Intern, Protected Area Downgrading, Downsizing, and Degazettement

United States- Arlington, VA Headquarters
Mar 09, 2017
May 08, 2017
Full Time

National parks and other protected areas (PAs) are the foundation of global efforts to conserve biological diversity. Although conservation policy and practice assume that PAs are permanent fixtures on the landscape, protected area downgrading, downsizing, and degazettement (PADDD) is widespread.

To advance scientific understanding and inform conservation decision-making, this project will document PADDD events globally; identify and understand causes; analyze temporal and spatial patterns and trends; and quantify impacts on natural capital and ecosystem services. The geographic focus of the project will depend upon data availability and organizational priorities.

Project outputs will include database, maps, graphs, statistical analyses, and an annotated bibliography.


  • Document enacted, proposed, and reversed PADDD events globally.
  • Document the patterns, trends, and proximate causes of PADDD events globally.
  • Provide research assistance for the research on “Global PADDD Analysis”.

    This position is located in Arlington, VA Normal office environment

  • Graduate training in the social sciences, natural resource management/conservation, or related field. Preference will be given to candidates who will use the research as part of a graduate thesis
  • Experience with GIS
  • Experience with statistical packages (e.g. R, Stata)
  • Strong qualitative and quantitative research skills 
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Familiarity with biodiversity conservation in developing countries.  

To apply, please include your cover letter, cv/resume, and a list of 3 references.

We will start reviewing applications on March 22 and continue until the positions are filled.

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