Opportunity: Spatial Data Scientist

The Nature Conservancy is now seeking a Spatial Data Scientist to join their Conservation Technology team and work with the California Oceans program designing and implementing data analyses (often spatial, but not always) to support projects dealing with ocean plastics, marine spatial planning, and fisheries management.

Apply by March 28th for consideration. 

Date published: 2021/03/18

Your Position with TNC

The Spatial Data Scientist provides technical data science support for conservation initiatives principally in the California Oceans program. As a part of the Conservation Technology team, spatial data scientists are responsible for designing and implementing various data analyses (often spatial, but not always) to support projects in collaboration with other scientists and project managers. The work is primarily focused on the Oceans domain in California and will include a variety of projects that range from ocean plastics, marine spatial planning, and fisheries management.

The portfolio of projects is large and diverse and will require the ideal candidate to engage in lateral thinking and bring an innovation mindset. Your tools of the trade are desktop and web GIS, analytical coding languages (e.g. Python, R, Javascript), lean approaches, and anything else that gets the job done. The Nature Conservancy is a global organization and as such there can be opportunities for working internationally, so willingness to travel and cross-cultural experience is desired.

Essential Functions

Managing Data Products and Process: The Spatial Data Scientist is responsible for all aspects of data science project lifecycles, including initial scoping and planning, packaging and publishing data, communication of results, and any future revisions and maintenance. 

Collaboration: The position requires a high degree of collaboration on multidisciplinary teams, often made up of non-technical members. 

Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The ideal candidate will have an innovation mindset in areas of technology that go beyond data science and GIS. The ability to synthesize and understand the relevance of a suite of technologies (e.g. IoT, mobile, remote sensing, AI) is a critical skill for all members of the Conservation Technology team.

Responsibilities & Scope

  • Design and deliver data analyses (mostly spatial) and communicate results clearly
  • Design and maintain spatial and relational databases and datasets
  • Create data visualization products for static and dynamic (Internet-based) map applications
  • May lead staff, interns or volunteers on a project basis.                       
  • May manage a grant, contract or request for proposal.                       
  • May require work in variable weather conditions, at remote locations, in hazardous terrain and under physically demanding circumstances.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master's Degree in science related field and 2 years of experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. 
  • Expertise with web and desktop GIS software both proprietary and open source (e.g. Esri, QGIS, ArcGIS Online, MapBox)
  • Expertise in statistical and analytical methods in geospatial data science
  • Demonstrated ability with relevant scripting and programming languages (e.g.  Python, Javascript, HTML, R) 
  • Experience in developing and managing multiple projects                  
  • Experience leading and working with cross functional teams.                                       
  • Experience preparing reports of findings.  
  • Experience working and communicating with a wide range of people.

Desired Qualifications

  • Experience working with coastal and ocean geospatial and time-series data
  • Familiarity with remote sensing data and analytical methods
  • Multi-language skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experience appreciated
  • Strong knowledge of common software applications
  • Experience with Artificial Intelligence, specifically machine learning and computer vision
  • Demonstrated understanding of how data science integrates with software engineering
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to meet deadlines

How to Apply

To apply to position number 49465, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately on TNC by searching for this position and using the upload buttons. Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will close on March 28, 2021

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