Landscape GIS Analyst

Other Washington, District Of Columbia


JOB TITLE:   Landscape GIS Analyst

CLASSIFICATION: Professional 3  

SALARY: $64,000 - $68,000 annual

FLSA:  Exempt 

DEPARTMENT:   Center for Conservation Innovation

LOCATION:  Headquarters, Washington, DC

REPORTS TO:   Senior Conservation Scientist

LAST REVISED:  February 2021


The Landscape GIS Analyst provides geospatial support to the Center for Conservation Innovation (CCI) specifically and Defenders of Wildlife more broadly.  The incumbent coordinates and supports interdisciplinary teams in need of GIS-related services and guidance to other GIS users. S/he contributes to a variety of projects related to the broad context of integrated ecological systems that include both abiotic and biotic components. His/her mapping and geospatial analyses will inform work across the organization, from landscape conservation to membership outreach. The position will also work with our team of scientists and help develop new tools and ideas for strategically using data to improve biodiversity conservation policies and practices at regional and broader landscape scales.  

Reporting to the Senior Conservation Scientist, the Landscape GIS Analyst plays a key role in CCI by analyzing complex geospatial datasets related to the broad landscapes that support North American wildlife and their habitats. S/he will be responsible for communicating GIS results through a variety of creative media, developing static and interactive web maps and resources to inform landscape conservation, aiding in intern management, and cultivating partnerships internally and with other organizations to advocate for conservation strategies at regional, national, and continental scales. The Analyst will generally apply geospatial data to better understand the places that endangered species rely on and the management decisions affecting species/places in a broader geographical context. When advising staff, the analyst will often be asked to gather relevant scientific data, distill key points, and weigh alternatives. The analyst will manage the Google File Stream cloud system for storing Defenders’ spatial data and will serve as an administrator of Defenders’ ArcGIS Online organization account.  


  • Provide GIS Support: Create static, dynamic and web-based maps, with a focus on landscape-scale issues, for internal and external consumption and provide training in support of conservation staff.
  • Carry out basic and intermediate geospatial and remote sensing analyses and assist with advance analyses. This may include tasks such as calculating spatial statistics, analyzing habitat suitability and connectivity, or estimating habitat loss using satellite imagery.
  • Participate in interdisciplinary program teams to provide guidance and support on the strategic use of spatial information in achieving program goals.
  • Provide support in managing GIS interns.
  • Maintain the files and folders housing Defenders’ GIS program data through Google File Stream. 
  • Implement and update standard operating procedures for file management.
  • Perform administrative duties to manage CCI’s accounts on the Google File Stream cloud system.
  • Serve as a day-to-day liaison between CCI and other Defenders staff, as well as between Defenders’ staff and external conservation partners.
  • Interpret data and analytics to inform product design and/or future promotional strategies.
  • Test systems and application for errors and troubleshoot issues that arise.
  • Perform all other related duties as assigned.


Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent  
Experience: 4 years of relevant experience 

An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above. 

Preferred skills/experience may include developing computer programming code to work with geospatial data (e.g., R or python), using GIS cloud-computing services (e.g., Microsoft Azure), working with Zonation, Marxan or similar tools. 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Professional 


  1. Ability to accurately maintain electronic and physical records 
  2. Anticipate and meet the needs of internal and/or external stakeholders delivering excellent service 


  1. Ability to clearly and accurately communicate with internal and external stakeholders 
  2. Ability to articulate complex ideas clearly, accurately and concisely 
  3. Ability to convey effective messages to broad and diverse constituencies 
  4. Ability and willingness to effectively represent Defenders’ interests in external environments 
  5. Ability to exert influence and build consensus with internal and external stakeholders 

Critical Thinking 

  1. Ability to handle sensitive and confidential matters with discretion 
  2. Strong research and data analysis skills, including ability to gather and synthesize information from multiple sources to produce high quality work products in a consistent, efficient, accurate, and timely manner 
  3. Creative problem-solving and troubleshooting skills with willingness to experiment and innovate new methods.  
  4. Facilitate and promote the integration of diversity, equity and inclusion strategies into Defenders’ work 
  5. Ability to independently exercise appropriate judgment in response to complex and/or fluid environments 
  6. Strategic thinker with the ability to take high-level strategy and translate into relatable points and action steps. 

Project Management 

  1. Ability to work well under pressure and tight deadlines while balancing competing assignments 
  2. Ability to remain flexible and adaptable to shifting priorities while remaining responsive to urgent requests 
  3. Ability to take ownership of a project or process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues 
  4. Ability to manage deadlines on multiple cross-functional projects in a dynamic environment  
  5. Demonstrated ability in managing competing interests on complex issues 
  6. Ability to independently initiate project and initiative ideas; managing projects and initiatives through to completion  

Coalition and Community Engagement 

  1. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to form effective working relationships with diverse constituencies including federal/state agencies; elected officials and their staff; Defenders’ members and donors; private landowners; hunters and anglers; community leaders; religious, scientific, and academic communities; and /or the general public. 
  2. Ability to lead diverse stakeholders in collaborative activities, to anticipate policy issues impacting wildlife and make recommendations within Defenders, other organizations, and coalitions. 
  3. Networking skills to engage with leaders in the conservation community, federal and state agencies, NGOs, and other organizations. 

Conservation Knowledge

  1. Expert-level knowledge of Defenders’ legal, scientific, and/or political issues 
  2. Expert-level knowledge of national and regional social, political, and ecological landscapes 

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities for Conservation GIS Analyst 

  1. Ability and strong desire to apply geospatial science and tools to advance wildlife conservation, as evidenced by a background in biodiversity conservation issues, including landscape ecology, federal environmental and lands policies, restoration, endangered species, and/or climate change.  
  2. Advanced knowledge of and experience with GIS and mapping tools and technologies. 
  3. Experience applying GIS to concepts of landscape ecology, conservation biology, and cartography. 
  4. Ability to stay up-to-date on new and innovative concepts in GIS and landscape conservation. 
  5. Experience/ability to follow organizational protocols and systems for the acquisition, use, and sharing of geospatial data.
  6. Knowledge of and experience using the Microsoft, Google, and Esri suites of tools. 


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.  


  • General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet. 
  • The position requires occasional trips outside of Defenders’ offices in the Washington, D.C. region, where conditions may be crowded, noisy, and/or unfamiliar. 

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All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.