The Conservation Data Scientist (Data Scientist) contributes to the development of analyses and software that translates data and knowledge into on-the-ground conservation improvements as part of the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, where we pioneer creative, pragmatic conservation solutions at the intersection of science, technology, and policy. This unique combination of approaches is essential in an age of increasing threats to wildlife and static or dwindling resources for conservation. We identify current and emerging conservation challenges, develop solutions that improve conservation outcomes, and use a suite of techniques and partnerships to advocate for those solutions.
Reporting to the Senior Conservation Data Scientist (Sr. Data Scientist), the Data Scientist plays a key role in CCI by leading and collaborating on the development of new tools and analyses for conservation that use cutting-edge technologies. The Data Scientist works as part of the CCI data and tech team to develop tools that address gaps in conservation implementation. These tools help users incorporate data—such as refined range maps—and conduct analyses—such as our automated habitat change detection application—that might otherwise be missing from their conservation work. (See our current collection of public tools at https://defenders-cci.org and https://conservationist.io)
The Data Scientist also assists the Sr. Data Scientist to identify new technologies and research that can improve conservation outcomes. Initiative and creativity, with a strong desire to affect real-world improvements in conservation, are essential in this position. This role requires initiative because the incumbent has a large degree of autonomy in determining how they build out the apps they work on.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Under the supervision of the Senior Conservation Data Scientist and working closely with the other application developer(s), the developer will:
- Carry out analyses and help develop pilot applications that make conservation data and insights available to a variety of stakeholders.
- Help create web-first applications that can be tested with audiences from federal agencies, state governments, non-profits (including Defenders), and the private sector. Center staff will facilitate this testing, but the Data Scientist will be closely involved in the process.
- Work with the senior scientists in CCI to identify new technologies and approaches that improve conservation outcomes.
- Help establish workflows and processes required for large-scale application of our toolkit. This will include identifying new technological needs and opportunities for the Center’s development strategy.
- Work closely with the other team members to standardize and document methods and protocols.
- With guidance from the Senior Conservation Data Scientist, assist Center staff in understanding possibilities and potential limitations for data analyses.
- Present technical work at internal and external professional events such as project meetings, retreats, roadmap planning, conferences, and staff trainings, and provide input on other CCI projects.
Perform all other related duties as assigned.
Education: Bachelor’s (B.A./B.S.) degree or equivalent
Experience: 4 years of relevant experience
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a satisfactory substitute for the specific education and experience listed above.
Visit www.defenders.org to apply.
All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
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