Geospatial Analyst

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Geospatial Analyst

Conservation International protects nature for the benefit of humanity. Through science, policy, fieldwork, and finance, we spotlight and secure the most important places in nature for the climate, biodiversity, and for people. With offices in 30 countries and projects in more than 100 countries, Conservation International partners with governments, companies, civil society, Indigenous peoples, and local communities to help people and nature thrive together.


Conservation International (Cl) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, Cl is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous, and productive planet. CI's work is oriented around our “Southern Cross” - a framework of four priorities that guide our work: Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes (SLS), Nature for Climate, Ocean Conservation at Scale, and Innovation in Science and Finance. The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science (MCS), the science division of Conservation International, provides a basis for CI’s institutional strategies grounded in the latest science, while also working to inform the implementation of CI’s work and to advance conservation science writ large.

The Geospatial Analyst position will support key aspects of CI’s science work by curating, developing, analyzing, and distributing detailed geospatial and derived products that build on our recent science work and also translate that work into strategies and impacts. This position will report to the Director of Nature-Positive Value Chains and will thematically support the team’s work on Nature-Positive science-based targets, focused on how governments and companies can set ambitious targets to support the nature that underpins our economies, communities, and biodiversity. Specifically, this position will support our projects focused on fashion sector transformation through biodiversity and nature actions, conservation and restoration within coffee landscapes, and other relevant work associated with CI’s collaboration in the Science Based Target Network. This position will support geospatial needs across the science-corporate-government interface. The Geospatial Analyst will use GIS, remote sensing, and related tools and spatial data to prepare and produce spatial data products, imagery, maps, decision-support tools, and related information. This position will serve as a key technical resource for internal and external stakeholders that depend on spatial data and analyses to effectively manage and implement CI conservation priorities.


Research & Science:

  • Prepare and produce spatial data, information, and analyses to support applied conservation projects in key sectors such as coffee, fashion, and cocoa.
  • Provide technical input on planning, project development, report writing, project management, and related communications activities.
  • Develop GIS digital data, maps, decision-support tools such as Google Earth Engine tools and apps, and other spatial products for the team.
  • Contribute to the science strategy for our projects, specifically around contributions tied to technical expertise guiding the science behind our work.

Project management & Strategy:

  • Project management for diverse and collaborative team projects that can include people with expertise in science, conservation practice, corporate engagement, and relevant NGO and academic partners.
  • Support in the development of the Nature-Positive science strategy
  • Oversee the management of GIS digital data, maps, decision-support tools and apps, and other spatial products for the team.
  • Support maintaining and updating spatial information/GIS databases.
  • Support the application of standard operating procedures on database maintenance and assist field personnel as needed.


  • Position based in Seattle, WA; work may be performed in the interim in a remote location or Arlington, VA.
  • Fixed term contract: 1 year in the first instance.
  • Guidance on flexible work arrangements will be shared during the interview process.
  • For the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our community, all US-based Conservation International staff are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. This mandatory vaccine requirement applies to all staff working remotely, in a hybrid work arrangement, and on-site in CI US offices. CI follows CDC recommendations for COVID-19 vaccines. Requests for reasonable accommodations or exceptions related to medical or religious reasons will be considered. Candidates are NOT required to state their COVID-19 vaccine status in their application.



  • Bachelor’s degree plus 4 to 6 years of professional experience in conservation, ecology, geographic information systems, environmental, or natural resource science.
  • Knowledge of current trends in conservation and sustainable agriculture.
  • Expertise in geospatial applications for conservation science, including proficiency in the use of tools such as Google Earth Engine, and ArcGIS/QGIS.
  • Excellent quantitative analytical skills working with and analyzing global environmental data sets.
  • Data management
  • Experience in programming languages (e.g., Python, R, SQL)
  • Highly resourceful and able to work both independently and as part of a broader team of multidisciplinary teammates.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills, including demonstrating the ability to communicate effectively to stakeholders and across cultures
  • Experience with scientific communication through, for example, infographic design, Storymaps, and web maps.
  • Project management experience working with multiple collaborators to drive outcomes and goals.


  • Master's degree in spatial ecology, geography, environmental science, or similar.
  • Remote sensing experience.
  • Experience working in a developing country context.
  • Ability to communicate in Spanish, Portuguese, French, or Bahasa Indonesian.

To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.

See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE

Conservation International is an Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled