Careers at SkyTruth

At SkyTruth we believe that if you can see it, you can change it. We are searching for a few good people to join our team and help us visualize the impact of human activity on the environment through the use of satellite imagery, remote sensing and digital mapping technology.

‘Rapid Response’ Internship

SkyTruth works to track, and raise awareness of, a wide range of environmental issues including overfishing, fracking, coal mining, and marine pollution.

Why should you work for SkyTruth? You can help protect the environment by applying science and technology to track real world issues with far reaching implications! Get professional experience working at a dynamic, internationally recognized nonprofit research organization based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Summary

The focus of SkyTruth’s ‘Rapid Response’ internship will be to monitor and report on global environmental incidents like oil spills, storm inundations, deforestation events, or mine failures in near-real time to improve disaster response and keep the public informed.

The internship provides advanced undergraduates or graduate students exposure to a broad spectrum of geospatial tools and technologies ( e.g. , satellite imagery, geographic information systems), cultivates and sharpens technical and analytical capacity ( e.g. , scientific programming, statistical analysis, web development), and promotes project management skills by giving students ownership over the role.

The person(s) in this role will work directly with SkyTruth’s CEO and founder, John Amos, to supply the public with imagery on breaking and / or time-sensitive environmental incidents.

Essential duties

Download, analyze, and provide basic annotation of imagery as it pertains to our offshore monitoring and incident response work.

  1. Daily monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico using Landsat and Sentinel satellite imagery.
  2. Regular imagery monitoring of marine pollution hot-spots around the world, including but not limited to:
    1. United Arab Emirates (UAE) coastal areas;
    2. the Taylor Energy site;
    3. the Caspian Sea – Oil Rocks;
    4. the Strait of Malacca; and
    5. the Gulf of Guinea.
  3. Regularly producing imagery of other issues, such as expansion of mining impacts, growth of oil and gas infrastructure, deforestation near the Tar Sands, or other environmental issues related to the intern’s specific thematic interests
  4. Regularly producing posts for SkyTruth’s blog and social media accounts that (a) demonstrate the value of satellite imagery for global environmental monitoring, and (b) provide specific intervention points for the public to demand policy changes ( e.g., tailings pond failures provide arguments against mining elsewhere).

Expectations

We are looking for self-directed individuals, with a passion for using science to protect the environment. Interns should have demonstrated GIS experience, strong research and analytical skills, a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, a desire to learn new skills and solve complex conservation problems, and superior written and verbal communication. Interns should be available to work a minimum of 8 hrs per week (up to 20) at SkyTruth’s office in Shepherdstown, WV. Remote work may be considered for exceptional candidates. Interns can expect to earn $12 per hour.

Preferred qualifications

Other desirable attributes include:

  • Strong interest in Python for data management, statistical analysis, and visualization;
  • Geospatial analysis including work in QGIS, ArcGIS, and/or Google Earth Engine;
  • Strong interest in Javascript and relevant web mapping platforms ( e.g. , ArcGIS Online, Carto, Mapbox, Leaflet, Google Maps, and Google Earth Engine);
  • Experience with gathering and analyzing satellite imagery and other remotely-sensed data;
  • Graphics production skills and video editing; and
  • A background in Environmental Science or Policy, Ecology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Political Science, or a related field.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Christian Thomas ( christian@skytruth.org ) and Ry Covington (ry@skytruth.org ). Interested applicants should also feel free to reach out to Christian and Ry with questions about SkyTruth or the expectations of the internship.

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SkyTruth is an equal opportunity employer.

About Shepherdstown

SkyTruth is located 70 miles north-west of Washington DC on the Potomac river in a charming little town called Shepherdstown.  Home to nationally acclaimed arts and film festivals, and a small liberal arts university, this small town is packed with creative and technical people that support 15 great places to eat in the 4-block historic downtown, 3 independent coffee shops, an independent book store, and a rockin’ live music and film venue in the Old Opera House (“Music and Entertainment since 1910″). Just 90 minutes from downtown DC by car or commuter train, we have all the amenities of a big city within easy reach, without actually having to live there.

SkyTruth is located in Shepherdstown because when your mission is global monitoring with satellites, you can live anywhere you like. The SkyTruth founders chose Shepherdstown because that’s where they and their families wanted to live. When you come to visit, we’re certain you’ll see why.