San Francisco Estuary Institute Resilient Landscapes Program Internship
Bill Lane Center for the American West
Cardinal Quarter Eligible
Applications closed on February 4, 2019
Approximate Offer Date:
Friday, March 15, 2019
The San Francisco Estuary Institute provides independent science to assess and improve the health of the waters, wetlands, wildlife and landscapes of San Francisco Bay, the California Delta and beyond. SFEI’s Resilient Landscapes Program is a multidisciplinary team of scientists dedicated to developing innovative ecosystem restoration and management strategies that help improve the functioning of California landscapes for people, plants, and wildlife.
Depending on SFEI’s projects and the intern’s qualifications and interests, the intern could contribute to a range of different ongoing projects. Examples include:
1) Historical ecology projects focused on collecting, compiling, and synthesizing archival data to reconstruct the physical and ecological characteristics of past landscapes in various regions throughout California;
2) Urban ecology projects evaluating ways to enhance the biodiversity support and ecosystem services provided by urban environments;
3) Efforts to develop management and restoration strategies for adapting to sea level rise around the San Francisco Bay;
4) Multi-benefit stream management projects aimed at developing strategies to improve flood protection, restore floodplain and riparian habitats, and enhance channel functioning;
5) “Visioning” projects to develop management and restoration strategies to enhance ecological resilience at the landscape scale.
Depending on his/her preferences, there is generally flexibility for the intern to either contribute to multiple projects spanning a range of focus areas or to focus more intensively on 1-2 primary projects.
Read blog posts from last year's intern, Nick Mascarello, here and here.
What you will do
Make field trips to archives and conduct internet-based research to collect data on the historical conditions of California watersheds
Conduct literature reviews and summarize relevant ecological information
Synthesize historical and contemporary data on land use and species distribution
Use GIS or other geospatial tools to manipulate spatial data and map/analyze landscape characteristics
Develop visualizations and graphics to convey information for scientists and stakeholders
Eligibility and Requirements:
Some background in an environmental science field (e.g., earth systems, geology, biology, ecology, environmental engineering) or other field related to landscape and environmental planning (e.g., urban planning, landscape architecture, or environmental policy)
Experience conducting independent research
Strong verbal and written communication skills
Ability to work both independently and with a close-knit team
Self- direction and the ability to manage tasks with minimal supervision
Experience using ArcGIS or other GIS programs to create maps and/or analyze geospatial data
Data analysis skills and experience using analytical software tools such as Excel and R
Design or data visualization skills and experience using graphic design tools such as Adobe Illustrator
Experience with historical archival research
Experience working on projects that translate science into applied management (e.g., internship or class project working with government staff or NGOs)
Students with more experience (Juniors and Seniors) are preferred, though the internship may be appropriate for qualified Freshmen and Sophomores as well. Coterms are eligible only if they hold undergraduate status. Majors that may be interested would be Earth Systems, Geological Sciences, Biology, Human Biology, Environmental Systems, Urban Planning, and History.