Comments on: EwA Internship » Biodiversity Citizen Science Nature Conservation as a Way Of Life Fri, 11 Oct 2019 11:58:52 +0000 hourly 1 By: Sarah Mon, 19 Aug 2019 21:08:01 +0000 Working at Earthwise Aware has brought me so much more than just the technical skills that I learn after many hours in the field with the team. It brought me a feel for a job in the “real world” while still being able to have one of my first experiences and not being harshly punished for taking risks and making mistakes. Instead I was pushed to take those risks and push myself to a point beyond my comfort zone, so I can learn about my strengths and weaknesses. This is beneficial for future internships and jobs so I can know what I can capitalize on and where to ask for more help.

This is a great opportunity for anyone with a genuine curiosity and passion for conservation and getting to spend time outside and learn. I would say more than half of this internship was spent doing fieldwork which is not like most other internships, even environmental based work you oftentimes find yourself in an office.

The community of citizen scientist is great and the team at EwA, I knew whenever I was not feeling confident about a project I had multiple other peers who would love to help me out without demeaning me. This is a very welcoming community where the focus is always how to help each other improve and make the best product possible. It always felt like a learning group where every experience there was something we could take away from the experience.

– Sarah (Summer Internship 2019, University of Washington)

By: Charlie Mon, 29 Jul 2019 19:27:37 +0000 About EwA

Earthwise Aware (EwA) is an organization that prioritizes open communication and information as well as ethics. These things together have made Earthwise Aware one of a very few that actually help regular citizens engage with science in an ethical and helpful way. The information that this organization gives to the public, free of charge, is one of the many important services that EwA does to further the education of the public.

On top of that, the data this organization collects during surveys is always available to both the public and to scientists. Earthwise Aware collects data that makes a real difference in the world of science and does so in an ethical and responsible way.

In terms of ethics, I have not seen an organization more attentive to ethical issues. EwA’s website is full of articles about how to live and think ethically, and every field survey is conducted in a mindful way.

– Charlie (Summer Internship 2019, Quinnipiac University)

By: Xaelel Fri, 24 May 2019 18:50:35 +0000 Interning with Earthwise Aware (EwA) has been one of the highlights of my undergraduate career. EwA currently focuses on a wide range of platforms surrounding environmental conservation and ecological literacy. EwAs mission is geared towards making informed, ethical, and compassionate decisions and attitudes with respect towards nature.

Through my time with EwA, I have worked with Claire creating and developing a new etiquette/protocol surrounding the dos and don’ts when it comes to bat watching, an awareness tip about what to do when a bat enters your house, an awareness article highlighting the importance of urban farming in today’s world, and many other various tasks and research assistance. EwA has further developed my research skills and allowed me to explore different frameworks of writing throughout the process. Perhaps my favorite part about my internship involved all of the informative talks and fieldwork for EwA’s Citizen Science programs that we accomplished. These events built bridges between different communities of folks who wanted to learn and get more involved. Each audience or group brought new and interesting ideas and it was wonderful learning from and meeting other liked-minded individuals. Moreover, EwA furthered my interpersonal skills through the events, networking opportunities, and our weekly one on one meetings.

I am beyond grateful to Claire and EwA for giving me a chance and welcoming me into their family. EwA is made up of such compassionate and wonderful human beings who truly want to make a positive change for our planet. I am very sad to be leaving, but as Claire always says, once you’re a part of EwA, you’re a part forever! I look forward to working with them in the future and applying all of the teachings and tools I gained in my future endeavors.

– Xaelel (Spring Internship 2019, Lesley University)