The Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager fills an integral role in leading the design and development of, as well as managing and maintaining, spatial databases for use in innovative forest restoration projects. They provide expertise, technical leadership, and support in GIS and/or other database technologies. This position works both internally and with a variety of external partners to lead and support efforts to modernize and innovate various practices involved in forest restoration.
The Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager designs and maintains centralized database(s) for use in forest restoration implementation and monitoring. Works closely with TNC colleagues and partners (e.g., U.S. Forest Service and lndustry) to test, refine and, implement digital technology and data sources that will enhance the pace of forest restoration. Develops methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems and related data management including developing and maintaining all documentation for data and data management. Performs data analysis, designs and produces advanced complex queries and professional reports. Processes spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source materials Provides hardware and software support. Produces maps and other graphic products and reports. Develops and maintain GIS library and/or database products library. Participates in conservation planning at various levels.
RESPONSIBILITIES AND SCOPE
- Design, implement and direct complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and budgets and coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside the organization.
- Incorporate cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
- Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.
- Plans, organizes and directs assigned project programs, particularly for vendors/outside contractors. Typically supervises project staff of Analysts, Specialists and Technicians.
- Manage projects on a large geographic scale.
- May interact with donors to explain a project. map, or data; may accompany fundraising staff as part of a team to educate (potential) donors about our work.
- Be willing to travel, work overtime, and work evenings and weekends as needed.
- Work environment may involve exposure to disagreeable elements and physical exertion and/or strain.
- Experience with ArcGIS software.
- Experience designing and maintaining a database to meet organizational needs.
- Experience developing and managing multiple projects.
- Experience managing and supervising a team or department and administering a budget, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance for both internal and external partners
- Experience training individuals and groups.
- Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
- Experience interpreting image analysis, complex spatial analysis, data modeling and landscape scenario analysis.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.
- Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated
- Experience publishing databases to ArcGIS online and set up for ArcCollector applications.
- Demonstrated knowledge of forestry, forestry practices and processes, and/or ecological principles.
- Geoprocessing and analysis of multiple types of spatial data.
- Working knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic region(s).
- Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources.
- Familiarity with ArcGIS PRO
- Fundraising experience.
- Travel as required (including occasional overnight/weekends).
- Work weekends and additional hours as needed.
The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.