Conservation Atlas Intern

Conservation International (CI)
USA, Home-Based / Remote
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
Not Specified


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Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  


Diverse strategies are employed globally to conserve biodiversity, and conservation areas are subject to change, but assessments of conservation progress almost universally focus on static analyses of national parks and other protected areas. To advance scientific understanding and inform conservation decision-making, this intern will support efforts to document and describe the use of conservation systems beyond protected areas and their dynamics.

The Conservation Atlas initiative at Conservation International seeks a detail-oriented intern to assist with global database construction and management, and other support. The intern will:

  • Research and compile spatial records and attribute data of area-based conservation systems and their dynamics, specifically protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD)
  • Review literature and legal documents describing relevant conservation systems and their dynamics, as well as data sharing permissions and sources
  • Conduct statistical analysis and spatial analysis to support the project as needed
  • Generate summary statistics, maps, and other descriptive information as needed
  • Support initiative communication efforts


Specific tasks include:

  • Desk research: review of data portals, legal documents, peer-reviewed literature, government reports, and other relevant documents; web search and outreach as needed to assess data sharing permissions
  • Spatial data collection and management: shapefile collection, data entry, geodatabase management, digitization of paper maps
  • Data analysis: descriptive statistics and analyses in GIS, Excel, and possibly Python, R, or other programs
  • Communication: post to social media pages and other related outreach
  • May have opportunity to contribute to peer-reviewed manuscripts
  • Project outputs will include spatial databases, maps, graphs, statistical analyses, and other related materials.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor


  • This is a remote position. Location is negotiable. 
  • Normal office environment. 
  • This is a 13 week internship. 



  • Proficiency with GIS, Excel, and spatial data management 
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Familiarity with biodiversity conservation in developing countries
  • Interest in science communication 


  • Recent graduate in the social sciences, natural resource management/conservation, environmental sciences, environmental policy, or related field
  • Programming skills (e.g. R, Python)
  • Foreign language skills

To apply for this position please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample.

Application Deadline: October 20, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

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  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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