GIS Internship at the Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center

16 09 2009


The Conservation GIS Lab at the Smithsonian Conservation & Research Center (CRC) is seeking an intern, to start immediately.  The Lab focuses on developing remote sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications to conservation problems.

(http://nationalzoo.si.edu/ConservationAndScience/ConservationGIS).

Projects include:

1.  Using remote sensing and GIS for conservation of endangered species.  Currently we are working on projects focused on Asian elephants, giant pandas, clouded leopards, Przewalski’s horses, Mongolian gazelles, and others.

2.  Training of wildlife management professionals in application of GPS, GIS and remote sensing to everyday management.

The interns will assist with everyday lab management, enter data, help with training courses, and assist in the GIS/remote sensing aspects of these projects.  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) and remote sensing are a plus but not necessary.

The internship includes a stipend and housing.  Send letter of interest and resume ASAP to Melissa Songer at songerm@si.edu; end date is Sept. 15. Your resume should include contact information for 3 references.  In order to be considered please include the time period you are available for the internship in your letter.

The Conservation and Research Center is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.

CRC’s mission is to advance conservation of biological diversity. In meeting the Smithsonian Institution’s mandate, CRC increases knowledge through investigations of threatened species, habitats, and communities, and disseminates knowledge through advanced studies, professional training, and public outreach.


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