Job Posting – Dangermond Fellow

Closing date: 2022-03-31

Position: Dangermond Fellow – 3 remote/office positions
Organization: The National Audubon Society
Country: United States
State: New York
Contact: Connor Bailey
The Dangermond Fellowship is an exciting, paid opportunity provided through the partnership between National Audubon Society and Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI). This prestigious fellowship is designed with the aim to foster the next generation of leaders in the enterprise GIS nonprofit/conservation sectors. A keystone of the program is to improve representation of underrepresented groups in the fields of GIS and conservation. Throughout the year, Fellows will receive extensive and immersive training in the full ArcGIS platform and will visit both the ESRI campus in Redlands, CA and Audubon’s headquarters in New York City, Covid travel policies and restrictions permitting. The position is a one-year commitment and starts in June 2022 until June 2023. Fellows will work full-time over the duration of the year. There will be opportunities to attend trainings, the ESRI User Conference, and spend time on GIS-related projects with the extended Audubon field, including travel as permitted safely. The goals of the program are to provide Fellows with enterprise systems, conservation, science, and applied technologies exposure in a GIS department that is at the forefront of the GIS enterprise landscape. Experience with GIS server technologies, cloud servers, database management systems, application development, and account management will be gained through hands-on application of skills and knowledge with a professional team. Through the fellowship, Audubon wants to bring together individuals from diverse disciplines, including but not limited to computer science, cartography, human geography, physical geography, climate science, data science, remote sensing, and geospatial information science. As a Fellow, your potential to further GIS work in connection with Audubon’s conservation strategy will be a strong consideration during the selection process. This includes: – Advancing research in the field of geographic information systems and science applied to wildlife and bird conservation – Expanding and strengthening the relevance of geographic information science across Audubon’s network, especially in the intersection of GIS, conservation policy, climate change, coastal planning, and land use/cover change monitoring – Promotion of effective and ethical use of geographic information data and technologies – Building relationships around GIS science and applications in order to foster multi-disciplinary geospatial research and education across the Audubon network and key partners – Integration of Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging in all aspects of the Enterprise GIS team, work, processes, tools, and data **Applicants must submit a resume and cover letter to be considered.** ## Essential Functions Under the supervision from the Enterprise GIS team, the Fellow will learn how to: – Provide consultation and project management to create sustainable GIS solutions for complex issues that help Audubon meet its conservation goals. – Train and educate users throughout the Audubon network while serving as the initial contact for technical GIS questions. – Create and steward authoritative spatial data in an enterprise database management system. – Engineer and deliver GIS-based decision support tools (web & mobile maps/apps) to stakeholders, partners, and the public. – Build tools using Python (including Jupyter Notebooks) and ModelBuilder to support geoprocessing services in applications. – Present and discuss GIS concepts and projects to Audubon staff and partners. – Create, publish, and manage web services using ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online. ## Qualifications and Experience – Proven interest in the field of environmental science, wildlife conservation, sustainability, computer science, or ecology, demonstrated either through scholastic studies or prior employment or volunteer experience. – Good interpersonal skills and a desire to lead using an advanced GIS toolkit to solve conservation issues. – Must have a strong understanding of cartography, GIS, and web GIS. – Understanding of and ability to apply scientific analyses and models. – Experience working with policy administrators to prepare GIS datasets for public release. – Ability to effectively synthesize complex information. – Ability to work independently and with strong time management skills. – Strong organizational skills for developing project planning and developing project documentation. – Demonstrated presentation skills. Preferred Qualifications and Experience: – Coursework or interest in enterprise GIS including geodatabase design, data management, ESRI APIs, geoprocessing, Python (including Jupyter Notebooks and ModelBuilder), server technologies, and SQL. – Deep understanding of spatial analytical tools and methods. – Experience in software development or programming especially in Python, JavaScript, R Statistical Language, HTML, CSS, and Arcade. – Experience manipulating complex data into understandable visualizations. – Experience with satellite remote sensing and/or drone imagery. – Ability to read and/or converse in other languages (e.g. Spanish, French, Portuguese).
About Organization
The National Audubon Society is a nonprofit conservation organization that protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow. We work throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation. Audubon’s state, regional, national, and international programs, nature centers, and chapters have an unparalleled wingspan that reaches millions of people each year to inform, inspire, and unite diverse communities in conservation action. As a sentinel species, we recognize that the fate of birds is inextricably tied to the fate of us all. Audubon has more than 700 staff working across the United States and seven countries in 17 state and regional offices, 41 nature centers, and 23 wildlife sanctuaries. Together as one Audubon, we aspire to alter the course of climate change and habitat loss, leading to healthier bird populations and reversing current trends in biodiversity loss. Audubon is committed to a culture of workplace excellence, where our talented and diverse staff are deeply engaged, with a strong sense of belonging. The birds Audubon pledges to protect differ in color, size, behavior, geographical preference, and countless other ways. By honoring and celebrating the equally remarkable diversity of the human species, Audubon will bring new creativity, effectiveness, and leadership to our work throughout the hemisphere. ## EEO Statement The National Audubon Society is a federal contractor and an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status. We are committed to a policy of nondiscrimination, inclusion and equal opportunity and actively seek a diverse pool of candidates in this search. ## Accessibility Statement The National Audubon Society endeavors to keep our careers site accessible to any and all users.  If you would like to contact us regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the application process, please contact []( This contact information is for accommodation requests only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications. ## COVID Policy All staff must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no later than** January 31, 2022**, unless they are approved by Human Resources for a qualified exemption. Those unvaccinated after January 31st will be required to follow a weekly testing protocol. All unvaccinated staff are required to wear masks or other approved facial coverings while working indoors at all times or outdoors when social distancing cannot be maintained. Further, **effective December 13th**, any unvaccinated staff person entering an Audubon building must submit a negative Covid-19 test that has been taken within 72 hours. This policy is effective through **February 27th** and may be changed due to changes in the law and/or changes to Audubon policies such as the Return to Work/Hybrid Work policy. All new hires must be fully vaccinated prior to their start of employment unless they are pre-qualified by HR for exemption.