Intern, Marine Conservation beyond Protected Areas

United States- Arlington, VA
Mar 13, 2018
Apr 27, 2018
Full Time


Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet. 


Diverse strategies are employed globally to conserve biodiversity, but assessments of conservation progress and performance almost universally focus upon national parks and other protected areas. To advance scientific understanding and inform conservation decision-making, this project will document and describe the use of conservation strategies beyond protected areas.

Review of applications will begin on March 26, 2018


The Social Science team at Conservation International seeks an enthusiastic and creative intern to assist a global review of locally managed marine areas and other area-based conservation beyond marine protected areas. The intern will:

  • Research and compile spatial records and attribute data of area-based coastal and marine conservation interventions
  • Review literature and legal documents to understand the restrictions and rights under each management scheme
  • Conduct statistical analysis and spatial analysis to support the project as needed
  • Generate summary stats and maps to illustrate the patterns and trends of studied conservation areas
  • As the foundation for scientific publication, project outputs will include maps, graphs, spatial datasets, statistical analyses, and an annotated bibliography. The social science team will help the intern develop further master’s project/thesis topic if the research interests converge.


    • Typical 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 their graduate thesis.
    • Experience with GIS.
    • Strong qualitative research skills.
    • Excellent organizational skills.
    • Excellent communication skills.
    • Familiarity with coastal and marine biodiversity conservation in developing countries.


    • Foreign language skills.
    • Experience with EndNote or other reference management software.
    • Experience with database management.


    To apply please submit your resume and cover letter.

    Conservation International is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer of minorities, females, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities.  It is the policy of CI to afford equal employment opportunity to all employees and applicants for employment. CI offers reasonable accommodation in the employment process for individuals with disabilities.  If you need assistance in the application or hiring process to accommodate a disability, you may request an accommodation at any time.  If you require an application accommodation due to a disability, please e-mail your request to and include "accommodation" in the subject line.

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