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November 5, 2009

Nature Conservancy Summer Internship

We have a paid summer internship for a diversity GIS student doing
preserve designs in MN. Given MN's recent passage of the largest
statewide conservation referendum in US History, this is a fabulous
opportunity for someone to gain some practical conservation experience
at the beginning of this 25 year initiative. This is exactly the type
of internship I had when I got out of Grad School that launched me with

Would appreciate you forwarding this to any students that might be
interested or other professors you know that might have interested

Minneapolis, MN
The Nature Conservancy is the world's leading conservation
organization, working in all 50 states and more than 33 countries.
Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to preserve
the plants, animals and natural communities that represent the diversity
of life on Earth by protecting the lands and waters they need to
The Nature Conservancy is entering its fourth year of offering
internships intended to increase the diversity of our staff. Our 2010
Summer Diversity Internship program seeks to enrich and diversify the
field of conservation through paid internship opportunities to students
currently underrepresented in the conservation field. The internships
offered cover a wide range of fields and are available in locations
throughout the U.S. and will begin June 7, 2010.
The 10 week internship will result in the update of 4-6 site
designs, with an emphasis on prairie sites. The essential steps are as
follows: 1) review existing manual files, including old site design files and
TNC's Conservation Action Plan for the site which identifies the site's
conservation targets, threats to those targets, and strategies to abate
those threats; 2) analyze those designs in the context of more recent GIS data
including areas of biodiversity significance and aerial photography; 3) tour the site with TNC preserve managers to get a greater
understanding of the area; 4) interview TNC preserve managers (and potentially partner
organizations and agencies) on threats and opportunities; 5) update any missing parcel data for key parcels; 6) use all the information to produce draft maps of the "desired future
preserve design" for high priority sites; 7) work with Director of Habitat Protection to schedule meetings with
relevant staff and partners to review draft updated preserve designs; 8) make necessary revisions.
The end product for each preserve will be a map with areas outlined for
proposed TNC acquisition, TNC conservation easement, and/or partner
conservation. These preserve designs will be used to help focus
proactive outreach to landowners to facilitate future conservation
transactions. Companion products may also include databases of
priority landowners ready for mail-merge letters and/or brief write-ups
(1-5 pages) about the site explaining the preserve design rationale and
key issues for consideration during implementation.
* 3+ years education in conservation biology, natural resource
management, geography, planning or related field. * Experience doing research and analyzing data required. * Experience in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) required. * Experience looking at data from different sources and applying that
information to a map.
The State of Minnesota will spend $70 -100 million per year over
the next 25 years on habitat conservation. The MN chapter of TNC needs
to be prepared to submit proposals to utilize these funds for protection
of high biodiversity sites. To help position the Chapter to be able to
leverage these funding sources, we need to update many of our nature
preserve designs. The Preserve Design intern will help us update the preserve designs to
highlight areas of conservation significance and identify those
properties that should be protected in the future. Many of our existing
preserve designs are outdated and do not take full advantage of the
extensive GIS information that is available. Many also do not reflect
recent changes that have occurred on the landscape. Most of the work
will be done in the Minneapolis office, and the intern will travel to
see a few of preserves in Greater MN.
REQUIRED KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS: Three + years education in conservation biology, natural resource
management, geography, planning, or related field. Bachelor's degree
preferred, but not required. Good analytical skills and research
experience required. Geographical Information Systems (GIS) skills
required including basic map design and data analysis tools. Experience
looking at data from different sources and applying that information to
a map.
COMMUNICATIONS/INTERPERSONAL CONTACTS: * Ability to interact with general public and convey basic information
about The Nature Conservancy. * Demonstrated experience working compatibly with other people. * Ability to function productively as a member a work team.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation,
excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work
environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and
promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports
and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both
within the workplace and beyond.
Undergraduate: $10/hour Graduate: Beginning at $12/hour
To apply to position number 11455, submit resume AND cover
letter as one document, including at least 3 references. All
applications must be submitted in the system prior to midnight Eastern
Time on November 13, 2009.
Failure to complete all of the required fields may result in your
application being disqualified from consideration. The information
entered in the education and work experience sections are auto screened
by the system based on the basic qualifications of the position.
You must click submit to apply for the position. Click save if you want
to be able to return to your application and submit it later. Once
submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited.
The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Michael Pressman
Director of Habitat Protection - MN, ND, SD

(612) 331-0706 (Phone) (612) 308-6172 (Mobile) (612) 331-0770 (Fax)

The Nature Conservancy
MN Field Office

1101 West River Parkway, Suite 200
Minneapolis, MN 55415-1291

GIS-T Student Paper Contest

GIS-T Student Paper Contest

The contest is designed to encourage university students to develop
solutions to current GIS-T issues. Students will be judged on their
ability to develop and document useful, original research based on GIS-T
issues and to relay their research results in a complete, clear, and
well-referenced paper. The winners will present their papers at the 2010
GIS-T symposium.

*_Eligibility Requirements:_*

* The applicant must be a currently enrolled student.
* Only one paper contest entry per student is acceptable.
* Willingness to attend and present at the GIS-T Conference in April
* The final paper or poster must be available electronically to be
posted on the GIS-T website.

*_Submission Deadline: _**/_December 11, 2009_/*


We will be giving two graduate awards of $500 plus a round trip ticket
(US Continental) to Charleston, West Virginia with two nights stay and
one undergraduate award of $250 plus a round trip ticket (US
Continental) to Charleston, West Virginia with two nights stay. The
winners will also present their paper at the Student Paper session on
April 11^th , 2010 and their presentations posted to the GIS-T website.

*_Submission Guidelines:_*

Found here: http://www.gis-t.org/

*_Email Submissions or Questions to:
_* Email: Raquel.Wright@dot.gov

Papers will be judged by members of the GIS-T Planning Committee and
will be rated in the following categories:

* Significance of topic
* Literature review
* Data analyses (if applicable)
* Interpretation
* Clarity of presentation
* Validity of conclusions
* Reader interest

Students will be notified of the contest results via email no later than
March 1^st , 2010.

UMN GIS Day 2009

Hi all,

It is almost GIS Day! This year, the University of Minnesota is celebrating GIS Day on Friday, November 20 to complement the 3rd Annual Borchert Lecture, given this year by Mark Monmonier. Mark Monmonier is a distinguished researcher and author known for his fascinating books on cartography and geography, including "How to Lie with Maps". For more information on Monmonier and the lecture, see the following link:


A poster session held in conjunction with the lecture, taking place at 12 noon outside the Cowles Auditorium in the HHH lobby. We encourage anyone using GIS in their research to participate and submit a poster. The poster session is open to all and aims to display some of the work going on at the U within GIS and using GIS. There are groups coming in from around the state to see the lecture and poster session, making this a great opportunity to showcase your work and get your name out there a bit.

If interested in sharing a poster, please reply, and please forward this on to whomever else you think would be interested. It should be a great event!


Call for Papers: 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010

Call for Papers: 52°North Student Innovation Prize for Geoinformatics 2010

This innovation prize aims to encourage students to contribute to the development and practical realization of innovative concepts in the field of Geoinformatics. In return, the students gain valuable, practical experience working in an international team of researchers and developers, benefit from a new social environment, individualized supervision and support for their work, and acquire additional qualification resulting from successful completion of the work.
This call is open to all students of geoinformatics, computer science, business informatics, media informatics and other fields associated with geoinformatics, who have not yet completed a master's degree or diploma in geoinformatics/informatics/computer science. Students are invited to apply, as individuals or in small teams (2 - 3 members).

A jury of prominent members of the GI community will evaluate the submissions and choose the winner:

Prof. Dr. Edzer Pebesma, Institute for Geoinformatics, University of Muenster
Prof. Dr. Menno Jan Kraak, ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Dr. Ir. Rob Lemmens, ITC International Institute for Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation
Dr. Andreas Wytzisk, con terra GmbH
Günther Pichler, ESRI Europe
Prof. Dr. Antonio Krüger, Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz
Prof. Dr. Ulrich Streit, 52°North Initiative.
The winning team has the unique opportunity to further develop its concept together with 52°North students and academic personnel from the sponsoring organizations. Their work should culminate in the implementation of a fully functioning open source software program as a proof-of-concept. A stay at the 52°North Initiative in Muenster is intended for this purpose. Prize money of 1,000 Euros per team member and a maximum of 3,000 Euros per team will be awarded. The prize money is to be paid upon successful completion of the entire work (see applicant information).

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