Important Bird and Birding Areas IBBA GIS Analyst Job
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Important Bird and Birding Areas (IBBA) GIS Analyst Job Description: The GIS analyst assists the IBBA Coordinator in the implementation of the first phase of the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Program, a program recently launched by New Jersey Audubon Society, designed to identify and delineate essential avian habitat in New Jersey and focus on conserving those areas. This position offers an exciting opportunity for a qualified candidate to combine expertise in analysis of spatial data with conservation interests to further bird conservation and open space protection efforts across New Jersey. The GIS Analyst will be responsible for modeling geospatial data, and for the development and maintenance of a GIS and an Access database for the IBBA Program. The GIS Analyst will oversee all GIS operations, including but not limited to: development and maintenance of large conservation databases, spatial analysis, creation of metadata, map production, and interpretation of remotely sensed imagery and/or aerial photography. The GIS Analyst will be responsible for acquiring, importing, processing, analyzing, and modeling spatial data on species and habitats in New Jersey. The GIS Analyst will also be expected to participate in other aspects of the IBBA Program, including education and public outreach components. Location: To be determined, but NJAS Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville, New Jersey is preferred. Duties: * Develops ecologically-relevant GIS methods to delineate boundaries of IBBA sites, and enters data into GIS database. * Oversees IBBA database development and management. * Adds to and maintains collection of relevant NJ spatial data sets for the conservation department. * Works with the NJAS Webmaster to build an effective IBBA Program website. * With the IBBA Coordinator, prepares several reports, culminating in the production of a New Jersey IBBA book, with detailed documentation of all IBBA sites and preliminary recommendations for conservation. * With the IBBA Coordinator, works to communicate the IBBA Program goals and activities to ornithologists, agency personnel, birders, landowners, and other stakeholders through the media. * With the IBBA Coordinator, solicits and organizes site nominations, including data submissions, from ornithologists, state agencies, birders, and others. * Other duties as assigned by Conservation Department staff. Qualifications: * BS degree with at least 2 years professional experience or MS degree in natural resources, environmental science, or geography is preferred. * Strong background in conservation biology with an avian focus is preferred. * A motivated self-starter who is also a strong team player. * Excellent writing and speaking skills essential including the ability to communicate technical concepts to those without a background in GIS or spatial analysis. * Ability to work with minimum supervision and make sound judgments with respect to analytical needs. * Proficiency in a variety of software programs, including standard Microsoft and GIS (e.g. ESRI) software products, database development and maintenance with MS Access (and its applicability to ArcGIS). GPS experience is a plus. * Knowledge and/or experience with classification and interpretation of remotely sensed imagery, and knowledge of statistics to analyze data distributions and perform basic analyses advanced database programming skills is beneficial. * Ability to organize complex projects with a variety of partners. * Must be willing to travel and work weekends and nights as required. This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey Driver's License. Starting Date: ASAP, no later than July 1, 2004. This is a two year term position. Compensation: Salary competitive and commensurate with experience. NJAS offers an excellent benefits package including medical and retirement. Supervisor: The IBBA GIS Analyst will report directly to the IBBA Coordinator. Application Deadline: May 30, 2004. Send resume and cover letter via email, US Mail, or fax to: Jennifer Mattice, IBBA Coordinator New Jersey Audubon Society PO Box 693 Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924 Email - firstname.lastname@example.org, Fax 908-766-7775 NJAS fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.