Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager

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The Nature Conservancy

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Flagstaff, AZ, United States

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30+ days ago


Flagstaff, Arizona, USA


Since 1951, The Nature Conservancy has been doing work you can believe in protecting the lands and waters that all life depends on. Through grassroots action, TNC has grown to become one of the most effective and wide-reaching environmental organizations in the world working in more than 75 countries and territories. As a science-based organization, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world’s toughest challenges so that we can create a world in which people and nature thrive.

We’re rooted in our Mission and guided by our Values, which includes a Commitment to Diversity and Respect for People, Communities, and Cultures. Whether it’s career development, flexible schedules, or a rewarding mission, there’s lots of reasons to love life #insideTNC. Want a better insight to TNC? Check out our TNC Talent playlist on YouTube on Glassdoor.

Our goal is to cultivate an inclusive work environment so that all our colleagues around the globe feel a sense of belonging, and that their unique contributions to our mission are valued. We’ll only achieve our Mission by hiring and engaging a diverse workforce that reflects the communities in which we work. In addition to the requirements in our postings, we recognize that people come with talent and experiences outside of a job. Diversity of experience and skills combined with passion is a key to innovation and a culture of inclusion! Please apply – we’d love to hear from you.


The Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager fills an integral role in leading the design and development of, as well as managing and maintaining, spatial databases for use in innovative forest restoration projects. They provide expertise, technical leadership and support in GIS and/or other database technologies. This position works both internally and with a variety of external partners to lead and support efforts to modernize and innovate various practices involved in forest restoration.


The Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager designs and maintains centralized corporate databases, participates in conservation planning at various levels, develops methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems and data management; including developing and maintaining all documentation for data capture, utilization and management. They perform data analysis; designs and produces advanced complex queries methods and professional reports, processes spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source material, provides hardware and software support, produces maps and other graphic products, produces training materials and provides trainings, and develops and maintains GIS library and/or database products library. In this role there will be deep engagement with multiple partners including the United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service, state agencies, forest operations and products industries, research institutes and non-governmental organizations. May supervise staff, interns/fellows, volunteers, vendors.

  • Analyze data and design databases associated with remote sensing data, field collected data and data from corporate files; 25%.
  • Design digital tools that support data collection, interpretation and management processes; 25%.
  • Provide management and maintenance of all collected and collated data; 20%.
  • Provide hardware and software support associated with data collection methods, databases and digital tools; 10%.
  • Produce related maps, products and reports. 10%
  • Develop training documents and provide trainings specific to data collection methods and digital tools; 10%.


  • Designs, implements and directs complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and coordinating work with other professionals inside and outside the organization.
  • Incorporates cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Acts independently within broad program goals.
  • Plans, organizes and directs assigned project programs, particularly for vendors/outside contractors. Typically supervises project staff of Analysts, Specialists and Technicians.
  • Manages projects on a large geographic scale.
  • Work environment may involve exposure to disagreeable elements and physical exertion and/or strain, including rough terrain.
  • Travel in and around the Flagstaff, AZ area; may be required throughout Arizona as well as occasional travel within U.S (some may be overnight).
  • Able to lift, pull, push, move up to 25 lbs. on a regular basis.
  • Other duties as required.


  • MS or BS degree and certification in related field and 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with ArcGIS software and ArcGIS Online Suite of tools.
  • Experience in designing and maintaining a database to meet organizational needs.
  • Experience in developing and managing multiple projects.
  • Experience managing and supervising a team or department and administering a budget.
  • Experience training individuals and groups.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience interpreting image analysis, complex spatial analysis, data modeling and landscape scenario analysis.
  • Experience managing or supervising a team or department and administering a budget, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance for both internal and external partners
  • Fluency in English including written, spoken, and graphical means and other relevant languages.
  • Valid driver’s license.
  • Youth certification (internal training completed within initial 30 days of employment, annually thereafter).


  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources.
  • Communicating clearly via written, spoken, and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated.
  • Experience publishing databases to ArcGIS online and set up for ESRI field applications (ArcGIS Field Maps).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of forestry, forestry practices and processes, and/or ecological principles.
  • Geoprocessing and analysis of multiple types of spatial data.
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Working knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic region(s).
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with TNC’s Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." To learn more about the Auto Safety Program, visit under the FAQ section.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


The Nature Conservancy offers a competitive, comprehensive benefits package including health care benefits, flexible spending accounts, 401(k) plan to include employer match, parental leave, accrued paid time off, life insurance, disability coverage, employee assistance program, other life and work well-being benefits. Learn more about our benefits in the Culture Tab on

We’re proud to offer a work environment that is supportive of the health, well-being, and flexibility needs of the people we employ!


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

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