Conservation International (CI) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, CI is helping build a healthier, more prosperous and more productive planet.
Conservation International (Cl) has been protecting nature for the benefit of all for over 30 years. Through science, policy, and partnerships, Cl is helping to build a healthier, more prosperous and productive planet. CI’s work is oreinted around our “Southern Cross” – a framework of four priorities that guide our work: Sustainable Landscapes and Seascapes (SLS), Nature for Climate, Ocean Conservation at Scale, and Innovation in Science and Finance.
The Betty and Gordon Moore Center for Science (MCS), the science division of Conservation International, provides a basis for CI’s institutional strategies that is grounded in the latest science, while also working to inform the implementation of CI’s work, and to advance conservation science writ large. MCS orients its work around a series of strategic initiatives where CI is positioned to achieve transformative impact. These initiatives include mapping irrecoverable carbon (stores of carbon vulnerable to release and that could not be restored in time to meet global climate goals), supporting efforts to address land degradation through restoration and innovative finance, and developing new tools and approaches to support conservation planning under climate change.
MCS is a leader in developing cutting-edge geospatial tools that support integrating a wide array of data to support decision-making by a broad range of audiences around these themes. Users of these tools range from smallholder farmers, to protected area managers, to national governments, to intergovernmental organizations. As part of MCS, the Scientific Programmer will support the development of new and existing geospatial technical tools targeting these audiences, and be the primary person responsible for the everyday management and maintenance of these tools. The programmer will be directly involved in initiatives including Trends.Earth (addressing land degradation), the Resilience Atlas, the Living Carbon Reserves Atlas (preserving irrecoverable carbon), and Spatial Planning for Area Conservation in Response to Climate Change (SPARC). The Scientific Programmer will be a key contributor in building an innovative, high impact platform drawing on the strengths of these various tools while adding the additional functionalities needed to enable MCS Science to reach a broader audience.We are looking for someone who is passionate about the environment and our planet and is excited by the opportunity to help develop geospatial tools and cutting edge technology that support sustainable development while protecting biodiversity, and human wellbeing.
- Developing user interface improvements within CI tools to enhance usability
- Optimize backend features of CI tools to enhance functionality
- Maintain and develop improved user interfaces for web and desktop-based tools (e.g. QGIS plugin)
- Upgrade and maintain Amazon EC2 instances supporting websites and tools of the Moore Center for Science
Streamline security updates and upgrades in tools and servers
- This position is based in Conservation lnternational’s office in Crystal City, Arlington, VA., work may be performed in a remote location.
- Work is performed in a typical office environment.
- Flexibility to travel as needed.
- Bachelor’s degree or up to four years of college level work in computer science or data science and 4-6 years work experience
- Knowledge of open source geospatial software (e.g. QGIS/CartoDB/PostGIS), and cloud computing platforms (e.g. GEE/AWS/GCS/Azure), including open source deployment frameworks and continuous integration
- Database design and management experience
- Experience communicating technical concepts to non-expert audiences
- Knowledge of UI/UX design
- Experience building tools for decision-making and prioritization in conservation
- Demonstrated experience supporting open source software development
- Experience working in Google Earth Engine and with Google Cloud Functions/AWS Lambda
- Proficiency in Spanish
To apply for this position please submit a resume and cover letter.