Indonesia is at the epicenter of marine biodiversity, providing habitat for 76 percent of known coral species and more than 3,000 fish species, These marine resources are also critical for both livelihoods and food security, supporting more than 120 million people living in coastal areas. Unfortunately, this rich biodiversity is under threat from climate change, over-fishing, pollution, and other pressures related to unsustainable development. Large-scale conservation planning is critical to maintain the integrity of these interconnected marine systems. WWF is initiating a project working with the Indonesian Government to create a network of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the Sunda Banda Seascape, Indonesia. Conservation efforts need to be directed based on the best available information on hand. WWF-US is seeking an intern to conduct a review of the ecological and social status of the Sunda Banda Seascape, synthesizing existing data and research to inform conservation policy and practice in the region.
Internship activities include:
- summarize and synthesize existing social, ecological, and biophysical data in the Sunda Banda Seascape
- assist with development and maintenance of ecological databases
- use existing data, available reports and scientific publications to write a review paper on the SBS
The successful applicant will have an interdisciplinary background in natural resource management/ecology/conservation. Position requires strong research and writing skills, as well as demonstrated expertise in handling large datasets in Microsoft Excel. Basic statistical skills and knowledge of Microsoft Access strongly preferred. The successful applicant will be able to work independently, as well as part of an interdisciplinary team. This position requires eligibility to work or study in the United States.
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 Gabby Ahmadia at Gabby.Ahmadia@wwfus.org.
* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns