Job: Adaptation Analytics Intern, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX)

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Adaptation Analytics Intern, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX)



Title: Adaptation Analytics Intern, Thriving Earth Exchange (TEX)
Position Type: Full-Time Paid Internship. Approximately 20 hours per week for six months (expected start date 4 Sep 2017)
Location: Washington, DC

AGU is a membership society of 60,000 Eartha and space scientists from 139 countries. with the mission of advancing Earth and space science for the benefit of humanity. Thriving Earth Exchange is an AGU program focused on enabling communities to leverage Earth and space science to advance community priorities around natural hazards, natural resources, and climate change. The Adaptation Analytics Project is led by TEX, and seeks to advance the use of Earth science informatics and new sensors and sensor networks in the management of climate vulnerable facilities and systems in urban areas. Advancing Earth science informatics in this way will advance AGU and TEX missions by enhancing our capacity to offer science in support of siting and planning decisions as well as real-time management of cities and corporations.
The AGU/TEX Adaptation Analytics Project is an exploration of the application of predictive models and real-time information systems to local, regional, and system planning for, and management during, "natural disaster" challenges that arise from climate change. These challenges include increased storm severity and frequency, flooding, droughts, heat islands, sea level rise, and saltwater intrusion. deliver climate change vulnerability and risk assessments in support of siting and planning decisions
What the Adaptation Analytics Intern does

AGU is seeking an intern for the Adaptation Analytics Project. The individual selected will work with TEX staff and a consultant team to will survey and assess available data, models, sensors, sensor networks, and analytical tools. These assessments will inform the development of working prototypes of decision support tools intended to serve as pilots and proof-of-concept for a scalable approach to providing adaptation analytical services for climate vulnerable facilities and systems.
The Adaptation Analytics intern will work under the direction of the director of Thriving Earth Exchange to on three tasks:
1) Investigate and summarize existing data sets that are relevant to specific decision-making and planning use-cases generated in cooperation with our partner cities and corporations.
2) Identify and describe existing analytical tools and identify the opportunities and challenges associated with using those tools in support of the specific use cases.
3) Identify and summarize existing and emerging sensors or data sources, including citizen science and smart-phone based sensors, that could be leveraged to enable ESS decision support, planning, and management for city, regional, civic, and industry users.
This research will inform the development of three white papers that will be presented as background in Adaptation Analytics Design Summit which will convene thought leaders from industry, academia, and the pilot communities. The Design summit will examine the pilot efforts and build partnerships for a scaling the provision of services. In addition to performing much of the background research, we expect the intern to contribute to the white paper, help share findings with the summit attendees, and participate in the workshop.
What the Adaptation Analytics Intern brings to the team

* Experience and demonstrated skill with data management and data integration
* 2+ years of project relevant experience and a Bachelor's Degree in related fields (e.g. informatics, computer science, or geoscience with a strong emphasis on computation and data processing) or equivalent education and work experience.
* Graduate work in computer science, data analytics, artificial intelligence, or sensor networks preferred.
* Ability to assimilate new information, and use complex criteria to evaluate data, tools, models, and sensors
* Excellent written and verbal communication skills and the ability to communicate easily and effectively with both internal and external audiences.
* Ability to follow through on commitments and accept ownership of responsibilities and with utmost professionalism.
* Must be able to perform responsibilities with composure under the stress of deadlines / requirements for accuracy and quality and/or fast pace.

Who the Adaptation Analytics Intern works with

* As part of the Adaptation Analytics Initiative you will work primarily with the TEX Program Director and members of the New Advisory Group, which is a private consultant team that is working on the ESI initiative.
* In order to get regular guidance and support from the project team, you need to be able to interact on a weekly basis with project team members in either Seattle, Denver/Boulder, Washington DC, or the San Francisco Bay Area.
o You will collaborate with others to achieve shared goals and outcomes that contribute to the mission, vision, and strategic plan of AGU and TEX.
o Volunteer to share information and knowledge, encourage consensus and share credit for joint effort.

To Apply:

For consideration, please submit your cover letter and resume to

The successful candidate for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check.

AGU proudly offers a casual work environment, excellent compensation, generous work-life opportunities, and an outstanding benefits package. We expect this position to be of interest to graduate students or early career scientists and offer the flexibility to work around their schedule in meeting the commitment of 20 hours a week. We are not able to provide telecommunications or computational support, so we expect the candidate to have access to reliable infrastructure and be available for daily virtual interaction (as needed) and weekly interaction, in person, in either San Francisco, Washington, Boulder, or Seattle.

AGU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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