Intern(s) sought to work on mapping ecosystem services using InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs), an ArcGIS based modeling tool developed by the Natural Capital Project(http://www.naturalcapitalproject.org/InVEST.html).
Interns will work on one or more of the following:
- Compile spatial and other data relevant to ecosystem services in WWF priority sites, especially the Greater Mekong region, the Eastern Himalayas (Nepal, Bhutan), Brazil, Mozambique, United States, and potentially other locations. Parameterize InVEST models using a range of sources, including scientific literature review, Internet searches and contacting experts.
- Format spatial data sets for use with InVEST;
- Run InVEST models for a range of ecosystem services under current land use patterns and future scenarios, and analyze spatial variation in these services.
- Provide feedback on InVEST that will contribute to its further development, and help improve the documentation.
- Provide technical support to WWF staff in mapping ecosystem services
This is a great opportunity to gain experience in spatial analysis and ecosystem services.
A minimum of two semesters ArcGIS coursework, or equivalent work experience required. Optional but helpful: prior experience with ecosystem services, and advanced spatial analysis skills (including remote sensing). Must be able to work independently (e.g., following up on leads for data sources, troubleshooting technical issues). Graduate students are preferred.
Paid or unpaid. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in school and be able to obtain academic course credit from their university.
How to apply: Please email a resume & cover letter with the subject line “Internship Application” to Derric Pennington at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns