IN-22001 Wildlife Science Intern

WWF Washington, DC
Indian, Maine, US
Jul 23, 2021
Sep 09, 2021
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a Wildlife Science Intern. The Wildlife Science Intern will support the Lead Scientist for Wildlife on a number of applied research projects that help inform WWF strategy, policy, and field projects. The Intern will play a particular role in data management and data analysis, with an emphasis on statistical modelling, spatial mapping, and the production of scientific manuscripts.

Rooted in quantitative conservation science and a solid understanding of international conservation efforts, the Wildlife Science Intern will support research encompassing the full spectrum of conservation science, including ecology, economics, social science, and other disciplines. They will play a key role in providing data management, statistical analysis, literature reviews, and communication of scientific research both orally and in written, peer-reviewed format. The Wildlife Science Intern will work under the guidance of the Lead Scientist for wildlife on a variety of projects related to WWF's conservation science goals, and will be expected to harness advanced analytical tools to answer questions of relevance to the organization's mission. There will be a strong emphasis on quantitative analysis and statistical modelling using large datasets as relates to various topics including economic valuation, wildlife movement, landscape connectivity, wildlife consumption, behaviour change interventions, consumer choice, and area-based conservation. Demonstrated skill and experience in quantitative, interdisciplinary conservation science will be an important consideration in selecting for the position, as well as exposure to or experience in international conservation efforts within multidisciplinary settings.

Key Responsibilities
  • Support the Lead Scientist for Wildlife on various analytical projects, using quantitative techniques and approaches.
  • Work independently and simultaneously on quantitative analyses that lead to applied research results being communicated in oral and written formats.
  • Liaise with research partners for data acquisition and sharing, research result updates, and interpretation of quantitative analysis results.
  • Respond to other tasks and priorities as needed and in timely fashion.

  • A Master's degree in conservation science, wildlife ecology, landscape ecology, environmental economics, or applied statistics.
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and analyze large, complex, and interdisciplinary datasets.
  • Ability to work independently using advanced statistical approaches such as hierarchical Bayesian regression, time series models, step selection models, choice modelling, environmental valuation models.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS and the R statistical computing package, with preference for specialized routines such as Circuitscape, Stan, or similar.
  • Experience with international conservation is preferred.
  • Exceptional verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong commitment to mission, goals, and values.
  • Attention to detail, discrete, and ability to participate in multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Strong commitment to supporting WWF's efforts at diversity, equity and inclusion.

Internship position is a limited term, 1-year engagement.

US Remote - WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Wyoming.

To Apply:
  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-22001
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.