Published: Jan. 23, 2018

Spring 2018 Intern
Habitat Team, Ecosystems Program
Fort Collins, CO

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Reports to
Ted Toombs,
Conservation Scientist, Ecosystems Program

Overall Function
Conservation science is at a critical juncture. Increasingly, people in this field are realizing that
conservation efforts that do not address the human element are not as successful as anticipated –
hamstringing the conservation of vital species and ecosystems in decline. However, successful
integration of social science into conservation is relatively untested. Therefore, there is a need to
demonstrate the application of social science to conservation policy and practice. The social sciences can
help make conservation efforts more effective by identifying levers for change within complex socioecological
The intern will work closely with EDF and their partner at Colorado State University,Dr. Jeni Cross, to test
the effectiveness of social science methods and research for a variety of wildlife habitat conservation
problems. The intern will conduct research and data analysis supporting EDF conservation efforts. The
research and data will be used in analysis for publication of one or more peer‐reviewed journal articles
applying social science methods to wildlife habitat conservation problems.

Key Responsibilities
Tasks will include but are not limited to:

  • Research, analyze and synthesize information related to wildlife habitat conservation, collaborative adaptive management, and other social science topics.
  • Engage with conservation professionals, conservation stakeholders, and rural community members to gain diverse perspectives on conservation issues.
  • Work closely with the scientists above to help shape the research questions and analysis for this project.


  • Undergraduate or graduate student with demonstrated interest in applying social science to natural resource management.
  • Coursework or experience in human dimensions of natural resources, psychology, sociology, and other social science fields.
  • Coursework or experience with Human‐centered design, Community‐based Social Marketing, Community Engagement, Systems Thinking, or other social science methods.
  •  Work or school experience in the conservation field. 
  • Highly proficient in accessing and synthesizing scientific literature, conducting internet‐based research, using basic Microsoft Office software, Google online documents, and other relevant computer skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Must be well organized, self‐motivated, and detail‐oriented.
  • Ability to prioritize and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team setting and have the ability to work independently when projects are due.
  • Demonstrated initiative and problem solving skills.

Fort Collins, CO

Spring (February to June 2018)

Part‐time, hours negotiable (up to 20 hours/week)

Compensation is $14.28/hr up to 350 hours ($5,000) in the spring term.

Please send all applications to Talia Atheras ( by Friday, January 26, 2018.
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