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 74 forest research sites in 28 countries 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 7 million trees and 12,000 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 tree data from the ForestGEO African plots, identify data integrity issues, and work to resolve them. The intern will also assess the conservation status of African plants following the International Union for Conservation of Nature – IUCN Red List categories and criteria.

The intern should have familiarity with Microsoft Excel and basics of ecology and botany. Experience with other database programs (e.g., SQL, MySQL, Filemaker, MS Access) and the R programming language would be an advantage. The intern will work under the supervision of Dr. David Kenfack, ForestGEO Africa Program Coordinator.

Learning Objectives: Through this internship, the intern will

  • Develop critical skills associated with data management;
  • Learn about the diversity and the ecology of tropical forests;
  • Develop understanding of biodiversity databases and research workflows;
  • Gain exposure to non-profit, international program by collaborating with STRI and global partners.
  • Prepare a report on the conservation status of plants for the IUCN red list.

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 a solid understanding of MS Office
  • Students with an interest in refining their knowledge of:
    • Database management
    • International collaborations and partnerships

Office Location: Botany department, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

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

Timeframe: At least 3 months

Project Point of Contact: ForestGEO Africa Program Coordinator, Dr. David Kenfack, 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 3 August 2022


Job Locations: 
Various Washington, DC, USA