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BR-29 Geospatial Data and Technology Intern

World Wildlife Fund
Washington, DC 20001
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BR-29 Geospatial Data and Technology Intern

Type: Short Term (Fixed Term)
# of Openings: 1
WWF Washington, DC


WWF Overview

For 60 years, WWF has worked to help people and nature thrive. As one of the worlds leading conservation organization, WWF works in more than 100 countries, connecting cutting-edge conservation science with the collective power of our partners in the field more than one million supporters in the United States and five million globally, as well as partnerships with communities, companies, and governments.

Our vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at WWF is an organization as diverse as the world we protect; where the richness of all our unique views, experiences, and backgrounds combines to create the most sustainable and inclusive conservation outcomes possible bringing the greatest benefit to the planet and every person who lives on it.

Across the many cultures and individuals that represent WWF, we are unified by one mission, one brand, and one common set of values: Courage, Respect, Integrity and Collaboration.

Internships at WWF

WWFs internship program vision is to recruit professionals early in their careers who bring fresh thinking and innovation to the environmental and conservation sector and are well positioned to develop into the next generation of leaders. Our mission is to increase exposure of students from underrepresented populations to conservation and environmental careers, provide professional development opportunities, reduce the barriers to attracting a diverse pool of internship candidates, and develop a pipeline for future WWF hires from underrepresented populations.

Position Summary

World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the worlds leading conservation organizations, seeks a Geospatial Data and Technology Intern

Internship Description

The WWF Global Science Data and Technology team is looking for interns interested in working at the intersection of technology and conservation. Conservation is as much about people as it is about nature, and land tenure often factors into the success of conservation efforts. It difficult to implement conservation projects without knowing who has jurisdiction over an area of interest, and instability or uncertainty in land tenure information frequently leads to failures and delays in conservation efforts. Furthermore, different types of land tenure enable different conservation approaches, so understanding land tenure is critical for knowing what conservation opportunities are likely to succeed. Despite the importance of land tenure, there currently exists no single global land tenure dataset. There are many global efforts, each with a different focus and depth, but no source currently maps out tenure for the entire globe. This is a least in part because tenure is unknown, unclear, or disputed in many places.

This internship project will help scope and prototype a global land tenure dataset that takes into account the variety of uncertainties in land tenure, with an eye toward understanding the minimal amount of certainty that would be useful for conservation projects.


Minimum Requirements:

  • Some experience with geospatial information systems (GIS, e.g. QGIS, Esri products)
  • Some experience with environmental conservation
  • Some computer programming or data science experience

Learning Outcomes

  • Greater expertise in GIS
  • Understanding the complexities of land tenure and how it impacts environmental conservation
  • Understanding of how geospatial datasets are created and used


  • Pursuing either an Associates or Bachelors Degree program in environmental studies or data science
  • Excellent research skills
  • Attention to detail
  • Organized and self-motivated
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Identifies and aligns with the core values of the WWF organization: Courage, Integrity, Respect & Collaboration


US Remote WWF employs interns in all states with the exception of: Alabama, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, Wyoming.


Paid - $15 per hour (35 hours per week)

One time stipend net $100

How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers Page, Requisition #BR-29 by May 24th, 2021 at 11:59PM EST. If selected for the role, you will need to provide 2 letters of recommendation as part of the WWF application process.

* Please note that intern must have U.S. work authorization that does not require sponsorship of a visa.

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicants race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status.


Posted: 2021-05-17 Expires: 2021-06-18

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