Christine Wiedinmyer christine.wiedinmyer.ucar at gmail.com
Thu Aug 16 15:13:16 MDT 2018

Junior Data Specialist, Global Forest Watch

World Resources Institute - Washington, DC



Program Overview

To stop deforestation, we need to know where it is happening and who is
responsible in time to take action. Global Forest Watch (GFW) is the only
free online platform providing near-real time information and analysis about
when, where and why forests are changing around the world.

Global Forest Watch uses machine learning algorithms and expert analysis to
distill satellite imagery, crowdsourced information, and hundreds of open
datasets into actionable insights and policy-relevant information about
forests worldwide. GFW's online platform is simple to use, allowing anyone
with an internet connection or mobile phone to access data, create dynamic
maps, and produce custom analyses with just a few clicks.

Designed for action, Global Forest Watch enables researchers, government
officials, companies, civil society organizations, and concerned citizens
anywhere to make better-informed decisions about managing and conserving

Job Summary

As the Junior Data Specialist, you will streamline and manage the process
for updating and incorporating data into the Global Forest Watch platform
and associated applications. This includes researching new data sets,
coordinating with multiple team members, assessing data quality and
completeness, cleaning GIS data, and other tasks related to the "data
pipeline" process. You will work closely with the Platform team to visualize
data, with the Communications team on data-related blog posts and bulletins,
and with the Research team on new data products and analyses. As the Junior
Data Specialist, you will also serve as a data spokesperson, interacting
with GFW partners and users.

Job Responsibilities

Manage data for the GFW platform and associated applications (70%)

*	Evaluate new and proposed data sets for quality, completeness, and
relevance to the GFW mission
*	Communicate with third-party data providers to obtain permissions to
display data and sign off on data set descriptions and visualizations
*	Clean and process GIS data as needed
*	Write, edit, and update data descriptions, as needed, and ensure
these are updated across GFW applications
*	Work with GFW web developers to determine how to best visualize new
data sets
*	Coordinate with product managers and developers of the various GFW
tools to ensure consistency across the entire GFW ecosystem
*	Develop and implement a strategy to update data sets on the GFW
platform, including potential automation of data coming from other platforms
(e.g. LandMark, Forest Atlases)
*	Coordinate with back-end staff to ensure updates of major data sets
to the GFW platform and associated applications (e.g. weekly GLAD
deforestation alerts), including checking for proper functionality of
visualization, analyses, and dashboards
*	Act as point person for web developers on data-related matters
*	Review and advise on appropriate use of data in communications
pieces and in summary statistics and graphics on GFW websites

Communicate about GFW data to users (15%)

*	Coordinate with Communications team to announce new data on GFW and
associated applications
*	Contribute to the monthly Data Digest newsletter to alert users of
new data and features
*	Answer user emails and questions related to GFW data
*	Present the GFW platform and data products as needed

Research and analysis (15%)

*	Analyze new data to glean policy-relevant insights and contribute to
blog posts, as needed
*	Work with users to improve and experiment with techniques to
prioritize alerts, such as for "Places to Watch"
*	Assist in the curation of "Places to Watch," including visual
interpretation of satellite imagery to select interesting areas of alerts on
a monthly basis
*	Contribute to analysis and evaluation of near-real time alert
systems, as needed

Job Qualifications

*	Bachelor's degree or higher in a related field
*	One+ years of relevant, full-time work experience
*	Familiarity with GIS workflows and software; experience with Esri
ArcGIS software required
*	Highly process- and detail-oriented
*	Demonstrated ability to take initiative and complete tasks with
little guidance
*	Familiarity with issues related to tropical deforestation and/or
forest monitoring
*	Strong writer and communicator
*	Experience coordinating and engaging with multiple stakeholders
around a deliverable
*	Interest in product management and open data

Preferred Qualifications

*	Basic programming skills (Python, Javascript, SQL, HTML), experience
with GitHub, and knowledge)
*	Knowledge of Carto, ArcGIS Online, or other online mapping
technologies are a plus
*	Familiarity with remote sensing methods and data
*	Language skills in Spanish, French, Portuguese, or Bahasa Indonesian

How to Apply

Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research
organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment,
economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven
critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to
secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change,
energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean.

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and
backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal
to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals
are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation,
urgency, independence and respect.

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps
and analysis to solve the world's greatest environment and international
development challenges, and improve people's lives. We work with leaders in
government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create
change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to
develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5
years and our operating budget is now $100 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has
a global staff of 800+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have
offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico and the
United States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being
in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and
programmatic practices.

The World Resources Institute (http://www.wri.org) is an environmental and
development research and policy organization that creates solutions to
protect the Earth and improve people's lives. As an Equal Opportunity
Employer, it is WRI's policy to recruit, hire, and provide opportunities for
advancement in all job classifications without regard to race, color,
religion, sex, national origin, age, citizenship, marital status, sexual
orientation, gender identity, parental status, protected veteran status, or
disability. WRI's global agenda requires a staff that is diverse - with
respect to race, gender, cultural, and international background. Diverse
perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects and approaches
issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI's policy research
and analysis. WRI, therefore, encourages applications from U.S. minorities,
persons from other countries (especially developing nations), and from women
of all backgrounds.


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