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Internship: GIS/ Biodiversity Data Mapping

GOAL:  Help develop strategies and tools for situating digital platform users within biodiversity data sets.

About Captain Planet Foundation:
For almost 30 years, the Captain Planet Foundation has developed and provided project-based environmental learning strategies that bring education to life. Our comprehensive programming supports educators who are looking to: 1) Take learning outside;  2) Connect youth to their local environment; and 3) Empower students to become active agents of change..

About Project Hero:

Project Hero is a new program being developed by the Captain Planet Foundation in partnership with about a dozen national conservation organizations. It’s a web platform that guides kids on “Hero Quests” to help locally threatened and endangered species, connecting them with real-world data and experts, and culminating in a hands-on conservation project to help the species they are focused on helping. These Quests leverage real-world biodiversity data to inform users about the conservation status of species within their own region.

Project Description:
Project Hero features multiple Hero Quests available to students in different regions of the country (and eventually internationally) that are focused on locally relevant and prioritized species and/ or ecosystems. Each Quest requires identifying appropriate data sources and developing a strategy for leveraging those datasets to engage users in the use of those datasets. Captain Planet Foundation is actively seeking an intern with knowledge in biodiversity and environmental data management and mapping. We have several prestigious partners including IUCN, NatureServe, and BISON and others willing to share data, but we need someone who can help develop the strategy for best utilizing these data sources to meet the goals of the Project Hero program.

Specifically, this internship will entail working with the program manager to:

  • Explore and define possibilities for data representation within existing Project Hero platform
  • Define parameters for selecting between data sets
  • Explore available data sources to understand and communicate relative advantages & disadvantages for each source  
  • Developing plan to design & build GIS interface within existing platform to leverage data sets


  • Knowledge of biodiversity & ecology data sources and structures
  • GIS knowledge (including familiarity with available open source tools)
  • Tech savvy
  • Strong writing & editing skills
  • Creative and critical thinker
  • Ability to self-manage, problem-solve, and think independently
  • Passionate about engaging and empowering kids to be positive agents of change
  • Sense of humor

Skills You’ll Develop:


  • Production skills
  • Project management
  • Education-oriented design
  • Teamwork


*please send resume and cover letter to Courtney Kimmel –

*Approximately 10-20 hours a week. All internships are unpaid. We are looking for motivated Interns and volunteer positions who are able to handle multiple tasks.