Conservation GIS Lab Internship

The Conservation GIS Lab ( at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns to start in January 2018.  We apply GIS and remote sensing to the research and management of endangered species. The successful interns will use data from satellites and UAVs/drones to map forest cover and endangered species habitat and facilitate forestry data collection in Myanmar. The interns will also have the opportunity to work on ongoing projects that explore the ecology and improve the conservation of charismatic endangered species, such as the Asian elephant, Przewalski’s horse, Asian wild dog, scimitar-horned oryx, and giant panda. 
The role:  
·         Assist in piloting and maintaining UAVs
·         Analyze remote sensing data from satellite and UAV sensors
·         Produce classifications, maps of critical or suitable habitat, and other products from remotely sensed imagery
·         Manage and analyze large spatial datasets, including animal movement data
·         Development efficient, automated data processing and analysis tools
Interns will be involved in multiple research projects, and be advised by spatial ecologists at the Conservation GIS Lab. Interns are also expected to assist with everyday lab management and help with short GIS training courses. 
Required Skills & Experience:
  • Knowledge of GIS and remote sensing concepts, analysis methods, and software (e.g.ArcGIS or QGIS)
  • Experience with programming languages frequently used in GIS and RS analyses (R, Python, IDL, etc.).  
  • Experience processing large volumes of spatial data. 
  • Previous experience with UAVs is preferred.
The internship includes a modest stipend ($600/month) and free dormitory-style housing.  Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis and positions are available immediately.  Please send letter of interest and resume to Resume should include contact information for 3 references. Include potential start date and the time period you are available for the internship in your letter.
Positions are open until filled, and are for a minimum of 3 months. Priority will be given to candidates who can commit for longer periods.
The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is located at the north entrance of the Shenandoah National Park about 60 miles west of Washington, D.C., in Front Royal, VA.
SCBI’s mission is to advance the conservation of biological diversity. 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.