Conservation Policy Internship at the New Jersey Highlands Coalition
Location: 508 Main St. Boonton, NJ
When: Hiring for 2013 Summer Semester
The New Jersey Highlands Coalition advocates for the protection, preservation, and enhancement of the water, forests, wildlife, farmland and other natural, historic and cultural resources of the New Jersey Highlands, and to enhance the sustainability of natural and human communities and the quality of life for current and future generations.
The Coalition works on a wide range of issues affecting the Highlands in Trenton, at the Highlands Council, and throughout the region. This provides a great opportunity to learn about the benefits and challenges of resource based, sustainable regional planning. The intern will also have the opportunity to study key policy issues.
In addition to working on core projects, the Conservation Policy Intern will be exposed to a variety of programmatic experiences on conservation issues of regional significance. The Conservation Policy Intern will attend Highlands Council meetings, hearings, presentations, conferences, and workshops to develop and implement strategies for effective regional planning. Occasionally, s/he will be expected to provide administrative and outreach support for related projects.
The position will be available throughout the Spring semester. A minimum of 10 hours per week commitment is required over the designated internship period. The position is unpaid.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Water User Fee Analysis: This final paper will examine if other states are implementing similar policies and how, what the associated costs and benefits would be, and how this fee could be used to compensate landowners in the Highlands region.
- Communications work: Learn to use Constant Contact to format and distribute action alerts and monthly e-mail updates written by the staff. Help write articles for the fall newsletter, update the media contact sheet and create library fliers and fact sheets.
- Work with one of our member organizations to coordinate the November or December partnership event and coordinate associated advertising & promotion.
- Research groups that could be potential new affiliates, including organizations in water using areas, hiking clubs, etc. and compile contact information.
- Track the DEP Bulletin and NJ Register for issues of concern.
Contact Julia Somers at (973) 588-7190