Database Engineer

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The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all.

Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss.

Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere.
Position Summary:
The National Audubon Society is implementing a strategic data platform to support its work in conservation. As the capabilities of the data platform grow, so does the demand for making available high-quality data sets across all areas of the organization.

This is a remote position within the Data and Analytics team. The Database Engineer will be charged with building data solutions within a modern-day data stack. This team member will work closely with other Data and Analytics team members (membership analytics, geospatial engineers, data scientists and software engineers) and report to the Director, Data Engineering.

Working closely with other Data and Analytics team members and project stakeholders, the Database Engineer will support projects such as:
  • Participate in building out an enterprise data architecture that includes ELT, systems integration, governance, cataloging and quality control
  • Improving inclusive outreach to prospective and current Audubon members by bringing together disparate data sets from CRM systems, census, demographic, social media and web analytics data sources
  • Manage data related to conservation advocacy actions, which further the organization’s mission of equitably protecting birds, their habitats and the people who share them
  • Integrating data from other conservation and research organizations to support scientific research and policy guidance
  • Enabling geospatial processing of ornithological, climate, membership and demographic data within the data warehouse
  • Support data science environment for ornithological and membership data. Implement MLOps workflows
Salary range based on geo-differentials:
$65,000 - $85,000 = All other locations
$75,000 - $95,000 = Alaska, Los Angeles, Connecticut, D.C., Chicago, Oyster Bay,NY
$85,000 - $110,000 = NYC, San Francisco, Seattle
Essential Functions:
  • Identify and ingest data from a wide variety of internal and external sources, including conservation, membership, finance, HR, and geospatial data sets.
  • Transform ingested data sets into high-quality data marts for use in business intelligence, analytics and data science applications.
  • Assess and monitor the quality of data to ensure fitness for purpose and proactively detect and report problems.
  • Support operational data pulls such as magazine mailing, membership calculations, Audubon chapter incentive reports, etc.
  • Ensure data sets are properly documented within the data catalog.
  • Develop dashboards, reports, and other data artifacts that improve stakeholders’ ability to make data-driven decisions.
  • Collaborate with various members of the organization to perform ad-hoc data explorations and analysis.
  • Administer secure access to the data, including implementing data hiding strategies such as row-level permissions and data masking.
  • Contribute to the development and implementation of a disaster recovery program.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.
Qualifications and Experience:
  • 3 years of experience as a Database Engineer, or in similar roles.
  • Degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Statistics, Data Science, Mathematics, or related quantitative field preferred. Relevant experience can be substituted.
  • Hands-on experience in relational database or data warehouse environments such as SQL Server, PostgreSQL, Snowflake or Redshift.
  • Strong SQL coding ability.
  • Proficiency in at least one high-level programming language such as Python, Java, or .NET.
  • Experience with data normalization and de-normalization and when to apply each.
  • Understanding of query performance profiling and tuning.
  • Familiarity with software version control, such as Git.
  • Experience with dbt or similar data transformation frameworks is a plus.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information to non-technical audiences.
  • Self-starter who can work as part of a virtual team and remain motivated in a dynamic environment.
  • Ability to collaborate with colleagues with transparency, inclusivity and trust.
  • Genuine passion for conservation and the mission of the National Audubon Society.
This position is a union eligible position and is represented by the Communications Workers of America (CWA).
EEO Statement:
The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search.
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