Conservation GIS Scientist; Center for Conservation Innovation

Job Title: 
Conservation GIS Scientist
Job Location: 
Washington, DC
Up to $72,000


The Conservation GIS Scientist is a key member of Defenders of Wildlife’s Center for Conservation Innovation and manages and contributes mapping and spatial analysis services for the organization.  The incumbent is the GIS point-person for the organization and provides leadership, coordination, and support for other GIS users. He/she contributes to a variety of projects, including mapping and geospatial analyses across the organization, from field conservation to membership outreach. The position will also work with our team of scientists and help develop new tools and ideas for strategically using data to improve biodiversity conservation policies and practices.



·         Support annual and long-term internal strategic and program planning through spatial analysis. Participate in interdisciplinary program teams to provide guidance and support on the strategic use of spatial information in achieving program goals.

·         Develop and lead projects that use spatial analyses to advance wildlife conservation.

·         Manage mapping and geospatial analysis requests from across the organization, including managing GIS staff, interns, and volunteers to ensure projects and tasks progress as organizational demands require.

·         Work with IT staff and other staff with GIS duties to develop and maintain systems for obtaining and creating new data, updating existing data, ensuring data compatibility where possible, and storing, organizing, sharing, and displaying data.

·         Develop static and interactive communications materials based on core GIS products (e.g., interactive web-maps).

·         Work with other conservation data staff to develop new tools to analyze and/or interact with and display conservation data. 

·         provide technical support and training in support of conservation staff.

·         Perform all other related duties as assigned. 



·         Education:  Advanced degree in Geographic Information Systems, landscape ecology, geography, conservation biology, conservation planning, natural resources management, or related discipline. Advanced training and/or expertise in GIS is required.


·         Experience:  3+ years of progressively responsible experience is required in at least one of the following areas: developing and implementing programs to conserve biodiversity, conservation or land management planning, working with land or resource management agencies, or developing planning or policy programs for non-profit organizations. Experience with managing GIS in natural resource agencies and /or environmental non-profits is essential for this position.


·         Other:

·         Strong desire to apply geospatial science and tools to advance wildlife conservation, as evidenced by a background in biodiversity conservation issues, including landscape ecology, federal environmental policies, restoration, endangered species, and climate change.

·         Excellent interpersonal skills, with demonstrated ability to collaborate with technical experts and non-experts, including the ability to be forceful but tactful when necessary.

·         Experience with landscape ecology, conservation-related spatial models (e.g., landscape prioritization, habitat connectivity analysis, species distribution models, etc.), and production cartography.

·         Expertise with ArcGIS (desktop and Online), including Spatial Analyst and Model Builder. Expertise with R for spatial analyses and product development is strongly preferred.

·         Experience managing, processing, analyzing and editing large volumes of geospatial data and sharing it via ArcGIS Server or similar systems.  Knowledge of remote sensing and land cover change methods, technologies and data.

·         Knowledge of and experience using Google Geo products (Google Maps Platform, Google Earth Engine, Fusion Tables, Google Crisis Maps, Google Earth Pro, etc.) is strongly preferred.

·         Experience/ability to establish organizational protocols and systems for the acquisition, use, and sharing of geospatial data, and the production of GIS products.

·         Familiarity with web-based map production and GIS skills, and relevant programming languages such as Javascript, HTML, KML, CSS/Carto-CSS, and familiarity with leaflet, Google Maps API, Mapbox, CartoDB, and/or others.

·         Interest and drive to pursue and develop new conservation ideas and tools. An enthusiastic promoter of the use of data to catalyze and improve biodiversity conservation.

·         Experience managing and supervising staff, interns, and others in GIS services to accomplish the tasks and projects required of the organization.  Experience in project management is necessary.

·         Self-starter with a flexible and independent nature and the ability to seek direction when needed.

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