Spatial Ecology Internship at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

The Conservation GIS Lab ( at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) is seeking interns, to start in June.  We focus on conservation applications of GIS and satellite remote sensing for research and management of endangered species. Most of our projects focus on charismatic endangered species that are managed at our facilities and for which we have field ecological and conservation programs in the wild.  Examples are Asian elephants, Przewalski’s horse, Asian wild dog, and giant panda.

The role:  

  • Analyze dense time-series remotely sensed vegetation data.
  • Streamline the computation process through high performance servers and automate data processing and analysis.
  •       Construct statistical model to examine climate and anthropogenic drivers to long term changes of vegetation dynamics, as well as to study its consequences on wildlife populations.
  • Integrate and analyze data in GIS.

Interns will be involved in a few research projects and be advised directly 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:

  • Strong background in programming (R/Matlab/Python/etc.).
  • Experience in processing dense time series remote sensing data.
  • Experience in process large raster datasets.
  • A good knowledge ecology and statistics.
  • Basic knowledge of GIS (preferably ArcGIS or QGIS), remote sensing are desirable.

The internship includes a modest stipend ($ 600) and free dormitory-style housing.  Internship is expected to start in June 1st 2016.  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 minimum 3 month. 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 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.