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.
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
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
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.
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.
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