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Dangermond Fellow-Enterprise GIS

National Audubon Society

Posted By: Connor Bailey, April 8, 2021

The Dangermond Fellowship is an exciting, paid opportunity for 3 positions provided through the partnership between the National Audubon Society and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). This prestigious fellowship is designed with the aim to foster the next generation of leaders in the enterprise GIS, science, and nonprofit/conservation sectors. Throughout the year, Fellows will receive extensive and immersive training in the full ArcGIS platform and will visit both the ESRI campus in Redlands, CA and Audubon’s headquarters in New York City, Covid travel policies and restrictions permitting. The position is a one-year commitment and starts in June 2021 until June 2022. Fellows will work full-time over the duration of the year. There will be opportunities to attend trainings, the ESRI User Conference, and spend time on GIS-related projects with the extended Audubon field, including travel as permitted safely. . The goals of the program are to provide Fellows with enterprise systems, conservation, science, and applied technologies exposure in a GIS department that is at the forefront of the GIS enterprise landscape. Experience with GIS server technologies, cloud servers, database management systems, application development, and account management will be gained through hands-on application of skills and knowledge with a professional team. Through the fellowship, Audubon wants to bring together people from diverse disciplines, including but not limited to computer science, cartography, human geography, physical geography, climate science, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and geospatial information science. As a Fellow, your potential to further GIS work in connection with Audubon’s conservation strategy will be a strong consideration during the selection process.

This includes:

  • Advancing research in the field of geographic information systems and science applied to wildlife and bird conservation.
  • Expanding and strengthening the relevance of geographic information science across Audubon’s network, especially in the intersection of GIS, conservation policy, climate change, coastal planning, and land use/cover change monitoring.
  • Promotion of effective and ethical use of geographic information data and technologies.
  • Building relationships around GIS science and applications in order to foster multi-disciplinary geospatial research and education across the Audubon network and key partners.
  • Integration of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in all aspects of the Enterprise GIS team, work, processes, tools, and data.

Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered.

Essential Functions

Under the supervision from the Enterprise GIS team, the Fellow will learn how to:

  • Guide projects using GIS to help Audubon meet its conservation goals.
  • Train and educate users throughout the Audubon network and also be the initial contact for technical questions about GIS.
  • Develop web maps, mobile applications, and story maps for informing Audubon staff, partners, and the public.
  • Create and steward authoritative spatial data in an enterprise database management system.
  • Create resources using Python (including Jupyter notebooks) and ModelBuilder to support geoprocessing services in applications.
  • Create and publish web services using ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online.

Qualifications and Experience

  • Demonstrated interest in the field of environmental science, wildlife conservation, sustainability, computer science, or ecology, demonstrated either through scholastic studies or prior employment or volunteer experience.
  • Good interpersonal skills and a desire to lead using an advanced GIS toolkit to solve conservation issues.
  • Must have a deep understanding of cartography, GIS, and web GIS.
  • Understanding of and ability to apply scientific analyses and models.
  • Experience working with policy administrators to prepare GIS datasets for public release.
  • Ability to effectively synthesize complex information.
  • Ability to work autonomously and with excellent time management skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills for developing project planning and developing project documentation.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills.

Preferred Qualifications and Experience:

  • Experience with satellite remote sensing and/or drone imagery.
  • Coursework or interest in enterprise GIS including geodatabase design, ESRI APIs, geoprocessing, Python (including Jupyter notebooks and ModelBuilder), server technologies, and SQL.
  • Deep understanding of spatial critical thinking tools and methods.
  • Experience in software development or programming especially in JavaScript, R Statistical Language, HTML, CSS, and Arcade.
  • Experience manipulating complex data into understandable visualizations.
  • Ability to read and/or converse in other languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese).