Conserve Natural India

Sustainable Development in Northern India

Internships

Interested in an internship with ConservEN? See below for our current openings.

Initial applications can be made by sending your CV and Cover Letter in English to: hr@conservenaturalindia.org

ConservEN is the environmental programme of the grassroots NGO EduCARE. The vision and ethos of the organisation EduCARE is that of education, sustainable development, accessible rural health care and womens’ empowerment. Educare’s programmes are facilitated primarily by a group of international interns, working alongside local staff and volunteers, and of course the local communities that we work within. Within the ConservEN programme there are several projects:

SWASH: Sanitation of Water, Air and Soil, for a Healthy village life

Restore: a microfinance project where local women form a self help group and use the proceeds to begin a market stall, where they are able to sell handmade recycled and upcycled goods, and to promote environmentally sustainable initiatives

Sustainable Agriculture: creating environmentally sustainable gardens both as examples for local farmers and within the communities that Educare works with

Alternative Energy: enabling local communities access to information and assistance in installing renewable and green energy sources in their homes, businesses and community spaces

The International Internship Program of ConservEN India is designed to provide selected applicants with rewarding educational and work experience, as well as opportunities to contribute in one of several critical work areas in various developmental projects in North India.
 
SWASH

Our SWASH project has four different aspects:
– Solid waste management
– Waste water management
– Soil quality
– Air quality

Currently our efforts are focused on solid waste management, with an emphasis on reduction, reuse and/or recycling of trash and waste, natural resource management, and education within the local communities with whom we work. The SWASH project also connects with local marginalized communities (trash pickers) to help facilitate recycling and proper sanitation projects.

We are currently recruiting for several position in our SWASH project. Experience in waste management is beneficial but not essential.

– A Co-Project Manager for our project in the Naddi village: working with locals to create a system for collection, storage and disposal within the village, in order to create a clean landscape and ensure environmentally sustainable methods of waste management within the village. Start date: beginning of November 2013. Minimum length: 3 months.

– A Project Manager for SWASH in the Banoi migrant camp: working with a migrant community who work primarily as trash pickers to create with them an improved method of collection and disposal within their home community, and to run educational activities about waste management with a particular focus on health and sanitation with the aim of improving their work practices. Start date: end of October/beginning of November 2013. Minimum length: 3 months

– 2 x Project Manager for SWASH in the Paro and Hariana migrant camps: working with a migrant community who work primarily as trash pickers to create with them an improved method of collection and disposal within their home community, and to run educational activities about waste management with a particular focus on health and sanitation with the aim of improving their work practices. Start date: immediate. Minimum length: 3 months

If you have expertise or skills in a particular area we accept open applications within the SWASH project. We are especially seeking interns with experience in waste water management.

Sustainable Agriculture

Our Sustainable Agriculture project focuses on community gardens within the local communities that we work with, and educational efforts to improve the sustainability of food production in these local communities. The environmentally sustainable techniques that we wish to promote include:
– Organic growing
– Composting
– Rainwater harvesting
– Permaculture and vertical growing
– Natural and integrated pest control
– Seed saving
– Mushroom cultivation

Currently our efforts are focused on organic growing and composting. Experience in growing is beneficial but not essential.

We are currently recruiting for several position in our Sustainable Agriculture Project:

– Project Manager in Paro and Hariana Migrant Camps: this is a new project and the project manager position will involve research and a needs assessment of the community, with a focus on their nutritional health. Alongside this research the project manager will create a vegetable patch alongside the migrant community that we work with, teaching them how to maintain the garden and creating and running educational activities with an emphasis on the nutritional and health benefits of vegetables. Alongside this project there is the opportunity to grow in the intern garden (in Dholbaha village) and to use this space for research and experimentation. Start date: immediate. Minimum length: 3 months.

– Project Manager in Naddi: to use existing research to work with the local community to encourage and facilitate kitchen gardens in the family home. Start date: immediate. Minimum length: 3 months.

– Project Manager in Banoi Migrant Camp: work with the migrant community to maintain their vegetable patch alongside teaching them how to maintain the garden and creating and running educational activities with an emphasis on the nutritional and health benefits of vegetables. Alongside this project there is the opportunity to grow in the intern garden (in Rajhol village) and to use this space for research and experimentation. grow in the intern garden and to use this space for research and experimentation. And to work with the wider local community to educate, encourage and promote sustainable agriculture techniques. Start date: January 2014. Minimum length: 3 months.

– Project Manager in Maiti: to maintain a vegetable garden at the village school alongside the children who attend the school, teaching them sustainable techniques and garden maintenance, and also running in-classroom educational activities on related topics. Alongside this project there is the opportunity to grow in the intern garden and to use this space for research and experimentation. And to work with the wider local community to educate, encourage and promote sustainable agriculture techniques. Start date: January 2014. Minimum length: 3 months.

Alternative Energy

Our Alternative Energy project works to develop and promote alternative energies in the local communities we work within.  And also the creation and distribution of accessible information about alternative energies.

We are currently recruiting for several positions within the Alternative Energy project. Experience and skills in this area is highly beneficial.

– Project Manager for Naddi: working with a local community to design and implement an improved wood burning stove, to reduce health risks of the current method of open fire inside the kitchen, and to design in a heat recovery system to heat either the homes or water. Alongside this the project manager will have the opportunity to research and explore other alternative energy options for the communities such as biogas and solar, and to research what options are already available and distribute this information in an accessible manner. Start date: January 2014. Minimum length: 3 months.


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