Job Opportunity

Plant Conservation 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 sites 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 plant species lists management as it relates to conservation. The intern will review, clean, and analyze plant species occurrences in Korup National Park, Cameroon, using specimen databases, identify data integrity issues, and work to resolve them under the supervision of Dr. David Kenfack, ForestGEO Africa Program Coordinator. The intern should have familiarity with Microsoft Excel and basics of plant taxonomy and ecology. Experience with other database programs (e.g., SQL, MySQL, Filemaker, and MS Access) and GIS software would be an advantage.

Learning Objectives: Through this internship, the intern will

  • Develop critical skills associated with plant specimens data management
  • Learn about the diversity of tropical forests and tree species taxonomy
  • Develop understanding of biodiversity databases and research work flows
  • Develop experience into the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria
  • 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 a solid understanding of MS Office
  • Students with an interest in refining their knowledge of database management and international collaborations and partnerships

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

Timeframe: At least 3 months

Project Point of Contact: ForestGEO Africa Program Coordinator 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
Teaser Image: 
flowers in korup plot