Spatial Analyst; position number 41535

Job Title: Spatial Analyst
Job ID: 41535

Location: Washington state

OFFICE LOCATION Seattle, Washington (WA)

The Nature Conservancy is the leading conservation organization working to make a positive impact around the world in more than 30 countries, all 50 United States, and your backyard. Founded in 1951, the mission of The Nature Conservancy is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. Visit to learn more.about us.


The Spatial Analyst conducts quantitative spatial analysis, develops and manages conservation databases, and provides technical support for the conservation priorities of The Nature Conservancy’s Washington chapter. Primary responsibilities include:
•Conducting spatial & quantitative analysisusing ESRI GIS software and extensions, quantitative statistics, computational modeling, and diverse data to deliver rapid, cutting edge analysis and mapping that supports quick and innovative scientific responses to terrestrial, freshwater, and marine conservation questions and needs from colleagues and partners across the state.
•Promoting data and tool sharing through partnershipswith academics, government agencies, and other organizations so that Conservancy data and planning tools are accessed and applied by others, and TNC’s Conservation and Science staff makes best use of available data and tools.
•Delivering technical servicessuch as providing timely and satisfactory responses to data and map requests from conservation programs, managing ArcSDE accounts and workflows, maintaining GIS data library and JungleDisk resources.

Other specific duties may include:
• Building, populating and maintaining spatial and other relational data sets from cartographic and tabular source material
• Communicating and sharing results of spatial analyses and products that inform Conservancy staff and partners
• Providing hardware and software support
• Training staff to access data through web-mapping applications and other technologies

We seek outstanding candidates who have demonstrated their ability and experience as a(n):
•Expert analystwho uses diverse types of data and applies quantitative spatial statistics and computational modeling to conduct scientifically rigorous analyses and to deliver timely findings to clients or colleagues in ways and formats that effectively inform decisions.
•Savvy GIS and technology professionalwho develops a broad network of professional relationships and who uses multiple technologies such as ESRI enterprise GIS, ArcSDE, ArcGIS extensions (e.g., Spaital Analyst, Geostatistical Analyst, 3D Analyst) scripting languages (e.g., Python, SQL, JavaScript, Visual Basic), Model Builder, R, and web publishing, to make workflows more efficient, and to make data, analyses, maps and other information more easily accessible to others.
•Constructive problem-solverwho takes initiative to suggest possible solutions to conservation and technical problems, and who collaborates with peers to decide and act on an appropriate course.
•Conservation practitionerwho has worked with ecological data and applied it to conservation problems, and is familiar with best available data sources.
•Conservation practitioner who has knowledge of climate change drivers and ability to integrate climate science into all spatial analyses.

The Spatial Analyst will work closely with the Science Director, and with peers in the Science and Conservation Programs to ensure that her/his work, and that of her/his team is strategically aligned with conservation priorities and compatible with enterprise information systems. The Spatial Analyst will report to the chapter’s Science Director. This position is based in Seattle, Washington.

• Takes initiative and collaborates to find creative solutions ; thinks outside of the box.
• Interprets guidelines, evaluates information and modifies processes to adapt to changing circumstances
• Resolves complex issues within program area independently
• Resolves complex issues that overlap with other program areas in collaboration with appropriate colleagues
• Diagnoses complex problems and identifies creative solutions

• Makes independent decisions based on analysis, experience and judgment
• Manages and prioritizes tasks from multiple sources
• Consults with supervisor on unusual or complex issues.
• Significant opportunity to act independently within defined program goals.

• May help develop and manage work plans and large project budgets.
• May negotiate and contract with vendors.
• Ensures integrity of both data collection and management relating to conservation projects and project statistics.

• Works cooperatively as part of a team with a number of staff and external parties, sometimes under pressure, in order to complete project work and goals in a timely manner.
• Provides a variety of information to staff and others, contributing to conservation projects and assisting workflow throughout the organization.
• Works and communicates effectively with diverse colleagues, including scientists, conservation staff and senior managers to obtain and provide needed information.
• Able to simplify and explain complex scientific and/or conservation data to general audiences.
• Communicates strategic project goals and objectives clearly and succinctly.

• Work requires only minor physical exertion and/or physical strain.
• Work environment involves only infrequent exposure to disagreeable elements.TNC

• BS degree in relevant field of study and 3 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience using geographic information systems (GIS) and computer models to develop quantitative spatial analyses related to conservation or natural resources.
• Experience populating, managing, and maintaining databases or geographic information systems.
•Experience developing, managing and completing multiple projects on time, as part of a team.

• MS or BS degree and certification in conservation, geography, ecology, natural resource management, environmental sciences or related discipline, and 3-5 years related experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
• Experience using scripting languages or Model Builder to automate analysis or other GIS processes.
• Demonstrated experience with complex spatial analysis and data modeling.
• Demonstrated ability to synthesize a variety of available spatial models and select the best model and scale to address a particular question
• Demonstrated ability to communicate technical information in a tangible way to non-technical audiences.
• Knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and region(s), including conservation science and GIS technology.
• Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources.
• Able to make practical sense out of processed data and apply to real world situations and decisions.
• Manages time and diverse activities under deadlines while delivering quality results.
• Demonstrated experience operating ArcGIS software, managing relational databases and creating maps.
• Demonstrated database and computer based management experience including managing, maintaining and populating databases and manual files.
• Proficient at using common software applications (e.g.; Word, Access, Excel, Web browsers).
• Communicates clearly via written, spoken, and visual means.


The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, a 401k plan, 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.


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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy’s background screening process

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