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Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager
at The Nature Conservancy
Flagstaff, AZ

Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager
at The Nature Conservancy
Flagstaff, AZ

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Flagstaff, Arizona, USA



Founded in 1951, the Nature Conservancy is a global conservation organization dedicated to conserving the lands and waters on which all life depends. Guided by science, we create innovative, on-the-ground solutions to our world's toughest challenges so that nature and people can thrive together. We are tackling climate change, conserving lands, waters and oceans at unprecedented scale, providing food and water sustainably and helping make cities more sustainable. One of our core values is our commitment to diversity. Therefore, we strive for a globally diverse and culturally competent workforce. Working in 74 countries, including all 50 United States, we use a collaborative approach that engages local communities, governments, the private sector, and other partners. To learn more, visit www.nature.org or follow @nature_press on Twitter.

The Nature Conservancy offers competitive compensation, 401k or savings-plan matching for eligible employees, excellent benefits, flexible work policies and a collaborative work environment. We also provide professional development opportunities and promote from within. As a result, you will find a culture that supports and inspires conservation achievement and personal development, both within the workplace and beyond.


The Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager fills an integral role in leading the design and development of, as well as managing and maintaining, spatial databases for use in innovative forest restoration projects. They provide expertise, technical leadership, and support in GIS and/or other database technologies. This position works both internally and with a variety of external partners to lead and support efforts to modernize and innovate various practices involved in forest restoration.


The Forest Restoration Spatial Data Manager designs and maintains centralized database(s) for use in forest restoration implementation and monitoring. Works closely with TNC colleagues and partners (e.g., U.S. Forest Service and lndustry) to test, refine and, implement digital technology and data sources that will enhance the pace of forest restoration. Develops methods for mapping and classifying ecosystems and related data management including developing and maintaining all documentation for data and data management. Performs data analysis, designs and produces advanced complex queries and professional reports. Processes spatial and other relational data sets derived from cartographic and tabular source materials Provides hardware and software support. Produces maps and other graphic products and reports. Develops and maintain GIS library and/or database products library. Participates in conservation planning at various levels.


  • Design, implement and direct complex and diverse projects, encompassing multiple programs and budgets and coordinating the work of other professionals inside and outside the organization.
  • Incorporate cross-disciplinary knowledge to support program objectives.
  • Significant opportunity to act independently within broad program goals.
  • Plans, organizes and directs assigned project programs, particularly for vendors/outside contractors. Typically supervises project staff of Analysts, Specialists and Technicians.
  • Manage projects on a large geographic scale.
  • May interact with donors to explain a project. map, or data; may accompany fundraising staff as part of a team to educate (potential) donors about our work.
  • Be willing to travel, work overtime, and work evenings and weekends as needed.
  • Work environment may involve exposure to disagreeable elements and physical exertion and/or strain.


  • MS or BS degree and certification in related field and 5 years related experience, or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Experience with ArcGIS software.
  • Experience designing and maintaining a database to meet organizational needs.
  • Experience developing and managing multiple projects.
  • Experience managing and supervising a team or department and administering a budget, including motivating, leading, setting objectives and managing performance for both internal and external partners
  • Experience training individuals and groups.
  • Experience using applications such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and Web Browsers.
  • Experience interpreting image analysis, complex spatial analysis, data modeling and landscape scenario analysis.
  • Valid driver's license.
  • Experience communicating clearly via written, spoken and graphical means in English and other relevant languages.


  • Multi-lingual skills and multi-cultural or cross-cultural experiences are appreciated
  • Experience publishing databases to ArcGIS online and set up for ArcCollector applications.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of forestry, forestry practices and processes, and/or ecological principles.
  • Geoprocessing and analysis of multiple types of spatial data.
  • Working knowledge of current trends and practices in relevant discipline(s) and geographic region(s).
  • Demonstrated experience collaborating with other parties to obtain different data sources.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS PRO
  • Fundraising experience.
  • Travel as required (including occasional overnight/weekends).
  • Work weekends and additional hours as needed.


This position requires a valid driver's license and compliance with the Conservancy's Auto Safety Program. Employees may not drive Conservancy-owned/leased vehicles, rental cars, or personal vehicles on behalf of the Conservancy if considered "high risk drivers." Please see further details in the Auto Safety Program document available at www.nature.org/careers.

Employment in this position will be contingent upon completion of a Vehicle Use Agreement, which may include a review of the prospective employee's motor vehicle record.


To apply to position numbe 48226, submit resume (required) and cover letter separately using the upload buttons. In your cover letter, please include your salary expectation (an amount/range vs 'negotiable'). All applications must be submitted in the system prior to 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on December 13, 2019.

Click "submit" to apply for the position or "save for later" to create a draft application for future submission. Once submitted, applications cannot be revised or edited. Failure to complete required fields may result in your application being disqualified from consideration.

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The Nature Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Our commitment to diversity includes the recognition that our conservation mission is best advanced by the leadership and contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, beliefs and culture. Recruiting and mentoring staff to create an inclusive organization that reflects our global character is a priority and we encourage applicants from all cultures, races, colors, religions, sexes, national or regional origins, ages, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, military, protected veteran status or other status protected by law.

The successful applicant must meet the requirements of The Nature Conservancy's background screening process.

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