Title: Conservation GIS Intern
Description: The World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Conservation Science Program (CSP) seeks to advance the frontiers of science and practice within WWF and across the conservation community, laying the scientific foundation for conserving a planet that sustains both biodiversity and people. The CSP seeks a GIS intern to provide support within its Information Unit. The Information Unit within the CSP provides broad support to scientific research by obtaining, organizing, analyzing and presenting information, including database, GIS, and remote sensing technologies.
Major Duties & Responsibilities:
Participate in updating the online species database, the WildFinder (http://www.worldwildlife.org/wildfinder). This involves manipulating the database; reviewing and updating species lists and threat status, coordinating review and update of ecoregion descriptions and photographs.
Maintain, organize, update and document the CSP GIS database.
Support various projects by conducting spatial analyses and preparing maps and figures as may be required.
Provide support in map making for conservation science and other departments within World Wildlife Fund.
Education/Experience: A bachelor’s degree is required with relevant background experience in geography or other environmental sciences, Masters degree preferred. The successful candidate will need to be confident and knowledgeable in management of databases, GIS analysis and map making, and organizational skills.
Skills and Abilities:
GIS proficiency using ESRI ArcGIS software.
Database management skills; Ms Access and Excel
Excellent analytical and skills
Good cartographic ability
Proficient use of basic research skills and tools.
Strong computing skills.
Strong organizational skills.
Working knowledge of conservation added advantage.
Knowledge of GIS programming added advantage
The ability to effectively prioritize and work accurately under time constraints.
Duration: Paid 6 month internship. Ideal start is fall 2010. Full-time (35 hours/week)
Contact: Please send cover letter and resume by email to Nasser Olwero (firstname.lastname@example.org).