Job Opportunity

Data Internship


The Forest Global Earth Observatory (ForestGEO) is dedicated to the study of tropical and temperate forest function and diversity and global climate change. The multi-institutional network comprises 67 forest research forests across the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe.  ForestGEO achieves these goals through international collaborations and partnerships, scientific capacity building, and rigorous, long-term, and standardized data collection and analysis of the growth and survival of over 6 million trees and 10,000 species.

This is a paid internship opportunity wherein the intern will learn about data management as it relates to the ForestGEO network. The intern will review, clean, and analyze data from the ForestGEO tree growth database, identify data integrity issues, and work to resolve them under the supervision of Dr. Stuart Davies, ForestGEO Director. The intern should have familiarity with Microsoft Excel and basics of ecology. Experience with other database programs (e.g., SQL, MySQL, Filemaker, MS Access) and the R programming language would be an advantage.

Learning Objectives: Through this internship, the intern will

  • Develop critical skills associated with data management
  • Learn about the diversity of tropical forests and tree species taxonomy
  • Develop understanding of biodiversity databases and research work flows
  • Gain exposure to non-profit, international program by collaborating with STRI and global partners

Experience: Experience will be best suited for candidates to whom the following applies:

  • Students who are enrolled in a four-year college or university or recent college graduates
  • Students with an interest in refining their knowledge of database management and nternational collaborations and partnerships
  •  Students with a solid understanding of MS Office

Desired Hours: Full time or part-time, ideally three full days/week minimum

Timeframe: At least 3 months

Project Point of Contact: ForestGEO Director will provide mentoring and management.

To apply: Send a single PDF file containing a cover letter and CV/resume to Lauren Krizel, ForestGEO Program Manager, Closing date for applications is 30 August 2019. 

ForestGEO encourages students of minority groups to apply. Smithsonian Institution does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Job Locations: 
Washington, DC, USA
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