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Geographic Info Systems Specialist 2

The Natural Capital Project 



The Natural Capital Project (NatCap) is a partnership of Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment, University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment, The Nature Conservancy, the World Wildlife Fund, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Stockholm Resilience Center. We are pioneering science, technology, and partnerships that enable people and nature to thrive. Among other things, we develop and apply tools (including our flagship software, InVEST) to model and map natural capital and the flow of multiple ecosystem services across land- and seascapes. We seek a creative, collaborative, independent and experienced geographic information systems (GIS) professional to work with an interdisciplinary team based at Stanford University, applying InVEST ecosystem service models in our engagements around the world.


The GIS analyst will be the data and modeling expert in a small project team, often participating in several projects at a time. Primarily, this role includes: running InVEST models; compiling and creating input data for these models and related analyses; creating and maintaining spatial databases; contributing maps, graphics, and text for reports and other publications; and presenting findings to stakeholders. Secondary roles include technical support of internal and external InVEST users, interfacing with software developers for tool development, developing geoprocessing scripts to automate workflows, and developing course material and delivering training to practitioners in the use of NatCap’s approach and tools. The analyst will work both independently and as part of a highly collaborative team. The position is based at NatCap’s offices at Stanford University. It requires excellent technical, organizational, communication, and independent research skills, as well as an aptitude for teamwork and collaboration across disciplines and cultures. The position also involves some travel (typically 4-6 times per year), often to international locations, in order to interface with local partners, stakeholders, researchers, students, and practitioners.


To apply, a cover letter describing how you meet the required and preferred qualifications, as well as a CV or resume are required. If possible, please provide links to examples of geospatial analyses, products or code you have developed. This position is fixed term for one year with possibility of renewal based on performance and programmatic need.


Required qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

  • Strong general GIS skills, working with raster, vector and tabular data, in a variety of formats.

  • Demonstrated ability to create geoprocessing scripts and tools to automate workflows

  • Ability to work effectively on multiple concurrent projects

  • Excellent communication skills


Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience working with both ArcGIS and QGIS

  • Proficiency in Python and experience with version control

  • Experience applying or developing social or ecological models in the context of natural resource and/or land-use management

  • Experience working with collaborators from diverse backgrounds and capacity to engage with interdisciplinary teams

  • Experience using remote sensing data in analyses

  • Proficiency in Spanish is a plus


Job Purpose:

Under general direction, perform advanced spatial data analyses and develop Geographic Information Systems (GIS) products including web-based mapping applications using relevant programming languages.


Core Duties:

  • Lead the development of GIS spatial products and web applications to meet user needs.

  • Conduct data analysis utilizing GIS tools to clarify and communicate spatial relationships and present results in a clear, appropriate manner.

  • Develop programming scripts and other automated processes to expedite routine data analyses and mapping functions.

  • Develop GIS mobile and internet applications.

  • Identify client requirements and then design, maintain or enhance online, self-service GIS applications for clients to access information and perform data analysis. May present training sessions on GIS-based tools.

  • Review and ensure that data developed by and/or obtained by staff are accurate and documented using industry adopted metadata standards.

  • Prepare, provide and update spatial data sets. Search literature an online sources for relevant data.

  • Collaborate with clients on data collection and analysis methods. Determine additional data and collection reporting requirements.

  • Serve as a resource for inquiries and requests.

  • May act as technical lead and direct the work of others or lead project efforts, including liaison with stakeholder groups.

Education & Experience:
Bachelor’s degree and five years of relevant experience or a combination of education and relevant experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Extensive experience and a solid understanding of GIS applications and graphic image editing software.
  • Expertise in scripting languages and relational databases applicable to GIS, spatial database, and web mapping application
  • Understanding of Web design and visual communication in the context of interactive web maps
  • Demonstrated experience with industry standard computer programming languages. Proficient at MSWord, PowerPoint, Excel and Access.
  • Understanding of topologic types and relationships and database design elements.
  • Able to coordinate and execute complex design projects.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Experience reading and interpreting maps, engineering and architectural drawings.
  • Possess cartographic aptitude with ability to complete basic mathematical and statistical calculations.
  • Able to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to multi-task and manage deadlines.
  • Able to program and use engineering blueprint copier, plotters, scanners and printers where applicable.
  • Able to provide technical leadership and direct the work of others.
  • Solid comprehension of coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography and map scales.

The job duties listed are typical examples of work performed by positions in this job classification and are not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties, tasks, and responsibilities. Specific duties and responsibilities may vary depending on department or program needs without changing the general nature and scope of the job or level of responsibility. Employees may also perform other duties as assigned.

Consistent with its obligations under the law, the University will provide reasonable accommodation to any employee with a disability who requires accommodation to perform the essential functions of his or her job.

Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job Family: Information Analytics
Job Series: Geographic Information Systems
Job Code: 4768
Grade: H
Exemption: Exempt, fixed-term one year

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