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The Chesapeake Conservancy's Conservation Innovation Center is seeking a Project Manager with demonstrated experience executing the full project management life cycle and GIS in a professional setting.
About the Chesapeake Conservancy
Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland, dedicated to ensuring a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, with healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces. With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing and tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with the Chesapeake’s wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources. The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.
Within the Conservancy, the Conservation Innovation Center (CIC) group has become a globally recognized leader in producing data, analyses, and web applications to advance precision conservation and restoration. We have partnered with industry-leading organizations like Microsoft and Esri to help define the next generation of environmental data.
The Project Manager, working within the CIC, will be responsible for project management and outreach efforts to support high-resolution land cover and land use mapping in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. This position will help lead a six-year project funded by the Chesapeake Bay Program to update land cover/use data every two years. High-resolution land cover updates will continue a project led by the CIC to produce land cover for the Chesapeake Bay watershed and intersecting counties at a 1-meter resolution for the 2013/14 year. Updates to these datasets will help track development and change in the Chesapeake and help local governments achieve goals in the comprehensive “pollution diet” of the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). Main responsibilities for this position include interfacing with local governments to procure data and obtain feedback on preliminary results, overseeing internal data quality and production processes, and managing relationships with our core partners (the University of Vermont’s Spatial Analysis Lab and the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Land Use Workgroup.)
The Project Manager should be an organized, dependable, and goal-driven leader with a passion for the mission of the Chesapeake Conservancy – public access, conservation, and education and stewardship of the Bay and its resources. Candidates must be able to challenge conventions, to thrive independently as well as on a team in a relaxed, dynamic office culture, and to think creatively. A Bachelor’s degree is required (Master’s preferred), ideally with a concentration in Environmental Science or Geography. Candidates must have authorization to work in the United States. Candidates must demonstrate GIS and remote sensing experience. Other essential skills include adaptability, independence in problem solving, strong oral and written communication, and an ability to teach others technical material. Candidates must be proficient in geospatial analysis programs (ArcGIS Desktop 10.x). Ideally, applicants will have experience with ArcGIS Pro, remote sensing software (ENVI, eCognition), and web and/or Python scripting, although all training necessary to work on the project will be provided.
Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with the candidate’s relevant professional experience and/or education. The Conservancy offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in a retirement savings plan. Opportunities for advancement and professional development are available.