NatureServe seeks one or more highly collaborative GIS analysts to support NatureServe’s strategic goal of providing conservation decision-makers with ready-access to decision quality biodiversity data. NatureServe is an established biodiversity conservation science and technology organization with a new strategic plan that prioritizes efficiency and effectiveness in the collection, curation, and delivery of our conservation data. The spatial analyst(s) will join a team of data analysts, scientists, and developers who work together to manage, analyze, and disseminate spatial data on the location and status of at-risk species and ecosystems and to develop biodiversity information products. This is an exciting and unique opportunity for a team player with strong communication, spatial analysis, and data management skills. Location for this role is flexible, but Arlington, Virginia, or Boulder, Colorado is preferred.

The spatial data analyst(s) will be responsible for applying GIS and other analytical tools to develop multi-jurisdictional spatial and non-spatial data products to meet project requirements. They will work with partners and NatureServe’s Biotics data management system to source data, analyze data to develop novel products, design and conduct quality control procedures, publish data to online platforms, and communicate outcomes through maps, graphs, reports, and well documented metadata.

Applicants should possess at least 5 years of experience, the ability to independently conceive and implement novel spatial analysis workflows to meet project needs, strong interpersonal, communication and task management skills, attention to detail and an appreciation of quality control procedures, an ability to multi-task, and a passion for biodiversity conservation. An advanced degree in geospatial analysis, biology, ecology, or a related discipline is preferred.


1.       Mange and analyze NatureServe’s spatial data on at-risk species and ecosystems to support projects, data requests, and other spatial and non-spatial analyses.

2.       Compile, develop, and analyze spatial data such as land cover, hydrography, habitat models, land ownership, climate, and biodiversity threats to produce maps, graphs, dashboards, and reports to support biodiversity conservation. 

3.       Work closely with data providers (e.g., NatureServe Network Programs) to obtain and appropriately handle partner data.

4.       Effectively communicate with project managers and/or clients to ensure that analyses and products meet user needs.

5.       Design and conduct data quality control procedures to ensure accurate spatial data products.

6.       Maintain current and accurate documentation of data inputs and analyses procedures.

7.       Produce metadata following federally mandated standards.

8.       Document project outcomes both through contributions to written reports and through visually compelling maps and graphs.

9.       Develop and manage enterprise level geodatabases and publish feature and map services following organizational guidelines.

10.   Work closely with NatureServe’s geospatial strategist and software development team to streamline the delivery of biodiversity data products online and through tools such as NatureServe Explorer Pro. 


·     5+ years of experience managing and analyzing spatial data 

·     Bachelor’s degree or above in geospatial analysis, biology, ecology, or a related discipline (advanced degree preferred)

·     Demonstrated experience independently analyzing spatial data, including developing innovative approaches to solve complex problems, and improving and documenting spatial data processes.

·     Interest and experience collaborating with teams, external clients, and data provider partners.  

·     Experience working with environmental and/or biodiversity data, ideally including experience with species and ecosystemfication and taxonomy, observation data, and/or species distribution models

·     Deep experience applying Esri technology (e.g., ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcPy) for the management and analysis of spatial data. 

·     Experience maintaining and querying spatial and non-spatial databases.

·     Strong Python, R, SQL, or other coding skills. 

·     Solid organizational skills including attention to detailand an ability to independently manage tasks and ensure timely completion of project deliverables.

·     Demonstrated flexibility, self-awareness, professional integrity, and cultural competence – including commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. 


The following skills are not requirements but would be very beneficial: 

·     Knowledge of and experience with NatureServe / Natural Heritage methodology and standards.

·     Proficiency with project management and issue tracking software, e.g., Jira, Confluence, Jira Workflow Management, and FreshDesk. 



·     Ability to travel independently and attend conferences and meetings 

·     Ability to speak clearly and hear well, to participate effectively in telecommunications with network members and partners 

·     Ability to conform to standard office hours 

·     Typing and repetitive motions associated with computer keyboarding responsibilities   


For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for biodiversity data throughout the Western Hemisphere. With an international network of nearly 100 natural heritage programs across North America, NatureServe is the leading source of information on rare and endangered species and threatened ecosystems. To protect threatened biodiversity, NatureServe works with over 1,000 conservation scientists to collect, aggregate, and standardize biodiversity information, providing comprehensive data to the public for strategic conservation efforts.

NatureServe offers full-time employees a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • 401K savings and retirement plan with matching contributions
  • Health and dental insurance
  • Short and long-term disability
  • Annual and sick leave
  • Life insurance
  • Telework/Flex work



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