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IT Data Science Geodatabase Project Internship

The Conservation Fund
Arlington, VA
  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description

TITLE: Charles Jordan Memorial Summer 2022 Internship


REPORTS TO: Vice President of Technology and Chief Information Officer





The Conservation Fund (“TCF” or the “Fund”) is a nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the dual mission of protecting America’s most important land, water, and natural resources while also supporting economic growth in communities. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, in its 33-year history The Conservation Fund has protected more than eight million acres of critical conservation property worth $4.7 billion across all 50 States.

The Charles Jordan Memorial Internship was established by The Conservation Fund to keep alive the passion, commitment, and wisdom that Charles Jordan brought to his 20 years of leadership on the Fund’s national Board of Directors. This paid internship is available for ten weeks during the summer of 2022; the specific dates for the position are flexible.

Charles was the first African American to chair a national environmental organization, serving as chairman of The Conservation Fund’s Board of Directors from 2003 to 2008. He believed passionately in diversifying the conservation movement. The principles of equity, diversity and inclusion were central to who he was and all he did. In keeping with Charles Jordan’s vision, the goals of this internship are to:

● Honor and implement Charles Jordan’s leadership and vision for an equitable, diverse, and inclusive national conservation movement;

● Provide a career-oriented learning experience for a student who has the passion, creativity and skills to implement Charles’ vision; and

● Grow the next generation of conservation leaders through the internship experience and test and communicate new approaches that advance Charles’ legacy.


This summer 2022 Charles Jordan Memorial Internship project is “IT Data Science Geodatabase Project.”

The Conservation Fund focuses on conservation and communities—creating as many pathways as possible for people and organizations to protect their natural resources and save the places that matter most—properties with ecological, historic and/or cultural significance.

Our Parks with Purpose program is focused on some of our most vulnerable urban communities. Through equitable park development projects and a community-centered approach, we work with residents to transform and restore blighted, inner-city properties into vibrant new parks.

Our Working Forest Fund supports local farms and aims to address the fact that one in eight U.S. residents will experience food insecurity. By working with farmers to build a healthy and resilient food system, we help ensure sustainable food production now and in the future for local communities.

While the Fund has accomplished a great deal in terms of land conservation and community impact, there is a lack of spatially explicit data for current and historical projects to help tell our story.

The Fund’s Data Science summer internship is designed to aid the Fund in quantifying its collective impact in the conservation space by researching historical property data and participating in programming projects to assess

the conservation of carbon stocks, wetlands, etc. Additionally, a specific focus will be on the unique community impacts associated with conservation projects in urban areas and sustainable agriculture.


The IT Data Science Intern will research projects within the Parks with Purpose and Working Farms Fund, along with several of the largest projects in the Land Conservation portfolio and assemble a spatially explicit geodatabase from our existing tax parcels. The primary focus of this internship is to help scrub data for legacy projects, organize and find parcel information, find impact datasets, and develop a workflow for field staff to add to and maintain the database.

● Research & Inventory - compile spatial data for Parks with Purpose, Working Farms Fund, and legacy Land Conservation projects

● Assessment - analyze the conservation impacts of the historical property data, focusing on conservation benefits of carbon stocks, wetlands, sustainable agriculture, etc.

● Project Management - research and design a workflow for the historic data that is compiled

● Storytelling & Communication Material Development


● Currently enrolled in or graduating from an accredited college or university with a minimum of two years completed course work.

● A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale preferred.

● Strong interest in/awareness of urban conservation, sustainable agriculture, and carbon stocks.

● Knowledge regarding conservation and GIS preferred.

● Strong skills in and previous experience related to research, data management and analysis.

● Proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, Arc Pro and ArcGIS Online preferred.


To learn more about The Conservation Fund, visit

The Conservation Fund, a Non-Profit Corporation, is an Equal Opportunity Employer who fully and actively supports equal access for all people regardless of Race, Color, Religion, Gender, Age, National Origin, Veteran Status, Disability, Genetic Information or Testing, Family and Medical Leave status, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity or Expression. The Fund prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or practice in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.

The Conservation Fund


Arlington, VA
22209 USA



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