Spatial Analyst and Modeler
Payroll Title: Applications Programmer 2
Job Code: 7299
Job Open Date: 8/30/2022
Job Close Date: Open until filled.
Application Review Begins: 9/15/2022
Department Code-Name: NCEA
Percentage of Time: 100%
Collective Bargaining Unit (CBU): 99-Non-represented
FLSA Exemption Status: Non-Exempt
Work Location: 1021 Anacapa Street, Suite 300
Days/Hours: 40 hours per week, M-F 8am - 5pm
Benefits Eligibility: Full benefits
Department Marketing Statement
Established in 1995, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) is a research center of the University of California, Santa Barbara and was the first national synthesis center of its kind. There is broad acknowledgement that NCEAS has significantly altered the way ecological science is conducted, towards being more collaborative, open, integrative, relevant, and technologically informed. Different from the scientific tradition of solitary lab or fieldwork, NCEAS fosters collaborative synthesis research – assembling interdisciplinary teams to distill existing data, ideas, theories, or methods drawn from many sources, across multiple fields of inquiry, to accelerate the generation of new scientific knowledge at a broad scale. NCEAS is located in downtown Santa Barbara in a beautiful city filled with activities -- downtown, on the beaches, and in the mountains. NCEAS is committed to improving diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in science. We value diversity in expertise, backgrounds, needs and experiences, and aim to see diversity reflected among our residents and visitors. We are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for everyone in our community.
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Brief Summary of Job Duties
The McClintock Lab, based at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, supports geospatial planning and research efforts in the marine sciences which have complex and challenging analytical and software needs. Lab development projects include web applications, mobile data collection tools, and computer vision software. The Lab’s longest running project, SeaSketch, is a hosted software service which supports diverse and numerous government agencies and other institutions around the globe in engaging stakeholders in marine spatial planning.
Under general supervision the Spatial Analyst and Modeler assists SeaSketch staff in gathering, processing and analyzing geospatial data that will be used in SeaSketch projects. Under general supervision, the Spatial Analyst and Modeler will generate analytical reports, both manually and programmatically, and generate maps for visualizing marine information. Under general direction, the position requires some foreign travel (10% time) to conduct surveys and work with stakeholders in the design of marine spatial plans.
- Masters degree or equivalent combination of education/experience or bachelor's degree with 1-2 years work experience in environmental science, geography, conservation science or the similar field
- Demonstrated proficiency scripting with R and Python.
- 1-2 years of experience using desktop Spatial analysis tools such as ArcGIS Desktop or QGIS.
- Experience managing, processing and analyzing large datasets;
- Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills;
- Experience working overseas with a variety of cultures.
- A detailed knowledge of marine spatial planning and the associated decision support tools.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
- Outstanding organizational skills;
- Demonstrated success managing several projects/tasks at the same time;
- Able to work well with a wide range of people across disciplines and backgrounds;
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.
Special Conditions of Employment
For full consideration, please include a resume and a cover letter as part of your application.
Job Functions/Percentage of Time/Duties
Design, application and development of geospatial
Under general supervision, modify existing model code to accommodate higher quality local data. *work with project PI to evaluate how to alter models based on best available science *code up changes to the model
Under general supervision, responsible for coordinating SeaSketch GIS activities in association with project partners around the globe, including gathering requirements and data for SeaSketch clients. *Ensures SeaSketch team is coordinated with client (planning) activities. *Communicate with SeaSketch clients to gather data and requirements for spatial analysis. *Integrate research from partnering UCSB research groups into SeaSketch models and analysis
Under direction, using ArcMap and Mapbox, creates maps of marine resources for use by a wide audience, including scientists, resource managers and the general public. Tasks include: *Using ArcMap, ArcGIS Server 10.x, and Mapbox cartographic tools, create web-accessible maps for public viewing and paper publication. *Combine spatial and non-spatial data to create informative, easy-to-understand maps
Data prep and analysis
Under general supervision, prepare all data for model incorporation and analysis. *clean and harmonize data into a consistent spatial framework. *transform data for incorporation into model parameters.
Under general supervision, run models and analyze results.
Under general supervision, work with partner organizations to discover, compile and process spatial data on land use and land cover, wastewater inputs, and local coastal habitats *search available databased online and in literature. *set up data management system (e.g., GitHub) to organize data.
Under general supervision, support writing of project reports and scientific publications.
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