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IN-21029 GIS and Research Internship, Forests Forward

WWF Washington, DC
Washington, DC 20037
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World Wildlife Fund (WWF), one of the world's leading conservation organizations, seeks a GIS and Research Intern, Forests Forward.

Forests provide critical ecosystem services and livelihoods to millions of people and safeguarding them has never been more urgent. From timber, fuel and fibre to stabilizing our climate and water supplies, to providing habitats for more than half of the world's land-based species, the resources and services forests provide are invaluable but undervalued. Demand for land, food, energy, and wood products is putting ever-increasing pressure on our forests. In addition to deforestation, forest degradation continues to increase, which reduces the ability of forests to provide critical ecosystem services.

WWF Forests Forward is the evolution of the work we have been undertaking through the Global Forest & Trade Network (GFTN) and New Generation Plantations Platform (NGP). At the heart of Forests Forward is a desire to demonstrate the full value of forests, not just for the wood they supply but for the many other benefits they provide. Through Forests Forward, businesses, communities, governments, financial institutions and civil society organizations with stakes in forests and key landscapes are coming together to act for change.

Our internship facilitates mutually meaningful engagement between the candidate and WWF, which is in accordance with WWF project needs and the educational interests and professional aspirations of the candidate. This should give not only usable collateral and materials for WWF, but also valuable work experience toward the candidate's professional development in research skills and knowledge around forest conservation.

The GIS and Research internship will support the global expert team and WWF offices around the world to implement Forests Forward's monitoring, reporting, and verification (MRV) framework. Specifically, this internship position will provide the candidate with opportunities to apply and advance his/her knowledge and research skills in the following topical areas:

  • Monitoring frameworks and indicators for demonstrating ecological outcomes and impacts of forest conservation actions;
  • Spatial data analysis, visualization and communications;

In addition, the candidate will gain first-hand experience in working with staff members and partners from around the world, as well as mentorship from experts in the conservation filed.

The candidate is expected to perform as a valuable member of the team, delivering high quality outputs and carry out assigned resarch activities in a timely manner.


The intern will assist WWF supervisor to accomplish the following tasks:
  1. Managing information on Forests Forward public portal
    • Liaising with WWF experts, country teams, and external research institutions, collect and organize shapefiles related to WWF interventions in ready-to-use format and keep organized on an internal database
    • Develop maps and infographic products as requested by WWF country teams, and share them via ArcGIS-based interactive online platform
    • Review text and visual data on individual Forests Forward engagements provided by WWF teams and upload information to public portal
  1. Maintaining Forests Forward database
    • Support WWF country offices to input data into Forests Forward database, ensuring the data quality and compatibility with the external dashboard
  1. Supporting MRV guidance and tools development
  • Complete the inventory of ecological and social indicators and data collection methods to be used by WWF country teams when developing Action and Monitoring Plans
  • Review and synthesize the literature on the latest scientific knowledge on monitoring and innovative data collection methods
  • Organize completed tools on WWF intranet as needed
  • Conduct other tasks assigned by his/her supervisors


The candidate will be working closely with WWF Lead Forest R&D in the Washington, DC office and will correspond with WWF network offices for data collection and analysis purposes, as identified and assigned by the supervisor. The candidate will be required to maintain frequent communications with his/her supervisor and also attend global team calls on a regular basis. It is his/her responsibility to ensure all issues related to the project activities are brought to the attention of his/her supervisor and are promptly resolved. Lack of communications and delays in submitting required deliverables may result in early termination of the internship by WWF.


  • Current or recent graduate student with a degree in relevant fields, such as forest ecology, environmental science, natural resource management, environmental economics, or other disciplines
  • Strong GIS skills and proficiency in GIS and remote-sensing applications (e.g. Google Earth Engine, ArcGIS)
  • Familiarity with the scientific literature on remote-sensing, field-based, and other types of methodologies for
  • Prior experience in database management
  • Ability to stay organized and work independently with minimum supervision; must be able to manage multiple projects and meet deadlines in a fast-paced working environment
  • Knowledge in and aptitude for global and regional forest conservation issues
  • Ability to communicate with internal and external partners around the globe proactively and professionally


This is a remote position based in the United States


January-June 2021 (up to 6 months). The intern is expected to work full time (average 35 hours per week).


This is a PAID internship. Hourly wages will be commensurate with the experience and knowledge of the successful candidate.

To Apply:

  • Submit cover letter and resume through our Careers Page, Requisition #IN-21029
  • Due to the high volume of applications we are not able to respond to inquiries via phone

As an EOE/AA employer, WWF will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant's race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, or protected Veteran status. WWF values diversity and inclusion and welcomes diverse candidates to apply.



Posted: 2021-02-06 Expires: 2021-03-09

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