Internship posted by: Conserve Natural India
Posted on: December 15, 2012
ConservEN (Conserve Natural India) is a North Indian non-governmental program, part of the NGO EduCARE India. We are a multi-national group of interns, fellows and staff working together with local communities (Gaddi, Punjabi, Migrant Workers, Rajasthani, etc.) towards the never-ending goal of sustainable development and natural resource conservation.
Reports to: Project Manager.
Timeframe: 3-6 months
Age Restriction: 18 to 35 years of age
As a Sustainability Project Assistant Manager, you will be working in one or more environmental projects in a particular cluster (these may be located in several centres). The current projects are:
Sanitation of water, air and soil for health village life: This program works with the reduction of trash and waste, the reuse or recycling of trash and waste and the education of the local community and organization interns on environmental conservation and conscientious living. MORE than that, we work with natural resource conservation and environmental health! For example, SWASH is now launching a composting toilet initiative in order to reduce water use, '"blackwater" creation and to create microfinance opportunities for marginalized peoples. The SWASH project also connects with local marginalized communities (trash pickers) to help facilitate recycling projects. In this way, ConservEN uses community connections and support to raise awareness about environmental issues.
Organic Farming: This program focuses on many aspects of small-scale organic farming. Some of these focus areas are vertical gardening, house gardens, organic herbal cultivation, organic seed creation and storage, mushroom cultivation and composting. The organic farming position consists of a combination of hands- on farm work, research, and community outreach. Our organic farms are designed to generate interest in organic farming in rural areas, by serving as a functional model of sustainable, healthy, and profitable food production. Experience in organic cultivation, seed- saving, soil remediation, composting, or teaching would also be an asset for this position.
WildForests is a new project that is yet to be initiated. Therefore, it requires a committed and dedicated person with strong leadership and self-initiation skills in order to develop, plan and implement this project. This job role will involve managing public and private forested lands for economic, recreational, and conservation purposes. In developing this project, you will determine how to conserve wildlife habitats, creek beds, water quality, and soil stability, and how best to comply with local environmental regulations. You will also devise plans for planting and growing new trees, monitor trees for healthy growth, and determine optimal harvesting schedules.
The project has five main activities:
This program is still in the initial planning stages, with the goal to be in full implementation in April of 2013. Our goal is to promote markets for eco-tourism and agro-tourism. It is a responsible tourism initiative that provides the conscientious tourist with community homestays, local guides and activities, and opportunities to volunteer and contribute to numerous EduCare projects.
REstore is project that aims to empower the local community to make informed decisions about what types of products they produce, purchase and consume; or the facilities and buildings that they construct. In the form of an environment awareness center/ organic products and renewable energy store/cafe, REstore provides free information on environmentally friendly ways of living, and aim to make many of the eco-friendly products available to purchase as these alternatives are not easily accessible to the local community. Some examples of what REstore promotes are: solar energy products, bio-gas plants, organic farming methods, natural cleaning products and rural waste management processes. This project is still in the stages of planning with a high potential for rapid development and implementation.
The Project Assistant Manager works on one or more ConservEN projects. They will be assigned to one specific office location within the three program centres: Himachal Pradesh, Punjab or Rajasthan. The Project Assistant Manager works closely with the Project Manager, who will provide guidance and direction and resource needs. They will also work with the Program Coordinator to ensure that their projects fit with the overall aim, mission and values of the organization.
Together with the Sustainability Project Manager, the Sustainablity Project Assistant Managers form a team to assure the continuity and quality of one of the Environmental Projects. This job role will put you in the center of the work field and you will be in close contact with the local community. Being involved in the social projects run by the VIKAS Centres will provide you with invaluable work experience in development and let you experience Indian culture first hand.
Tasks and responsibilities:
Benefits and Application
Free on-site accommodation is provided. Free access to Internet is provided in the various centers and some houses. Additionally, work-related transportation and phone expenses (partially) are provided for by the organisation.
*Fee: Please note there is a one-time legal fee for intern placement that is US $460. Interns of 6-12 months or longer qualify for partial to full reimbursement of this fee.
Please apply by sending an email, addressing the above criteria, with your CV and cover letter to email@example.com. Please use "Sustainability Project Manager" or "Sustainability Assistant Project Manager" as the subject of your email.
Only applications for an internship request for a minimum duration of 3 months will be considered. For further information about the organisation and projects, or to apply for an internship position directly on our website, please visit www.conservenaturalindia.org.