Social Media & Storytelling Intern

Company: Blue Forest

Location: Avondale, AZ

Job Function: Intern/Work Study


Blue Forest is a conservation finance non-profit whose mission is to accelerate the pace and scale of ecological restoration. Since 2018, Blue Forest has managed investor capital through its flagship financial product, the Forest Resilience Bond (FRB), which deploys private capital to finance forest restoration projects on private and public lands to reduce the risk of catastrophic wildfire. More recently, Blue Forest has also established Blue Forest Asset Management (BFAM), an investment management platform connecting investors to compelling, mission-aligned opportunities in a broader set of asset classes beyond FRB projects, such as private equity and private credit investments.  

Blue Forest is an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, foresters, finance, and communications professionals. We are harnessing financial innovation and building partnerships with investors, non-profits, private companies and the public sector to design sustainable solutions to systemic climate resilience challenges faced by vulnerable communities and ecosystems. As we grow and develop new financial solutions to pressing environmental problems, we are committed to promoting social equity and amplifying historically excluded voices in the burgeoning field of conservation finance.


Internship Overview

Our Social Media and Storytelling Intern will be integral in developing compelling video, audio, and visual content for our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn) at Blue Forest. The aim is that by the end of the summer, the intern will have developed a database of content and visuals that can be utilized over the next 6 – 12 months to communicate how our work supports the resilience of ecosystems and serves the communities we work in and with.  

For 8-10 weeks interns will become integral members of the Blue Forest team and own creating all creative content for Blue Forest. Projects will be assigned based on the candidate’s interests, skillset, and experiences. Ideal intern candidates will also have experience translating environment, science, social impact, and/or finance related content into compelling social media stories. This role requires video editing, social media content writing, and storytelling experience. 


Potential Project Responsibilities:

  • Compile video, audio, and photos from site visits our project teams go on, and develop a suite of social media content pertaining to the visits
  • Interview staff across the organization about their work. 
  • Draft social media copy across all platforms (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube)
  • Organize existing photo database to make content more accessible / searchable
  • Edit long form videos into shorter soundbites, compatible with social media platforms
  • Draft compelling blog posts with accompanying social media posts featuring the stories of community members impacted by the work of Blue Forest
  • Create a video showcasing the flow of funds and their impacts for our new financial products
  • Advise and draft copy for LinkedIn posts for our executive team members
  • Engaging with partner accounts across social media platforms 


Additional Information

Blue Forest is a remote company with staff distributed in some geographies where we can focus our impact as well as located across all four continental U.S. time zones. This job may be remote, however preference may be given to candidates proximate to existing staff as that can support collaboration and team culture. The Creative Social Media Intern will be expected to be online during their respective standard working hours.


Blue Forest will prioritize the following qualifications in the hiring process; however, we do not expect candidates to fulfill all criteria and encourage all interested candidates to apply.

  • This internship opportunity is open to all people, regardless of formal educational attainment
  • Demonstrated experience in video editing and social media content creation
  • Interest in environmental conservation and climate resilience
  • Comfortable knowledge of Slack, Zoom, Google Suite, Canva, and Asana
  • Clear written and verbal communication
  • Exposure to forestry, conservation finance, ecosystem restoration, or innovative finance is a plus
  • Dedicated work ethic, strong communication skills, and the ability to work independently

Compensation and Benefits

Application Timeline: Application Deadline May 21st, 2023

Location: Remote

Reports to: Seren Pendleton-Knoll, Director of Strategy and External Affairs

Compensation: $25 per hour

Expected Hours: 30-40 hrs/week

Internship Dates: ~8-10 week program starting in June, flexible start and end date, with potential to continue on at 5-10 hours a week through the Fall

How to Apply

To apply to this position, submit a resume, and ideally links or samples of creative content you have designed via this link: Social Media & Storytelling Intern at Blue Forest ( People from historically underrepresented populations and candidates with non-traditional career paths are especially encouraged to apply. Application will close on May 21st, 2023.

If participating in the interview process would require you to incur additional expenses to participate, such as childcare, please let us know and we are happy to reimburse for reasonable expenses incurred up to $30/hour for twice the length of each interview in which you participate. There will be space to request this reimbursement upon offer of an interview.

Blue Forest provides equal employment and opportunities for advancement, compensation, training, and growth according to individual merit, without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, age, genetic information, disability, veteran-status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable Federal, state, or local law. Applicants must have authorization to work in the United States. 


All Blue Forest staff (employees and contractors) are required to be “fully vaccinated” against COVID-19, as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines that term. Proof of full vaccination shall be a condition of contract or employment and must be provided prior to starting work, except where prohibited by law. Blue Forest is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and the company will engage in the interactive process regarding reasonable accommodations for candidates who cannot be vaccinated due to a disability/medical condition; a sincerely held religious belief, practice or observance; or a claimed exemption under applicable state law.