GIS Manager/Programmer

Arlington, VA

Organization: Conservation International (CI)

Location: Arlington, VA


  • Manage Vital Signs spatial data sets, develop and implement data quality standards for spatial data.
  • Ensure adequate documentation of spatial data and analytical processes.
  • Develop documentation, protocols, and online training materials that are easily understandable by non-technical staff and multi-cultural teams.
  • Conduct training workshops for Vital Signs staff and partners, including GPS training for Vital Signs staff and field teams.
  • Provide GIS and cartographic support for Vital Signs and partners, including mapping country and landscape sampling designs and preparing maps for use in presentations and publications.
  • Analyze large datasets using Python and/or R scripting, and interact with online databases and publicly available APIs to automate processing of spatial data..
  • Perform quality control checks of spatial datasets prior to public release.
  • Work closely with key partners to identify GIS data and information needs.  Prepare and produce spatial data, information, maps and related information.
  • Summarize analysis and document findings in reports and other communication mediums.  Provide technical input to conservation planning and project efforts.
  • Assess partner skill levels.  Develop training plan to increase partner capacity.  Prepare training modules and conduct training and workshops.  Conduct follow-up evaluations to ensure partner capacity and skill levels are increasing.  Implement additional strategies to increase capacity.
  • Direct contractors and vendors as needed.

Desired qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or up to four years of college level work.
  • 4-6 years experience in the field of GIS and remote sensing.
  • Expert-level user of GIS software.  Proficient with software systems, terminology and procedures. Skilled in learning and adapting new software applications.
  • Excellent analytical and mathematical skills.
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Experience in developing and delivering user training and end user support.
  • Team player and ability to effectively partner and collaborate with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Skilled in cartography, including ability to produce maps that are effective communication tools with appropriate design elements and color schemes .
  • Ability to work independently and as part of an interdisciplinary, multi-cultural team.
  • Thrives in a very dynamic work environment and excels at multi-tasking/juggling multiple priorities and meets deadlines.
  • Working knowledge of R scripting, must be able to understand and make modifications to existing R scripts.
  • Basic statistics.
  • Positive attitude.

Start and end dates: Start ASAP

Link to more information and application: Job Announcement

Application deadline: Accepting applications on a rolling basis.