Who we are

We are an environmental consulting company. Our purpose? We put nature at the heart of decision-making by developing science-based solutions.
We assist, both public and private organizations, in enhancing the environmental, social, and economic impacts of their policies, projects, and investments. As a spin-off of the University of Padua and a B Corp certified company, we operate on both local and international levels, integrating scientific innovation into people’s everyday lives. At Etifor, we strongly believe in the power of teamwork, dedication, and an unwavering sense of curiosity. Being a part of our team means embracing our values (read our Culture Manifesto to find out more). We welcome and celebrate (bio)diversity in all its forms.

Who we are looking for?

We are seeking young, motivated, and enthusiastic individuals who can work well in teams and share our values to join three of our teams: the team working on European and international projects, the team supporting protected area managers in the management of their natural resources, and the team managing forestry projects.

Do you think you’re the right person? Read the announcement and submit your application by 18th June 2023.


Our team is constantly growing, which is why we are looking for bright and enthusiastic young individuals to join three of our teams:

  • International Project Development (IPD), which works on European and international projects;
  • Nature Governance, which supports protected area managers in the management of their natural resources;
  • Forests, which supports forestry managers in developing innovative projects for forest restoration, conservation, and sustainable management.

The three positions we are looking to fill involve the following activities:

For IPD:

  • Support in monitoring tender opportunities and grants: mapping, tracking, and analyzing relevant tender opportunities;
  • Drafting and assisting in the preparation of expressions of interest, technical and financial proposals for international donors and clients. The person should be able to develop and write technical content with the support of IPD and key external experts;
  • Administrative support: supporting Project Managers during contract negotiation, administrative and financial management of tenders and grants (organizing and managing project files, attendance sheets, budgets, supporting documents, etc.).

For Nature Governance:

  • Support to the respective Project Manager in projects related to the economic evaluation of ecosystem services;
  • Analysis of socio-economic impacts of projects, plans, and interventions;
  • Cost-benefit analysis and socio-economic feasibility of projects and interventions.

Activities will include literature review, methodology definition, data collection (desk and field, including questionnaires), analysis and reporting, participation in project meetings and client interactions.

For Forests:

  • Support the forestry project management team in the development and management of a pipeline of projects for forest restoration, conservation, and sustainable management in Italy and abroad, promoted through our WOWnature® platform. This activity will involve the preparation of contracts, agreements, and other technical and administrative documents related to the development and management of forestry projects, as well as organizing and participating in outreach, promotional events, and stakeholder engagement;
  • Support the forest certification team in ensuring compliance with responsible forest management standards according to FSC® for forestry projects and verifying their positive impacts through the application of the FSC Ecosystem Services Procedure. Activities will include desk and field data collection, analysis, reporting, and organizing meetings with forest managers.

These activities are also suitable for thesis work if the candidate is interested. Additional responsibilities may be added based on your specific skills.


We value university studies with an economic and/or environmental focus. However, we understand that academic background is not the only indicator of a person’s capabilities. If you believe you have the spirit, knowledge, and skills required for this role, please submit your application!


No minimum experience is required for this role. However, if you have one or more years of experience in this sector, it will be valuable information for us.

Required Skills

For all three positions, the following skills are required:

  • Fluent knowledge of English and Italian. Candidates with knowledge of other languages (such as Spanish and/or French) will be given priority;
  • Good knowledge of the Office package, particularly Excel;
  • Strong communication skills, particularly clear and effective writing style.

..to apply for an internship in the IPD team, it is PREFERRED to have:

  • Some experience in proposal-writing in an analytical and scientific way (use of scientific references, systematic methodologies, etc.);
  • Some financial and budgeting skills.

…to apply for an internship in the Nature Governance team, the following requirements are necessary:

  • Familiarity with topics related to economics, environmental estimation, and economic evaluation of environmental goods and services;
  • Basic knowledge of QGIS software (not mandatory but appreciated).

…to apply for an internship in the Forests team, the following requirements are necessary:

  • Good interpersonal and networking skills to interact with public officials, agronomists and foresters, forest managers, and civil society organizations;
  • Basic knowledge of QGIS software.

What we offer?

The Etifor team will support your growth within the company in an international and friendly work environment.The Etifor team will support your growth within the company in an international and friendly work environment.

In particular:

  • You will have the opportunity to work for a dynamic, young, and innovative company with a balanced gender ratio and an average age of 34.
  • You will be part of a team working locally and internationally to reconnect people with nature and address the challenges of climate change and biodiversity loss.
  • You will work in an environment closely linked to the world of research and have access to numerous training and development opportunities (remember that Etifor is a spin-off of the University of Padua).
  • You will have a smart working contract that allows for a good balance between home and office; flexible working hours with a SMART results-oriented approach – for training purposes, presence in the office in Padua is required 2-3 days a week during the internship period.

After the internship, if you join the team and depending on the type of contract, you can benefit from:

  • Hybrid smart work
  • Welfare plan: vouchers worth €1,000 to €4,000 per year for transportation, travel, sports, health, cultural activities, etc.
  • Meal vouchers: daily value of €8.
  • Salary adjustments: agreed upon based on specific conditions/activities/tasks.

Contract information

Workplace: The smart working contract involves a combination of remote work and on-site work (our headquarters is in Padua – Piazza A. De Gasperi n. 41).

Duration: The internship will last for 6 months (curricular and extracurricular internships).

Contract Type: We are looking for a new intern. The monthly contribution for full-time commitment will be €600. Additionally, lunch will be provided by the company on office days (€8/day meal voucher). After the internship, there is a possibility of employment through a permanent employment contract (CCNL commercio).

How to apply?

Candidates should send the following materials through the form on this page (select ‘apply for: Tirocinio 2023’) by no later than June 18, 2023. In the online form, attach the following materials saved as a single PDF file:

  • Cover letter (maximum 1 page) clearly indicating which of the 3 internships you are interested in (more than one if you want).
  • Curriculum Vitae.

For further information, contact us at jobs@etifor.com.