Work with Us
There are exciting and rewarding internship and volunteer opportunities at Biodiversity for a Livable Climate (Bio4Climate), a nonprofit based in the Boston, Massachusetts area. Our mission is to promote the restoration of ecosystems to address global warming. Education, public information campaigns, organizing, scientific investigation, collaboration with like-minded organizations, research and policy development are all elements of our strategy.
An internship with Biodiversity for a Livable Climate is a great opportunity to learn about the central role that ecosystem restoration can and must play in addressing global warming. Interns receive training and reading materials on the current scientific understanding of the role of regeneration. Ideal for current college students or recent graduates who are looking for experience with an environmental non-profit, as well as anyone from high school age to senior citizen who wants to participate in an exciting regenerative approach to global systems problems. We work closely with interns to ensure enjoyable and productive learning experiences.
Interns play a crucial and creative role at Bio4Climate. They can expect to jump right in, acquire new skills and knowledge, and work both individually and in small groups in an inclusive and supportive atmosphere. Depending upon the activity and position, Bio4Climate will provide you with an orientation, materials, and training. Internships are unpaid. College credit is possible. If you are a student and would like to pursue an internship, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All internship opportunities require a minimum commitment of 10 hours a week for 5 months.
The positions listed below are open on an ongoing basis. Most internships are remote. Please inform us of your time-frame as part of your application. If you have skills you would like to offer that aren’t listed here, please include that information when you apply.
Please send your resume to email@example.com. Indicate in the subject line of the email the title of the internship for which you are applying. Include a statement of around 500 words to give us an idea of how the internship fits in with your experience, interests, and goals.
Social Media, Writing, and Online Outreach
Responsibilities: Working with our Social Media Coordinator on Bio4Climate’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and other social media accounts, identifying opportunities where raising such an awareness is necessary, writing blog posts and emails, participating in online Q&A and commenting online.
Skills needed: Storytelling, creative writing, some understanding of climate change issues, and experience with multiple social media platforms.
Media and Outreach Intern
Responsibilities: Collaborate with outreach director to reach mainstream news sites, journalists, and reporters with information regarding ecosystem restoration and nature’s climate solutions.
Skills needed: Knowledge of climate-related news sites, magazines, or journalists, persuasive writing, and online research.
Responsibilities: Collaborate with outreach director and presenters to develop digital and hardcopy materials for events, presentations, and general outreach.
Skills needed: Experience with and interest in graphic design and communications.
Fundraising and Development
Responsibilities: Assist in the identification of and outreach to potential funders, including individuals, foundations, and businesses. Includes research and assessment of potential funders, drafting grant applications and development of outreach materials.
Skills needed: Grant writing, presentation, and online research.
Scientific Review and Writing
Responsibilities: Work with the editor of our Compendium, an online review of scientific papers supporting ecosystem restoration to address biodiversity loss and climate change. You will learn about scientific basis for regenerating a healthy planet and gain research and writing experience. You will have the opportunity to review scientific research, annotate existing sources, correspond with scientists and ecosystem restoration practitioners, and draft responses to questions arising online and in print.
Skills needed: Some familiarity with scientific journal research, academic writing, organizing information, and good computer skills.
Conference and Lecture Intern
Bio4Climate offers mini-conferences every few months and several lectures on topics of interest to anyone concerned with biodiversity and climate.
Responsibilities: Assist with event planning, publicity, post-event follow-up, coordinate with other organizations, and miscellaneous event duties.
Skills needed: Experience with event coordination, and familiarity with technology (especially online conferencing tools such as Zoom), and publicity.
Organizational Research and Liaison Intern
Responsibilities: Research organizations for collaborative opportunities, especially those who may be open to Bio4Climate’s approach but are not yet familiar with our work.
Skills needed: Education or training in cross-cultural relations, organizing/networking experience, knowledge of like-minded climate and environmental organizations or advocates.
Miyawaki Forest Coordinator Intern
Responsibilities: Organize the planting of a Miyawaki forest in your community. Find a plot of degraded land where reforestation is appropriate, get local community members involved, supervise the planting day and ongoing maintenance of the forest, and find the funding for all necessary supplies. We will provide information regarding steps in the Miyawaki Method, continued support, and connect you with others planting Miyawaki forests for inspiration and guidance.
Due to the nature of this internship, it will require at least 8 months of commitment, possibly longer depending on how quickly the process goes. Hours will be split between remote and in-person work.
Skills needed: Community organizing, networking, public speaking, interest in learning about the Miyawaki Method, and willingness to stay in contact with Bio4Climate after the internship to give regular updates on the progress of the forest.
If you do not see a suitable internship position posted here but would like to work with us, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please title your email “Internship: Letter of Inquiry” and include a description of 500 words or less of your proposed internship position along with your resume.
Please send all volunteer requests to email@example.com. Most volunteer opportunities are remote.
Outreach and Communications
Bio4Climate is looking for motivated volunteers to communicate the many opportunities to address biodiversity loss and climate change in a variety of ways, including contributing to digital and in-person awareness campaigns, writing blog posts, letters to the editor, and magazine submissions.
Scientific Research and Writing
One of Bio4Climate’s core missions is making information relating to climate and ecosystem restoration accessible. Critical to this mission is collecting and synthesizing new and existing scientific materials, which we present in our Compendium. Target audiences include policymakers, activists, academics, scientists, and the general public. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about the scientific underpinnings of biodiversity and ecological restoration and to gain research and writing experience.
Grant Research and Writing
Bio4Climate is looking for individuals with experience in researching and writing grant proposals. This is an opportunity for an individual looking to develop such experience in scientific and policy-related fields, as either a student or a professional.
If you have other ideas on how you would like to help Bio4Climate, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.