ABOUT THE CONSERVANCY
Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland, dedicated to ensuring a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, with healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces. With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing and tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with the Chesapeake’s wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources. The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.
Within the Conservancy, the Conservation Innovation Center (CIC) is redefining information systems for conservation, both within the Bay watershed and beyond. In the past few years, the CIC has become a globally recognized leader in producing data, analyses, and web applications to advance precision conservation and restoration. We have partnered with governmental groups like the Chesapeake Bay Program and industry-leading organizations like Microsoft and Esri to deliver more precise data for achieving conservation outcomes, and our work is helping to define the next generation of environmental information.
The Geospatial Analyst will be responsible for supporting a wide range of geospatial projects. Types of projects include mapping land cover and stream channels in high resolution, researching best practices in academic and professional literature, prioritizing restoration efforts of stakeholder groups, producing compelling visuals such as maps and tables, and building desktop as well as web tools to facilitate GIS access. Several software packages will be used by the analyst, including ArcGIS, ENVI, R, PyCharm (or other Python IDE), and eCognition; training will be provided where necessary.
Essential functions include:
1. Engaging with partners to deliver solutions. While Project Managers will oversee the large details of contracts, the analyst will be accountable for specific deliverables. As such, the individual must interact with clients to understand issues and customize solutions.
2. Working independently to learn new skills, and to solve problems and errors. Much of the Conservancy’s work involves finding unique, customized solutions to partners’ challenges. Errors and unknowns will be encountered, and the successful analyst will take initiative to innovate new techniques as well as more effective solutions to repetitive problems.
3. Adhering to deadlines. Candidates must be able to self-monitor workflow, prioritize assigned tasks, and to identify as well as address risks to his/her projected timeline.
4. Collaborating with team members and project managers. Candidates must be able to gracefully and tactfully navigate team dynamics. This includes engaging peers and supervisors in problem-solving and constructive feedback. Additionally, the Conservancy’s GIS team is a highly collaborative and innovative group. Ideal candidates will be expected to participate in brainstorming and discussions.
5. Obtaining, organizing, and processing component datasets. The analyst will be working with a variety of spatial data, including satellite and aerial imagery; LiDAR; and national, state, and local vector data. Organization and attention to detail are crucial to success in working with high volumes of data across projects.
6. Automating large, complex as well as repetitive processes. Efficiency is extremely important to the Conservancy. We maintain a high volume of ongoing projects with limited staff, and to do so, we emphasize automation. Typical strategies include constructing iterative processes in ModelBuilder, Python scripting, and running batch processes.
7. Providing training and technical assistance to other analysts and non-GIS Conservancy staff. On a continuing basis, other analysts and Conservancy staff require technical and mapping assistance. The analyst will be expected to maintain flexibility for addressing urgent, unplanned needs and an openness to teaching others.
The Geospatial Analyst should be an organized, dependable, and goal-driven individual with a passion for the mission of the Chesapeake Conservancy – public access, conservation, and education and stewardship of the Bay and its resources. Candidates must be able to challenge conventions, to thrive independently as well as on a team in a relaxed, dynamic office culture, and to think creatively. A Bachelor’s degree is required, ideally with a concentration in Environmental Studies or Geography, as is authorization to work in the United States.
Since the position will be focused almost entirely on geospatial analysis, candidates must demonstrate strong GIS and remote sensing experience. Other essential skills include adaptability, independence in problem solving, strong oral and written communication, and an ability to relate complicated technical material to others. Candidates must be proficient geospatial analysis programs (ArcGIS Desktop 10.x and/or ArcGIS Pro). Ideally, applicants will have experience with remote sensing software (ENVI, eCognition) and Python scripting, although all training necessary to work on the project will be provided.
Interested candidates should submit a resume and cover letter to explain how your skills and background fit this position. Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis, with the goal of hiring as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified. The Chesapeake Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer.