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS) and Stroud Water Research Center, designed to engage volunteers in water quality monitoring and watershed stewardship, in the Beaver Valley Unit of First State National Historical Park. Stream Stewards will engage members of the local communities, including Wilmington youth, in educational and stewardship activities. The Watershed Stewardship intern will benefit the Stream Stewards program by assisting with outreach in the Wilmington community, and making connections between watersheds and urban residents, especially youth.

The Watershed Stewardship intern will assist the Stream Stewards Project Manager with summer programming including educational and research activities related to water quality and watershed protection. The intern will be responsible for developing and executing an outreach plan to engage residents of Wilmington, especially youth, in watershed stewardship activities, such as water quality monitoring, stream clean-ups, and watershed advocacy. The intern will also assist in the supervision of watershed activities with groups of High School interns, including TNC LEAF and City of Wilmington Green Jobs interns. It will be the responsibility of the intern to work with staff from TNC and NPS to coordinate activities in the park. The intern will create a presentation of their work to share at a summit attended by all the interns in the Centers Network Youth Internship program.


  • HS Diploma or equivalent. Enrolled in an undergraduate program for Biology, Conservation/Environmental Studies, Marketing, Public Policy, Sociology, Ecology or related field, or equivalent

  • Experience using Microsoft office, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and navigating the internet

  • Valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program (see Auto Safety Policy section)

  • Experience engaging people and inspiring them to participate in watershed stewardship action

  • Training on watershed conservation issues or willingness/ability to learn

  • Knowledge of Wilmington, Delaware area

  • Experience with community involvement or community service experience

  • Willingness to work with minors and ability to meet internal Youth Safety qualification standards. To be Youth Qualified, one must 1) consent to and successfully complete a background screening; 2) sign the Commitment to Youth Safety; and, 3) complete two online courses (approximately 30 minutes each) through [email protected]


  • Experience working with youth, volunteers or interns

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Strong interest in the mission and activities of The Nature Conservancy

  • Experience coordinating and motivating people

  • Basic understanding of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) a plus

  • Desire to work outside, in and around streams


  • Work requires minor physical exertion and/or physical strain

  • Work environment may involve some exposure to disagreeable elements

  • Work performed in a general office setting, community events, parks and stream-sides

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, environment and manage deadlines


  • This is a full-time, temporary internship position with a position term of June 5th – August 11, 2017.

  • This position may go beyond the August 11, 2017 GLOBE Program deadline

ELIGIBILITY The Nature Conservancy’s GLOBE Program candidate should demonstrate at least one of the following:

  • Contribution to The Nature Conservancy’s diversity. Applicant has circumstances, experiences, skills or talents that would benefit others and would enhance the diversity of the organization.

  • Understanding of communities and skills that aid in the trust building process essential for collaborative efforts with urban communities, organizations and leaders—ability to cross boundaries, find common ground and work together across differences

  • Commitment to diversity. Applicant has shown and can demonstrate a deep and active commitment to the issues of conservation and human diversity.

  • Commitment to Equity. Applicant shows an understanding of inequity and its context and has experience with engagement and inclusion of those from disadvantaged communities


This position requires a valid driver’s license and compliance with the Conservancy’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered “high risk drivers.” Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee’s motor vehicle record.


  • $12.00/ per hour (undergrads) and $14.00/per hour (grad students and recently graduated level students)


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Job Title: Watershed Stewardship GLOBE Intern

Location: Delaware

Job ID: 44772

Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Full/Part Time: Full-Time