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Preserve Assistant Internship Mentor (Mentor for High School Students) at The Nature Conservancy

Posted in Government 30+ days ago.

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Type: Full Time
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Job Description:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
(East Troy and Milwaukee)
The Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we are committed to a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 72 countries, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit or follow @nature_press on Twitter.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.
The Preserve Assistant Internship Mentor will serve as the liaison between Nature Conservancy staff and a crew of high school students, assisting with logistics and helping interns have a positive experience. For the duration of the summer internship program, the mentor is responsible for building a cohesive team, facilitating communication, supervising intern performance, and working with The Nature Conservancy and Milwaukee County Parks staff on any issues when necessary.
This position is full-time for 12 weeks and is based 3 days a week in our Mukwonago office (East Troy, WI) and 2 days a week with the Milwaukee County Parks Department.
The mentor will work with six high school students to assist Nature Conservancy and Milwaukee County Parks staff in various site management projects (i.e. trail maintenance, habitat management, exotic species control, and ecological monitoring) at preserves and ecologically significant sites in the region. In addition, teams may be required to work in the Nature Conservancy office and with other Conservancy staff. The mentor serves as the liaison between students and The Nature Conservancy and Milwaukee County Parks, explaining various tasks, motivating students, and facilitating communication among the team. The mentor is expected to serve as a role model and take an active part in work and activities. The mentor may be required to transport teams to the work site and back. The mentor may work with the team to plan academic and professional development activities. The mentor is responsible for completing program evaluations, taking photos and videos, and wrapping up the program at the end of the session in coordination with Conservancy staff.
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. This position also requires satisfactory completion of a criminal background check. Candidates offered a position will be provided with an electronic authorization form, and employment will be contingent upon the background check results.
Attend orientation and training and prepare for the intern season prior to the June 18 August 17 session dates. Orientation date will be determined based on the mentor's schedule.
Act as the mentor and chaperone for a team of six high school interns. Strive to create a cohesive, functioning team. Ensure compliance with Nature Conservancy and Milwaukee County Parks rules and regulations and work with Nature Conservancy and Milwaukee Parks Staff to resolve any issues that arise. Mentor must travel with interns.
Assist stewards in various site management projects at natural areas and preserves (trail maintenance, habitat management, biological and botanical monitoring, exotic species control, etc.) Motivate students to participate fully in all projects.
Communicate with stewards and assist in explaining the work to the interns. Proactively seek feedback from Nature Conservancy and Milwaukee Parks staff on student/team performance and concerns. Facilitate regular check-ins with students and a midterm program evaluation.
Facilitate communication among team members and staff and help resolve any problems that may arise on the intern team or between interns and staff. Assist in conflict resolution and proactively inform staff of any potential issues, seeking assistance when necessary. Participate in regular check-ins with Nature Conservancy Outreach Coordinator and staff.
Fill out necessary paperwork, including tracking expenses, to ensure proper administration and evaluation of the program.
Work for one week after the intern session to wrap up the program and participate in post-program surveys.
Work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, on difficult and hazardous terrain, and under physically demanding circumstances.
Valid driver's license.
Bachelor's degree.
Experience working with youth.
Experience working with high school students. Teaching experience preferred.
Experience working outdoors and tolerance of long hours and strenuous activities in the field.
Ability to work outdoors in all weather conditions and, at times, on difficult or hazardous terrain (e.g. steep slopes, wetlands, heavily forested land, etc.).
Ability and willingness to transport interns between work locations.
Good team player with flexibility, strong communication and organizational skills, and a sense of humor.
First aid training preferable.
Cross-cultural experience is preferred, and Spanish language skills are beneficial.
This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy'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." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at
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 men and women 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.
The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.