Communications & Outreach Intern

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The Nature Conservancy

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Madison, WI, United States

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23 days ago


Madison, Wisconsin, USA



The mission of The Nature Conservancy (TNC) is to conserve the lands and waters upon which all life depends. As a science-based organization, we develop innovative, on-the-ground solutions to the world’s toughest environmental challenges so that people and nature can thrive. Our work is guided by our values, which include a commitment to diversity and respect for people, communities, and cultures. From a rewarding mission to career development and flexible schedules, there are many reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want to know more? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube to hear stories from staff or visit Glassdoor.

One of TNC’s primary goals is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that employees around the globe have a sense of belonging and feel that their unique contributions are valued. We know we’ll only achieve our mission by hiring and engaging a diverse staff that reflects the communities in which we work. Recognizing that people bring talent and skills that have been developed outside the scope of a job, we take a holistic approach to recruitment that considers life experience in addition to the professional requirements listed in our postings. Please apply – we’d love to hear from you. To quote a popular saying at TNC, “you’ll join for the mission, and you’ll stay for the people.”


The Communications & Outreach Intern position will work both with marketing and communications staff for Wisconsin, as well as a project team coordinating the East River Collaborative (ERC), a partnership engaged in improving flood resiliency along the East River in northeastern Wisconsin. The ERC brings together representatives of eight municipalities, officials at the county, state and federal levels, researchers, and a range of other stakeholders to share expertise and build strategies for flood abatement, emergency preparedness, and habitat restoration. This intern would support communications and outreach efforts specifically for the East River watershed, as well as for TNC’s broader work in Wisconsin.

Approximately 30% of the Communications & Outreach Intern position would be working on social media content related to TNC’s Wisconsin preserves, current projects, and the East River Collaborative. The other 70% of the internship would be specifically related to communications and outreach around the East River Collaborative. The intern may focus on one or more of the following:

  • Manage communications with partners and stakeholders within the East River Collaborative, including newsletters, website content, and factsheets.
  • Explore and share case studies for watershed collaboration and/or governance that could be a model for the East River Collaborative.
  • Creation of a story map for the East River Collaborative and ongoing resiliency projects and possibly other creative media.
  • Potential to coordinate a summer photo contest for the East River watershed and/or collect digital assets (photo/video) for use by the East River Collaborative.
  • Create copy or outreach materials related to restoration projects installed in 2022 and 2023.


Are you looking for experience to build a career helping people and nature? Guided by science, TNC creates innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that people and nature can thrive together. We’re looking for someone who is passionate, motivated, and ready to learn and make a difference through sharing TNC’s work and stories with our partners, members and the general public.

As the Communications & Outreach Intern, you’ll be supervised and directed by our East River Community Resiliency Coordinator, with guidance and mentorship provided by our Media & PR Manager, and the Northeast Wisconsin Land Steward. This 12-week internship would have an approximately start date of June 5th and be located in TNC’s Madison office or an agreed upon remote location. This position is paid $17.00/hour and housing is not provided.


  • Must be either currently enrolled in college or graduated within 12 months with college-level coursework in natural resources, environmental studies, communications, or related field.
  • High school diploma or GED and 6 months of related experience.
  • Experience performing physical work, sometimes under adverse conditions or inclement weather.
  • Experience following instructions from colleagues and working in a team.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated.
  • Ability to obtain driver’s license and maintain a good driving record.
  • PC and/or mobile device familiarity, including experience with relevant technology such as Microsoft Suite.
  • Experience writing, editing, and proofreading written materials.
  • Involvement in organizing, planning, and/or facilitating events.
  • Experience working with or knowledge of natural systems.
  • Strong organization skills and attention to detail.


Since 1951, TNC has been doing work you can believe in. Through grassroots action, we have grown from a small non-profit into one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world. Thanks to more than 1 million members, over 400 scientists, and the dedicated efforts of our diverse staff and partners, we impact conservation around the world!

TNC offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, a 401(k) plan with an 8% employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits on our Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a flexible work environment that supports of the health and well-being of the people we employ.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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An attractive salary and benefits package is part of TNC’s value proposition to our employees. TNC strives to provide competitive pay and bases salaries on the geographic location of the role committing to being equitable across groups and providing hiring salary ranges when possible.

Since we support flexible and remote work for our employees, many positions have a flexible location within countries where we’re registered as a Non-government Organization and established as an employer. This may mean we’re unable to provide a hiring salary range in the posting for some of our positions. However, candidates invited to be part of our interview process will be provided their location specific range upon request.