Geospatial Analyst Job Opening – Southern Environmental Law Center

Geospatial Analyst, Chapel Hill, NC Office

The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) is seeking a Geospatial Analyst with formal training in geographic information systems, cartography, and database management, knowledgeable in environmental issues, to join our Program Communications team. This position is located at SELC’s North Carolina Office, in downtown Chapel Hill, NC. This is an excellent opportunity to join one of the most effective nonprofits in the United States—and to use your geospatial, analytical, and creative skills to help further SELC’s efforts to protect the environment of our special region.


About the Position:

This mid-level position reports to the Senior Geospatial Analyst, works on geospatial analyses and map production for the law and policy team, program communications projects, and handles geospatial data management. Together with the Senior Geospatial Analyst, this position supports all of SELC’s offices. The Geospatial Analyst will work on a daily basis with SELC’s talented team of law and policy experts and communications managers to investigate emerging and lingering environmental concerns. This includes coordinating with partner groups, data providers, environmental agencies, and playing a key role in all aspects of geospatial projects.


This position requires knowledge of environmental law and policy, conservation strategies, and natural sciences to design and implement GIS based solutions to environmental problems. The Geospatial Analyst implements spatial analyses, engages in interactive and static map production, conducts background research, handles spatial data creation, and performs data management. Collectively, these responsibilities deliver answers to important environmental questions relevant to cases and depict those results to an array of audiences.


The work is fast-paced and deadline-driven, and each day will be a little different. A successful candidate should be able to skillfully manage complex projects, juggle multiple priorities, find creative solutions to problems, work well with people of varied personalities and work-styles, take feedback constructively, and engage happily in a back-and-forth collaborative process to arrive at the best final product. An ability to travel within the Southeast is also necessary.


This is an opportunity for you to learn a lot, and see a lot of your work put into action on pressing environmental issues. SELC is also experimenting with new tools and new media that enable us to reach and engage new audiences; you would have a hand in some of these efforts. This position will allow you to experience a fun and satisfying work life, while contributing your skills and talents to impact environmental protection endeavors.



We are seeking someone with strong geospatial and cartographic skills built on a foundation of environmental law and policy, conservation strategies, and environmental science. The right candidate must be tech-savvy, organized, detail-oriented, friendly, and collaborative. Excellent written and verbal communication skills are a must. We will give strong preference to candidates with a master’s degree in geography or an environmental field (bachelor’s degree plus comparable work experience considered too); GISP also preferred.


Technical skills should include proficiency with ArcGIS for Desktop, ArcGIS Online, MS Office Suite, and Google Earth Pro. Additional experience in any of the following is favored as well: additional Esri products (e.g., ArcGIS Pro, Server, Online/Portal), Adobe Creative Suite, spatially enabled databases (e.g., PostgreSQL/PostGIS, Microsoft SQL Server), data visualization tools (e.g., Tableau, Plotly, d3), web-mapping (e.g., JavaScript, Carto), and/or scripting languages (esp. Python).


If you are interested and have these qualifications, please submit an application showcasing your ability and potential as a Geospatial Analyst that can provide impactful work to our organization’s mission. A complete application needs to include a cover letter, resume, and work portfolio (link to an online geospatial portfolio preferred)–to Or mail a submission package to SELC Geospatial Analyst Hire, 601 West Rosemary Street, Suite 220, Chapel Hill, NC 27516.


SELC is an Equal Opportunity Employer and strongly encourages applications from persons of all backgrounds.



The salary range for this position is commensurate with experience and includes an excellent benefits package.


About SELC:

SELC is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. With nine offices across the region (Charlottesville, VA; Chapel Hill, NC; Atlanta, GA; Charleston, SC; Washington, DC; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN; Asheville, NC; and Richmond, VA), SELC is widely recognized as the Southeast’s foremost environmental organization and regional leader. SELC works on a full range of environmental issues to protect the South’s natural resources and the health and well-being of its people. Although its regional focus is the Southeast, much of its work is national in scope and impact.

SELC works in Congress and state legislatures to inform environmental laws; in regulatory agencies to implement environmental laws and policies; and in the courts to enforce the law, stop the worst abuses, and set important precedents. The organization works collaboratively with more than 100 national, state, and local groups to enhance their efficacy and achieve common conservation goals. It currently has a staff of 130, with 68 attorneys, including some of the nation’s leading experts in their respective fields. Additional information regarding our work and staff is available at

SELC prides itself on collegiality, teamwork, and mutual respect among its staff and board. We seek to bring these same values to our work in partnership with organizations, communities, and people of all backgrounds that share our mission to protect the environment of the South. The South has a rich natural diversity and an equally rich cultural diversity. To better fulfill its mission, SELC is committed to broadening the diversity of its staff. We believe this will strengthen our organization and our effectiveness in responding to the many environmental challenges affecting the South and its people.


Jovian Sackett, GISP

Senior Geospatial Analyst | Southern Environmental Law Center

601 W. Rosemary Street, Suite 220, Chapel Hill, North Carolina 27516-2356 | p: 919-967-1450 | f: 919-929-9421