Global Restoration Intern

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Global Restoration Intern
Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.
With growing consensus that nature can provide at least 30% of the climate mitigation needed to limit warming to 1.5°C and recognition that carbon removals from reforestation and restoration are the only scalable ‘technologies’ we have today to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, many global initiatives have enabled political commitments for restoration. But without models and demonstrations of effective restoration at scale, a majority of these commitments have not turned into action or generated substantial impact. As a core component of its Climate Strategy, Conservation International has set ambitious targets for scaling restoration globally as a climate solution. This intern would support CI's global restoration work through coordination with CI's Global Restoration Lead and Restoration Projects Manager, along with other CI staff.
The intern would work on the following tasks:

  • Research and support related to the implementation of restoration projects worldwide and in priority CI geographies to support CI's work to build out capacity to support our global restoration initiatives and inform virtual restoration guidance.
  • Analysis of enabling conditions and mechanisms for amplifying CI's restoration work through networks, policy, and financial mechanisms.
  • Building out a database of restoration information that will support CI's restoration work and conduct analysis of data on existing implementation for adaptive management.
  • Research on restoration methods (assisted natural regeneration, applied nucleation, direct seeding, tree planting, etc), invasive species, and restoration risks to support CI's restoration implementation and monitoring efforts.
  • Capacity building with restoration practitioners to enhance their restoration knowledge, confidence, and ability to conduct restoration projects.
  • Other duties as assigned by the supervisor.


  • Desk work only- can be completely virtual or based out of CI’s Arlington office as preferred by the intern.
  • This is a paid internship.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. Effective January 4, 2022, new hires will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a government-approved vaccine as a condition for employment. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.


  • Working towards a Master's in restoration, ecology, forest management, environmental management or policy, or related areas.
  • Interest in restoration, landscapes, forests, and reforestation.
  • Strong research ability and interest in researching restoration worldwide and ways to amplify direct impact through policy, financial, and network mechanisms.
  • Strong writing, communication, and interpersonal skills.
  • Experience in restoration implementation, amplification, and analysis of restoration data for adaptive management.
  • Experience with software like Microsoft excel, word, teams, and ArcGIS.
  • Ability to effectively work and engage across the full diversity of CI’s global organization.
  • Ability to work effectively with multicultural, multidisciplinary teams worldwide, including CI staff and partners.
  • Experience with virtual capacity building, online meeting management, and tool/resource development for restoration professionals.


  • Working towards a Ph.D.
  • Language ability in Portuguese, Spanish, French, Tagalog, Chinese, Malagasy, and others.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.
See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE
Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled

Job Type: Internship