GIS Specialist

Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Annapolis, MD, US

About the Chesapeake Bay Foundation

Established in 1967, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is the largest regional nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to saving the Chesapeake Bay, its rivers and streams, and the wildlife that call it home through education, advocacy, litigation, and restoration. Since 2010, CBF has engaged in a focused effort to defend and implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint, a binding federal and state collaborative agreement aimed at reducing pollution to the science-based, legally-affirmed levels established by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Blueprint is expected to be fully implemented by 2025. If the states and the federal government achieve Blueprint goals, the Bay will finally—after decades of failed efforts—be removed from the Clean Water Act’s impaired waters list. Successfully implementing the Blueprint depends on a well-informed, engaged, active, and diverse constituency of members, advocates, and volunteers who speak up and take action to save the Bay.

CBF has a staff of approximately 190 employees working in offices in Annapolis, Maryland; Richmond and Virginia Beach, Virginia; Harrisburg, Pennsylvania; and Washington, D.C. as well as 15 field education program locations. Our staff and volunteer corps work throughout the region educating students and adults, advocating for clean water policies, restoring waterways, and litigating when necessary.

CBF’s headquarters office in Annapolis, Maryland is the Philip Merrill Environmental Center, the world’s first U.S. Green Build Council’s LEED platinum building. In 2014, CBF opened the Brock Environmental Center—one of the world’s most energy efficient, environmentally smart buildings—in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
CBF has an annual budget of approximately $26 million and is supported by more than 275,000 members and e-subscribers. For more information on CBF, please visit

Context of the Position

The GIS Specialist will assist the GIS Program Manager in providing mapping, spatial analysis, and data management services to the organization. The GIS Specialist will focus on facilitating data collection and creating maps and applications for CBF’s restoration and advocacy activities in support of the Making History campaign. Maps, applications, and tools will be used for internal decision making and for external communication with constituents. The GIS Specialist will provide GIS support to other departments as needed.

Essential Functions

Creating Maps and Mapping Applications
• Use ESRI GIS software to create compelling static and interactive maps
• Customize web mapping applications to enhance CBF’s web presence and communicate our work with the public

Conducting Spatial Analysis
• Use spatial analysis tools to analyze CBF data and other sources of raster and vector data
• Includes the use of a variety of ArcGIS Desktop toolsets including Spatial Analyst

Managing Data
• Assist in managing data and data collection procedures
• Create and maintain metadata for CBF published spatial data
• Follow established data standards and procedures to ensure data quality

Software Support
• Provide GIS Software support to CBF users
• Includes software installation, troubleshooting user problems, assigning licenses, and creating and managing accounts.
• Administer ArcGIS online site

Professional Experience and Qualifications

Must be proficient in the use of ArcGIS software (ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise) including spatial analysis tools. Must have experience creating high quality cartographic products for print and for online publication. Experience managing multi-user geodatabases is a plus.
A Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Geography, Environmental Science, or related field, with appropriate GIS coursework required. Experience using GIS while working in the conservation field preferred. 1-2 years using GIS in a professional setting.

Additional Information

Please note this is a campaign-funded position that is expected to be funded for multiple years.  However, as with any position that is dependent on campaign money, there is the risk of unexpected funding problems and the position can no longer being funded through the campaign.  IF that should happen, CBF will review the position at that time to determine if it can then be funded from other sources of income within the organization.

How to Apply

Using the link below, please submit a cover letter and resume no later than August 10, 2018.