15 July 2019
The first intern under a new scheme designed to increase engagement in scientific research and promote understanding and action in sustaining the environment has joined the Government of Jersey.
Hannah Crespel is the first person to join the internship, which is a partnership between government and Earthwatch Europe.
The Earthwatch Internship aims to educate and inspire younger generations to understand threats to the natural world from a local perspective. The programme is for Jersey undergraduate students studying natural sciences. The programme offers two placements for six weeks a year and will run for five years.
Miss Crespel has been recruited to support Jersey’s new Pollinator Project which aims to increase habitats for pollinator species. Hannah will measure the success of managing, creating and restoring habitats for pollinators, specifically focusing on insects such as hoverflies, beetles, flies, butterflies and moths.
She said: “I am currently studying a BSc in Ecology at the University of East Anglia and I’m happy to be able to come home to Jersey to further develop my skills and put them into practice. The data I’m collecting will go towards my third-year research project, so I’m gaining great insight into the variety of career paths available within this area.”
Nina Cornish, Research Ecologist, Growth, Housing and Environment, said: “Projects like this provide Growth, Housing and Environment with vital information which contributes to local and national data. These internships will enable us to assess the ecological impacts of our campaigns, such as the Pollinator Project, and ensure they are set to make positive changes for Jersey.”
The research projects consider the impact of climate change and the potential loss of wildlife and habitats. Interns can take part in an Earthwatch Camp, where they have access to scientists and other experts.
Learning Manager at Earthwatch Europe, Katherine McGavin, said: “We’re delighted to partner with the Government of Jersey to provide young scientists with an opportunity to develop skills and provide valuable research on environmental subjects. Encouraging internship programmes means we can inspire the next generation and help them understand their impact on the environment and what actions they can take to protect the natural world. Our Earthwatch Internship programme provides scientific training opportunities for conservationists who need practical field experience to further their careers. This enables future environmental leaders to realise their potential and ensure long-lasting, positive impacts on their community and the planet.”