Job ID: 54101
Full/Part Time: On Demand
WHO WE ARE
The Nature Conservancy’s mission is to protect the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges to create a world where people and nature thrive. We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which include a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there are lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want better insight into TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube or Glassdoor.
Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote myriad TNC staff members, “you’ll join for our mission, and you’ll stay for our people.”
Since establishing the Africa Program in 2007, The Nature Conservancy’s vision in Africa is to work towards fostering a sustainable future for people and nature, partnering with indigenous communities across 55 million acres on the continent. Our efforts are firmly rooted in people, leveraging scientific and technical expertise as we collaborate with governments and organizations to conserve and enhance Africa’s shared resources in the 9 countries we operate.
TNC’s work in Africa transcends three key pillars: securing ownership rights to lands and resources for indigenous people, strengthening leadership and resource management, and helping communities value nature through a holistic appreciation of its benefits while increasing revenue streams for conservation efforts and socio-economic development. Together with our partners, we are witnessing critical milestones in integrated land and fisheries management, ocean and source water protection, energy development, and sustainable food production working together and strengthening our resolve in tackling global challenges such as climate change, habitat and biodiversity loss that stands to adversely impact the nearly 1.4 billion people that share Africa.
TNC Africa Oceans Strategy focuses on securing large-scale ocean protection by supporting effective marine spatial planning, sustainable fisheries, and community-led conservation approaches. Our work seeks to establish sustainable financing to enable conservation outcomes at large marine ecosystem scale, by supporting policy and regulatory frameworks, as well as local capacity, with emphasis on linking science and communities to habitat protection, restoration and management. TNC’s work on fisheries aims to safeguard productive marine fisheries for ecosystem health and as important foundation for food and livelihood security. Our vision is for aquaculture to grow with the least environmental impact. TNC has established partnerships with several non-government and government agencies to support fisheries and coastal community-led conservation throughout Africa. Our aim is also to conserve and restore lost or degraded coastal wetlands (seagrass meadows, mangroves, and salt marshes) and to promote best practices to scale beyond the capacity of TNC, including scaling through Global Partnerships such as Global Mangrove Alliance (GMA). The current geographic focus of TNC Africa Oceans Strategy is Seychelles, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, Gabon, Namibia, Angola, and Mauritius. The focus of these Positions is coastal Kenya with most functions in the Lamu-Tana seascape.
WHAT WE CAN ACHIEVE TOGETHER
The Marine Program Intern works to support coordination and implementation of coastal and marine fisheries related activities in Kenya. The position is based in Mombasa Kenya with frequent travels to Lamu and Tana River Counties and working closely and in collaboration with TNC strategic partners. The position involves working in partnership with fishers, local community, fishing industry, government, and non-government organisations to support implementation of sustainable fisheries and coastal community-led conservation activities.
The Marine Program Intern will provide technical support in project management and reporting, stakeholders consultations, fisheries monitoring, executing leaning exchanges, fisheries value chain improvement activities, among others. They will also support and build capacity of communities to secure, manage and restore priority mangrove habitats and deepening connections with Community Forest Association (CFAs) for biodiversity conservation, community livelihood, and climate benefits. The positions fall within TNC’s Africa Ocean Strategy and will be based at TNC Office in Mombasa, Kenya, reporting to the Marine Program Officer (Western Indian Ocean). No employment visas or assistance is being offered with these positions except for the local labor employment requirements. This Internship is for specified period of six months from the date of engagement.
WE’RE LOOKING FOR YOU
The broad goal of this position is to provide coordination and technical support in the implementation of sustainable fisheries and community-led conservation in the coastal Kenya.
The responsibilities and scope for this position are:
- Work closely with the Marine Program Officer (WIO) to provide support to partners in Kenya and beyond when needed.
- Work with TNC staff and partners to support planning and coordination of fieldwork, workshops, meetings, trainings, learning exchanges and technical reporting.
- Support implementation of ‘Fish-Market Project’ and other community-led enterprises that incentivize sustainable practices in Lamu and Tana River counties.
- Supporting gender mainstreaming activities in the context of community-led conservation and community development in the Lamu-Tana seascape.
- Support implementation partnership and capacity building on seaweed best farming practices including trainings, mentorship, and follow-ups in South coast Kenya.
- Support implementation of science-based management and monitoring for sustainable management of fisheries and coastal habitats in the Lamu-Tana seascape, Kenya.
- Support fieldwork planning, site visits, stakeholders consultation meetings, capacity building and reporting to facilitate formation and strengthening of CFA (s) in Lamu and Tana River Counties.
- May involve working in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
WHAT YOU’LL BRING
- High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience
- All TNC interns must be at least 18 years of age prior to starting their internship program.
- Must come from a recognized institution of higher learning.
- All interns should be attached to duties relevant to their college courses undertaken.
- Adhere to TNCs Code of conduct and conflict of interest policy.
- Willing to travel and work in remote settings.
- Must provide required paperwork: (i) Proof of University/College registration (ii) Recommendation letter from University/College (iii) Application letter (iv) Curriculum vitae that include 3 references.
- BA/BS in natural science or equivalent
- Fluent in English and Kiswahili
- Strong ability to use Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint
- Strong data management and statistical skills.
- Demonstrate knowledge and some experience in marine science and conservation especially on mangrove forests.
- Past participation in community and/or professional meetings and trainings related to mangrove management and conservation.
WHAT WE BRING
Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff, we impact conservation throughout the world!
The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, Retirement pension stipend, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, and other life, and work wellbeing benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tabon nature.org/careers.
We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!
This description is not designed to be a complete list of all duties and responsibilities required for this job
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and cultures. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientations, gender identities, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to[email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.
TNC is committed to offering accommodations for qualified individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application process. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, please send a note to [email protected] with Request for Accommodation in the subject line.
An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.
Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.