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Solution Search Intern, Center for Behavior and the Environment

Company: Rare Conservation
Location: Arlington
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

Position Overview

* Please note this is a remote role with flexible working location. See below for specific details regarding applicant elligibility.

Position Overview

Rare seeks a highly motivated, enthusiastic and intelligent candidate to support its sixth Solution Search contest activities. Working closely with the Director, Operations and Engagement and Associate at the Center for Behavior & the Environment, the Solution Search intern will work with Rare's team of innovation thought leaders focused on sourcing creative and effective behavioral solutions for some of the world's most pressing conservation issues. The Intern will also gain experience in managing and marketing crowd-sourced contests and communities, event and workshop design, behavior change and the environment, and in working with a diverse set of international organizations and strategic partners to achieve these goals. The ideal candidate will be well-organized, able to work independently and as a collective team member, will possess proven experience in behavior change and/or marketing and strategy, and have project management skills.

About the Contest

Solutions to some of the world's greatest conservation and development challenges exist in local communities around the globe. Many times, however, these solutions remain on the local level and go unnoticed by the larger community. What's already working must be surfaced and spotlighted such that practitioners around with world can expand their impact as they replicate proven success. Solution Search, an innovative contest created by Rare, is designed to do just that. The contest sources, rewards and disseminates what is already working in conservation and development.

This currently running Solution Search contest focuses on unearthing existing and successful solutions that are reducing water pollution by changing behaviors. Reducing water pollution is critical for protecting aquatic life, ensuring public health, achieving social justice, and fomenting a resilient and thriving economy. Currently, many types of contaminants run through the world's rivers, streams, basins and oceans, including synthetic chemicals, plastics, nitrates and fecal coliform. Behind each of these different sources lies a chain of people who engage in behaviors that lead up to the pollution we see today.

Some of these behaviors include littering, dumping raw sewage into fields, depositing industrial waste into waterways, and using and overusing synthetic fertilizers. Therefore, solving water pollution will require changing those behaviors that are contributing to it. To achieve this, the traditional tools of information, rules and regulations and financial incentives must be complemented with strategies rooted in behavioral science, including emotional appeals, social influences and choice architecture.

Areas of Responsibility

This position will have several responsibilities, including:

Support the sixth Solution Search:

* Assist with event planning for awards ceremony and finalist workshop * Manage virtual registration system * Coordinate Rare communications, marketing and field teams to implement marketing plan * Identify new target audiences and expand marketing strategy to achieve maximum contest impact * Work with internal staff, external consultants and partners to keep project on track * Engage existing networks to solicit registrations * Analyze successful marketing efforts and reapply lessons to additional audiences * Draft marketing emails and other materials to encourage registration * Support ad hoc tasks related to the contest and its implementation

Qualifications, Skills & Core Competencies Required

* In the process of earning or has earned a Bachelor's degree * Comfort meeting new people and cold-calling potential speakers and attendees * Experience working in marketing, communications, social/behavioral sciences, and/or community development * Experience with event logistics and management * Ability to work in Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, and PowerPoint * Familiarity with Salesforce or other CRM databases; Drupal, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and other social networks a plus * Excellent attention to detail and project management skills * Demonstrated experience in problem solving and ability to find creative solutions * Proven experience being able to multitask and work effectively in a rapidly growing, entrepreneurial environment with shifting priorities * Enthusiasm for Rare's mission and respect for its core values * A high level of personal and professional integrity, with exceptional interpersonal skills * Written and spoken fluency in English required; proficiency in other languages a plus, especially Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin Chinese or Bahasa Indonesia * Please note this is a paid internship. This internship will be Monday-Thursday for a total of 30 hours over the course of our 8-week Intern Program.

Application and Selection Process:

Rare's Talent team will contact candidates directly for interviews and finalize hiring decisions between the end of April and mid-May. The application deadline is April 26th. Please keep in mind that not all candidates will be contacted for interviews. Due to the volume of applications, we do not confirm receipt of applications. You can confirm the submission of your application by logging back into iCIMS via our Career Page.

* The selected candidate must have current residence in the following states: * Virginia * Maryland * DC * California * Washington * Florida * Texas * Georgia * North Carolina * Indiana * Delaware * Maine * Oregon * New York * Pennsylvania

Rare is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes all to apply. EOE/M/F/D/V

Keywords: Rare Conservation, Arlington , Solution Search Intern, Center for Behavior and the Environment, Other , Arlington, Virginia

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