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Internships at WWF
WWF’s internship program vision is to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.
World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world’s leading conservation organizations, seeks a Mussel Farming Research Intern with the Food Team.
Large-scale shellfish farming presents an opportunity to disrupt land-intensive food production and provide ecosystem services such as water quality improvement and carbon removal. Shellfish farming does not require freshwater, arable land, fertilizers, or pesticides, and therefore produces food with far fewer environmental impacts. Mussels in particular are a source of high-yield protein and can be grown offshore in deeper, less crowded waters. Yet despite their small footprint, the US imports product from as far away as New Zealand because there is not sufficient domestic supply. This position will play a fundamental role in WWF’s development of a strategy to support growth of the mussel farming industry.
This Summer 2021 position will be responsible for performing a global landscape scan of the mussel industry with emphasis on the North Atlantic Rim, Eastern Pacific, and Australasia. The research done over the course of the internship will serve as the foundation for WWF to develop strategy and seek funding.
- Performing a literature review on the ecosystem services and markets for farmed mussels
- Researching and documenting data that includes mussel production volumes, countries in operation, number of farms, gear types, and import/export pathways
- Identifying companies and projects that WWF could partner with
- Developing written and visual materials on the ecosystem services of shellfish and the relative resource use compared to other forms of protein
- Working with the Communications team to create WWF’s first webpage on shellfish farming
- Other duties as required
- Pursuing either an Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree
- Interest in food systems, international trade, environmental science and/or ocean ecology is a plus.
- Excellent research skills
- Proficiency with Excel and data management
- Attention to detail
- Organized and self-motivated
- Strong written and verbal communication skills
- Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration
US Remote – WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Wyoming.
Paid - $15 per hour (35 hours per week)
One time stipend – net $100
How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers Page, Requisition #BR-02 no later than May 17th, 2021, 11:59 PM EST. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.
- Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.