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National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Support the management and analysis of environmental data for synthesis working groups of NCEAS' research partnerships the Science for Nature and People Partnership (SNAPP) and the Long-Term Ecological Research (LTER) Network. This internship is well suited for students with backgrounds in the earth and environmental sciences, statistics, computing or data science technologies. 

This is a unique paid opportunity to get hands-on training in data science, work with synthesis projects, and interact with researchers.  

The tasks will include:

  • Helping with data acquisition, processing, and analysis challenges

  • Wrangling data for large ecological, climate and socio-economic datasets

  • Testing and setting up web-based tools to assist with scientific collaboration

  • Preserving scientific products by documenting and archiving scientific findings

Your opportunities will include:

  • Learning about data modeling and data wrangling

  • Improving your programming skills

  • Gaining data management skills for interdisciplinary and data-driven analysis

  • Working in the heart of downtown Santa Barbara

  • Possible extensions of internships into the summer (50-100%)


  • Must be current UCSB undergraduate or graduate student

  • Experience using scripting languages such as R or Python

  • Careful attention to details

  • Ability to learn new tools quickly

  • Ability to work well both independently and as a team member

  • Willingness to dedicate 10 hours or more per week to this internship

Desirable qualifications:

  • Background in ecological or environmental sciences

  • Familiarity with concepts and operations of GIS

  • Experience with data formatting and metadata creation

  • Experience with quantitative analysis

  • Familiarity with interactive data visualization (Shiny, HTML, Javascript, CSS, etc.)

To apply, send a statement of interest, a code sample, and resume to Julien Brun, Scientific Programmer, at If you are applying to another data internship, as well, please indicate that in your cover letter.