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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

Gary D. Doxtater Internships at the Indiana Wildlife Federation


We are now accepting applications for summer internships.  Please see below for position descriptions and application details. 

IWF offers three internships honoring the work and commitment of Gary D. Doxtater, an imperative conservationist in Indiana's history. Gary dedicated his life to fish and wildlife, serving the Indiana DNR in multiple positions, including Director of the Division of Fish and Wildlife and Deputy Director for management of the Bureau of Water and Mineral Resources. During his time in Indiana, Gary helped to acquire 36,615 acres of public land for fishing and hunting, improved state relationships with private landowners to create healthier landscapes, and revitalized areas mined for coal while working in the private sector. With Indiana Wildlife Federation, Gary served as Director of Development after retiring from IDNR, promoting education efforts and wildlife habitat. Due to his lasting commitment, service, and history as a mentor, we honor Gary Doxtater through our internship opportunities.

Our internships are the Habitat Programs Internship, Communications Internship and Development and Fundraising Internship at these times throughout the year:

Fall Semester - approximately September-December, part-time, unpaid

Winter/Spring Semester - approximately January-April, part-time, unpaid

Summer Semester - approximately May-August, full-time, unpaid


 
Summer 2014 Interns
On the IWF tour of Eagle Marsh
Fall 2014 Interns
At IUPUI Sustainability Day

Spring 2015 Interns
At the IWF Offices
                 Summer 2015 Interns
      At the Taste of the Wild Game Cookout

Spring 2016 Intern
At the IWF Offices

Summer 2016 Interns
At PIE Day at Cold Spring School


Habitat Programs Internship

IWF habitat programs promote the preservation, enhancement and restoration of wildlife habitat in Indiana. This internship will work closely with the IWF Landscaping the Sustainable Campus program, our Sustainable Trails Certification program and our Backyard Habitat Workshops and certification program.

Internship Duties and Responsibilities

  • The intern will update content and delivery for the Trail Certification Program and Pollinator Habitat Workshop and may produce additional program materials.
  • Assist with content updates, delivery and development of the Backyard Habitat Workshops.
  • Modify and develop new content and questions for the online Kid’s Contest.
  • Coordinate with parks, neighborhood associations, and other groups to schedule and deliver habitat workshops.
  • Support organization communications surrounding Habitat Programs, ex. social media, newsletter content, website content updates, member emails, etc.
  • The intern will coordinate campus projects for the Landscaping the Sustainable Campus Program.
  • Communicate and attend meetings with universities and colleges enrolled in the program and engage in the completion of the certification process.
  • Reach out to universities and colleges that are not yet enrolled in the program and encourage participation; for those that do enroll, assist with the development of Sustainable Landscape Plans, and guide the institutions through the certification process. .
  • Maintain contact with certified campuses and update the LSC portion of the IWF website.
  • Other responsibilities based on interest areas and organization needs.

Internship Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s, master’s degree or degree in progress in a natural resources, biology or environmental education related field.
  • Knowledge of conservation and natural resources concerns.
  • Strong leadership and teamwork skills.
  • Strong writing and research skills.
  • Creative thinking and new idea generation abilities.
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed.
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and organize multiple projects and tasks.
  • Proficient in oral communication.
  • Proficiency in basic computer programs and skills including Microsoft Office.
  • Experience in project management and involvement with student clubs on campuses is a plus.

To Apply:

Please submit by email info@indianawildlife.org 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of references

Communications Internship

 Internship Duties and Responsibilities

  • IWF social media outreach, including Facebook, Twitter and others
  • Updates to IWF website content including event calendar, news articles, bill watch updates, etc.
  • Research and write articles for our quarterly e-newsletter, Hoosier Conservation, published every February, May, August and November each year.
  • Assist with organization and execution of special events.
  • Compose emails and news updates for engaging and informing our members, donors and friends.
  • Explore ways to engage and expand our member/donor/friend network.
  • Data entry and other administrative communication duties.
  • Other responsibilities based on interest areas and organization needs.

Internship Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or degree in progress in communications, journalism, environmental studies, natural resources or a related field
  • Interest in conservation, wildlife and wildlife habitat or other environmental and natural resource issues
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Creative thinking and idea generation abilities
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and organize multiple projects and tasks
  • Proficient in oral communication
  • Proficiency in basic computer programs and skills including Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with Photoshop, database, layout and web software, video editing and a variety of online social media is a highly preferred.

To Apply:

Please submit by email info@indianawildlife.org 

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • Writing sample in a journalistic style (1 page)
  • List of references

Development and Fundraising Internship

Internship Duties and Responsibilities

  • Research new potential funders – foundations and grants.
  • Assist with the design and production of member and donor materials, communications, and appeals.
  • Assist with organization and execution of special events.
  • Research new potential program or event sponsors.
  • Assist with collection, organization and stewardship of donations for our silent auction.
  • Assist with the development of a planned giving program.
  • Explore ways to engage and expand our member/donor/friend network.
  • Assist with maintaining database profiles and processing memberships and donations in our membership database - Memberclicks.
  • Other responsibilities based on interest areas and organization needs.

Internship Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree, master’s degree or degree in progress in nonprofit management, philanthropic studies or a related field
  • Interest in conservation, wildlife and wildlife habitat or other environmental and natural resource issues
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Detail-oriented
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Ability to effectively coordinate and organize multiple projects and tasks
  • Proficient in oral communication
  • Proficiency in basic computer programs and skills including Microsoft Office.
  • Experience with databases is a plus.

To Apply:

Please submit by email info@indianawildlife.org

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume
  • List of references