Intern, RAP

United States- Arlington, VA
Mar 13, 2018
Sep 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. 


Conservation International (CI) is seeking candidates for a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) Internship.  This paid internship will support scientists from CI's Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science in CI’s Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) which conducts short expeditions in critically important field sites around the world to evaluate the state of a region’s biodiversity, the health of its ecosystems and the multiple benefits that nature provides to people. By doing so, RAP provides information that can guide effective decision-making about conservation. This is an exciting opportunity to influence real-world conservation though the production of RAP survey reports as well as scientific publications based upon ecological field research. This position is based in CI's headquarters (Arlington, VA) but will interact with scientists and staff from multiple countries. This position requires proficiency in science writing and data analysis to contribute to written reports, scientific publications and/or oral presentations for CI staff.


Conservation International is seeking qualified candidates for a Rapid Assessment Program (RAP) intern. Key responsibilities for this position would include data synthesis and analysis, high quality science writing to produce RAP reports and scientific publications for various sites and projects, which include but are not limited to biodiversity baseline assessments, species response to climate change and other anthropogenic disturbances, and management and conservation recommendations.

Secondary responsibilities might include support to other projects including the review and synthesis of relevant literature on ecosystem assessment and multiple dimension of assessing landscape values. Assisting with the development of standards and implementation of innovative technologies for field survey, such as eDNA, acoustic monitoring and movement ecology would also be helpful. Photographs and other visuals are also an important component of field research and effective communication for various RAP projects, and review and skilled editing of visuals would be a useful addition.


  • Typical office environment.



This position requires strong proficiency in science writing, including up to date familiarity with current literature, and a background in ecology/biodiversity is preferred. Further skills in conservation, environmental science, natural resource management, GIS or related fields is preferred but not required. Experience with eDNA or similar genetic approaches for biodiversity surveys and-or movement ecology are preferred but not required. Proficiency in Spanish as well as photography skills are preferred but not required.


CI Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.

Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms. 

Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.

Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.

Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.

Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.

Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.

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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