Earth Tomorrow Intern

Founded in 1936, the National Wildlife Federation (NWF or Federation) is America's largest and most trusted grassroots conservation organization with 52 state/territorial affiliates and more than six million members and supporters, including hunters, anglers, gardeners, birders, hikers, campers, paddlers, and outdoor enthusiasts of all stripes. The Federation's mission is to unite all Americans to ensure wildlife thrive in our rapidly changing world through programming focused on conserving wildlife, restoring habitats and waterways, expanding outdoor opportunities, connecting children with nature, and addressing the causes and consequences of climate change. To support our mission, the National Wildlife Federation’s Education & Engagement Team seeks an intern who will work with the Georgia Education & Engagement Manager on Eco-Schools US and Earth Tomorrow. The Education & Engagement Intern should be able to commit to a minimum of 15 work hours/week (max 19 hours) from June through July 2024. The position will be working from our office in Midtown Atlanta, you must be available to work in person

The National Wildlife Federation (NWF) Education & Engagement Programs provide a continuum of learning for both schools and communities. In our efforts to guide the public to make sustainable choices, we strive to increase and encourage nature and outdoor activity, educate youth about the environment and the role they can play in protecting it, encourage the next generation of environmental leaders, and provide the general public with opportunities to connect with nature and feel empowered to make a difference for wildlife in the communities in which they live.

The program cultivates this new generation of lifetime stewards through a year-long cycle of leadership training, issues exploration, civic engagement, career development, community outreach and education, and student-led community action projects for urban and rural teens. Eco-Schools US sparks action at PK-12 schools that ripples out into the greater community and helps to develop generation after generation of sustainably minded, environmentally conscious people. Developed in 1994 by the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), Eco-Schools is the largest international sustainable schools’ program, spanning nearly 70 countries and reaching more than 50,000 schools worldwide. The National Wildlife Federation has been the U.S. host of the program since 2008.

As a Earth Tomorrow Summer Intern, you will gain experience in education outreach and communications including logistics and content support for the Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute, organizing records and capturing stories to share with funders and the general public, writing social media content for public audiences, and networking with sustainability-minded colleagues and partners. The Earth Tomorrow program is designed to help BIPOC Georgia teenagers become aware of environmental issues confronting their communities, provide them with skills in needs assessment and project planning, and hone their leadership abilities to undertake student-led community action projects. Our mission is to develop lifelong habits of environmental stewardship and community service.

In this role you will:

Assist with the logistics and planning of the week-long residential Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute(ETSI)
Provide support at the week-long Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute
Organize photo archives for Eco-schools and Earth Tomorrow campuses
Assist with administrative tasks setting up and maintaining Airtable, a relational database
Post original and reposted content on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

The ideal candidate will have:

Must have experience and thorough knowledge of the Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute
Willingness and ability to spend time outdoors at events
Experience working with the Earth Tomorrow Summer Institute
Strong organizational skills and ability to work with minimal supervision on assigned tasks
Demonstrated ability to be a self-starter and to work well in a collaborative environment
Good verbal and written communication skills
Ability to commit to 15 work hours per week and overnight during the summer institute
Willingness to use personal mobile device
Willingness to work weekend hours when needed

Skills and qualifications desired but not required:

Experience with photography and videography that tells a story
Experience with AirTable, Canva, Dropbox, Instagram Insights, Microsoft Office and Zoom

NWF Values:

Your actions are expected to reflect the staff values of the National Wildlife Federation: collaboration, mindfulness, empowerment, inclusivity, and mission focus. Your competencies should include:

Being motivated by values of equity and responsibility to those most marginalized
Consistently bringing a high level of empathy and social skills to work and interpersonal interactions
Being committed to deepening an environmental justice approach in communications
Actively seeking feedback, direction, and guidance
Being dedicated to NWF’s internal equity
Passion for and commitment to NWF's mission

Compensation: This position pays $18.50 an hour with paid holidays. This is a paid short-term summer internship opportunity with the National Wildlife Federation. NWF is happy to work with the applicant to obtain relevant credit(s) through college/university programming, such as directed independent study (DIS), internship credit hours, etc. The work schedule is flexible to accommodate your class schedule.

Physical Requirements of the Job:

Remaining in a normal seated or standing position for extended periods; reaching and grasping by extending hand(s) or arm(s); dexterity to manipulate objects with fingers, for example, using a keyboard; communication skills using the spoken word; ability to see and hear within normal parameters; ability to move about the workspace. The position requires mobility, including moving materials weighing up to several pounds (such as a laptop computer or tablet).

Persons with disabilities may be able to perform the essential duties of this position with reasonable accommodation. Requests for reasonable accommodation will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Please Note:

This job description sets forth the job’s principal duties, responsibilities, and requirements; it should not be construed as an exhaustive statement, however.  Unless they begin with the word “may,” the Essential Duties and Responsibilities described above are “essential functions” of the job, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Location and Work Mode:

This position will be based in Atlanta, Georgia, SCRC. The National Wildlife Federation is committed to a flexible and empowered work environment with an authentic community of care for all staff. In this position, the employee will work in person.


Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.  Candidates should submit a cover letter and resume.

For more information on our recruiting process, please review our Careers page: https://www.nwf.org/About-Us/Careers

We strive to increase diversity, equity, inclusion and justice (DEIJ) in all elements of our work and with our partners to support the interdependent needs of wildlife and people in a rapidly changing world. We recruit, employ, train compensate, and promote regardless of race, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity (including gender nonconformity and status as a transgender individual), age, physical or mental disability, citizenship, genetic information, past, current, or prospective service in the uniformed services, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state, or local law. We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are invited to learn more about National Wildlife Federation’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion at nwf.org/equity.

We recognize that people come with a wealth of experience and talent beyond just the technical requirements of a job, therefore our job descriptions are guidelines, not hard and fast rules.  Your experience, which may include paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work, helps build the competencies and knowledge that translates to our openings.  Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of excellence.  Therefore, we encourage people from all backgrounds to apply to our positions.

Please let us know if you require accommodations during the application or interview process by reaching us at hrhelp@nwf.org  or 703-438-6244.

If selected for this position, a background check will be conducted.

Roles & Responsibilities

Type of Work:
Atlanta, GA
18.50/ hour

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