IN-17056 Forest Social Science Intern


World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, seeks a Forest Social Science Intern


Internship Description:

Papua, Indonesia contains some of the largest remaining tracts of forests in Southeast Asia; these forests are important for storing carbon, protecting biodiversity, and supporting local communities’ livelihoods. WWF has been at the forefront of promoting enabling conditions for community-based economies in Papua, including forestry. When local communities have the appropriate legal frameworks and technical skills, they can manage their forests sustainably and derive livelihoods, while in other settings community forests may results in tradeoffs between forest conservation and human wellbeing. To monitor the ability for community forests to provide protection to the environment while supporting community livelihoods, WWF and its partners are monitoring the social and ecological impacts of community forests. We are looking for a motivated intern to assist in the development of methods and instruments which will be used to strengthen our community forest monitoring program.



Internship responsibilities will include:

  • Assisting us in developing forest inventory and households survey methods and instruments for rural tropical environments.
  • Developing manuals, scientific journal article or alternative guidance documents to allow other scientists to adopt or adapt our methods.

This internship is an excellent opportunity to interact with scientists in WWF-US and around the world; gain exposure to a wide range of conservation science and policy issues; and inform adaptive management of community forest areas in Papua, Indonesia.


Minimum Requirements:

The successful applicant will have a Bachelor or Master’s degree in forestry with a demonstrated interest in tropical forest ecology and social sciences. Experience in tropical forest inventory and household survey methods. This position requires strong data management and statistical analysis skills, with demonstrated experience handling forest inventory and household survey datasets. Good written and verbal communication skills are essential.  Knowledge of Microsoft Access and ArcMap is desirable. The successful applicant will be able to work independently, as well as part of an international, interdisciplinary team. 


Internship dates: The Forest social science internship is a three-month position, beginning May 2017.


Stipend:   This is an unpaid internship



Washington, DC



Unpaid. For all unpaid internships, applicants must be enrolled in school and be able to obtain academic course credit from their university.


How to apply: Please submit a resume & cover letter through our Careers page. , IN-17056


* Please note that WWF does not provide VISA sponsorship to interns




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Formed in 1961 by a group of concerned biologists, WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, supporting projects focused on saving wildlife species and their habitats. Now over 50 years old, WWF works in over 100 countries and is supported by more than 6 million members around the world—uniquely combining global reach, scientific innovation, and local action to meet the needs of people and nature.

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