Learn more about WildEarth Guardians Internship Opportunities
Are you interested in playing a pivotal role in protecting the wildlife, rivers, climate, landscapes, and communities of the American West? You’re in luck because we are interested in helping mentor the next generation of conservation advocates and activists.
WildEarth Guardians’ Intern Program offers opportunities to students and recent graduates to learn and work in our four program areas (wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and climate and energy) and in each of our legal, policy, organizing, communications, and development departments. We are committed to providing interns with real world experience and quality mentorship from one of our many exceptional staff members. We hope you will consider sharing your skills and passion with us in the fight for a more just and sustainable planet.
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Why Spend the Summer Here
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We are now hiring interns for Summer of 2022.
Rivers Legal Intern, Stipend Available (1), Summer 2022 (Remote and/or Denver, Colorado) – Click to Apply
The Rivers Legal Intern will have the opportunity to work in the Wild Rivers Program under its director and attorney Jen Pelz. The rivers program work will focus on protecting and restoring flows in western rivers (focusing on the Colorado River, Rio Grande and Willamette River) and reforming western water policy through strategic litigation. Substantive work may include case development, legal research, and strategic legal advocacy under the Endangered Species Act, Clean Water Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Wild and Scenic Rivers Act, and other relevant state water and land use laws and regulations. Read the full description.
Wild Places and Wildlife Legal Intern(s), Stipend Available (1), Summer 2022 (Remote) – Click to Apply
The Wild Places and Wildlife Legal Intern(s) will have the opportunity to work in the Legal Program under staff attorneys, Marla Fox and Jennifer Schwartz with a focus on litigation that supports the Wild Places and Wildlife Programs. Substantive work will include factual record review, legal research and analysis, developing and researching legal claims under the National Forest Management Act, National Environmental Policy Act, Endangered Species Act, Administrative Procedure Act, and more. Read the full description.
Climate and Energy Legal Intern, Stipend Available (1), Summer 2022 (Remote and/or Santa Fe, New Mexico) – Click to Apply
The C&E/General Litigation legal intern/extern will work with Staff Attorney Daniel Timmons and Legal Director Samantha Ruscavage-Barz. Substantive work may include factual record review, legal research and analysis, and developing and researching legal claims under the National Environmental Policy Act, Clean Air Act, Endangered Species Act, and more. Read the full description.
Communications Intern: Earned Media, Spring 2022 (Remote) – Click to Apply
The Earned Media intern will work with the Communications team to further Guardians’ impact and visibility with a focus on earned media strategies. Our small but mighty team is looking for someone who is passionate about conservation, environmental justice, and how information is shared through the media. As a part of the communications team, you will have the opportunity to support Guardians’ work across all four program areas, as well as special campaigns. Read the full description.
Communications Intern: Social Media, Spring 2022 (Remote) – Click to Apply
The Social Media intern will work with the Communications team to further Guardians’ impact and visibility with a focus on digital strategies. Our small but mighty is looking for someone who is passionate about conversation, environmental justice, and people are being moved to take action through social media. As a part of the communications team, you will have the opportunity to support Guardians’ work across all four program areas, as well as special campaigns. Read the full description.
Why spend the summer with WildEarth Guardians?
WildEarth Guardians is a west-wide nonprofit environmental advocacy organization headquartered in Santa Fe, NM with offices in Denver, CO, Missoula, MT, Boise, ID, Seattle, WA, and Tucson, AZ. With a 33-year history of bold environmental action, we wage innovative legal, political, and grassroots campaigns to protect and restore wildlife, wild places, wild rivers, and community health in the American West.
Guardians advocates in the courts, in the halls of Congress, and on the ground in western communities to secure stronger protections for landscapes, rivers, imperiled species, and healthy communities. We are known for developing and executing cutting edge litigation that serves as a lever for sweeping policy changes to combat the climate crisis, secure wildlife coexistence, restore living rivers, and stop extinction. Our work is housed in four program areas:
Wildlife. The wildlife program advocates for the intrinsic right of native species to thrive across the West. With a focus on protecting biodiversity and ensuring coexistence between native carnivores and people, we work to eliminate cruel and indiscriminate killing tools as well as to implement systemic change to ensure that wildlife is protected according to the best available science.
Wild Places. The wild places program works to protect and connect the West’s vast landscapes. With a focus on federal public lands, we work to reclaim places for the wild and reconnect wildlife habitat and waterways for ecosystems to thrive.
Wild Rivers. The rivers program advocates for living rivers across the American West. With a focus on the Rio Grande, Colorado and Willamette River Basins as key geographies, we work to safeguard clean water, revive dynamic flows, reform western water policy, protect imperiled fish, wildlife and plants, and restore healthy and sustainable aquatic and riparian ecosystems to support all life.
Climate and Energy. The climate program advocates for a fossil-fuel free American West. We work to expose the true cost of oil and gas extraction and leverage environmental and health liabilities to advance climate justice.