The Conservation GIS Lab at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking an intern to start on or around July 20 2010. The Lab specializes in the application of ecological modeling, remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS) to conservation problems. The successful applicant will work closely with Dr. Jonathan Thompson assisting with several aspects of ongoing research projects (forest landscape simulations, remote sensing, conservation assessments etc ), which are jointly based at SCBI and Harvard Forest. The intern will also be expected to help with general tasks in the GIS Lab and assist with periodic professional training seminars based at the lab.
While not required, preference will be given to applicants that have experience summarizing scientific literature, using GIS software, remote sensing software, and/or R-statistical software. Most importantly, the applicant should be interested in forest ecosystems, landscape ecology, ecological modeling, and must be willing to learn how to use esoteric software.
The internship includes a small stipend ($800/month) and housing.
Send letter of interest and resume to CarpenterDN@si.edu before July 10, 2010. Résumé should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter. Please also include the words "Internship Application" in the subject line of your email. SCBI is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA. 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.