Message from Rebecca Degagne at SCGIS (Society for Conservation GIS):
We hope you're staying well and will join us for our upcoming SCGIS-CBI Webinar Series, which kicks off in two weeks.
We have a wonderful line-up, featuring a diverse group of speakers with presentations on using citizen science data to monitor threatened species, tracking land degradation with remote sensing, building relationships for career development, creating partnerships with Indigenous communities, and mapping bird migrations and threats.
If you register for a webinar and can't make the live presentation, you'll be sent a link to the video recording to watch at your convenience. The whole recording archive can be accessed here: https://scgis.org/webinar/index/past/1.
SCGIS-CBI 2021 Spring Webinar Series:
March 4th, 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific
Using community science to predict extinctions and monitor threatened species
Peter Soroye, University of Ottawa.
March 11th, 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific
Measuring progress in land condition from space with Trends.Earth
Gabriel Daldegan, Moore Center for Science at Conservation International
March 18th, 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific
Building Relationships that Matter for Geospatial Career Success
Eva Reid, Eva Reid Consulting, LLC
April 1st, 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific
Building Effective Partnerships with Indigenous Communities
James Rattling Leaf, Sr., Group on Earth Observations Indigenous Alliance
April 8th, 10 AM - 11 AM Pacific
Mapping Bird Migrations and Threats Across the Western Hemisphere
Erika Knight & Lotem Taylor, National Audubon Society
We make our webinars free & open to everyone, so please share these links with your networks and consider joining SCGIS as a member, to support our work.
We're also planning on holding more SCGIS-CBI mixer-style meetups later in the year at rotating times, so folks from around the world can join in.
If you want to fast-track your involvement in the conservation community, volunteer for SCGIS! - Reliable people with time to contribute (though fall 2021, at least) are especially needed to support our virtual SCGIS Conference activities. If you're interested in volunteering for the Conference Committee, please email email@example.com.
Open Date: Friday, February 12, 2021
Close Date: Sunday, February 21, 2021
The Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District (TSWCD) is hiring a Habitat Technician (Technician) to join the Natural Resources Program. The Technician manages restoration projects and supports project managers with planning, implementation, and evaluation of other restoration projects. Other duties include conservation planning for new projects, assisting with enrollment, monitoring, reporting and contract compliance to meet the goals and deliverables for partner organizations and funding sources.
General Position Summary
The Habitat Technician manages restoration projects and supports project managers with planning, implementation, and evaluation of other restoration projects. Other duties include conservation planning for new projects, assisting with enrollment, monitoring, reporting and contract compliance to meet the goals and deliverables for partner organizations and funding sources.
Salary and Benefits
This position is full time at $42,090.00 - $48,400.00 per year plus benefits. Medical and dental insurance are available after 60 days. 100% TSWCD-paid short-term disability, long-term disability, and life insurance available after 180 days. TSWCD will contribute 5% of the gross earnings per pay period to a 457(b)-retirement plan after 180 days.
Join us February 19th for a special live conversation with National Geographic Society about the role of GIS in ocean conservation. Dawn Wright, Esri Chief Scientist +OSU CEAOS courtesy professor and Sandra Turner, National Geographic Certified Educator will be answering your questions! Submit your questions below for a chance to be answered during the livestream.
Sign up for a livestream reminder here: http://ow.ly/u2TR50Dhvsg
While this job is not GIS focused, the TSWCD is one of our community partners and I wanted to pass along the opportunity.
Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District is hiring an Urban Conservation Technician to join its Natural Resources Program. The Technician supports the Urban Conservation Specialist with implementation of conservation projects in the urban areas of Washington County, OR. Duties include conservation project planning, program enrollment support, monitoring, outreach, reporting, and contract compliance.
The Technician will assist and report to the Urban Conservation Specialist to engage residents, community groups, and program partners to implement conservation initiatives for water quality, soil health, stewardship, and sustainable agriculture on lands within urban Washington County.
Check out the posting with application instructions at:
Job posting closes February 12, 2021.
Environmental and Geospatial Data Technician
Salary: $39,291.44 - $48,670.34
Projected Start Date: March 2021
Appointment Term: 1 year minimum, with potential renewal for a total of 2 years
The Blue Methane Project is a NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems-funded program hosted at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Tidal wetlands have the capacity to remove massive amounts of atmospheric CO2 by forming soil carbon, but they can also produce a variable and uncertain amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Monitoring and forecasting the dynamics of “Blue carbon” in these ecosystems is a major priority for state and national governments, as well as the local entities that manage coastal wetlands. Our project seeks to improve short term forecasting of methane dynamics at two focal sites in Louisiana and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as improve national scale mapping of the variables we use to estimate methane emissions. We are searching for a data technician to collaborate with a multi-university and multi-agency team on developing GIS and remote sensing workflows, managing new data produced by the team, and occasionally contributing to fieldwork for new data collection.
A successful candidate will have at least:
* A Bachelor’s degree in a Natural or Physical Science
* Demonstrated experience with using remote sensing and GIS to answer environmental research questions
* Experience managing data originating from multiple sources
* Proficiency with open-source coding in R and/or Python
* Excellent organizational and communication skills
An ideal candidate will have one or more of the following:
* A Master’s degree in Geography, or other Natural of Physical Sciences
* Experience with Google Earth Engine
* Experience with using Landsat and/or Sentinel-2 Imagery
* GitHub Experience
* Experience with wetland plant ecology, carbon cycling, or soils science
* Research interests in rivers, estuaries, and/or coastal processes
Please send a cover letter briefly outlining your how you meet any of the required or optional criteria, a CV or resume, a work sample, such as paper, report, map, figure, or link to a presentation, and the contact information for three references to Dr. James Holmquist (HolmquistJ@si.edu) by January 15, 2021.
SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. The main campus is a 2,650-acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater Maryland. Facilities include the Global Change Research Wetland, the site of the known longest-running ecological manipulation experiment. Nearby cities include historic Annapolis, Maryland's capital, and D.C. The technician will be hired as a Trust Employee through Smithsonian's non-profit wing. This will entitle them to health, vision, dental, and other benefits.
Women, people of color, Indigenous people, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
Environmental and Geospatial Data Technician Job Posting | Smithsonian Environmental Research Center
Environmental and Geospatial Data Technician Salary: $39,291.44 - $48,670.34 Projected Start Date: March 2021 Appointment Term: 1 year minimum, with potential renewal for a total of 2 years
GIS Research Assistant/Conservation Cartographer
Archbold Biological Station , Florida
Primary duties include:
• Create maps using the best available data to support conservation activities
• Be able to perform basic spatial analysis in support of your cartographic efforts
• Interpret data to produce tabular reports, graphs and charts,
• Be fully competent with ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of tools for a broad range of research and conservation purposes.
• Utilize ArcGIS tools to prepare visually appealing maps and presentation materials
• Be familiar with the type of wide range of outside agencies and online locations from which to access and download relevant data.
• Represent Archbold in professional organizations, GIS working groups, and local and regional conservation organizations.
• Anticipate the needs and work collaboratively with a range of people and partner organizations, from those having little understanding of GIS, to those utilizing spatial analysis and other advanced tools.
• Bachelor’s degree and 2-4 years full-time GIS experience, or Master’s degree and 1-2 years of fulltime GIS experience
• Experience with ESRIs ArcGIS software, including ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS online
• Demonstrate ability to produce cartographic products to support conservation.
• Experience using GIS to address questions in ecology.
• Experience performing advanced spatial analyses
• Familiarity in working with high resolution imagery
• Experience with ArcGIS Spatial Analyst tools
• Experience with Florida agencies and GIS spatial datasets a plus but not required
• Experience working with Geodatabases, Access, R, and Python a plus but not required.
Applicants should send a letter of interest and resume with names, telephone numbers, and email address of three references to Vivienne Sclater at firstname.lastname@example.org. Position will remain open until filled. Early application is strongly encouraged. Applicant must have U.S. citizenship or current authorization to work in the U.S.
Job opening for a GIS biologist with a bird conservation NGO:
GIS Biologist (Fort Collins)
Bird Conservancy is hiring a GIS biologist to provide spatial analysis support for our Avian Research Programs including Integrated Monitoring in Bird Conservation Regions (IMBCR) and Non-breeding monitoring. The GIS Biologist will be tasked with spatially balanced sample draws, study design development in collaboration with staff and partners, covariate extraction from diverse land cover data sources and cartography. This is a full-time position with a comprehensive benefits package. The biologist will be based in Bird Conservancy’s Fort Collins office; however, we will accommodate flex scheduling and telework with supervisor approval.
Details here: https://www.birdconservancy.org/about-us/employment/
Conservation Atlas Intern
Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
Diverse strategies are employed globally to conserve biodiversity, and conservation areas are subject to change, but assessments of conservation progress almost universally focus on static analyses of national parks and other protected areas. To advance scientific understanding and inform conservation decision-making, this intern will support efforts to document and describe the use of conservation systems beyond protected areas and their dynamics.
The Conservation Atlas initiative at Conservation International seeks a detail-oriented intern to assist with global database construction and management, and other support.
The intern will:
Specific tasks include:
To apply for this position please submit a resume, cover letter and writing sample.
Application Deadline: October 20, 2020 (11:59 PM EST)
See all Conservation International Career Opportunities HERE
Conservation International Values
We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
In August we start Week 3 of the SCGIS 2020 Virtual Conference Series, with panel discussions on GIS careers and GIS for Land Trusts, demos of ArcGIS StoryMaps and a management system using Collector and ArcGIS Online, as well as talks from individual local members of the local D.C. SCGIS Chapter!
Registration and more details for all sessions can be found on our Eventbrite Page, where we will be continuing to add new offerings from our International Chapters and others over the coming weeks. You can also follow us on Eventbrite and be alerted when we post new offerings.
Of note, we are still accepting talks and abstracts from individual spatial conservation practitioners through August 14th. Now is your time to shine! Please consider sharing your work at the Conference. You can submit talks and find more information here, under User Presentations.
FREE SESSIONS (Open to All)
All presentation sessions listed above are open to everyone - members and non-members alike - for free, and will also be recorded and available to SCGIS Members in the future. If you are not already, consider becoming a member today!
We are excited and grateful for everyone who is donating their time to provide meaningful content, and to organize these events. We hope you will come support our speakers, engage with them, and be part of the conversation. Register now.
Sent on behalf of the SCGIS Conference Committee
The Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) at William & Mary is seeking applicants for a Program Manager. The incumbent in this position will be integral to the launch and growth of the IIC, which started operations in January 2020. The Program Manager will be an active team member supporting many external facing functions to promote and develop the work of the IIC. This is an excellent early career opportunity to help launch a new conservation program at William & Mary.
The position is responsible for (but not limited to):
• prepare research proposals and influence the design and implementation of research projects;
• develop in-person and online communications and promote the IIC on social media
• organizing and coordinating IIC programming, including establishing and organizing meetings, workshops, and events with
• managing relationships with multiple stakeholders who are internal and external to W&M;
• coordinate and manage research projects, including student research, with external partners;
There will also be opportunities for the Program Manager to be involved in conservation-focused curricula and research projects, depending on their interests, as well as opportunities for domestic and international travel.
• Bachelor’s degree in a discipline relevant to conservation (for example, geospatial science, biology, geography, geology,
environmental science, marine science) or related field. Comparable education or experience will be considered.
• Experience or educational concentration in conservation related field. Volunteer experience will be considered.
• Knowledge of current conservation topics.
• Demonstrates strong presentation and communication ability
• Demonstrates excellence in management and organizational skills
• Strong quantitative and analysis skills
• A commitment to the principles of diversity and inclusion
• Master’s degree in a conservation-related field
• Proficiency with geospatial and/or data analysis software tools
• Experience with developing and maintaining online communications, through web sites and social media tools
• Experience with travel abroad, to non-English speaking countries
• Previous knowledge of or desire to learn local languages
• Previous experience in conservation research and/or conservation practice
• Prior program management or supervisory experience.
For more information or to apply for this position please visit https://jobs.wm.edu/postings/38765