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Environmental Health Science Intern 

About the Organization At the Center for Biological Diversity, we believe that the welfare of human beings is deeply linked to nature - to the existence in our world of a vast diversity of wild animals and plants. Because diversity has intrinsic value, and because its loss impoverishes society, we work to secure a future for all species, great and small, hovering on the brink of extinction. We do so through science, law and creative media, with a focus on protecting the lands, waters and climate that species need to survive.



We want those who come after us to inherit a world where the wild is still alive!  
Description

The Center is currently looking for a Science Intern for our Environmental Health Program. This position is full-time with a consideration for part-time (no less than 24 hours/week) with a preference to be located in Portland, Oregon.

General position overview: The Center for Biological Diversity's Environmental Health Program seeks a motivated and organized science intern dedicated to protecting biodiversity and thwarting the extinction crisis. Interns will work with the Environmental Health Program's senior scientists, assisting in projects including researching and writing portions of comments to the EPA on pesticide registrations and risk assessments, assisting with our insect conservation campaign, and a project examining the impact of pesticides on soil health via their effect on soil organisms, including the larger environmental and socioeconomic impacts. The internship provides a stipend and valuable experience for science advocacy training with one of the nation's most respected and cutting-edge environmental organizations.

Main duties: Interns will work with the Environmental Health Program's senior scientists, assisting in projects including researching and writing portions of comments to the EPA on pesticide registrations and risk assessments, assisting with our insect conservation campaign, and a project examining the impact of pesticides on soil health via their effect on soil organisms, including the larger environmental and socioeconomic impacts. Duties include:

  • Researching and compiling information from the scientific and gray literature, including government publications
  • Writing formal scientific research summaries
  • Maintaining a database of research materials
  • Organizing data and information into spreadsheets
  • Drafting a scientific paper for publication
  • Creating visuals, such as pictures, graphs, and maps to support findings

Areas in which skills and experience will be gained:

  • Knowledge of the Environmental Protection Agency risk assessment process
  • Experience in synthesis of scientific literature and data organization
  • Experience writing a review paper for publication
  • An in-depth understanding of soil biology and its impacts on environmental health
  • Translating science to policy and advocacy
  • Exposure to working with a national non-profit

Application process: Please upload a cover letter, résumé, writing sample, transcript (unofficial copy accepted), and list of 2-3 references. Paper copies and incomplete applications will not be considered. Interviews will be conducted on a rolling basis. Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted. No telephone calls or emails, please.

The Center for Biological Diversity deeply values, and is committed to sustaining and promoting, both biological and cultural diversity. We welcome, embrace and respect diversity of people, identities and cultures. We are committed to fostering an organizational culture of diversity and inclusion. The Center believes staff and board diversity is critical to saving life on Earth.

We are an equal opportunity employer.

 
Position Requirements

Qualifications and skills desired:

  • Strong writing skills
  • Excellent internet and library research skills using scholarly databases and online tools
  • Excellent organization and computer skills, including proficiency using Excel and Word, graphing skills desirable
  • Knowledge of biology and ecology, biochemistry and policy knowledge a plus
  • A passion for and knowledge of protecting biodiversity
  • A senior level Bachelor’s student or any level graduate student studying biology, biochemistry, ecology, biology, environmental science or related fields
 
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Location Portland  
Program(s) Environmental Health  
Open Date 6/4/2019  
Keywords Environmental Health, Biology, Ecology, Biochemistry, Environmental Science, Internship, EPA, Pesticide, Risk Assessments, Insect Conservation, Soil Health  
EOE Statement We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.  

This position is currently not accepting applications.

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