GIS Analyst II, Global Forest Watch

Data Analysis & Technical Research Washington, District of Columbia

Job Summary

In this role, as a member of the Global Forest Watch research team, you will prepare spatial data and provide technical support for the GFW platform and other GFW web applications. You will also assist in the delivery of GIS-related research outputs, as well as handle incoming analysis requests from media partners and other research organizations.

The current projects you will support include the development and delivery of a community level greenhouse gas inventory web tool and webinar series, the maintenance and analysis of all GFW Fires data, ongoing support for the Global Forest Review, and development of an artificial intelligence drivers of deforestation classification model.

Job Responsibilities
Research and Analysis (50%)

  • Analyze spatial data, including deriving spatial statistics and time series, using geoprocessing tools
  • Collaborate with others on GFW and other WRI research teams to develop and implement workflows and new analysis methods to answer research questions related to deforestation, land use, restoration, and environmental degradation
  • Collaborate with external partners to assess potential research opportunities involving GFW and non-GFW data
  • Provide guidance and leadership to other GIS staff with respect to technical analysis
  • Provide feedback on the development of geospatial platform and associated web tools based on user research/outreach
  • Collect land use training points in support of artificial intelligence land use model development
  • Help assess land use changes identified by GLAD deforestation alerts for monthly Places to Watch analysis Data Management and
GIS Technical Support (40%)
  • Process, format, and manage GIS datasets for input into GFW platform and associated web tools
  • Conduct necessary geospatial analyses for QA/QC of the GFW platform, API, and associated web tools based on collaboration with the GFW engineering team
  • Provide data analysis for incoming fire data requests and other unique analyses not offered on GFW platform/API (usually some form of zonal statistics or spatial join)
  • Identify new datasets relevant to GFW, in the context of identified thematic and geographic research priorities
  • Write scripts to automate GIS tasks that are performed on a regular basis
Outreach and Communication (10%)
  • Become an expert in GFW’s geospatial data and associated platforms
  • Communicate with internal and external partners on status of collaborative projects
  • Field and appropriately respond to GIS technical inquiries from GFW users and the media (usually through email or video calls)
  • Write technical publications to document geospatial analysis methods
  • Prepare online and/or printed maps for GFW partners and communications materials
  • Represent GFW at relevant conferences/meetings and give webinars/presentations when requested
  • Communicate about GFW data and analytical content to non-technical audiences 
Job Qualifications
  • Minimum of two years of relevant, full-time work experience
  • Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Environmental Science, Geography, Forest Ecology, or another related field
  • Expertise in ArcGIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop 10.x, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Server, and ArcGIS Online
  • Programming experience using Python, R, SQL, and/or other analysis tools
  • Experience working with and analyzing large tabular datasets (>1 GB)
  • Experience with both raster and vector-based GIS analysis, including large and complex datasets
  • Experience managing geodatabases, especially ArcSDE
  • Good communication and presentation skills
  • Willingness to take initiative and ability to work independently and manage own time
  • Ability to work on a variety of projects while meeting tight deadlines
  • Excellent attention to detail and independent problem solver 
Preferred (Not Required) Qualifications
  • Master’s Degree in GIS, Environmental Science, Geography, Forest Ecology, or another related field
  • Experience publishing web map services
  • Experience with Carto, Mapbox, ArcServer, Amazon Web Services, and Google Earth Engine
  • Experience with cloud computing, including Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Platform
  • Experience collecting training points and developing land use classification models
  • Knowledge of current state of forests and political climates in heavily forested countries
  • Experience working with diverse audiences, including international staff and non-native English speakers 

Potential Salary: $63,000 - $82,000. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. 

How to Apply

Please submit a cover letter with resume. Applicants must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered. 

Program Overview

Global Forest Watch (GFW) is a cutting edge, interactive online forest monitoring and alert system designed to help increase global access to environmental information, to reduce deforestation, and to conserve forest landscapes. As part of the broader GFW initiative, the Global Forest Watch research team collects and analyzes data to produce meaningful insights for day-to-day users, local governments, and other research organizations, while also providing a near real time monitoring platforms for local NGOs and forest monitoring organizations.

WRI Overview

World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade in order to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, watersustainable cities, and the ocean. 

We are passionate. We value our diversity of interests, skills and backgrounds. We have a flexible work environment. And we share a common goal to catalyze change that will improve the lives of people. Our shared ideals are at the core of our approach. They include: integrity, innovation, urgency, independence and respect. 

The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps and analysis to solve the world’s greatest environment and international development challenges, and improve people’s lives. We work with leaders in government, business and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.  

We have been growing rapidly: our staff has doubled in size over the past 5 years and our operating budget is now $150 million. Founded in 1982, WRI has a global staff of 1,000+ people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices inAfrica, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexicoand theUnited States as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions.   

WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices.  

WRI is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.