Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst
NewFields Agriculture & Environmental Resources - Sacramento, CA

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Position Description :
Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst

NewFields Agricultural & Environmental Resources (NewFields AER)

NewFields AER has an opening for a Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst in its Sacramento, California office. NewFields AER specializes in providing solutions to challenging agricultural and environmental problems throughout the world. Our areas of expertise include soil science, water quality and demand evaluation, agricultural systems, salinity and nutrient management, ecosystem restoration, statistics, remote sensing, geospatial analysis, and regulatory policy. NewFields helps clients develop high value, scientifically sound, proactive solutions to their complex, large-scale land based challenges.

The successful Remote Sensing/GIS Analyst candidate will be responsible for working with our geospatial team comprised of remote sensing/GIS experts and a range of agronomic, environmental, and engineering disciplines. Applicants must have strong analytical remote sensing and GIS skills and strong theoretical and applied remote sensing understanding, ideally with experience in object-based image analysis techniques. This is an environmental consulting position requiring ability to develop analysis approaches/methodology and work within a team to optimize methods. Geospatial analysis understanding in an earth science context is preferred. The applicant must have good communication skills, readily and agreeably work in a team environment, demonstrate ability to manage multiple tasks and perform work on time and within budget resources. Strong theoretical and practical understanding of imagery interpretation and analysis abilities are necessary to perform job duties as well as strong understanding of statistics, GIS concepts, and spatial data. Scripting abilities with Python is highly desired.

Office Location: Sacramento, CA

Hiring Timeframe: Immediate

Employment Type: Full Time, including benefits

Primary Responsibilities:
Work in a team environment on a wide range of projects, supporting our team of scientists, remote sensing analysts, GIS analysts, and engineers

Organized and methodical with communication and documentation capabilities

Understand geospatial challenges and conceptualize and articulate analysis approach ideas with a multi-disciplinary team

Develop and perform raster based imagery analysis procedures, spatial and statistical modeling applications, and basic raster spatial analysis

Perform and develop advanced object based image analysis procedures and methodologies for earth science applications as part of an interdisciplinary team of scientists, remote sensing analysts, GIS analysts, and engineers

Develop innovative image analysis solutions using a wide array of data sources

Resourceful in seeking, locating, preparing, and/or creating raster & vector data

Leverage a strong foundational understanding of multispectral imagery characteristics to solve complex agricultural and environmental land based problems

Required Qualifications: Education: BS/MS Geography, Geology, Natural Resources field

Years of Experience: 3 - 8 yrs

Required Technical Competencies:
Raster based image analysis techniques

Complex spatial analysis (Geoprocessing), preferably in a consulting environment

Object-based image analysis techniques and modeling

Required Software Application Skills: Experience with ERDAS IMAGINE suite, Experience with ESRI ArcGIS suite (ArcCatalog, ArcMap, ArcToolbox)

Experience with raster imagery products and basic raster analysis

Spatial/statistical modeling, Statistics knowledge. Experience with R.

GIS data editing, GIS map production, spatial database management, and spatial analysis/reporting tasks

Advanced spatial analysis (GeoProcessing)

Preferred Qualifications:
eCognition /Definiens (eCogntion Developer & Server) experience

Programming experience in Python with ESRI products

Strong statistics experience, specifically with Systat, Sigmaplot, R, CART

Field data collection and GPS experience

Proficiency in relational database environments (PostGres, SQL Server, MS Access, other relational databases)

Programming in Python environment

Experience with LiDAR and RADAR

Experience with GRASS, ArcGIS Server interaction, and both Windows and Linux Environments

Professional Skills:
Positive/enthusiastic attitude, passionate about professional pursuits, strong organizational, communication and writing skills, personable, ability and desire to learn, attention to detail, strong QA/QC experience, always looking for new geospatial solutions and opportunities.

Please send resume/cover letter to HR Representative at Also visit our website for more information at

NewFields is a multidisciplinary environmental consulting firm with multiple offices throughout the United States and internationally. Founded in 1995 to provide an alternative to large institutional environmental consulting firms, NewFields emphasizes a solution-oriented approach to our consulting assignments. We offer competitive compensation, complete benefits packages, 401K, and training and development opportunities.

Our Sacramento office is centrally located in northern California in a thriving region of culture and arts and in close proximity to a full range of recreational activities associated with the Sierra Nevada and Coastal mountains, scenic rivers, Pacific coast, and California valleys and foothills.