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Woodwell Climate Research Center

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Falmouth, MA, United States

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30+ days ago

SUMMARY: Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is searching for an experienced Cartographer to help communicate our science to a broad audience. Scientists at Woodwell produce a wide array of spatial information, generally as a result of complex ecosystem/climate modeling and analyses. The ideal candidate for this position excels at visualizing spatial data and at analytical techniques needed to sort, manage, and display such information. Creativity and imagination are key qualities needed for this position. In this role, the candidate will be given the opportunity to combine analytical expertise and design skills to help draw the story out of a dense array of spatial information.


  • Provide cartographic support to scientists, researchers, and communications staff.
  • Produce maps for reports, presentations, posters, journal articles, etc.
  • Work closely with Communications staff to create timely and relevant maps and other cartographic content.
  • Conduct spatial analyses and associated data mining tasks for map-based storytelling.
  • Contribute to the overall map-making strategy of the institution.
Required Qualifications:
  • Masters in Geography, Geographic Information Science, Environmental Science, or a relevant discipline.
  • Minimum of three years of experience designing and implementing digital and/or paper map products.
  • Professional portfolio/willingness to share map examples as a demonstration of map-making skills and experience.
  • Experience working with a variety of environmental spatial datasets including remote sensing products.
  • Proficient with desktop geospatial software (ArcGIS, QGIS, R, etc.).
  • Proficient with graphic design software (e.g., Adobe CS, GIMP, etc.).
  • Proven ability to follow standard cartographic conventions and institution-wide color, fonts, and branding guidelines.
  • Ability to communicate and work well among several fast-moving teams.
Desired Qualifications:
  • Proven ability to research and properly credit map content, both primary and ancillary material.
  • Familiarity with remote sensing/image processing.
  • Experience automating data analytics/management (via Python, R, or similar high-level language).
  • Experience with cloud-based analytical platforms (e.g., Google Earth Engine).
  • Experience building web maps and map applications.
  • Experience building StoryMaps or similar web-based map interfaces.

Application review will be ongoing

Desired Start Date: Immediately

Classification and Compensation: This is a full-time, salaried, exempt position, the annual salary range is $65,000-$90,000 dependent on qualifications/experience. Woodwell offers a generous benefits package and work life balance.

Location: Falmouth, Massachusetts or remote.

Application Instructions: To apply, please send your cover letter addressing your experience and qualifications in relation to the responsibilities of this position, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references as a single PDF to our careers portal. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. Please type CART22 on all correspondence.

Please visit Woodwell's website to learn more about Woodwell’s work.

Located on a 10-acre campus near the village of Woods Hole, the Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) is a private, non-profit research center. Woodwell is a leading source of climate science that drives the urgent action needed to solve climate change. Woodwell has 80+ staff members and is excited to welcome new employees to this work.

Woodwell is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information. Woodwell is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion at Woodwell


Climate change is the greatest challenge of our lifetimes. Woodwell Climate Research Center (Woodwell) understands that the climate crisis—from causes to consequences—is inextricably linked with persistent social injustice. Effectively addressing either requires addressing both. The climate crisis demands that we bring to bear all of the knowledge, expertise, innovation, and creativity that we can collectively muster, and those who have been marginalized and disproportionately impacted must be heard.

The work Woodwell does—the questions we ask, the ways we seek answers, and the strategies we put forward—is stronger when shaped by a diversity of knowledge, perspectives, and experiences. We strive to welcome, respect, and amplify differing voices. We value individuals as they are, with all their differences in race, age, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, religious beliefs, language, and mental and physical abilities.

Woodwell acknowledges that our organization, and the scientific community more broadly, have a long way to go in living up to these ideals. We approach the work of improving our organization with the same ambition and commitment to systemic change that we bring to addressing climate change.

We will inevitably make mistakes, but we will continue to listen, learn, and do this critical work. We understand that this work requires an ongoing commitment from each and every one of us. We are actively engaged in building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive culture within our organization, and in fostering greater diversity in climate science.