Conservation International (CI) is committed to promoting the adoption of Nature-based solutions to climate change, including Ecosystem-based Adaptation (EbA). EbA is the the use of biodiversity and ecosystems services as part of an overall adaptation strategy to help people adapt to of climate change. Through its CASCADE project, CI has conducted extensive research to identify EbA options that could be used for smallholder farmers’ adaption to climate change. The project has collected extensive biophysical and socio-economic data in Central America to identify the most vulnerable ecosystems and smallholder farmers affected by climate change, document household strategies used to cope with climate change, test the effectiveness of EbA options in agriculture, and document farmers’ perceptions about climate change and effectiveness of EbA practices. In its fifth and final year of implementation, the project is now focused on synthesizing and analyzing data and sharing results through presentations at key scientific and policy views, scientific papers, technical documents and policy briefs.
In order to take full advantage of the novel and important information that the project has generated and ensure that the results are shared with a broad set of audiences (policy makers, scientists, local technicians, etc), we request a summer intern who can help us synthesize, analyze, archive and disseminate our scientific data and results. The intern will provide support in the preparation of technical publications and policy briefs (in Spanish) on the use of EbA by smallholder farmers, and assist in data management and archiving. This support is critical for helping the CASCADE team deliver on its project goals and ensuring that valuable information generated by the project is clearly organized, archived and available to the broader public through technical documents and policy briefs written in Spanish. The intern will be part of a professional group that has worked extensively in matters of climate change adaptation for smallholder farmers, and will have the opportunity to interact with staff members working on several projects and issues related to climate change and biodiversity conservation. He/she will be based in CI’s office in Costa Rica and will be supervised by a staff member with extensive knowledge of the project. The intern will have the opportunity to improve his/her data management, data synthesis, and writing skills, while also learning more about the importance of EbA for smallholder farmers.
- Contribute to the preparation of technical publications and policy briefs (in Spanish) on the use of Ecosystem-based Adaptation by smallholder farmers by synthesizing data, conducting literature reviews, and preparing figures and tables to be used in different manuscripts.
- Assist in data management, by organizing and updating databases, preparing data for on-line archiving, and uploading data to online data repositories.
- Normal office environment.
- The position is based in San Jose, Costa Rica
- Applicants should be currently enrolled in a master’s program in a field related to the project (Agronomy, Biology, Geography, Environmental Sciences or a related field)
- Fully bilingual English-Spanish
- Applicant should be able to commit to 2.5 months (June 1st to mid-August) of full-time support to the project, some schedule flexibility depending on specific tasks carried out.
- Should have basic understanding of climate change impacts in agriculture and Ecosystem-based Adaptation.
- Experience in preparing figures and tables for presentations and technical manuscripts
- Experience with the use of reference manager programs (Mendeley, endnote or others)