The World Wildlife Fund is seeking an intern to work with a team to create a set of maps and statistics that demonstrate the relationship between snow leopard habitat, water provision to people, and climate vulnerability in High Asia and the snow leopard range. These maps will be presented to government, ministers of the environment, and USAID as part of a summit on snow leopards in the fall of 2013. These maps will help refine the dialogue on priorities for snow leopard conservation in the face of climate change, priorities for maintaining water security for human populations, and the relationship between the two. The job will include acquiring existing GIS data layers from online sources and scientists that have already done work on mapping snow leopard habitat, water security, or climate vulnerability in the region; bringing GIS layers into a common projection and extent for further analysis, and preparing a set of maps. Depending on skills, intern may be asked to do analyses such as area calculations, overlay analyses, or climate vulnerability modelling. He/she will be required to present complex topics succinctly in a visual format and prepare brief write-ups of methods used to prepare maps, data sources, and guidance on interpretation. GIS intern will report to the Landscape Ecologist in WWF’s Conservation Science Program, and also work closely with the WWF Species Program and field programs in Asia.
Proficient in GIS, including raster and vector analysis (preferably ArcGIS) and very good map-making skills required. Strong communication skills, writing, and attention to detail are required. Applicant should have completed or be pursuing a bachelor degree in Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Biology or Ecology, Geography, or Hydrology; though graduate students are preferred.
New Hampshire or Greater Boston area
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 Jessica Forrest at firstname.lastname@example.org.