Research Intern - GIS


Earthwatch is an international environmental charity established in 1971. Our mission is to engage people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. Through our programmes and partnerships, we engage people from diverse countries, cultures and organisations, inspiring them to take responsibility for the environment.

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Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Position Type: Intern (unpaid)

Department: Research

Salary: £10 per day for expenses

Deadline for Application: 30 November 2014


Earthwatch is looking for an intern to work in the Research Team for up to 6 months, based in Oxford. The main responsibilities will be Aquatic ecosystem analysis and GIS development.


  • Aquatic ecosystem analysis – As part of the Global Freshwater Programme, field data on water quality and ecosystem conditions from 25 urban environments is being collected by citizen scientists under the supervision of leading local researchers. The intern will conduct background research into each of the 25 cities to determine the current understanding of the pressures on water quality in different areas. They will also identify common drivers to the loss of water quality and aquatic ecosystem functioning in urban and peri-urban environments
  • GIS development – To contextualise the data collected by the citizen scientists, and allow for an intercomparison, a geographic information system of climate, land use/cover and socio-economic data is being developed. The intern will identify and evaluate data sources of global high resolution geospatial data. The temporal and spatial characteristics of the source data will influence the utility of individual datasets and their integration. The intern will evaluate compatibility of the individual data sources as well as the accuracy of the results.
  • Research outputs – A large team of scientists, both at Earthwatch and from other institutions, are involved in the Global Freshwater Programme. Therefore the information obtained through the global research project will need disseminating to a wide audience, through reports, presentations and webinars. The intern will produce reports and other materials to aid this process, as well as participate in meetings and other communications between scientists.
  • Working with other departments – The Research team collaborate closely with other departments such as Marketing and Communications, Development (fundraising) and Corporate Partnerships.
  • Other responsibilities – Assisting both the international Research team and the Global Freshwater Programme team on other assignments, as and when required.


  • A university degree in geography or environmental subject (BSc or MSc)
  • A pro-active mentality and ability to work independently
  • Meticulous attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Good IT skills, in particular in GIS packages
  • An interest in the environmental issues
  • Commitment and enthusiasm
  • Writing scientific reports, papers or articles
  • Science communication to a variety of audiences
  • Conducting field research and/or volunteering

Internship is for 3 to 6 months and there is flexibility on the days to be worked. Earthwatch can only accept candidates that are eligible to work in the UK.


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