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Intern - Global Reptile Assessment

Vacancy #:   1454
Unit:   Global Species & Key Biodiversity Areas Programme
Organisation:   International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN)
Location:   IUCN Washington DC Office, Washington D.C., United States of America
Reporting to:   Manager, Biodiversity Assessment Unit
Work percentage:   100%
Grade:   -
Expected start date:   01 March 2017
Type of contract:   Fixed-term (6 months)
Closing date:   02 February 2017
The IUCN-CI BAU (established in 2000) has been instrumental in implementing and pioneering a number of global IUCN Red List conservation assessments for >20,000 species of amphibians, mammals, fishes, invertebrates and plants. The Unit is leading the Global Reptile Assessment (GRA) and has recently raised funds allowing an review of the global conservation status for Southeast Asian and New Zealand lizard species.

A short-term internship is available to join the small team preparing standardized IUCN Red List extinction risk assessments as part of an ongoing review (2016-17) of the conservation status of Southeast Asian and New Zealand squamates. Beginning on February 1st 2017 and lasting three months in total, the intern will support work underway to assess approximately 250 species of squamates recorded from across the target regions.

The internship represents a good opportunity to gain helpful experience in international conservation, and will be of particular help in developing a career in this field.

Oversight of the internships will be undertaken by the IUCN-CI BAU Manager based in Washington DC (or through other experienced IUCN staff).
Specific Objectives

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

• All information will be included in IUCN’s Species Information Service (SIS) database, for which training will be provided (including completion of the following course: http://www.iucnredlist.org/technical-documents/red-list-training/online-training)

• Assist with the preparation of GIS polygon maps for the species of interest.

• There will 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.

• Provide additional support for the ongoing Global Reptile Assessment work as requested.

The intern will receive a supporting stipend of US$ 1,000 per month for the three month total period. This internship is based in Washington DC, and no additional expenses (e.g. travel/relocation) will be supported through the internship.
  • A basic understanding of ecological science and taxonomy is desirable; familiarity with scientific writing will be helpful

• Good general knowledge of Southeast Asian and New Zealand geography will be helpful; knowledge of the region’s herpetology will be particularly well-regarded

• Some general skill in the use of producing GIS polygon maps is desirable, with training provided in standardized mapping procedures

• Good attention to detail is needed

• Able to work from Washington DC

• Applicant should be a US citizen or have permission (such as through an existing US visa) to work in the USA

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