The Sunda Banda Seascape lies within the center of the Coral Triangle, which covers 647,497,028 hectares (about half the size of the United States) and hosts the world’s highest marine biodiversity. The region is a global conservation priority because it provides habitat for 76 percent of known coral species, more than 3,000 fish species, and many endangered species of marine turtles, cetaceans, sharks, and fish such as the hump-head wrasse. Unfortunately, the Sunda Banda Seascape and its rich marine biodiversity, is under threat from climate change, over-fishing, pollution, and other threats related to unsustainable development. Large-scale conservation planning is critical to maintain the integrity of these interconnected marine systems. WWF is embarking on 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. To guide this project, there is a need to characterize and classify environmental regions of the Sunda Banda Seascape through Remote Sensing. The classification will inform a Rapid Assessment to be conducted at the end of the year, and these projects will help define critical habitat areas to protect. CSP seeks a Remote Sensing intern to obtain, process, and analyze imagery, oceanographic and climate data that will be used to run a classification analysis for the SBS. The intern will work with WWF staff and other experts to finalize the layers to be included in the classification analysis, obtain these layers, process the data for analysis, and run analyses with the data. The intern will then work with outside partners to help run the classification analysis.
- Graduate degree or working towards a graduate degree in natural resource management, environmental science, geography, GIS, Remote Sensing, or related field
- Proficient with Remote Sensing software (ERDAS, ENVI, MatLab) and analysis
- Strong technical and analytical skills
- Strong communication and writing skills
- Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
- Experience obtaining, processing, and analyzing weather, climate and oceanographic Remote Sensing data a plus
- Experience using and current access to MatLab preferred
- Ability to write scripts for ENVI, ERDAS, or MatLab preferred
How to apply: Please email a resume & cover letter with the subject line “Internship Application” to Charles Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org.
* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns