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Internship: Species & Ecosystem Research

GOAL: Help design, research, and develop content for “Hero Quests” as part of Project Hero; learning Quests based on prioritized species and ecosystems.

About Captain Planet Foundation:

For almost 30 years, the Captain Planet Foundation has developed and provided project-based environmental learning strategies that bring education to life. Our comprehensive programming supports educators who are looking to: 1) Take learning outside;  2) Connect youth to their local environment; and 3) Empower students to become active agents of change.

About Project Hero:

Project Hero is a new program being led by the Captain Planet Foundation in partnership with about a dozen national conservation organizations. It’s a web platform that guides kids on “Hero Quests” to help locally threatened and endangered species, connecting them with real-world data and experts, and culminating in a hands-on conservation project to help the species they are focused on helping.

Project Description:

Project Hero will feature multiple Hero Quests available to students in different regions of the country focused on locally relevant and prioritized species and/ or ecosystems. Each Quest will require content development based on that ecoregion and the species that make up that prioritized ecosystem. Captain Planet Foundation is actively seeking an intern with knowledge in conservation biology, ecology, and/ or wildlife management that can help develop a Quests (topics include Wolves of the Southern Rockies, Longleaf Pine Ecosystem, Soil Carbon Sequestration, Pollinators of North America). This project will entail:

  • Working with the project manager to design a Quest including spatial definition and species arrangement
  • Identifying data and content sources (informational and imagery) to develop Quest
  • Working with Hero Society members and others to vet and edit content for young readers
  • Identifying and vetting external supporting resources for species/ ecosystem
  • Identifying and vetting educational resources to support Quest


  • Knowledge of conservation biology & ecology
  • Adept at online research including validating sources
  • Tech savvy
  • Strong writing & editing skills
  • GIS skills a bonus!
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • Ability to self-manage and think independently
  • Passionate about engaging and empowering kids to be positive agents of change

Skills You’ll Develop:

  • Production skills
  • Project management
  • Education-oriented design
  • Teamwork

*please send resume and cover letter to Courtney Kimmel –

*Approximately 10-20 hours a week. All internships are unpaid. We are looking for motivated Interns and volunteer positions who are able to handle multiple tasks.