GIS Research Analyst
Global Forest Watch, Biological Resources Program
Summary Description: Global Forest Watch, an initiative of the World Resources Institute, is
currently seeking candidates for a Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Research Analyst to
focus on datasets on Central Africa’s forests and development activities in the following countries:
Cameroon, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Congo, Dem. Rep. of Congo, and the Central African
Republic. The research analyst will develop and implement GIS applications in support of a
consortium of NGOs working on Central African natural resource management, including
bushmeat hunting and related issues, forestry, and compliance monitoring. As part of this work,
the analyst will produce spatial data sets from satellite imagery and paper maps, edit and improve
datasets, be responsible for writing metadata and making datasets available. This is a six-month
term position with benefits, and will require at least one trip of up to one month to one or more
Central African countries to collect and compile datasets.
Major Responsibilities: Collecting and compiling data in a number of formats, researching and
developing attribute databases, using satellite imagery to develop roads datasets, acquiring and
analyzing satellite imagery; working with a diverse group of collaborators, including organizations
based both in the U.S. and in Central Africa; maintaining GIS hardware and software; installing
software upgrades securing statistics, maps, and other information from governments and private
organizations; documenting data, procedures, and analyses; preparing maps, posters and
graphics summarizing findings; and responding to requests for information and data.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will have a bachelors or masters (preferred) degree in
geography or natural sciences, with a minimum of two years of experience applying GIS to
environmental issues. Fluency in French and some experience in working in central Africa
strongly desired. The position requires proficiency in GIS software including ArcGIS, ArcView,
and ERDAS Imagine (or equivalent) and familiarity with Windows NT/2000; experience with GPS
and field data collection; strong analytical and communication skills; ability to work on a variety of
projects while meeting tight deadlines, and a strong interest in international natural resources
issues. Strong cartographic skills, experience teaching the use and applications of GIS software,
and a knowledge of graphics software (e.g., Adobe Photoshop and/or Illustrator) with an ability to
produce high quality maps for publication are highly preferred. Knowledge of forestry and tropical
ecology is also desirable.
Salary: GIS analyst salary will be based on his/her experience, with excellent benefits package.
This 6-month term position with benefits may be extended.
About Global Forest Watch: Global Forest Watch (GFW) is an initiative of the World Resources
Institute. GFW is comprised of an international network of public and private organizations that
seeks to catalyze changes in forest use to satisfy current and future needs. Learn more about
GFW at www.globalforestwatch.org.
About WRI: The World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent policy research institute
created in 1982 with a mission of moving human society to live in ways that protect Earth’s
environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future
WRI is a private, not-for-profit corporation that receives financial support from foundations,
governmental and intergovernmental institutions, private corporations, and concerned individuals.
WRI’s global agenda requires a staff that is diverse—with respect to race, gender, cultural, and
international background. Diverse perspectives and experience enhance the way WRI selects
and approaches issues, as well as the creativity and applicability of WRI’s policy research and
analysis. WRI therefore encourages applications from U.S. minorities, persons from other
countries (especially developing nations), and from women of all backgrounds.
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