Sageland Collaborative

Conservation Communications Intern




Application Deadline: April 4, 2022
Anticipated Start Date: end of April/early May, flexible
Anticipated End Date: End of August 2022
Hours/Week: 4 hours/week

Work Schedule: flexible                                                                                                                                                              Work Location: Semi-remote. Most work can be completed remotely on a flexible schedule, but some trainings will be in-person. Due to this, a selected intern should expect to be near SLC to complete this internship
Supervisor: Sarah Woodbury, Communications & Outreach Director
Compensation from host organization: none                                                                                                                    Company Website:

Program Requirements:

  • Must have completed at least 30 credit hours by the internship start date
  • Must be in good academic standing
  • Must be a declared major in the College of Science or a recent graduate

Position Description:



To create engaging, mission-driven stories and perform outreach strategies that increase volunteer and donor numbers. Purpose: To engage the community in our work, deepening their involvement in local conservation and having a lasting impact on wildlife and habitats.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Coordinate with supervisor and communications team to create stunning social media and email campaigns that increase engagement
  • Track and analyze communication and volunteer metrics
  • Collaborate with supervisor to plan and execute meaningful volunteer trainings, communications, and events
  • Craft creative outreach materials and work with supervisor to engage public
  • Support making conservation science projects accessible to diverse groups
  • Support messaging around the story of Sageland Collaborative to increase public and partner awareness of and involvement with our projects


  • Passion for wildlife conservation
  • An understanding of and commitment to Sageland Collaborative's mission
  • Demonstrated ability to write and communicate effectively
  • Self-driven, excited to take initiative
  • Creative, collaborative, and strategic thinker; passionate about storytelling
  • Social media savvy
  • Organized, able to work w/team remotely
  • Committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Excited about making science accessible

Bonus Skills:

  • Graphic design skills
  • Video storytelling skills
  • Experience creating effective communications campaigns
  • Experience engaging diverse western communities, including BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Latinx, rural, and Indigenous tribes
  • Understands major conservation activities and issues in the West
  • Speaks Spanish
  • Familiar with conservation science field and able to translate scientific work into accessible language & stories

Benefits for the intern:

  • Will gain skills & experience in environmental communication and storytelling.
  • Will gain professional contacts in the West's conservation network.
  • Will learn about conservation science and current issues through close collaboration with a small, effective team.
  • Position encourages creative thinking and innovation.
  • Finished products to use for portfolio.


To apply for this position, include a sample of your work with your application materials. This can include writing samples and/or creative projects such as graphic designs or video projects.

Additional Information:

This micro-internship is part of the Facilitated Internship Program. What is a micro-internship? This is a fairly new concept and is like an internship, but involves fewer hours of work. Although the hours are fewer, the experience is still robust and an intern for this position would end with a solid communication portfolio, experience in conservation, and an expanded network. The stipend for the micro-internship is $100. All other aspects of the Facilitated Internship Program are the same.

Applicants are encouraged to apply for the Career Exploration Scholarship.

Contact the internship coordinator at with any questions about the position, program, or scholarship.