In November 2010, the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation will host SCCS-NY, the Student Conference on Conservation Science in New York City. Designed for graduate students, recent post-doctoral fellows, and early-career professionals, the conference specifically targets those pursuing or considering a profession in conservation science.
This conference is a unique opportunity for those beginning their careers to present their work before established leaders in science, policy, and management. In addition to formal presentations, there will be numerous opportunities to interact with established conservation professionals at workshops, informal gatherings, and networking events.
SCCS-NY is sponsored by the American Museum of Natural History’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, the Wildlife Conservation Society, and Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, in collaboration with the Bard Center for Environmental Policy, Fordham University, the Mason Center for Conservation Studies, Princeton University, the Richard Gilder Graduate School (AMNH), SCCS-Cambridge, the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, The Nature Conservancy, and Wildlife Trust.
SCCS-NY is a sister conference to the highly successful SCCS-Cambridge, begun in 2000 by the University of Cambridge, and the newly developed SCCS-Bangalore.
Sir Peter Crane, Ph.D. - Carl W. Knobloch, Jr. Dean of the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies and Professor of Botany, Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
James Gibbs, Ph.D. – Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Environmental and Forest Biology, State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry, Syracuse, New York
Joshua Ginsberg, Ph.D. - Senior Vice President, Global Conservation Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York
Andrés Gómez, D.V.M., Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow, Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, American Museum of Natural History, New York, New York
Martha Groom, Ph.D. - Associate Professor of Ecology and Environmental Studies, University of Washington Bothell & Seattle, Washington
MENTORING TASKFORCE Dozens of conservation professionals will be on hand during the conference to provide personalized feedback, lead workshops, host working lunches, and offer networking ideas. (See the website for a list of confirmed participants.)
WORKSHOPS A series of workshops will be offered by experts working in diverse aspects of conservation science and education. Topics will include: 1) Ecological risk analysis for conservation biology 2) Conservation Action Planning: developing conservation strategies for applied conservation projects 3) Advances in monitoring and quantitative ecology in conservation science 4) Expanding your teaching toolbox: an introduction to active and scientific teaching approaches 5) Modeling ecological niches and geographic distributions: what, why and how?"
WHO SHOULD APPLY Those wishing to participate in SCCS-NY should have completed, or be conducting a research project in any conservation-related course of study within the natural sciences, social sciences, or humanities. Selection for participation will be based on the quality of one’s application as well as its relevance to conservation. Applications are encouraged from the following:
Graduate Students Recent Post-Doctoral Fellows Early-Career Professionals Undergraduates (research project must be of thesis-level quality)
Terms of reference internship ESA Earth Observation trials in IFAD Madagascar Projects
Duration: 5 months between June 2010 and October 2010. Duty Station: IFAD Headquarters, Rome, Italy and ESA, Frascati, Italy
Background The International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) has been selected by the European Space Agency (ESA) as one of several potential International Financial Institutions (IFI) for Earth Observation (EO) demonstration trials. IFAD is dedicated to eradicating poverty in the rural areas of developing countries and their activities focus on agricultural rural development. IFAD avails resources on concessional terms for agricultural development in developing Member States. Certain EO products and services have been identified as a useful tool to support the monitoring and management of IFAD projects, to improve the efficiency of the investments made and finally to assess the impact and social benefits of the financed development activity. ESA has been interacting with IFAD to understand the information requirements for EO services. This process has resulted in the selection of areas and specific service trials within three IFAD ongoing projects in Madagascar, namely, crop acreage for impact assessment in the south, development planning in the west and land tenure support in the central region.
Objective The objective of the trials is to demonstrate and validate the utility of EO information services in the monitoring and management of IFAD projects in Madagascar.
Definition of expected outputs and activities: Under the overall guidance of the Country Programme Manager, Eastern and Southern Africa Division, IFAD and the Technical Officer, ESA, the intern will be supporting IFAD in the following tasks:
· Assisting ESA and the contractor in the final definition of a service that satisfies IFAD requirements. This means providing ESA with the necessary information on IFAD requirements. · Facilitating access to suitable in-situ data and any other ancillary data available from the selected IFAD projects in order to help ESA and the contractor implement and validate the required products. · Consolidating IFAD feedback on the quality and benefit of the service trials.
Deliverables The intern shall deliver a report in the form of a case study, where he/she will assess the utility of the trials to IFAD projects and provide practical recommendations on how IFAD project teams can make best use of EO information for better monitoring and management.
The agreed monthly rate will be USD 600.
Essential Qualifications Education: Degree in development or related issues with appropriate training in Geographic Information Systems and Remote Sensing.
Required skills: Excellent analytical skills and good written and spoken French. The intern must be able to work independently and as part of a team, have strong interpersonal skills and be able to identify and understand the objectives of different stakeholders. The intern should have excellent organizational skills, and should be able to plan and organize work and deliver outputs in a timely fashion. Interested candidates should send their CV to email@example.com and firstname.lastname@example.org 25 May 2010.
GIS Field Coordinator This position is responsible for the ongoing administration and maintenance of a substantial, project-specific GIS system. The position requires thorough knowledge of ESRI ArcMap; MS Office software; Trimble Pathfinder software; geodatabase management; daily map making; and quality control of GPS field data (Trimble GeoXT or similar). Experience with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst highly desirable.
The applicant must have strong analytical and creative problem solving skills, IT technical skills, and effective communication skills. Additionally, the applicant must be able to live in a remote lodge or camp from June to mid-August. We anticipate that additional work needs are quite likely following this initial field season.
Applicant Requirements:Degree in Anthropology, Geography, or related field and/or GIS Certification are desired. Relevant experience may be substituted for formal training. Applicant must be eligible to work for NLUR and meet health and safety requirements of our client, possess a valid driver’s license, and have the ability to travel within Alaska. Pay DOE. This position will involve overtime and will be compensated accordingly (time + ½ pay).
The International Adoption of Conservation Technologies (IntACT) Project willhire one or two project coordinators to oversee the collection of data in Costa Rica and Ecuador. This is envisioned to be a temporary 10-12-month full-time position with the possibility of extension. The positions could begin as early as August 2010. Potential salary is within the range of approximately $900-$1200/month, but will be negotiated dependent on the skill level and qualifications of the individual. The positions will be based in Costa Rica and/or Ecuador. To apply for this position, please send a cover letter, CV, and list of three references to Dr. Lekelia "Kiki" Jenkins at: email@example.com. Review of applications will begin on June 6, 2010 and will continue until the position(s) are filled.