Scientific Data Lifecycle Intern

Expected Dates
November 13, 2017 to March 28, 2018
FWS Southwest Region (R2)
Position ID
Data matters.  Collecting survey data and storing this data in a file cabinet & a spreadsheet is so 1990s.  Today, Biologists need an understanding of research data, open data, the scientific data lifecycle, and persistent data archiving techniques when it comes to sharing the results and conclusions of their studies.  Good data management techniques help ensure verification of results, and sharing of data across the scientific community.  In this position, you will be responsible for reviewing datasheet scans and survey related documents to determine the stage of the scientific data lifecycle.  You will create projects in the archiving system (ServCat), and directly enter the data & documents.  You will help improve ServCat’s search capabilities through controlled vocabularies.  You will also look for changes in survey data formats.  You will look into Darwin/Dublin core, and how it applies to the data.  As time allows interns will help develop Survey123 and Collector forms through ArcGIS Online & Portal. This is a great internship opportunity if you are an A+ team player and have an interest in the 21st century overlapping job skills of conservation biology data management, library science, and professional archiving of scientific data and understanding the scientific data lifecycle.
  • Phoenix, AZ is one of the larger cities in the U.S. with over 5 million people. Work is based in an office building in Phoenix.
  • Member will receive training on the scientific data lifecycle, open data, persistent data identifiers, & alternative metrics (alt metrics).
  • There are hiking areas within the city and outside of the city. Within an hour of the city there is hiking at the Hassayampa Preserve and Aqua Fria Nat’l Monument. Within three hours there is access to national forests & snow skiing near Flagstaff .
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Main Area of Focus
Education, Training & Skills Expected
Social Sciences
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
some coursework or experience
degree minor or extensive experience
some coursework or experience
Computer Science
competent with supervision
Customer Service
competent without supervision
Data Entry
competent with supervision
competent without supervision
Data Analysis
competent with supervision