Internship Summary:

You will work with the Global Restoration Initiative’s Monitoring team to acquire, analyze, and organize geospatial (GIS) data for multiple restoration projects. You will be focusing on two main restoration projects namely, the Priceless Planet Collation (PPC) and Top 100 African projects. Specifically, your task will be to access and download project site boundary data from multiple WRI owned/co-owned platforms (jotForms, Mondayboard, AirTable, and others), review the quality and GIS compatibility of the submitted boundary files by project developers, convert into GIS compatible files when the original is not, import into ESRI ArcGIS, conduct editing of both the shapefile geometries and their attribute tables. In addition, you will organize the clean dataset for centralized local and potentially for online platform storage, sharing and streamlining for other analysis. You may as well support other related monitoring tasks for Priceless Planet Collation (PPC) and Top 100 African projects.

Internship Learning Outcomes:

  • Geospatial data analysis and management
  • Expertise in a variety of geospatial tools
  • Awareness of the various types of forest landscape restoration approaches
  • Understanding the relevance of restoration monitoring in a project context

Internship Qualifications:

  • Recent graduate or University enrolment
  • Required: must have GIS experience
  • Experience with Python, or other coding languages a plus
  • Experience with Collect Earth Online a plus
  • Experience with descriptive statistical analysis a plus
  • Interest and experience in environmental science
  • Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
  • Fluent in Microsoft office suite and in English language
  • Comfortable interning remotely


The pay range for this internship opportunity is between $16-$20/hour, commensurate with qualifications.

Duration and Location

  • This is a part-time, 3-months internship with flexible start and end dates based on the student’s availability and need for the project.
  • This is a remote-based internship with the option to work out of the Washington D.C. office once it reopens
  • WRI will provide a laptop for the duration of your internship.

How to Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

Program Overview (for Internship):

WRI’s Forest program seeks to shift the world toward safeguarding and maintaining its natural forests while restoring a significant portion of its lost and degraded forests.

WRI will contribute to this objective by

(a) leveraging radical transparency to support decision-makers and hold them accountable with Global Forest Watch,

(b) leveraging timber supply chain transparency and accountability to curtail illegal logging with the Forest Legality Initiative and

(c) catalyzing a restoration movement through the Global Restoration Initiative. Our work will contribute primarily to Sustainable Development Goal 15 (Life on Land) and Goal 13 (Climate Action).

The Global Restoration Initiative aims to catalyze a political and social movement to restore vitality to degraded lands. These degraded lands can be restored into healthy mosaics of sustainable agriculture, agroforestry landscapes (or mixed-forest agriculture), and restored forest ecosystems generating economic, ecological, and social benefits to people and planet.