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New Spatial Scientist Position with the Nature Conservancy
Posted on March 18th, 2016

  • Science Activities: Conducts participatory ecosystem service mapping and modeling and application of results. Integrate spatial data with field surveys to document social and ecological systems in project areas using standard methods and techniques.
  • Innovation: Participates in the ongoing development of new tools, methods, processes, and techniques that improve conservation action in The Nature Conservancy’s conservation priority areas and thematic opportunities.
  • Communications: Communicates the role of The Nature Conservancy in the conservation of biodiversity, and explain the utility of science-based conservation to partners. In collaboration with the Conservation Director and Africa TNC Program Managers, communicate regularly with key project partners and others to maintain strong partnerships and facilitate effective conservation.
  • Information Requests: Responds to requests for ecological information from partners and provide interpretation, as needed.
Master’s degree in Geographic Information Science, Ecology, Geography or related field and 4 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
Experience in designing, maintaining and analyzing spatial databases to meet organizational needs.
Experience in developing and delivering web-based training materials using tools such as Screenshot-O-Matic, WebEx, or Team Viewer.
Experience in teaching others how to use common spatial analysis tools and map product outputs.
Record of peer reviewed publications in scientific journals.
Experience fundraising and/or writing grants and research proposalsExperience leading or participating on cross functional teams.
Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people
Experience managing complex projects including the financial aspect and coordinating the work of peers and partners
Fluency in speaking, reading and writing in French and English is required.

Graduate degree in biological or information sciences with course work indicating knowledge of complex spatial analysis considered.
Demonstrated experience with landscape-scale spatial analysis and freshwater modeling.
Knowledge of climate change impacts on ecosystems and methods for understanding community perceptions of these changes is highly desirable.
Project management and administrative experience, database management, word processing, and open source GIS skills (e.g. QGIS).
Ability to develop maps in ArcGIS Online to share with partners.Ability to work effectively with others under pressure and tight deadlines.
Capable of working independently to complete projects.Communicating clearly via written and spoken means in English and French.
Communication skills in Swahili and at least one other language common to the African Great Lakes region are desirable.Excellent graphical communication skills.
Ability to write technical reports utilizing available resources.
Ability to produce professional-quality map products.
Willingness to travel throughout the Lake Tanganyika Basin and particularly the phase 1 project focal areas in Tanzania and Zambia.
Comfort articulating and advocating for The Nature Conservancy’s conservation mission. 

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