GIS Internship at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
1 February 2011
The Conservation GIS Lab
at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns, to start
immediately. We focus on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing
for research on and management of endangered species. Projects and tasks that interns assist with include:
• compilation of existing spatial databases on the distribution of endangered species and their habitats;
• development of new spatial data on these speciees and their habitat derived from satellite imagery, remotely sensed data, and satellite-tracking data;
• integgration and analysis of data in GIS;
• statistical anallysis of species and habitat data and the development of automated data processing and analysis tools;
• traininng of wildlife and conservation professionals in application of GPS, GIS and remote sensing.
Most of our projects focus on charismatic endangered species that are managed at our
facilities and for which we have field ecological and conservation programs in the wild. Examples
are Asian elephants, Przewalskiâ€™s horse, Asian wild dog, and giant panda.
In addition to working on various projects, interns also assist with everyday lab management,
enter data, and help with training courses. We seek interns with a good knowledge of computers,
Windows operating systems, and standard office software. Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably
ArcGIS or ARC/INFO), remote sensing, and statistical software are a plus but not necessary.
The internship includes a modest stipend and free dormitory-style housing. Internship applications
will be accepted on a rolling basis and positions are available immediately. Please send letter of
interest and resume ASAP to Peter Leimgruber at [log in to unmask] Resume should include contact
information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available
for the internship in your letter.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah
National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.
SCBI's mission is to advance conservation of biological diversity. In meeting the Smithsonian
Institution's mandate, SCBI increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species,
habitats, and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advanced studies, professional training, and public outreach.