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Internship Opportunity - Global Biodiversity Modelling Intern (ITN058)

Science | Fixed term, full-time,

£7.83 per hour

Closing date: 2019-02-25

UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre (UNEP-WCMC works with scientists and policy makers worldwide to place biodiversity at the heart of environment and development decision-making to enable enlightened choices for people and the planet.

The internship will be hosted within UNEP-WCMC’s Science programme which aims to enhance the scientific quality of UNEP-WCMC’s work through research, training, advisory and partnership development. The programme mainly works on biodiversity monitoring and mapping, cumulative threat and ecosystem services mapping and modelling, impacts of conservation interventions such as protected areas and REDD+ community conservation.

This internship will involve supporting the development of a project which aims to map the potential for biodiversity restoration, carbon storage, and other ecosystem services.

The intern would be required to collate datasets from primary literature to strengthen a global biodiversity database (the PREDICTS database) and use the data collected to produce statistical models.  The model results will be used to support the development of decision-support tools, such as maps, that help countries to translate existing international biodiversity and climate targets onto operational targets at the national level. The intern will be mentored to find and process data for analyses, and will have opportunities to learn more about the developing of science-based products to support decision-making on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

If you are interested in this placement, please submit a CV and covering letter through the link below by 25th February 2019. Please note an application form is not required with this placement.

Please note this is not a UN post and we can only accept applications from those eligible to work in the UK.

The UN Environment World Conservation Monitoring Centre strives for a sustainable world for biodiversity and people. The Centre works towards this vision by providing strategic leadership, technical expertise, and project support to increase capacity and inspire decision makers to manage biodiversity and ecosystem services for people and the planet. The Centre has close relationships with the UN system and other partners in the public and private sector, which combines with the Centre’s extensive understanding of science and policy to produce knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services that makes a world of difference.