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Forest Spatial Analyst

Posted 1 week ago

Employer: The Nature Conservancy

Location: DC metro area

Application deadline: Applications will be reviewed in the order they’re received and the position will remain open until filled.

Full position description and application instructions (if needed, search job #49590)


The Forest Spatial Analyst provides GIS, cartography, and database systems support for NatureVest’s forestry investments, and analysis of forest management strategies considering both conservation and economic outcomes. This includes generating conservation planning priority layers to proactively guide project identification, developing maps and layers necessary for project review and monitoring, and managing and maintaining conservation databases. They perform data analysis; design and produce advanced complex queries, professional reports, and user-friendly maps; and process spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source material. They work with NatureVest staff, state TNC staff, partners, and contractors to evaluate existing and potential portfolio properties for forest carbon projects, easement and fee sales, overlap with high priority conservation lands identified by TNC scientists, other opportunities. They assist in the preparation and delivery of reports and presentations to a wide variety of stakeholders. The position will initially focus on a new NatureVest collaboration with a private landowner with an initial portfolio of over 500,000 acres of forestland in the United States. The role will support work in collaboration with the private landowner’s team to evaluate the conservation strategy and attributes of potential new acquisitions, with the goal of significantly growing the conservation impact of the portfolio and setting an example for large-scale climate smart forestry investment in the U.S. and globally. They report to and work closely with the NCS Forester at NatureVest throughout all aspects of their work.

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