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Human Resources Intern - Fall 2020 (Remote)

Defenders of Wildlife
Future Leaders Project Plan
Location: Remote
Department: Human Resources
Session: Fall 2020
Software Required: Up to date OS
Start Date: Sept 8, 2020
End Date: ~Dec 11, 2020

Human Resources Intern – Fall 2020
Application Deadline: August 16 2020

Overall Objective of the Position:
This role will support ongoing research and capacities in the Human Resources department. The intern will partner with our staff, conduct research, create reports and documents which will contribute to our ongoing mission to further our conservation mission, cultivate an inclusive and belonging environment, and continue to develop and foster talent exploration.

Learning Objectives:
  • Performance Plan Development
  • Open Enrollment Communications and Facilitation
  • Employee Engagement and Communications

Position Description:
Make an impact by...
  • Completing HR related projects in support of the organization
  • Researching and synthesizing relevant reports of best practices
  • Providing functional support by researching problems and following up with end users to ensure their needs are met
  • Responding to requests for information from staff and external parties

Project Work Plan:
This work plan is general and may change based on organizational needs. (~2 weeks)
1.      Offer Letter and Onboarding Best Practices and Research
a.      Research internal documents and confirm labor compliance in all operational states.
2.      Performance Development Plan Best Practices and Industry Standards (~2 weeks)
o   Support research and policy analysis needs in Performance Development
3.      Employee Engagement and Retention Research and Development (~4 weeks)
  1. Support research and policy analysis for development of Employee Engagement, Retention and Recognition    
  2. Utilize Defenders’ style guide to adhere to Branding Guidelines
                                                              i.     Position Descriptions
  1. Review DEIJ communications standards across all documents and recommend possible improvements and implementation
4.      Open Enrollment Benefits Support (~4 weeks)
  1. Reviewing and drafting communications for staff regarding Open Enrollment Process
  2. Exposure and support in Open Enrollment transactions

•       Work schedule:
o  We expect a minimum 15 hours a week of work, with reasonable accommodation as necessary for academic needs. Your work schedule will fall between 9am-5:30pm Monday – Friday.
•       Check-ins and Guidance:
o  Expect weekly check-ins for progress reports; 30m-1hour depending on your needs in addition to support throughout your work.
o  We will undergo a midpoint and final performance review process with you to give feedback and support professional development

Preference for currently enrolled students in related educational programs, especially Human Resources, Industrial Organizational Psychology and related subjects.
Applicants must be self-starters driven by the opportunity to help transform culture communications in the conservation space while learning new skills. Interns should have a passion for wildlife conservation and/or Organizational Culture, strong research and analytical skills, a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, and excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Demonstrated computer proficiency within a Windows environment, and with Microsoft Office applications, with the willingness to learn new software applications
  • Proven business acumen, including strong problem solving and decision-making skills
  • Exemplary consulting and member service skills
  • Demonstrated facilitation and presentation skills
  • Demonstrated ability to research information and effectively leverage resources
  • Ability to collaborate with cross-functional partners
  • Ability to manage conflict, partner, communicate professionally, be flexible, and able to prioritize and multi-task while working in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities
Unpaid. Students are encouraged to seek funding opportunities through their schools or outside sources.

It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures. We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.