This week the world celebrates Valentine's Day. The holiday has origins in the Roman festival of Lupercalia, which marked the coming of spring with fertility rites and beer. On Februray 14th, 1859, Oregon became the 33rd state in the union, also commemorated with beer.
So, join us on Wednesday evening to celebrate in the fashion of our ancestors and have a beer (or other beverage of your choice)! We will meet at Produce Row Cafe (204 SE Oak St) which has Happy Hour pricing through 7 pm. Early birds will stake out a table on the covered (and heated) back porch by ~ 5:30.
Forest Carbon GIS Coordinator
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.
Conservation International (CI) seeks a GIS and forest carbon coordinator with strong analytical and communication skills to assist on a number of projects focused on sustainable landscapes and reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation (REDD+).
CI works with a wide range of partners to support REDD+ and Blue Carbon projects and initiatives that help combat climate change by reducing deforestation and conserving critical ecosystem services while integrating sustainable production and focusing on improving human well-being. CI has also developed the Landscape Assessment Framework (LAF) to holistically measure, monitor and communicate the sustainability of landscapes, and has been implementing it in several landscapes across the globe.
The Coordinator will work on gathering, organizing, and analyzing information related to carbon projects. They will be responsible for contacting data-holder organizations, downloading spatial and tabular data from online sources, converting data to useable formats and performing spatial analysis. The position will provide support for the development of feasibility assessments for potential REDD+ or blue carbon initiatives, which might include field visits, writing reports, and organization data for verified carbon certifications. In addition, the Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of the LAF with field teams, other divisions and the Sustainable Landscape and Seascape program, including the creation of summary cards and dashboards. Under the guidance of the Technical Director, the coordinator might provide training on the tools related to the LAF.
Coordinate the implementation of the Landscape Assessment Framework (LAF):
This is a full-time (35 hours per week) 12-month fixed term position. There is potential to extend the position depending on need and funding. Infrequent travel is required, up to 10%. Flexibility in work schedule required in order to accommodate time differences across CI’s global offices. This position could be based in CI’s office in Arlington, VA; Seattle, WA; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico; or Bogota, Colombia. Flexibility to work from one of CI’s other offices may be considered.
Conservation International Values
We expect that all employees will embrace the values of our organization.
Passion: We are inspired by nature and cherish the diversity of life in all of its forms.
Respect: We respect and trust each other, and we embrace our diversity of cultures, talents, and experiences.
Integrity: We act with integrity and are accountable for our actions.
Optimism: We are optimistic about the future of life on Earth and are confident that, with our partners, we will achieve unprecedented conservation results.
Courage: We tirelessly pursue our vision, taking bold action and persevering through challenges.
Teamwork: We work together, recognizing that openness, collaboration and cooperation are fundamental to achieving a healthy and prosperous world for all.
Equal Opportunity Employer Minorities/Women/Vets/Disabled
Happy new year to all GISers everywhere! May this be the year that conservation-focused GIS analysis becomes the driving force behind all land use and natural resource planning decisions.
An informal poll shows that ~ 50% of local GIS analysts are striving for dry Januaries (in terms of alcohol consumption, not precipitation). In honor of that noble impulse, we have selected a Happy Hour venue with an exceptional food menu and mocktails (as well as standard bar options for drinkers). Tryst (https://www.bartryst.com/) is located at SW 2nd and Ankeny, with HH pricing till 7 pm. The early-birds will probably arrive ~ 5:30.
YOUR POSITION WITH TNC
The Nature Conservancy is involved in a wide variety of projects in Oregon; from informing legislators on potential outcomes of policies to managing the largest portfolio of nature preserves in the state. GIS data and analyses have been important tools in crafting our strategies for more than two decades. The GIS Intern will be fully incorporated into the Oregon business unit with clearly defined roles and responsibilities. Regular guidance and feedback on all aspects of the professional experience will be given.
The GIS Intern will work in a team environment to address important conservation issues facing Oregon. Learning outcomes will include exposure to many aspects of conservation planning including development of custom GIS products for TNC staff, involvement in project planning on multi-disciplinary teams, spatial and non-spatial database design and contributing to written reports and documentation. The GIS Intern will also be expected to craft and deliver a presentation on a project they worked on during their employment. Learning opportunities beyond the typical work duties, such as spending occasional days in the field or helping other teams with non-GIS tasks, will also be provided.
This is a 15-20 hour per week internship that starts January 2020 and ends June 2020; with flexibility on scheduled days.
Pay is $15.75 per hour
The Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy makes extensive use of Geographic Information Systems as a platform for conservation planning, communications and scientific analysis. Our work is oriented around teams which each focus on a specific habitat type including a forest team, a marine/estuaries team, a freshwater team and a deserts team. Climate change mitigation and adaptation are overarching goals across all our projects. The GIS Intern will assist these teams by creating, editing and documenting spatial data, editing non-spatial databases and performing analyses under the supervision of senior GIS analysts. Potential projects include:
Graduates, students and research volunteers are welcome to apply for an internship, with the aim of enriching their knowledge with the practical experience of working in hands-on field research and conservation projects with the Marine Mammal, Applied GIS, Marine Conservation and Microplastic Teams at Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation.
Interns provide scientific support for the projects and gain valuable hands-on marine conservation experience.
Projects take place at Archipelagos’ research bases on the islands of Samos and Lipsi in the eastern Aegean Sea. Interns will board three research boats, the Aegean Explorer, Pinelopi and Naftilos also serve as mobile platforms for there research and conservation work.
The Aegean Sea supports important populations of marine mammals (Common, Bottlenose, Striped and Risso’s dolphins, Sperm whales and Cuvier’s beaked whales and the endangered Mediterranean monk seal), as well as habitats of ecological and economic importance (Posidonia seagrass and coralligenous reefs). However they are being increasingly impacted by human activity.
The projects undertaken offer a unique opportunity to improve participants’ research skills and utilise knowledge to make a difference in targeted conservation efforts.
Limited places still available for Winter/Spring 2020!
Apply by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The World Resources Institute is seeking a consultant with expertise in ArcGIS Server to support a project in Paraguay. Please see the full job announcement here: https://jobs.jobvite.com/wri/job/ouFQafwT. Any questions can be directed to Ryan Sarsfield at RSarsfield@wri.org. Thanks!
Consultant - Forest Atlas ArcGIS Server Specialist
Position Location: Asunción, Paraguay or Washington, DC
Contract: Part-time for approximately six months
GFW is an interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to empower people everywhere with the information they need to better manage and conserve forest landscapes. Since GFW’s launch in 2014, the platform has been growing rapidly to meet user needs. The Forest Atlas Platform allows users to create their own version of GFW featuring a specific location or type of data. The forest atlases are built using suite of tools which includes a Content Management System (CMS) developed by WRI, and Map Builder, a configurable mapping application which lets users combine their own data with GFW datasets. The atlases also typically include an open data site built using ArcGIS Hubs. For data hosting, WRI leverages ArcGIS Server and ArcGIS Portal and governments may choose to host data on WRI cloud servers or set up and manage their own dedicated servers installed on premise or in the cloud. WRI also works with government partners to set up and manage data pipelines. To date, forest atlases have been built in 9 countries by national governments and GFW partner organizations with expected growth over the coming years.
The WRI Forest Program is seeking a highly motivated, self-driven and detailed oriented Forest Atlas ArcGIS Server Specialist to work with the Global Forest Watch (GFW) team on a consultative basis.
The Forest Atlas ArcGIS Server Specialist will assist key partners and WRI staff in the installation and implementation of new Forest Atlas applications – primarily focused on the development of the Paraguay Forest Atlas. The Forest Atlas ArcGIS Server Specialist will provide technical support to manage and deploy ArcGIS servers, forest atlases websites, and open data portals, and engage with the Global Forest Watch team, local partners, and government representatives on an ongoing basis.
The main areas of responsibility for this position will include the following:
Provide support for installation of servers and IT equipment. Manage web platforms and data portals to access country specific data:
Lead the installation of and deployment of ArcGIS servers, database servers, and other IT technology in Paraguay to support the development of the Paraguay Forest Atlas.
Message from Michael Schindel:
Hi folks, this coming Wednesday is the second Wednesday of the month.
Time to gather, have a drink and chat with friends..
Let’s meet at Martha’s Rooftop Bar 5:30sh
Martha's is located at
1300 SE Stark
Greetings fellow GISers,
It will be cool and showery on Wednesday so we'll move back indoors for this month's Happy Hour at the Mount Hood Brewing Company, 401 SE Caruthers Street. We'll try to take over the rail cars on the river side of the pub facing Tillikum Crossing.I'll try and establish a presence there by ~ 5:15. They don't offer happy hour prices, so beers are $5.50. The menu is pizza oriented.
By bike its easiest to ride along the east waterfront/Esplanade to get there. Streetcar and Max also stop nearby.
For those of you in San Diego this week, you shouldn't miss all the fun.
SCGIS at the Esri UC
Come meet and mingle with like-minded students and professionals committed to applying the tools of GIS to advance conservation of natural and cultural heritage
Wednesday July 10th
6 pm – 9 pm
410 10th Ave, San Diego CA
Huge selection of beers
No host bar
Semi private lounge reserved just for SCGIS
Salary Range :50,000.00 To 65,000.00 (USD) Annually
**Please note the preferred location for this position is Bozeman, MT; Other TWS offices locations may be considered**
The Landscape Research Analyst supports our science team in bringing spatial analysis to our conservation programs. The position has 3 primary responsibilities: conducting spatial analyses to support scientific research, applying analytical tools in priority landscapes, and fulfilling requests for quick-turnaround maps and analysis. This is an exceptional opportunity for a conservation science professional to apply their spatial analysis expertise to conservation work throughout the country.
The analyst position is part of the research team and works collaboratively with staff across departments. The position supports geospatial analysis to identify and deepen our understanding of conservation priorities and impacts of energy development and climate change by 1) conducting spatial analysis and modeling with raster and vector data, 2) acquiring, organizing, and developing spatial and tabular databases, 3) disseminating results as maps and tabular data, and 4) conveying an understanding of spatial analyses and results through oral communication, written reports, scientific publications, and other products. Analyses include, but are not limited to, quantifying relationships between diverse ecological or social data, conducting analyses of ecosystem representation and landscape connectivity, and assisting ecologists in the development and application of geospatial models.
This position plays an important role in supporting an inclusive organizational culture that is grounded in trust and accountability to shared goals and outcomes. TWS has made diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities for the organization and the Landscape Research Analyst will integrate these priorities throughout their work. Across our team, we aspire to be campaign oriented, nimble, collaborative, innovative, transparent, and supportive of staff – our greatest asset.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
• Work with the Research Team and interdisciplinary teams to design and conduct landscape analysis projects;
• Summarize analysis results in tables and maps to clearly communicate to diverse audiences;
• Compile, organize, analyze, and disseminate spatial data;
• Create maps that clearly display analytical results and conservation messages;
• Clearly write the methods of GIS analyses for publications, science briefs, reports, and other forms of communication;
• Generate maps for publications, posters, reports, PowerPoint presentations and other internal and external communication needs.
Experience and Competencies
• Experience working with diverse types of geospatial data;
• Proficiency using ArcGIS and/or QGIS software for a variety of data management and analysis tasks;
• Programming or coding experience in R, Python, or other software packages;
• Ability to develop new functions and tools;
• Experience planning and managing GIS projects;
• Strong organizational and data management skills;
• Ability to work independently and on a team;
• Ability to stay on schedule and meet deadlines;
• Ability to work successfully in teams and with people representing a rich mix of talent, backgrounds, and perspectives—across race and gender.
• Ability to work with interdisciplinary team of scientists and non-scientists to clearly communicate technical information to diverse audiences;
• Desire to continue learning in the fields of spatial analysis and conservation science.
The Wilderness Society offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including: health, dental, vision, life and disability insurance; sick and vacation leave; a sabbatical program; and a retirement plan. TWS is an equal opportunity employer and actively works to ensure fair treatment of our employees and constituents across culture, socioeconomic status, race, marital or family situation, gender, age, ethnicity, religious beliefs, physical ability, veteran status or sexual orientation.
As an organization, we aspire to being inclusive in the work that we do, and in the kind of organization we are. Internally this means working as a team that listens to different points of view, recognizes the contributions of every employee and empowers each employee to bring their whole selves to work every day. Externally this means ensuring that public lands are inclusive and welcoming, so that our shared wildlands can help people and nature to thrive. We are committed to equity throughout our work, which we define as our commitment to realizing the promise of our public lands and ensuring that all can share in their universal benefits.
To learn more about our commitment, please see http://wilderness.org/our-commitment-diversity-equity-and-inclusion-wilderness-society
To apply please submit your resume & cover letter through the online application.
Another month has flown by and its time to get together again. Evening light and warmth are well-suited to outdoor venues, so we'll meet on the back patio of White Owl Social Club ( 1305 SE 8th Ave) between ~ 5:30 - 8pm.