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Natural Finance and Capital Intern



IUCN Washington DC Office


International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)


Washington, DC, United States

Reporting to:

Director, Washington DC Office

Expected start date:

September 2014

Type of contract:

Fixed-term (4 months)



In July 2014, IUCN convened a group of eminent thought leaders to identify constraints to the integration of the value of protected areas and intact natural systems into development planning. Through this engagement, new partnerships, commitments, and messages resulted in plans to increase investment into natural systems and the recognition of their importance for development in national and corporate policy.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

To work with the Director of the IUCN Washington Office and other key IUCN staff and collaborators to deliver IUCN’s commitment to increasing the participation of the finance industry in maintaining natural capital. The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and supporting the implementation of concepts and work plans drafted recently through the collaboration between IUCN and The Rockefeller Foundation, leading up to the World Leaders’ Dialogues at the World Parks Congress in November 2014 in Sydney and beyond.

In collaboration with key IUCN staff and collaborators, take the existing draft concept descriptions and workplans and create detailed concept notes, project timelines and budgets for implementation.

In collaboration with key IUCN staff and collaborators, develop communications messages, materials and media for the World Leaders’ Dialogues at the World Parks Congress.


Knowledge of concepts, issues, controversies and recent developments in the field of natural capital investment, risk and accounting.

Excellent writing, communications and presentation skills.

Knowledge of the finance industry (especially impact investing, credit rating, green bonds, and environmental profit and loss accounting) a distinct advantage.


Stipend: US$1000 per month


 Please submit a cover letter and resume including professional references to frank.hawkins@iucn.org

About IUCN

IUCN, International Union for Conservation of Nature, helps the world find pragmatic solutions to our most pressing environment and development challenges.

IUCN works on biodiversity, climate change, energy, human livelihoods and greening the world economy by supporting scientific research, managing field projects all over the world, and bringing governments, NGOs, the UN and companies together to develop policy, laws and best practice.

IUCN is the world’s oldest and largest global environmental organization, with more than 1,200 government and NGO members and almost 11,000 volunteer experts in some 160 countries. IUCN’s work is supported by over 1,000 staff in 45 offices and hundreds of partners in public, NGO and private sectors around the world.

Past Interns

See what former interns have to say about their experiences working in the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office

"Interning at the IUCN Washington, D.C. Office has been a great opportunity to see how an organization like this works. The office has a fast paced, pro-active environment with the staff involved in many interesting projects. Interns have the chance to experience a variety of different aspects of the work and research currently undertaken in the office. DC is also a great place to get involved with environmental issues through the many meetings and conferences that take place in the city." – Jemma Aitken, Summer 2010 Intern

"Interning at IUCN Washington, D.C. Office was definitely an experience I won't forget. The work was completely substantive, and I feel like I truly got to know the ins and outs of what I was researching. I was able to see some of the to environmental shakers and movers speak around the city. The mood in the environmental field is undeniably one of action and urgency. It feels great to intern at the IUCN-Washington, D.C. Office and really feel like I'm playing a part in the fight to solve today's major issues." - Amy Willis, Spring 2009 intern.

“Working at IUCN is a great experience for anyone who has an interest in any aspect of environmental issues. The freedom each intern has to explore their specific interest as well as the chance to attend meetings or do research projects on any topic makes this an invaluable internship. Whether someone is just beginning to learn about environmental issues or they have a solid background in a particular area working at IUCN is an excellent opportunity to learn of a variety of new projects and ideas in the environmental world.
Along with being exposed to different ideas interning at IUCN allowed me to work with a great group of interns. It was great to see how a group of people with different backgrounds can all have an interest in environmental issues. The fact that everyone had a variety of interests enhanced my experience of learning different aspects of the environmental challenges facing the world. I feel lucky to have been able to spend a summer working with such intelligent, interesting, and motivated people who all want to help the environment.
” – Lange Clancy, Summer 2008 Intern

“I think our interns' active and positive attitudes about diverse projects and meetings make us special. Especially for an international intern like me, other interns' kindness made us bond with each other.” Su Jeong Suh, Summer 2008 Intern

“I enjoyed getting a taste of so many aspects of working for IUCN. We worked on projects like a Facebook initiative to raise IUCN’s profile among young people, a fundraising venture based on the 1% for the Planet program, research projects about topics from climate change to free trade, and meetings where we got the opportunity to hear speakers including Senator John Kerry and former IUCN Director General Achim Steiner. I felt like we were encouraged to really explore and develop our interests by supervisors who wanted to see us get the most out of the experience. For me, the best part of interning for IUCN was the bond the interns formed as a group during both IUCN-sponsored trips (the crab feast) and spontaneous outings around the city. I really feel lucky to have learned so much and met so many amazing people in such a short time.” – Amanda Hunt, Summer 2008 Intern