UAV ecology research internship at the Smithsonian

Opening at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama for an intern to assist in the collection and analysis of high-resolution aerial photos with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).  Key responsibilities are maintenance and repair of fixed-wing and multirotor UAVs and weekly operation of UAVs to collect images. There is also the opportunity to participate in image processing, data analysis, and scientific publications.   Data collection will be focused in Barro Colorado Island.  The successful candidate will work with staff scientist Helene Muller-Landau and postdoctoral fellow Jonathan Dandois.  The Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute is located in Panama, and is home to a vibrant scientific community of 30 staff scientists, over 100 graduate and postdoctoral fellows, and over 500 scientific visitors per year.  
The ideal candidate has or is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in a relevant field and has experience with flying and maintaining UAVs (multirotor and/or fixed-wing configuration; we are currently running on Pixhawk FC).   Experience with GIS, remote sensing software, GPS, basic programming skills (e.g., Python, R, Matlab, C++), good English communication skills, and a drivers license are advantageous, but not required.   
This position will be compensated with a modest stipend.  The internship can be either full-time or part-time (minimum 40% time).  The minimum appointment is for 3 months, June 1 – August 31, 2015.A part-time schedule spread over more months is also possible.
To apply, please email a cover letter describing your qualifications and interest in the position, CV, and contact information for 3 references to Jonathan Dandois,

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