Intern, IUCN Biodiversity Unit (Science 2017)

United States- Arlington, VA Headquarters
Apr 06, 2017
May 18, 2017
Associations, Science
Full Time

An intern is needed to prepare Red List extinction risk assessments and digital species distribution maps as part of an ongoing review of the conservation status of the worlds Crop Wild Relatives (CWR). This internship will focus on supporting work underway to assess the CWR and neglected and underutilized species of plants found in Ecuador. The position offers the opportunity to work, and learn, within two leading international conservation organizations (IUCN and Conservation International (CI)).


  • The intern will coordinate with in-country partners (including CI-Ecuador) to develop a full checklist of the CWR (including neglected and underutilized crops) present in Ecuador. 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 identified plant species, and calculate estimates of distributional extent.


  • Normal office environment
  • The position is in Arlington, VA



  • A basic understanding of ecological science is desirable, familiarity with scientific writing will be helpful. This position would be suitable for a person with a BSc.
  • Prior experience in using GIS software is advantageous, training will be provided in the necessary mapping standards and software.
  • Good general knowledge of South American 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.

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