[ES_JOBS_NET] Job opening: Director, Ecosystem Analysis at Conservation International

Erika Marín-Spiotta marinspiotta at wisc.edu
Sun Aug 23 11:12:09 MDT 2015

From:    Alex Zvoleff <azvoleff at CONSERVATION.ORG>
Subject: Job opening: Director, Ecosystem Analysis at Conservation

There is an opening for a Director of Ecosystem Analysis at Conservation
International (CI). We are looking for a remote sensing specialist with
seven or more years of experience in scientific research and/or managing
conservation or research projects or initiatives. This person will be the
the technical lead on a multi-institutional initiative to develop a
multi-scale (landscape to national) land degradation index using a variety
of optical satellite image sources. The position is based at CI
headquarters in Arlington, VA.

For more details and to apply, see:


*We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis and need to hire quickly
as the project is starting up in September.*

Job description:

The Ecosystem Analysis and Geomatics group within the Moore Center division
of Conservation International conducts high impact innovative and applied
research in support of habitat mapping and monitoring, near real-time
decision support, spatial modeling, and cartographic presentation to
contribute to Conservation International=E2=80=99s global efforts to promot=
healthy, sustainable societies.  The group employs a range of remote
sensing and GIS technologies and is seeking an Ecosystem Analysis Director
to manage several activities including a multi-institution, multi-scale
project to develop and implement a land degradation index in a range of
national contexts.  The successful candidate will also perform time-series
based modeling and classification analyses, contribute to the evaluation
and application of innovative habitat monitoring methods, provide technical
guidance to climate change mitigation initiatives, including REDD+, and
develop technical proposals in support of novel habitat monitoring
approaches using remote sensing technologies.


   - Manage a multi-institution geospatial analysis project developing a
   multi-scale (landscape to national) land degradation index using a varie=
   of optical satellite image sources
   - Lead the development of web-based tools for applying land degradation
   index to meet national reporting requirements
   - Generate and apply methods for assessing and monitoring status and
   trends in land degradation, including drivers of deforestation, using a
   variety of data sources
   - Contribute to the evaluation and application of innovative habitat
   monitoring methods based on a variety of image sources
   - Perform modeling and classification analyses using time-series
   datasets (i.e. climate, satellite, and reanalysis data) for ecosystem
   modeling and climate variability research, including generating customiz=
   code, based on R and Python, for large volume data processing and analys=
   - Capacity building for expanding the use of the data, methods and tools
   to other countries and regions
   - Contribute written input and technical guidance to documents in
   support of climate change mitigation initiatives, such as REDD+
   - Develop  technical proposals related to forest and non-forest habitat
   monitoring using remote sensing, and ecosystem and spatial modeling
   - Manage highly visible, complex technical projects and/or partnerships
   within CI including meeting donor deadlines
   - Manage external partner relationships including development of
   capacity and generation of outputs to guide partners in making decisions=
   - Other duties as assigned by supervisor

Working Conditions

   - Work is performed in a typical office environment.
   - Some travel =E2=80=93 up to 25%, often in developing countries.
   - Flexibility in work schedule in order to accommodate time differences
   between the Headquarters office in Virginia, USA, and field offices loca=
   in multiple time zones



   - Advanced degree in environmental science, geography, conservation
   biology, economics, social sciences or related fields.
   - 7 or more years of experience in scientific research and/or managing
   conservation or research projects or initiatives.
   - Demonstrated scientific writing experience, including peer-reviewed
   - Proven ability in successfully interpreting and applying scientific
   information, data, models and developing creative solutions to achieve
   practical results.
   - Proven track record in project management design and implementation.
   - Team Management experience.
   - 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.
   - Demonstrated problem solving skills and ability to build on existing
   knowledge to develop new approaches.
   - Excellent analytical skills.
   - Proficient in statistical and/or GIS software systems and procedures,
   and skilled in using new software applications.


   - Proven technical expertise in habitat monitoring, land degradation
   methodologies and analyses, and ecosystem modeling using a range of remo=
   sensing techniques, image sources, and GIS
   - Proven expert technical skills in programming, data processing, and
   statistical and geographical analysis.
   - Proven experience performing analyses on time-series datasets for
   ecosystem modeling and ability to process and analyze large volumes of
   - Proven track record in developing, directing, and managing scientific
   research projects, including mobilizing and investing resources
   strategically. Ability to motivate others in the absence of direct
   - Skilled in using software systems (Erdas, Esri, R, GDAL, IDRISI),
   terminology, and procedures and in leveraging new applications.
   - Expert in Linux OS including ability to set up environments and
   generate customized code/models on external servers/cloud computing
   - Ability to work independently and with minimal guidance

Alex Zvoleff
Director, Data Science
Vital Signs, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
Conservation International
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