GIS Analyst, Forests Program

World Resources Institute Washington , DC 20319

Posted 3 weeks ago

Job Summary

In this role, 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.

This is a full-time, six-month term-limited, benefits-eligible position with potential to be extended into a regular term position if funding is secured.

Job Responsibilities

The selected GIS analyst 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

  • Analyzing geospatial data, including deriving spatial statistics using geoprocessing tools

  • Combining multiple datasets to develop indices

  • Documenting spatial analyses in a technical summary

  • Managing a collection of large and complex geospatial datasets

  • Producing maps and statistical visualizations to support decision making

  • Preparing data for online maps

Job Qualifications

Required Qualifications:

  • One+ years 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

  • US work authorization is required for all WRI US opportunities. WRI cannot offer visa sponsorship for this opportunity

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

How to Apply

Candidates should submit a resume and cover letter. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

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:

  • Inspire: map opportunities, quantify benefits, conduct awareness campaigns, secure restoration commitments, and build restoration champions at the global, national, subnational and community levels;

  • 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;

  • Mobilize: ensure sufficient technical knowledge, financing and monitoring systems in place to replicate and scale up restoration activities.

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.

The World Resources Institute ( is an environmental and development research and policy organization that creates solutions to protect the Earth and improve people's lives. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse with respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.

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