[ES_JOBS_NET] Job opening: Director, Ecosystem Analysis at Conservation International
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.*
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
- 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
- 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
Director, Data Science
Vital Signs, Moore Center for Science and Oceans
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