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Earthwatch internship

The Early Career Scientists Internship Programme is now closed for applications. Recruitment for the 2023 Next Generation Interns will begin in early 2023.

To find out about the Internship watch the Next Generation Internship video on YouTube

The Early Career Scientists Internship Programme 

The Government of Jersey's Natural Environment Team and Earthwatch Europe have partnered to provide the Early Career Scientists Internship Programme. 

The programme is for Jersey undergraduate students over the age of 18 who are studying for a bachelor’s degree in either science, geography, environment or agriculture studies. 

The Internship is a paid,  8-week Jersey-based summer internship. Interns undertake an allocated environmental research project. The programme also includes participation in an Earthwatch Science/Education Camp.

The Early Career Scientists Internship Programme contributes to the Government Plan 2020 to 2023, putting children first and protecting and valuing our environment. 

The programme helps to develop local skills and provide valuable research on Jersey environmental projects. It also enables future environmental leaders to realise their potential and ensure long-lasting, positive impacts on our community and the planet. 

Application criteria

The Early Career Scientists Internship Programme is currently closed for applications. Future applicants to the Internship programme must be:

  • over the age of 18 by the time of the placement
  • a registered student undertaking a Bachelor's degree in either science, geography, environment or agriculture studies
  • Entitled or Entitled for work in Jersey
  • available to participate in an Earthwatch Science/Education Camp

Support and advice for completing your application is available from Skills Jersey. Email skillsjersey@gov.je

Projects

The internship programme aims to inspire the next generation and help them understand human impacts on the environment, and what actions they can take to protect our natural world.

The research projects and training and will be focused on one of Earthwatch’s key environmental focus areas:

  • creating thriving places to live and work
  • enabling sustainable agricultural land management
  • enhancing the health of our coasts
  • reducing pollution in our water bodies

Earthwatch Europe

Earthwatch is an environmental charity with science at its heart. They 

  • connect people with the natural world
  • monitor the health of our natural resources
  • inform the actions that will have the greatest positive impact

They work together with scientists, businesses, civil society and policy-makers to drive the change we need to live within our means and in balance with nature. To find out more visit their website Earthwatch Europe.

Projects carried out by Early Career Scientist Intern

2022 Investigation into the prevalence of palm oil across the Government of Jersey

This project was part of the initial investigation into the use of palm oil across the Government of Jersey. The results from this project fed into the document 'An initial investigation into the use of palm oil across Government of Jersey'. This is part of the response to the States Assembly voting for the amended proposition P.99/2021 Actions to mitigate the use of palm oil. 

An initial investigation into the use of palm oil across Government of Jersey

P.99/2021 Actions to mitigate the use of palm oil on the States Assembly website

Previous projects carried out by Next Generation Interns

2021 Protected Tree Survey

As part of the Jersey tree strategy consultation a project was undertaken to survey all trees listed under the Government of Jersey's List of protected trees. Each tree was located via the mapping programme ArcGIS. A physical survey was then carried out to determine if the tree was still present. The tree was photographed and geo spatially tagged. This project helped inform the proposed Tree Strategy for Jersey which aims to set guiding principles on how Jersey will protect, manage, restore, and enhance Jersey trees to ensure that future generations inherit more and healthier trees than we have now.

2019 Pollinator Project

Piloting Jersey’s Pollinator Project that tested the UK Pollinator Monitoring Scheme and its feasibility in to be carried out in Jersey. The research provided valuable data on how Jersey moves forward when monitoring pollinators locally, specifically focusing on insects such as hoverflies, beetles, flies, butterflies and moths. The methodology was also adapted to be shared with schools so that they can get involved in real citizen science measuring the success of managing, creating and restoring habitats for pollinators.

2019 Young people and the climate emergency

Young people and the climate emergency consulted with young people aged 15 to 21 on their views of climate change. An online survey was created, as well as holding face-to-face sessions. The research findings feed into Jersey’s plan to address climate change emergency, which was recently declared by the States Assembly. The young people’s consultation is the first step in responding to climate emergency.

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