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Human Resources Intern

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MA (Boston area), D.C. area, or California (L.A. area) preferred; option to work part-time in physical office (Boston only) or fully remote


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Nov 17, 2021

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About Earthwatch

For almost 50 years, Earthwatch has connected people from around the planet with world-class scientists to help change environmental policies, achieve critical conservation goals, and produce groundbreaking findings. We support real objective scientific fieldwork while connecting people to the environment in a personal and often profound way. Our participants contribute directly to urgent global environmental issues and have the adventure of a lifetime in the process.


Our team genuinely believes in our mission. The work we do isn’t just a job; it’s about ensuring a brighter future for our planet. We are passionate, committed to excellence, and supportive of one another - and we love science! Plus, we occasionally get to go out into the field to collect data and be a part of cutting edge hands-on field science.


Position Summary

We are looking for an enthusiastic and driven Human Resources (HR) Intern. As HR Intern, you will work under the supervision of the Operations Director to provide HR-related support to the operations department and our, roughly, 34 person staff. Depending on prior experience and areas of interest, in addition to administrative tasks, the HR Intern will have the opportunity to take on one or more business improvement projects.


To be successful, you should be detail-oriented, keep up on the latest developments in labor legislation, and feel driven to improve employee experience.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities


  • · Research and propose updates to processes and policies
  • · Report changes in industry trends and/or state and federal employment legislation, as well as research specific guidelines and regulations pertaining to employment law
  • · Update internal databases with new and departing employee and intern information
  • · Create and send HR related updates to staff, e.g. PTO status, updated policy, benefit notifications, etc.
  • · Prepare HR-related reports and presentations
  • · Other duties as assigned
  • · Take part in one or more business improvement projects, including but not limited to updating and improving:
  • o employee handbook
  • o training programs
  • o remote work practices
  • o employee engagement and retention strategies
  • o HR efficiencies via technology
  • o HR compliance across multiple states
  • o etc.


  • · Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint)
  • · Bachelor's degree in HR management or studying toward a degree in HR management or related field
  • · Ability to plan and manage projects and workloads in an efficient manner
  • · Knowledge of U.S. labor laws
  • · Strong analytical, problem-solving, and organizational skills
  • · Effective communication skills
  • · An interest in creating efficiency through workflows and processes
  • · Interest in Earthwatch’s mission and values
  • · Ability to work effectively and collaboratively as a member of a culturally diverse, multidisciplinary team
  • · Demonstrated initiative with a strong work ethic in order to meet or exceed goals while being accountable for personal and professional actions
  • · Familiarity with HRIS (Human Resources Information System) software and/or relational databases (such as Customer Relationship Management) is advantageous.

Company Benefits

  • · Professional development opportunities, including mentor program, internal and external training, professional membership to SHRM
  • · Interns may earn Expedition Credits and a travel stipend to be used towards an under-subscribed or discounted Earthwatch Expedition. To qualify, interns must meet a minimum commitment of 120 hours.
  • · We encourage internships used for academic credit, thesis, or practicum work towards degree/certificate programs.
  • · Fun engagement/appreciation events

Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter via:


No phone calls please. Due to limited resources, we are only able to accept applicants who are already eligible to work in the United States.


Earthwatch is an equal opportunity employer. We are seeking individuals with diverse backgrounds and experiences who will contribute to a culture of collaboration, inclusion, and change-making. Opportunities are provided to all qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital or parental status, national or regional origin, age, disability status, military or veteran status, or any other category protected by law.


Background checks may be required for some roles, including but not limited to roles working with minors and/or with human resource, finance, or information technology responsibilities.


Physical office closure & COVID vaccinations: Due to COVID-19, Earthwatch’s physical office is closed and most employees and interns are working remotely until further notice. Proof of full COVID-19 vaccination is required for: employees or interns to enter the physical office, conduct travel for Earthwatch, and/or meet in person with Earthwatch employees, interns, or other constituents.

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