Geospatial Coordinator

Conservation International (CI)
Arlington, VA or Seattle, WA, United States
Position Type: 
Organization Type: 
NGO/Civil Society
Experience Level: 
0-2 Years


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Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.  


CI's work is oriented around our “Southern Cross” - a framework of four priorities that guide our work: Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes (SLS), Nature for Climate, Ocean Conservation at Scale, and Innovation in Science and Finance. The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science (MCS), the science division of Conservation International, provides a basis for CI’s institutional strategies that is grounded in the latest science, while also working to inform the implementation of CI’s work and to advance conservation science writ large. MCS orients its work around a series of strategic initiatives where CI is positioned to achieve transformative impact. These initiatives include mapping irrecoverable carbon (stores of ecosystem carbon vulnerable to release and that could not be restored in time to meet global climate goals); supporting efforts to address land degradation through restoration and innovative finance, and working to design and enable ‘climate positive’ supply chains for commodity production. This commodity component includes work focused within the private sector to prioritize reforestation, farm management, and conservation-based on raw material sourcing. 

CI is now seeking a Geospatial Science Coordinator to curate, develop, analyze, and distribute detailed geospatial analysis and derived products for work focused on combatting commodity driven deforestation and sustainable landscapes. The Coordinator will support projects focused on conservation and restoration of coffee landscapes in Colombia and Indonesia and will conduct analyses for the Science Based Target Network team in support of drafting a methodology for companies to set rigorous science targets that are aligned with both Earth’s limits and society’s needs. They will utilize GIS, remote sensing, and related data to prepare and produce spatial data, imagery, maps, and related information. The Coordinator will serve as a key technical resource for internal and external stakeholders that depend on spatial data and analysis to effectively manage and implement CI conservation priorities.  

As such, the Geospatial Coordinator plays a key role in the creation and analysis of spatially explicit knowledge to inform projects. This includes helping to incorporate spatial planning and analysis into conservation and development decision making. They will work collaboratively with internal teams, programs, and outside partners to share technical advice and build capacity. This position will support the monitoring and evaluation efforts as needed.

This position does not directly supervise staff. Duties are performed under general supervision.


  • Prepare and produce spatial data, information, and analyses to support applied conservation and sustainable development projects.
  • Develop and oversee the management of GIS digital data, maps, and other spatial products.
  • Support maintaining and updating spatial information/GIS databases.
  • Support the application of standard operating procedures on database maintenance and assist field personnel as needed.
  • Provide technical input to planning, project development, report writing, project management, and related communications activities.
  • Other related duties as assigned.


  • This position can be based in Arlington or Seattle; work may be performed in the interim in a remote location given COVID.
    Fixed-term position for 1 year in the first instance.



  • 2-4 year’s work experience in geography, geographic information systems, environmental or natural resource science.
  • A high school diploma or equivalent required
  • An advanced-level user of GIS software, including proficiency in the use of Google Earth Engine, ArcGIS/QGIS/Grass.
  • Experience in a programming language (Python, R, SQL).
  • Proficient with software systems, terminology, and procedures. Skilled in learning and adapting new software applications.
  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills working with and analyzing global environmental data-sets.
  • Highly resourceful and able to work both independently and as part of a broader team of multidisciplinary teammates, as necessary.
  • Excellent analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.


  • Undergraduate or Masters degree in spatial ecology, geography, environmental science, or related field.
  • Background in conservation, agriculture, or development fields.
  • Remote sensing experience.
  • Experience working in a developing country context.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International Values

We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.​

  • Passion: Inspired by people and by nature, we are urgently compelled to drive change for a sustainable future. 
  • Integrity: We are honest, transparent and accountable for our actions.
  • Teamwork: We work together as one CI, recognizing that inclusion, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
  • Respect: We respect each other and work to earn trust, valuing our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
  • Courage: We pursue our vision, taking bold action, persevering and overcoming challenges.
  • Optimism: We are optimistic about the capacity of people to be caring, generous and brilliant, and believe that with partners, we can inspire humanity to create a better future.

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