Spatial Analyst

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Conservation International

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Arlington, VA, United States

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30+ days ago

Spatial Analyst
The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be a global challenge. Due to the fluidity of the situation, we periodically reassess our plans to reopen our offices. For the safety of our employees, our approach is tailored to the situation in each of the 30 countries we operate in. Travel is only conducted when absolutely necessary and safe to do so. Hiring managers will provide guidance on remote, hybrid, or on-site work arrangements in accordance with country-specific safety policies.
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous, and more productive planet. In a collaborative environment, the Spatial Analyst will take charge of developing cutting-edge science to document and catalyze natural interventions for climate change mitigation around the globe. A data analyst and ArcGIS and/or Google Earth Engine specialist, the Spatial Analyst will be the touchstone for any geospatial data tasks coming through the Center for Natural Climate Solutions’ Catalyst team of scientists.”
The Catalyst team within the Center for Natural Climate Solutions conducts high-impact, innovative, and applied research in support of advancing climate change mitigation science. The team employs a range of spatial analysis and modeling techniques that uses remote sensing and GIS technologies. We are looking for a Spatial Analyst Manager to collaborate on activities to identify, prioritize, map, design, and implement Natural Climate Solutions (NCS). This work on NCS will contribute towards achieving the Paris climate agreement of keeping global temperatures below 2 C and span all NCS pathways from protection and restoration of natural ecosystems, to improved management of working forests and farms. The position will conduct both geospatial analyses and field science in support of a range of research studies applied to unlock NCS at local, national, and global scales.
The successful candidate may also lead and support other geospatial modeling analyses involving the mission of Conservation International and fill other roles as needed for the success of the team, such as project management and coordination, communications, and managing partnerships.

  • Collaborate and drive the development and implementation of spatial analysis and tools that advance natural climate solutions (NCS).
  • Acquisition of data (geospatial and field) in support of NCS research and its associated data management and curation, analysis, and communication/visualization.
  • Capacity-building for data management and geospatial processing needs, as needed
  • Support and lead the development of associated reports and peer-review publications from NCS research.
  • Manage highly visible, complex technical projects and/or partnerships within CI.
  • Identify opportunities for NCS research and projects working with country programs.
  • Support and develop Conservation Tech Strategy
  • Produce maps for national and project-level planning related to carbon outcomes from NCS interventions.
  • Manage external partner relationships, including convening expert stakeholders from peer organizations and, more broadly, as necessary, to accelerate delivery of the above workstreams.
  • Communicate scientific information and data in graphically compelling maps and interactive platforms.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.


  • This position will preferably be based in the Arlington, VA office; however, other locations may be considered, either in the US or in countries with CI offices. Please view a full list of our Global Offices here.
  • Work is performed in a typical office environment, and with the potential for work from a home office.
  • Some travel – up to 25%, often in developing countries.
  • Flexibility in the work schedule is required in order to accommodate time differences between the Arlington, VA office and international field offices located in multiple time zones.
  • This is a two-year fixed-term position.
  • 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. Effective January 4, 2022, new hires will be required to provide proof of full vaccination with a government-approved vaccine as a condition for employment. 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 in environmental science, climate science, geography, or related fields.
  • 4-6 years work experience in scientific research and/or managing conservation or research projects or initiatives.
  • Proficient in programming languages (e.g., Python, Javascript, R), and GIS software applications (e.g., ArcGIS, QGIS, Google Earth Engine).
  • Experience in processing remotely sensed imagery (e.g., satellites, airborne) that contain optical, radar, and lidar data.
  • Demonstrated ability to collect data, conduct analysis, and interpret results for a scientific audience through peer-reviewed publications and other mediums.
  • Experience in graphically communicating scientific data (e.g., maps, interactive dashboards).
  • Proven team player, able to work effectively across cultures and within and across organizations.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail and experience with workflow documentation (e.g., Github).
  • Demonstrated problem-solving skills and ability to build on existing knowledge to develop new approaches.


  • Master's degree.
  • Proven technical expertise using a range of geospatial information systems, remote sensing techniques, image sources, and analysis of large datasets.
  • Proven technical skills in programming (e.g. Javascript or Python, R), data processing, and statistical and geographical analysis.
  • Proven experience in ecological field methods (especially forest ecosystems), including design and implementation of field plot inventory methods and the processing and analysis of primary field data.
  • Skilled in using software systems (e.g. Erdas, Esri, R, GDAL, IDRISI, Google Earth Engine), terminology, and procedures and in leveraging new applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of relevant climate and carbon science literature.
  • Ability to work independently and with minimal guidance.
  • Spanish and/or Portuguese language skills.

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

Job Type: Full-time