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The following internships are available at the Conservation Science Program at World Wildlife Fund. They are designed typically for graduate students, although some may be appropriate for advanced undergraduates. Projects can be undertaken over the summer (with extensions, as necessary, into the fall semester). Most projects could also be extended over the course of one or two semesters as part of a student’s course work or thesis requirements; advance arrangements would be necessary with faculty advisors. Internships are typically unpaid unless otherwise noted, but facilities, library resources, and computers at WWF headquarters are available (not to mention a fun, dynamic group of scientists!). Travel and living expenses are not covered by WWF. Hours are flexible.

In general, our interns need solid data management and writing skills, self-motivation, an ability to work both independently and collaboratively, and a sense of humor. Specific skills (required or preferred) are listed with each project, along with the primary contact person. For more information on WWF’s Conservation Science Program, see www.worldwildlife.org/science/

To apply, please email a cover letter and resume/CV to the contact individual listed for each project, with “INTERNSHIP” and the relevant internship number listed in the subject line.


Remote Sensing and GIS for conservation planning and monitoring

There is an increasing need at WWF for maps of terrestrial and coastal habitats, land cover, and land cover change for conservation prioritization and planning, and eco-regional monitoring and assessment. Since purchasing new imagery, validating and processing it can be prohibitively expensive and laborious, the Conservation Science Program seeks an intern to research existing datasets and analyze them to support a wide variety of forestry, habitat, and coastal projects and research questions. For example, what are the drivers contributing to forest conversion to agriculture in southeast Asia? How can maps of forest biomass contribute to carbon mapping and help countries reduce their carbon emissions? Where can viable corridors be implemented between two protected areas in Eastern Africa? Where has recent deforestation occurred due to rebuilding efforts as a result of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, or the timber crisis in Mozambique? Where have mangroves forests been cleared in the Mesoamerican reef region? Necessary experience: familiarity with available land cover datasets, strong remote sensing skills, experience acquiring and manipulating satellite and other spatial data sets, ESRI GIS, ERDAS platforms, spatial modeling, cartography. Contact Aurelie Shapiro: (aurelie.shapiro@wwfus.org)

Development of Tiger Corridors between Russia-China.

WWF has identified the area of northern China and southeast Russia a priority landscape for tiger conservation. Tigers have been recently been found moving from Russia into China. WWF would like to identify potential corridors or restoration areas to facilitate tiger dispersal. This project would primarily involve analysis with GIS, remote sensing, and potential decision-support software. Candidates should possess strong remote sensing and GIS skills, ideally with experience in interpreting remotely sensed imagery and conducting supervised/unsupervised classifications of satellite images. Interest in large mammal conservation, tiger conservation, and Russia-China experience is ideal. Experience or familiarity with manipulation of large datasets in ArcView/ArcGis and ERDAS or other imagery software required. Stipend $5,000. Contact: Colby Loucks (Colby.Loucks@wwfus.org)

General Mapping for Conservation Science

WWF and the Conservation Science Program has been applying GIS for over 10 years and this is being integrated into many of its programs. We are looking for a self motivated and independent thinker to help with these mapping needs. This position will involve analyzing and updating species data (http://www.worldwild....org/wildfinder), GIS database maintenance and documentation in standard metadata formats, creating high quality maps and templates, assist with needs assessment in the WWF GIS network, support for other programs with ad-hoc spatial analysis and map making requests and other related tasks within the GIS lab. Knowledge of ESRI software (ArcGIS), Database management (Ms Access) and graphics (Illustrator/Photoshop) is preferred. Flexibility to move between several projects at one time is important. Good organizational, design, and communication skills are also important for this internship. Preference for an undergraduate student. Contact: Nasser Olwero (nasser.olwero@wwfus.org).

Alliance for Zero Extinction on Google Earth

World Wildlife Fund is a member of the Alliance for Zero Extinction (www.zeroextinction.org). This alliance (“AZE”) is dedicated to documenting and mapping species that face imminent extinction, and we use this information to work towards effectively protecting the remaining habitat of these species. We have recently completed version 1.0 of a database of these species and the sites they occupy, and have published analyses of this database in scientific journals. We now have an opportunity to work with Google to create a layer in Google Earth from these data, perhaps for inclusion on their public site. An intern is needed to improve the database for wider distribution in several ways, including (i) increasing the precision of location data for these species (often tiny remnant habitats), (ii) researching status of remaining habitats, (iii) compiling polygons of site boundaries, when applicable, and (iv) finding a good digital image of each species. Intern will interact with team from WWF, Google, and AZE partners throughout the project. Excellent research skills (both online and library) and GIS experience are important, and experience with .kml (i.e., Google Earth) files strongly prefered. Contact: Taylor Ricketts (taylor.ricketts@wwfus.org) or Nasser Olwero (nasser.olwero.wwfus.org).




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