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The Global Restoration Initiative aims to catalyze a political and social movement to restore vitality to degraded lands. These degraded lands can be restored into healthy mosaics of sustainable agriculture, agroforestry landscapes (or mixed-forest agriculture), and restored forest ecosystems generating economic, ecological, and social benefits to people and planet.
The strategy to build this global restoration movement has three components:
Inspire: map opportunities, quantify benefits, conduct awareness campaigns, secure restoration commitments, and build restoration champions at the global, national, subnational and community levels
Enable: address gaps in governance systems and financial institutions that support restoration, e.g. access to information, appropriate policies, participation, processes and institutional capacities, and coherence
Mobilize: ensure sufficient technical knowledge, financing and monitoring systems in place to replicate and scale up restoration activities
WRI's Forest team seeks a Research Intern for the Global Restoration Initiative. The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. In this role, you will work with the Global Restoration Initiative's Research team and Monitoring team to find and test available tools for measuring forest landscape restoration progress. Specifically, you will conduct desk-based research to create an inventory of available tools for measuring and monitoring land use/land cover change, including testing the tools and summarizing their benefits and weaknesses for measuring progress on restoration. Examples of tools that would be part of such an inventory include Collect Earth, Trends.Earth, OpenStreetMap, LandPKS and others that have capability for measuring biophysical change. This pilot will provide the Global Restoration Initiative with a comprehensive overview of available tools and technology for monitoring restoration, and help the team make informed decisions on which tools are best-suited for particular use cases.
The intern will gain experience in the following areas:
Expertise in a variety of geospatial monitoring tools
Awareness of the various types of forest landscape restoration
Understanding the relevance of restoration monitoring in a global context
Communicating with WRI's international staff
Writing and presenting research in user-friendly formats
Communicating technical information to non-technical audiences
GIS experience required
Experience with R, Python, or other coding languages preferred
Experience with Google Earth Engine and statistical analysis preferred
Interest and experience in environmental science, international relations, or other related field
Strong communications skills with excellent written and oral skills
Creativity and interest in innovative approaches and technologies
Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
General Internship Requirements
This is a paid internship.
This is a full-time, three-month (12 week) summer internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student's availability and need for the project.
How to Apply
Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
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