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IN-20017 Deforestation Research Intern

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20001
  • Job Code
    115903034

Overview

Research Internship - Monitoring deforestation and forest degradation

Background

Deforestation and forest degradation continue to be critical topics in the global environmental, biodiversity conservation and climate change agendas. Despite increasing commitments from governments and non-state actors, and several innovative initiatives implemented on the ground, forests continue to be degraded and lost at an alarming rate.

Understanding the factors explaining the different trends (e.g. slowdown, stabilization, expansion) of deforestation is critical to inform debates on the effectiveness of current solutions, particularly those associated with policy regime changes, and corporate efforts to delink deforestation from their supply chains, often with the support of conservation NGOs. Furthermore, there is a need to place greater emphasis on forest degradation, and its interactions with deforestation, to assess whether deforestation is an unavoidable consequence of forest degradation, or whether deforestation-free initiatives are simultaneously contributing to improved forest quality – this in the context of wider debates on climate change mitigation, and strategies for protecting forest ecosystem services.

This internship will support WWF's ongoing efforts to analyze the state, threats, drivers, and responses related to managed forest. The candidate will be working with the WWF Forest Team in Washington, DC to collect, review and synthesize spatial and non-spatial datasets on the state of forests, as well as drivers and responses related to deforestation and forest degradation, in select geographies.



Responsibilities

Internship Objectives

Our internship facilitates mutually meaningful engagement between the candidate and WWF, which is in accordance with WWF project needs and the educational interests and professional aspirations of the candidate. This should give not only usable collateral and materials for WWF, but also valuable work experience toward the candidate's professional development in research skills and knowledge around forest conservation. Specifically, this internship position will provide the candidate with an opportunity to acquire and apply his/her knowledge and research skills in the following topical areas:

  • Consolidate the best available knowledge in land use change, socio-economic development, and policy interventions pertaining to forest conservation;
  • Spatially quantify various aspect of forest quality in select geographies,
  • Monitoring frameworks and indicators for demonstrating ecological outcomes and impacts
  • Spatial data visualization and communications

Responsibilities

The intern will assist WWF supervisors to:

  • Review existing reporting guidance, monitoring frameworks, and publicly available databases to compile an inventory of ecological and social indicators for select geographies
  • Collect and organize the spatial datasets identified in the inventory in ready-to-use format
  • Develop maps and other infographic products and upload interactive maps to open-access, interactive online platform
  • Populate a database of forest management interventions and connect the database with online platform
  • Assist with quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of select conservation approaches by conducting spatial statistics
  • Review and synthesize the literature on the impacts and challenges associated with various forest conservation approaches
  • Conduct other tasks assigned by his/her supervisors

Expectations

The intern will be working closely with WWF Lead Forest R&D on a daily basis. He/she will be primarily working with the supervisor in the Washington, DC office and will correspond with WWF network offices for research purposes, as identified and assigned by the supervisor. The intern will be required to maintain at minimum weekly communications with his/her supervisor. It is his/her responsibility to ensure all issues related to the project activities are brought to the attention of his/her supervisor and are promptly resolved. Lack of communications and delays in submitting required deliverables may result in early termination of the internship by WWF.

<br /><strong>Overview</strong><br /><br /> <h1 style="margin-top: 0in;"><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">Research Internship - </span><span style="font-size: 14.0pt;">Monitoring deforestation and forest degradation</span></h1> <h2><span style="font-size: 12pt;">Background</span></h2> <p style="margin: 0px;">Deforestation and forest degradation continue to be critical topics in the global environmental, biodiversity conservation and climate change agendas. Despite increasing commitments from governments and non-state actors, and several innovative initiatives implemented on the ground, forests continue to be degraded and lost at an alarming rate.</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>Understanding the factors explaining the different trends (e.g. slowdown, stabilization, expansion) of deforestation is critical to inform debates on the effectiveness of current solutions, particularly those associated with policy regime changes, and corporate efforts to delink deforestation from their supply chains, often with the support of conservation NGOs</strong>. Furthermore, there is a need to place greater emphasis on forest degradation, and its interactions with deforestation, to assess whether deforestation is an unavoidable consequence of forest degradation, or whether deforestation-free initiatives are simultaneously contributing to improved forest quality this in the context of wider debates on climate change mitigation, and strategies for protecting forest ecosystem services.</p> <p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">This internship will support WWF's ongoing efforts to </span><span style="color: black;">analyze the state, threats, drivers, and responses related to managed forest. </span><span style="color: black;">The candidate will be working with the WWF Forest Team in Washington, DC <strong>to collect, review and synthesize spatial and non-spatial datasets on the state of forests, as well as drivers and responses related to deforestation and forest degradation, in select geographies.</strong> </span></p> <br /><br /><strong>Responsibilities</strong><br /><br /><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif;">Internship Objectives</span> <p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Our internship facilitates mutually meaningful engagement between the candidate and WWF, which is in accordance with WWF project needs and the educational interests and professional aspirations of the candidate. This should give not only usable collateral and materials for WWF, but also valuable work experience toward the candidate's professional development in research skills and knowledge around forest conservation. Specifically, this internship position will provide the candidate with an opportunity to acquire and apply his/her knowledge and research skills in the following topical areas:</span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Consolidate the best available knowledge in land use change, socio-economic development, and policy interventions pertaining to forest conservation; </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Spatially quantify various aspect of forest quality in select geographies, </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Monitoring frameworks and indicators for demonstrating ecological outcomes and impacts</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Spatial data visualization and communications</span></li> </ul> <h2><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif;">Responsibilities</span></h2> <p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">The intern will assist WWF supervisors to: </span></p> <ul> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Review existing reporting guidance, monitoring frameworks, and publicly available databases to compile an inventory of ecological and social indicators for select geographies</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Collect and organize the spatial datasets identified in the inventory in ready-to-use format </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Develop maps and other infographic products and upload interactive maps to open-access, interactive online platform</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Populate a database of forest management interventions and connect the database with online platform </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Assist with quantitative assessment of the effectiveness of select conservation approaches by conducting spatial statistics</span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Review and synthesize the literature on the impacts and challenges associated with various forest conservation approaches </span></li> <li style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">Conduct other tasks assigned by his/her supervisors</span></li> </ul> <h2><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif;">Expectations</span></h2> <p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"><span style="color: black;">The intern will be working closely with WWF Lead Forest R&D on a daily basis. He/she will be primarily working with the supervisor in the Washington, DC office and will correspond with WWF network offices for research purposes, as identified and assigned by the supervisor. The intern will be required to maintain at minimum weekly communications with his/her supervisor. It is his/her responsibility to ensure all issues related to the project activities are brought to the attention of his/her supervisor and are promptly resolved. Lack of communications and delays in submitting required deliverables may result in early termination of the internship by WWF. </span></p> <p style="margin-bottom: .0001pt;"> </p> <img src="https://analytics.click2apply.net/v/6e57WoFzNbBMU8lwCKpqM"> <br/><br/><br /><strong>Qualifications</strong><br /><br /> <h2><span style="font-family: 'Calibri',sans-serif;">Qualifications</span></h2> <ul style="margin-top: 0in;"> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Current or recent graduate student with a degree in relevant fields, such as forest ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental economics, or other disciplines</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Strong GIS skills and proficiency in GIS and remote-sensing applications (e.g. Google Earth Engine, ArcGIS)</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Familiarity with the scientific literature on remote-sensing and other types of forest monitoring methods</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Prior experience in database management</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Ability to stay organized and work independently with minimum supervision; must be able to meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Knowledge in and aptitude for global and regional forest conservation issues</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Ability to communicate with internal and external partners around the globe professionally</li> <li style="color: black; margin-bottom: .0001pt;">Knowledge and experience in software (e.g. STATA, R, Python) preferred</li> </ul> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>Duration:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;">January-June 2020 (up to 6 months)</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>Location:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;">Washington, DC</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>Compensation:</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;">Paid</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>How to apply:</strong> Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page.</p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><a href="http://www.worldwildlife.org/about/careers" target="_blank" rel="noopener">https://careers-wwfus.icims.com/jobs/search</a> , <strong><span style="background-color: #ffff00;">IN-20017</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns</span></strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p> <p style="margin: 0px;"><strong>As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's </strong><strong>race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.</strong></p> <p style="margin: 0px;"> </p><p>PI115903034</p>

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Posted: 2019-11-29 Expires: 2019-12-30

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