GIS Analyst
National Audubon Society, Inc. - San Francisco, CA

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Now in its second century, Audubon is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. Audubon’s mission is engaging people in bird conservation on a hemispheric scale through science, policy, education and on-the-ground conservation action. By mobilizing and aligning its network of Chapters, Centers, State and Important Bird Area programs in the four major migratory flyways in the Americas, the organization will bring the full power of Audubon to bear on protecting common and threatened bird species and the critical habitat they need to survive. And as part of BirdLife International, Audubon will join people in over 100 in-country organizations all working to protect a network of Important Bird Areas around the world, leveraging the impact of actions they take at a local level. What defines Audubon’s unique value is a powerful grassroots network of nearly 500 local chapters, 23 state offices, 43 Audubon Centers, Important Bird Area Programs in 46 states, and 700 staff across the country. Audubon is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary:

The GIS Analyst will be provided the opportunity to apply advanced skills in data management, geoprocessing, landscape analysis, and map design as applied to wildlife conservation issues of national and international significance. Primarily, the GIS Analyst will use spatial data to create project layers and maps for renewable energy and shorebird conservation projects within the context of Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in California. The work will involve contact with agencies to secure data spatial layers, and collaboration with Audubon staff.

Data will be analyzed using GIS tools to identify and evaluate potential impacts of renewable energy projects throughout California to Important Bird Areas, critical habitats, and other designations. Printable renewable energy maps will be created that can be used in meetings with consultants for project review, mitigation programs, etc. GIS will also be used to create an online and user friendly volunteer coastal stewardship map that will incorporate critical habitat, important bird areas, and volunteer opportunities. The position will be co-supervised by Audubon California’s Renewable Energy Director and Coastal Programs Director.

Essential Functions:
  • Assist with biological data collection, data sharing, and data management
  • Perform spatial analysis using ESRI tools including Spatial Analyst and ArcGIS online.
  • Provide support through cartographic design, which may include using web-based applications such as Google Maps
  • Work with a team of conservation professionals within Audubon, and with outside organizations such as other NGOs and state and federal agencies.

Qualifications and Experience:
  • Bachelor's Degree (or at least 3 years of completed coursework) in environmental studies, ecology, biology, geography or a related field.
  • At least one (1) year of GIS coursework or equivalent experience required.
  • Cartography (map design) experience, spatial analysis (geoprocessing), and ArcGIS online preferred.
  • Completion of an applied conservation GIS project a plus, as well as interest and education in wildlife ecology.
  • Must be skilled in the use of ArcGIS 10, Spatial Analyst, and Microsoft Office.