Earthwatch is a global environmental charity aiming to create a society that lives in balance with nature by empowering people to save the natural world.  We're all about empowering people to take action in key areas where we can have the most impact: to keep ahead of climate change, save the reef and oceans, restore our iconic landscapes and protect our unique wildlife. Central to our approach is the use of citizen science, where people from all walks of life gather critical scientific data to generate environmental insights, inform future policy and motivate long-term behaviour change.  

Position Description

Earthwatch’s wetlands programs generate loads of data on mangrove ecosystems. We’re seeking a skilled intern to assist with data management and processing. This role will involve collating and processing shoreline video data, plot data, leaf litter collections and crab imagery collected by indigenous rangers, citizen scientists and students. 

Working closely with the Wetlands Program Manager ,you will learn about mangrove and tidal wetland ecology, community mangrove conservation and management, and be part of delivering an active citizen science program focusing on the science behind citizen science. We aim to ensure that all intern contributions to data outputs are suitably acknowledged. The role requires an interest in marine and mangrove conservation, working knowledge of ArcMap, R and high proficiency with Excel. If you’re studying the environmental sciences or Environmental engineering this role could be a great fit for you. Preference will be given to applicants with skills to improve our operational data management and processing efficiencies with Excel databases (macros), ArcMap workflows and R code so be sure you mention your skills in these areas in your application. 

The Earthwatch Wetlands program covers a diverse range of projects including:

  • “Wetlands, not Wastelands” – delivering tidal wetland management solutions in the Gulf of Carpentaria with Carpentaria Land Council Aboriginal Corporation indigenous rangers.
  • “Cairns and Far North Qld MangroveWatch” – engaging, educating and empowering the Cairns region community to better protect tidal wetlands through citizen science mangrove monitoring with Cairns and Far North Queensland Environment Centre

  • “Protecting Wetlands for the Future” – incorporating MangroveWatch citizen science into high school science and geography classes to inspire the next generation of Great Barrier Reef stakeholders and managers.

  • “Blue Carbon Crabs” – engaging corporate volunteers in research on the role of crabs in storing carbon within Victoria’s tidal wetlands through an ongoing ‘Scientist for a Day program.

How to apply

To apply, you will need to send us your CV and a short cover letter telling us why you’d be great in this placement to [email protected].  Please include “Earthwatch Australia Internship Application” in the subject line.  If you intend to put this internship toward university credit, your application must include a letter of support from your unit chair which outlines any specific requirements or obligations. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Applications for Intake 1 close 9am AEDT Friday 18th March 2022. 

Earthwatch Australia is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to providing an environment of mutual respect where equal employment opportunities are available to all applicants. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, all genders, young people, LGBTQI people and people with a disability are encouraged to apply.