Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute , Virginia
Posted By: Craig Fergus, November 20, 2020
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is offering an internship in GIS analysis as part of the Changing Landscapes Initiative. CLI is a joint spatial analysis and public engagement program utilizing both land use/land cover change modeling and scenario planning to inform land use decisions. Additionally, the program has now entered its next phase, where land use/land cover change models are being used to evaluate impacts to regional ecologic function. To that end, CLI is currently developing a method for assessing ecological integrity of landscapes using structural equation modeling.
This internship is intended for someone who wants to both refine and expand their quantitative and communication skill sets. The CLI team will provide opportunities for the intern to apply their knowledge to an authentic, ongoing scientific inquiry. The intern will learn alongside an experienced spatial analyst and landscape ecologist, Craig Fergus and Iara Lacher, to develop models using R and ArcGIS.
The intern will have access to a diverse set of real-world spatial data and the opportunity to refine their skills in R by both editing existing code and generating new code from scratch. The intern will also be introduced to, and develop proficiency in, the use of Dinamica EGO, a powerful modeling platform. Finally, the intern will gain first hand insight into how advanced spatial analysis is communicated to a variety of audiences (public, scientific, NGO) with the goal of integrating CLI science into regional planning and policy.
Interns will have the chance to learn and develop quantitative and communication skills by:
Who should apply? Interns with the following will benefit the most from this opportunity:
This is a six-month, full-time (40 hours per week) internship starting in late February/early March 2021 with the possibility of extension.
Go to: solaa.si.edu. Select "Don't have an account? Create an account" and complete the information to create an account.
As you fill out your account information, be sure to include the following:
Once you create your account and provide the information above, you will see a screen where you select the type of appointment you are interested in. You will select:
IMPORTANT: Your application is considered complete when you hit “Submit.” Your SOLAA submitted application with references must be received by the deadlines as noted above.
If you have any questions or issues during the process, please contact lab manager Craig Fergus at firstname.lastname@example.org.