December 11, 2009

Spring 2010 GIS Internship Opportunity with the Environmental Protection Agency

Paid Spring 2010 GIS Internship with the Environmental Protection Agency!

Come join us for a 15 week-long intensive internship and academic program in Washington, DC! Accepted students receive scholarships covering the cost of The Washington Center's program and housing fee for living in furnished housing while interning for the Environmental Protection Agency. Accepted students will be provided a stipend.


· United States citizenship;

· Currently enrolled as an undergraduate with a GPA of 3.0 or higher; OR enrolled as a graduate student with a GPA of 3.0 or higher;

· Demonstrated experience or coursework in ArcGIS or a similar geographic information systems program;

· Undergraduate students must receive credit for participating in this program (if you have questions regarding this requirement, please contact;

· Available for a fifteen-week period beginning January 21st, 2010;

· Demonstrated experience and/or strong interest in working for the federal government.

How to Apply:
Students must submit an online application at Once they create a username and log in, they should select "Internship" from the drop-down menu, and select "Apply Now." Under the Personal Information tab, students should select "Government Scholarship Program." Students should check the Environmental Protection Agency box. Students must submit official transcripts to The Washington Center. If they have any concerns, they should contact Katie at or 202-238-7729. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis, with a deadline to submit the application by December 17th, 2009. Transcripts may arrive after this date, provided an application has been submitted.

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

April 29, 2009

Wind Energy Internship

Environmental Services Internship
About Geronimo Wind Energy:
Geronimo Wind Energy is a development company focused on mid-sized wind energy projects in the Midwest region of the United States. We have developed a multi-thousand mega-watt portfolio of wind energy project developments that includes hundreds of megawatts being developed for construction in the next three years. Geronimo plays an important role in the “middle market” of the wind energy development industry that is underserved today. Our partners characterize us as hard working, fair and creative in solving the multitude of issues necessary to complete a wind farm project.
Geronimo focuses on projects of 20-100 MW of nameplate capacity by growing organically and by partnering with other developers on projects. The partnership aspect of our strategy is meant to help other smaller developers bring their projects to fruition by adding expertise, access to turbines, and capital via the scale achieved by aggregating smaller projects.
Internship Duties:
Research environmental and cultural factors in project areas
Project mapping and planning
GIS data management
Analyze regulatory policy
Communicate with state agencies regarding projects
Necessary Skills/Abilities:
Background in Environmental Sciences, Regulation, Wind Energy, or, Engineering
Familiarity with creating site plans
Strong writing and math skills
Strong skills with the following software programs: Microsoft Office with an emphasis on Excel and Access, ESRI ArcMap, and Google Earth Pro
Familiarity with Federal, State and Local regulatory processes
A capacity to adjust to a rapidly changing environment
Strong ability to work in both team and individual settings
Creativity and flexibility are prized
Ability to work through the summer full time with the possibility of staying on through the fall part time
Preferred Skills:
Knowledge of State of MN, ND, and SD Wind Turbine Siting Standards
Basic understanding of meteorology
Experience with project permitting and/or site planning

Compensation: DOQ

Deadline: Open Until Filled

Resumes, cover letter, and references can be emailed to HYPERLINK "" or mailed to 5050 Lincoln Dr. #420 Edina MN 55436

Internship at Goodhue County

GoodhueCountycurrently has an opening for a Summer Internship with their GIS Department and Office of Emergency Management. Feel free to pass this along to your students or others you feel may be interested. For more information and to download an application, go to:

January 26, 2009

Internship with Ducks Unlimited in Bismarck

Subject: Ducks Unlimited GIS/Remote Sensing Internship oportunity
Date: Thu, 8 Jan 2009 13:35:10 -0600
From: "Aaron Smith"
To: "Marvin Bauer"

Dr. Bauer,

We're looking for a GIS/Remote Sensing intern to join us here in Bismarck for a 12-15 month timeframe. Please pass this along to any recent grads or those who might be finishing up this spring. The start/application dates are flexible. We’d be open to holding a spot for someone graduating in May if you've got someone exceptional in mind.


Aaron Smith

Job ID : 17343
Classification : Internships
Title : GIS Remote Sensing Intern
Agency : Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Website :

Description : PRIMARY FUNCTION: The GIS Intern will be responsible for maintenance of ArcSDE geodatabases (SQL Server) and cartographic development of a diverse array of mapping products required by biologists, engineers, and administrators in the Great Plains Regional Office. The GIS Intern will participate in the development of GIS-based, habitat conservation targeting models. Some fieldwork, primarily ground-truthing satellite imagery will be required.

To apply please send resume and cover letter to

Location : Bismarck, North Dakota
Salary : $1,800 per month
Qualification : QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in a natural resources field or geography with significant coursework with Geographic Information Systems; or a Bachelor's Degree or Master's Degree in GIS Science.

Location : Bismarck, North Dakota
Salary : $1,800 per month
Qualification : NOTES: Ducks Unlimited, Inc. is a non-profit conservation organization dedicated to protecting and restoring wetlands and upland habitats important to North America’s waterfowl populations. GIS Intern positions with Ducks Unlimited provide candidates with exceptional work experience in many diverse aspects of the GIS field from model development to remote sensing to map production to database interaction.

Start Date : 02/15/09
Application Deadline : 01/31/09
Contact Person : Aaron Smith
Phone Number : 701-355-3500
E-mail :