Learning Opportunities

Increase your understanding of ecological processes and change at large spatial and temporal scales with NEON. In addition to data, we offer resources and opportunities that include professional development; seasonal fieldwork jobs for early career scientists; undergraduate research internships; teaching modules and materials for professors to use in the undergraduate classrooms; and online tutorials to gain the data skills needed to work with NEON data.

Seasonal Fieldwork

Each year, NEON hires hundreds of temporary field technicians to assist our full-time field operations staff with observational sampling. NEON field sites are located in some of the nation’s most pristine and wild areas. These opportunities are perfect for up and coming scientists who want valuable field experience collecting data for a continental-scale ecology project.

Undergraduate Research Internships

Undergraduate students from across the U.S. have the opportunity to conduct research or develop their own project as an intern each summer with NEON. Interns work alongside staff mentors and explore career options in weekly professional development seminars and networking events with interns from other scientific programs based in Boulder, CO.

Data Tutorials

Looking to improve your data skills using specific tools like R or Python? Want to learn more about working with a specific NEON data product? NEON develops online tutorials to help you improve your research. These self-paced tutorials are designed for you to used as standalone help on a single topic or as a series to learn new techniques. All the tutorials are freely available on www.neondataskills.org.

Teaching Modules

For educators, NEON provides Teaching Modules that include lesson outlines, curated datasets, and data skills activities to teach essential data skills and ecological concepts.

The first module was released at the end of 2016 and uses data collected before, during after the 2013 Colorado floods to study and understand ecological disturbance.


Workshops can range from a few hours to a week and teach specific skills and provide more insight into NEON data.

In particular, NEON offers an annual week-long Data Institute that provides critical skills and foundational knowledge for graduate students and early career scientists working with heterogeneous spatio-temporal data to address ecological questions. 

Science Videos

These videos give you a better understanding of the NEON project, explain data collection techniques, and explore scientific concepts related to ecological data. Many of them are short, engaging animated videos that teach key data concepts and tell ecological stories using data and are perfect for adding to presentations and classroom discussions.