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Intern - Biodiversity Assessment Unit

Vacancy #:   1295
Unit:   Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   North America Regional Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Manager, Biodiversity Assessment Unit
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   01 July 2016
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (9 months)
Closing date:   30 May 2016
Specific Objectives

• Identify and extract data from field guides and academic literature on individual species’ distribution, population status, natural history and threatening processes.

• Using IUCN’s Species Information Service database, in which training will be provided, enter data into species accounts.

• Using ArcMAP software (in which training will be provided as necessary), prepare digital maps for the ~150 plant species, and calculate estimates of distributional extent.

• Providing additional support for ongoing Crop Wild Relative assessment work as requested, including calculating distributional extent and completing attribute fields for assessments and maps prior to final publication on the Red List.

• There may be some opportunity to liaise with specialists (mainly authors of academic papers) as necessary to follow up on issues that may be uncertain from text or maps.

DURATION: 3 months

STIPEND: The Intern will be paid a stipend of USD 1,000 per month
  • A basic understanding of ecological science is desirable; familiarity with scientific writing will be helpful

• Prior experience in using GIS software is advantageous, training will be provided in the necessary mapping standards and software

• Good general knowledge of MesoAmerican geography will be helpful; knowledge of the region’s plants will be particularly well-regarded

• Good Spanish language skills will provide a significant advantage for candidates

• Good attention to detail

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