The Jane Goodall Institute is hiring a
The Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) mission is to understand and protect chimpanzees, other apes and their habitats, and to work towards creating a critical mass of informed and compassionate citizens who will help to create a better world for people, other animals and
our shared environment
The institute has a long-standing legacy and foundation in science, with a focus on long-term basic and applied research to drive action and results. JGI’s Conservation Science Department continues Jane’s legacy by tackling complex questions as viewed through the lens of three major inextricably linked systems: Animals, People, and the Environment (A.P.E.). JGI leverages and uses the power of geography and geospatial technologies, including satellite imagery, GIS, mobile and cloud technologies, to integrate traditional knowledge with science data, connect and monitor the health of chimpanzees, habitats, and other animals, people, and the environment to support conservation decisions with actionable information, intelligence, and insights.
Using this framework to guide our efforts over the coming years and guided by a new Science Strategy JGI teams and partners will leverage science and technology through innovative and grounded country-specific national policies to accelerate the pace, scale, and increase effectiveness of conservation. The Conservation Science Department is committed to supporting meaningful change at the intersections of research, storytelling, community & partnerships, data & technology, and policy & advocacy.
THE GIS COORDINATOR
The GIS Coordinator is a technical position in the Science Department under the direction of VP of Science responsible for implementing, maintaining and troubleshooting an enterprise GIS environment ensuring that all geospatial data becomes the central repository of spatial and tabular data for JGI, feeding science applications and supporting all programs across the organization. Duties include but are not limited to administrating JGI’s ArcGIS Online account,
data, users, applications, and groups, creating and analyzing GIS procedures and data standards and solutions, training staff and partners on GIS applications and building a GIS community of practice in JGI. No supervisory responsibilities.
The work will involve close collaboration with all JGI programs, and with additional external technology partners. We are looking for an energetic team member passioned to apply GIS/data science tools to help protect chimpanzees, other wildlife and habitats, support community-led conservation efforts and with the capacity to listen to collaborators, learn about local decision making processes and needs, generate ideas, and deliver geospatial products and solutions efficiently.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Candidates for this position will perform the following duties on a regular basis:
· Administer and manage JGI’s ArcGIS Online / Enterprise account, users, groups, data and applications supporting all JGI programs.
· Develop and maintain GIS applications for use on the desktop, web and mobile devices.
· Evaluate GIS infrastructure to ensure it adequately meets JGI needs.
· Develop and manage daily ArcGIS Online and enterprise geodatabases
· Train JGI staff and partners on the standards and procedures necessary for the effective operation of GIS technology in JGI
· Review and coordinate acquisitions and donation of data, mapping products and services from outside vendors and organizations.
· Coordinate and monitor contracts with GIS hardware, software, data conversion, and other providers of GIS products and services.
· Assist all programs and departments across JGI with GIS-related activities and attend various meetings as directed.
· Build a GIS community of practices within JGI, coordinate GIS Users' Group meetings, trainings, and open GIS office hours.
· Coordinate with staff across all JGIs and other partners involved in GIS data sharing
· Develop and maintain JGI Science Hub to help JGI staff and partners discover and coordinate on authoritative data, standards, applications, models, solutions and tools.
· Create and publish web services using ArcGIS Online.
· Building web mapping applications, storymaps, hubs and dashboards in ArcGIS Online.
· Work independently and with others with limited supervision.
· Perform other duties as assigned by VP Conservation Science
· Bachelor's degree in GIS, data science, environmental studies, biology or related field. Masters preferred.
ABOUT CANDIDATES FOR THIS POSITION
Candidates with the following skills/experience will be ideally suited for this position:
· Experience working with ArcGIS Online, data management, analysis, and visualization tools such as ArcGIS Pro, Azure data science, and Esri storymaps, webmapping applications, and dashboards.
· Experience with Postgres or Microsoft SQL databases.
· Ability to successfully assess and apply best practices and current technologies to enhance JGI’s GIS objectives.
· Ability to balance several job functions at one time and plan, organize and prioritize assignments; ability to meet deadlines.
· Ability to work in a team environment to achieve the current and future GIS goals of JGI
· Ability to work independently with minimum supervision.
· Ability to communicate clearly and concisely orally and in writing, analyze and interpret data, review materials on a variety of technology issues, give recommendations and respond to questions and concerns from JGI staff and partners in a clear, concise and easily understandable manner.
· Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with JGI staff and partners in academia, government, local communities, and private sectors.
ACCEPTABLE EXPERIENCE & TRAINING
· At least four (4) years of combined GIS coursework and applied experience.
· A self-starter with a growth mindset who can work independently and collaborate well with team members across a globally dispersed organization.
· Detail oriented, yet efficient at meeting deadlines.
· Willingness to participate in all levels of project work when necessary and continuously serve as a team player.
· Project management experience helpful.
· An experience working with environmental, wildlife or conservation projects is a plus.
· Ability and willingness to travel to JGI program regions in Africa if required.
COMPENSATION & BENEFITS
Salary commensurate with training and experience.
ANTI-DISCRIMINATION & HARRASSMENT POLICY
JGI prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by U.S. or International law.