The SCBNA board and staff are pleased to offer a remote, part-time, 6-month paid communications internship with our Communications Committee. The aim of this position is to increase SCBNA’s capacity to communicate and interact with members and potential members. We seek applicants who have experience and/or education in communications, writing, social media, and/or marketing, as well as education or training in ecology and/or conservation biology. The successful candidate is expected to provide support on SCBNA’s social media accounts, as well as seek new and innovative ways to reach and interact with our diverse membership. Desired content across communication platforms will include updates and announcements, information about our biennial conference, the North American Congress of Conservation Biology (NACCB), and general conservation news and storytelling. The successful applicant may also assist with other communications outreach, such as e-newsletters and website content. Candidates who have experience in updating website content are highly desired. The intern will regularly interact with and gauge the online/communications needs of SCBNA members, will report directly to the Communications Committee Chair and Director of Operations, and may collaborate with other Communications Committee members. Regular meetings and communications with these parties will be required.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Knowledge and experience with digital communication tools, including social media platforms interest, education, and/or training in ecology and conservation biology
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills Experience with graphic design, photography, and web-based design programs.
  • Creativity in communicating content in effective and unique ways

TIME COMMITMENT: Five (5) to eight (8) hours a week for six (6) months with target start date in January 2021

COMPENSATION: $20 an hour for six (6) months, estimated 5-8 hours per week

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Applicants should submit the following application materials electronically in a single pdf document to be considered for this position: Resume, cover letter, and names and contact information for two (2) references.

To apply, please email your application to Communications Committee Chair, Lauren Jonaitis, jonaitislauren@gmail.com. Review of applications will begin December 1, 2020. Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position should be directed via email to Lauren Jonaitis. The anticipated approximate start date for the internship is January 2021.

SCBNA is committed to increasing equity and inclusion within the field of conservation biology and in its board and staff members. To this end, SCBNA has an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Officer on the board and an Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity Committee. We offer grants to attend congresses, follow best practices in conference design (including such things as gender neutral bathrooms, providing a private place for nursing or other needs, providing sign language interpreters, etc.), run sessions on equity and inclusion at congresses, and are currently working on an Allyship program to increase the effectiveness of allies in addressing equity issues in the field of conservation. We recognize that this work will never be complete and we are committed to continually evaluating and improving our equity and inclusion work.

As noted above, SCBNA strives to advance equity and inclusion in the field of conservation and within our organization. We strongly encourage members of underrepresented groups in the field of conservation to apply for this position. Applicants are not required to be current members of the Society for Conservation Biology.

NACCB Registration now open

Registration is now open for NACCB 2020, July 26-31, 2020 at the Sheraton Denver Downtown in Denver, Colorado.
In addition to registering for the conference, you’ll be able to register for an amazing selection of workshops & short courses, events, field trips, and more! See a sampling of  NACCB offerings below, but please check the conference website often at www.scbnacongress.org for the latest NACCB updates.

NACCB Offerings & Programming
NACCB will offer an impressive array of field trips, short courses, and workshops, available for sign up via registration until May 30. These will take place July 26, 27, and 31. NACCB plenaries, invited symposia and interactive sessions will take place during the scientific program days of the conference, July 28-30.
NACCB Financial Support

The following opportunities are available for NACCB financial support –

NACCB Accommodations

NACCB is conveniently located in the host hotel, the Sheraton Denver Downtown. Please support SCBNA by taking advantage of the discounted rate available through our block. Tight on $? Share with a friend, or make a new one by using the NACCB roomshare discussion board. Follow this link to the block & discussion board!

Coronavirus Information


The NACCB 2020 organizers and Society for Conservation Biology North America are closely monitoring the changing situation related to the spread of the current coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. For now, NACCB 2020 is proceeding as planned. The health and welfare of NACCB attendees is our highest priority, and we will continue to monitor the situation, consult advice from public health authorities, and provide updates as necessary. All updates will be posted to the conference website and communicated to NACCB registrants.

We’re excited to announce that COMPASS will be providing travel fellowships for journalists from across North America to attend the North American Congress for Conservation Biology (NACCB) in Denver, Colorado, July 26-31.

The biennial conference brings together over 1,000 conservation scientists, professionals, and students to share the latest research, explore challenges, and foster collaborations. The conference theme for 2020 is Crossing Boundaries: Innovative Approaches To Conservation.

The application period closes March 16, 2020. Please see this blog post or this downloadable flyer for more details on how to apply, and please share broadly with your network! To learn more about past journalist fellowships, click here.