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Communications Volunteer/ Intern

Job Type: full-time permanent position

Location: California

Posting Date: 14 May 14

Closing Date: 13 Aug 14

International conservation organization seeks Communications Volunteer or Intern(s)

About Island Conservation -Island Conservation (IC) is an international non-profit conservation organization headquartered in Santa Cruz, California with field offices in Australia, the Bahamas, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and Washington DC. The mission of Island Conservation is to prevent extinctions by removing invasive species from islands.
IC prevents extinctions by working where the concentration of both biodiversity and species extinction is greatest—islands. By removing one of the greatest threats—introduced invasive species—threatened native island species and ecosystems recover with little or no additional intervention. To date, we have deployed team members to 52 islands worldwide to protect 977 populations of 389 species. Learn more about us at
Position Overview - Island Conservation is seeking a communications volunteer/intern to support our communications team in our Santa Cruz headquarters. We are seeking an enthusiastic self-starter who wants to develop new skills and build on their writing, communication, social media, organizational, and computer skills.

The Communications Volunteer /Intern works closely with the Director of Communications and the Communications Manager.
Primary responsibilities include:
• Support communications strategy development and implementation
• Maintain, update, and expand social media outlets
o Draft, review, edit, and publish daily social media posts
o Monitor and report on social media outlet activity
o Respond to constituent messages and comments
o Share posts by IC’s partner organizations
• Monitor internet for relevant media, collect and maintain IC earned media archives
• Support website content development and updates
• Generate Twitter followers with particular focus on journalists
• Draft, proofread, and edit publications, fact sheets, press releases, letters
• Assist with editing and formatting documents and presentations
• Assemble and organize IC info packets and other collateral for meetings
• Assist with print publications including IC’s Annual Report
• Discrete projects and other assigned tasks as needed

Preferred Qualifications
• Graduate or undergraduate students studying communications, marketing, biology, ecology, zoology, environmental studies, environmental policy, foreign languages, international policy, or related fields. Able to commit to 12-40 hours/week for 6 months
• Ability to prioritize competing demands; flexible
• Demonstrated knowledge of conservation and ecological principles
• Proficient in Microsoft Office Suite and social media outlets
• French or Spanish language skills or fluency desired
Start date - Open immediately;
Minimum commitment - 6 months, between 12-40 hours/week, flexible schedules
Location - This position will be based in Island Conservation’s Global Headquarters office:
Island Conservation
2161 Delaware Ave., Suite A
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Compensation - This is a volunteer position without any monetary compensation. This position can be an internship, qualifying for course credit for college students.
To apply, please email a cover letter, resume, and three professional or academic references ; No phone calls please.


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