TWS is committed to strengthening and expanding our organization’s work relationships with Native American and Indigenous communities. TWS has developed an intranet site to serve as a resource for TWS staff related to trainings, policies, procedures, best practices, and a searchable database. The information architecture for the site has been created and now there are needs for content development and site management.
Under the supervision of Native Lands Partnerships (NLP) Director Starlyn Miller and in concert with other TWS staff, the intern will research NLP identified topics and provide briefing papers to inform TWS staff. Some of the proposed topics include: Indigenous Knowledge, Food Sovereignty and Land Justice.
In addition, the NLP Intern would play an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. Under the supervision of Starlyn Miller, the intern would:
- Assist in NLP intranet content development related to Native American Heritage Month (November 2022).
- Research and compile information about local and regional Indigenous-led organizations and leadership councils across the nation.
- Identify Indigenous-led organizations the serve women, youth and support the preservation of Indigenous cultural practices.
- Research and compile information on Indigenous led businesses as a resource for TWS staff.
- Assist in the development of TWS’s annual on-line staff survey related to planned and ongoing Native Lands Partnerships work.
TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Native Lands Partnerships Research and Support Intern will integrate these priorities throughout our work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Under the supervision of our Conservation staff and Native Lands Partnerships Manager, the intern will:
- Provide research and support on key topics related to the protection of culturally significant lands.
Experience, Competencies, and Education
- Proven ability to research and organize information
- Excellent writing skills
The ideal candidate will have:
- An interest in website design and content development
- A background in library science or other skill sets related to research and organization of information
- Creativity and a willingness to be a team player
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision.
Work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is not exposed to adverse weather conditions.
The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
This job description is intended to convey information essential to understanding the scope of this position and it is not intended to be an exhaustive list of experience, skills, efforts, duties, responsibilities or working conditions associated with the position.
TWS has instituted a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all staff reporting to a TWS office or engaging in in-person work meetings. There is an exception to the vaccine mandate for any staff who have an objection because of a medical or religious reason. We will do our best to devise reasonable accommodation that respects your objection while balancing the competing demands of your specific position.
As an organization, we aspire to be inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally, this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally, this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.
To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society