Position: Ecological data management intern (6 month appointment with opportunity for extension)
Location: Conservation Ecology Center, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Front Royal, VA
Application deadline: December 14th, 2019
Start date: February 2019 (flexible, but earlier is preferred)
Contact info: SCBIecology@si.edu
Description: The Field Ecology Lab at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute is seeking candidates for a 6 month internship as a data management assistant in the eMammal team. eMammal (www.emammal.org) is a cloud-based data pipeline for researchers to manage camera trap data, with an emphasis on projects concerning conservation, ecology, and the use of citizen science to meet research objectives. Primary duties for this position will include processing previously completed camera trapping data into eMammal and assisting with data management at multiple parts of the pipeline. There will also be opportunities to coordinate camera trapping projects and help project managers troubleshoot issues with eMammal. In addition, the candidate will be required to assist with other field-based projects conducted in the lab one day a week.
Required Skills & Experience:
- A good knowledge of computers, programming, and statistics
- Experience with programming software (R/MATLAB/Python/etc)
- Experience in using these languages for data manipulation and management is desirable.
- Experience with GIS is desirable.
Duration, stipend, and intern location:
The position has a monthly stipend of $800 and free dormitory-style housing. The internship location will be at SCBI in Front Royal, VA. SCBI’s mission is to advance 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.
To apply, please send a resume or CV, a cover letter describing your interest, qualifications, and career plans, and a copy of your college transcript to SCBIecology@si.edu. We will begin reviewing applications on Monday, Dec 3, 2018.