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Earthwatch Research Associate Intern – Boston, MA

Organization: Earthwatch Institute

Job Title: Research Associate Intern

Location: Boston, MA

Hours and Compensation: Unpaid, minimum of 120 hours of work completed over course of internship

Position Dates: Start ASAP

Posted On: June 26th, 2012

Organization Overview

As the largest international non-profit organization supporting “citizen science,” since 1971 Earthwatch has sponsored over 1000 field research projects in 55 countries across the globe. Earthwatch projects produce cutting-edge science that contributes to long-term monitoring efforts, conservation and policy agendas, management plans, educational initiatives, and builds local partnerships to sustain research and conservation agendas. Earthwatch expeditions and field research centers link public and corporate volunteers, educators, and community trainees with international scientists working to conserve biomes, species, and cultures.


Research Associate Interns will assist the Research Department in a variety of tasks relating to the outcomes and impacts of field research projects Earthwatch supports in four Research Areas: Climate Change, Ecosystem Services, Oceans, and Cultural Heritage. Interns will evaluate projects’ achievements relating to conservation, education, publication, environmental impacts, long-term legacy, capacity building, and partnerships.


– Assessing the impacts of field-based research projects on local ecological systems, socio-cultural systems, management plans, and on regional, national, and international policies.

– Evaluating links between scientific results/recommendations with on-the-ground application, effective partnerships, and community-based initiatives, including ecotourism.

– Evaluating the increase of scientific knowledge through of scientific peer reviewed journal articles and other media.

– Writing the scientific outputs and outcomes of Earthwatch projects in a way that is accessible to the public on the web.

– Experience with ArcGIS is a plus.

How to Apply

Interested applicants are welcome to send the following materials to the internship coordinator

1. A current resume, detailing relevant field and/or office experience

2. A 1-page Cover Letter illustrating your qualifications, why you are interested in this internship, and what you are looking to gain from this internship.

3. Your availability (days per week, and months of availability).

4. Full contact information for three personal and/or professional references.

5. A recent writing sample excerpt.

Earthwatch interns can take part in the Intern Credit Program in which they receive credits to use towards a qualified Earthwatch expedition and are invited to participate in all Earthwatch activities. An intern must work the full minimal 120 hours committed to be eligible to use any of their credits.

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