GIS Analyst (Restoration)

World Resources Institute (WRI)
Washington, DC, United States
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University/Academia/Research/Think tank
Experience Level: 
Entry Level (0-2 Years)
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Bachelor's (Or Equivalent)
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Program Overview
The Global Restoration Initiative aims to catalyze a political and social movement to restore vitality to degraded lands. These degraded lands can be restored into healthy mosaics of sustainable agriculture, agroforestry landscapes (or mixed-forest agriculture), and restored forest ecosystems generating economic, ecological, and social benefits to people and planet. The strategy to build this global restoration movement has three components: 1. Inspire: map opportunities, quantify benefits, conduct awareness campaigns, secure restoration commitments, and build restoration champions at the global, national, subnational and community levels; 2. Enable: address gaps in governance systems and financial institutions that support restoration, e.g. access to information, appropriate policies, participation, processes and institutional capacities, and coherence; 3. Mobilize: ensure sufficient technical knowledge, financing and monitoring systems in place to replicate and scale up restoration activities.

Job Summary
WRI’s Forest team seeks a GIS Analyst for the Global Restoration Initiative. The Global Restoration Initiative works with governments and international partners to inspire, enable and implement restoration on degraded landscapes, returning them to economic and environmental productivity. You will work with the Global Restoration Initiative’s Monitoring team to research, compile, and analyze geospatial data related to forest and landscape restoration. You will conduct research on geospatial data and support the development of indices and other technical outputs designed to report progress on various aspects of forest and landscape restoration.

Job Responsibilities
You will assist the project manager in:

  • Conducting desk-based research to find and assess spatial datasets to support forest and landscape restoration monitoring
  • Working with data providers at other organizations to obtain and understand their spatial datasets
  • Managing a collection of large and complex geospatial datasets
  • Analyzing geospatial data, including deriving spatial statistics using geoprocessing tools
  • Designing surveys to interpret and collect data from satellite imagery
  • Combining multiple datasets (biophysical and socioeconomic datasets) to develop indices
  • Documenting spatial analyses in a technical summary
  • Producing maps and statistical visualizations to support decision making
  • Preparing data for reports, online maps and other communication materials 

Job Qualifications
Required Qualifications

  • One+ year of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Bachelor's degree in GIS, Environmental Science, Geography, Forest Ecology, or another related field
  • Expertise in ArcGIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop 10.x and ArcGIS Online
  • Experience with both raster and vector-based GIS analysis, including large and complex datasets
  • Strong communication skills, including presentation experience, and working within teams
  • Willingness to take initiative and ability to work independently and manage own time
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects while meeting tight deadlines
  • Creative problem-solver who likes to be challenged

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in GIS, Environmental Science, Geography, Forest Ecology, or another related field
  • Programming experience using Python, R, and/or other analysis tools
  • Experience with Google Earth Engine
  • Knowledge of remote sensing and monitoring
  • Knowledge of forest and landscape restoration principles
  • Field experience in forest and landscape restoration or forestry 

Potential Salary: $56,000 - $72,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

WRI Overview 

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. 

WRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.