Climate Adaptation Internship

The Climate Adaptation Intern will report to the Environmental Program Coordinator and will be primarily responsible for completing work delegated by the Environmental Program Coordinator to assist with the daily operation of the Environmental Department, and the fulfillment of grants and other environmental tasks. The intern will also complete a long-term project spanning the duration of their internship that helps assess the climate-related risks and threats to the Nansemond Indian Nation. 

Duties & Responsibilities

  •  Assists with the implementation of environmental program work plans/activities and compliance with federal grant requirements.
  •  Keeps abreast of current trends and information in the environmental field.
  •  Assists with writing, preparing, and reviewing environmental documents.
  •  Responsible for general office duties including filing documents, completing, and submitting payment requests, travel authorizations, travel expense reports, and agenda requests.
  •  Assists in developing quarterly grant reports and Tribal Council reports.
  •  Assists all environmental programs with work in the office and in the field, as necessary.
  •  Attends meetings as required.
  •  Consults and analyzes data from various sources to assess climate and weather-related threats to the Nation and its properties.
  •  Completes a long-term project for the duration of the internship related to climate hazard vulnerability, prepares a final report, and presents findings to Tribal members and leadership.
  •  Other duties as assigned.



A successful candidate will possess the following:

  1. Experience with environmental projects preferred.
  2. Have great communication skills – verbal, written, electronic, and auditory.
  3. Excellent attention to detail.
  4. Strong interpersonal, organizational, and relationship-building skills with the ability to work as part of a team.
  5. Must possess basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, specifically Excel, Word, Outlook, and Teams. Understanding of Google Workspace preferred.
  6. Understanding of environmental program activities.
  7. Experience with MARISA, ADAPT-VA, or other climate and weather data preferred.


  1. Submission to, and successful passage of, drug-testing and background check requirements.
  2. Must be able to work outdoors in the field and wetlands, sometimes for several hours in various weather conditions.
  3. Must be enrolled in an accredited college or university as an undergraduate or graduate student.
  4. Must be pursuing a degree in environmental science, environmental policy, climate science, meteorology, or related field.
  5. Must submit unofficial transcripts from undergraduate and/or graduate university.
  6. Must supply a resume, cover letter, and two letters of reference, one of which must be from a professor.



Section 703(i) of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended, 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(i)(1982), provides an exception to Title VII’s general nondiscrimination principles through which Indian tribal nations exercise an employment and contracting preference in favor of American Indians.  Section 7(b) of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act of 1975, 25 U.S.C. § 450e(b), requires the inclusion of Indian preference provisions in certain federal contracts and grants. 

The Nation shall give preference to enrolled citizens of Indian tribes/nations for employment and Indian/tribally owned businesses for contracting opportunities. In other than the proceeding situations, the Nation is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).  


This job description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification.  It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, responsibilities and qualifications required of employees assigned to this job.  The selected candidate must successfully comply with applicable drug testing and background check requirements.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of the work being performed by people assigned to this work.  This is not an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities associated with it.  The Nansemond Indian Nation reserves the right to amend and change responsibilities to meet governmental, business, and organizational needs.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise. Employment in this job is an “at will” employment relationship.

Salary Description
$15 - 17.50 / hour