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Spatial Analyst and Modeler

Job Functions:
Data Science
Employment Types:
Full-time, Part-time
Santa Barbara, CA, USA
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Position Information

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.

Required Qualifications

  1. 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
  2. Demonstrated proficiency  scripting with R and Python.
  3. 1-2 years of experience using desktop Spatial analysis tools such as ArcGIS Desktop or QGIS.

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience managing, processing and analyzing large datasets;
  2. Strong quantitative and/or modeling skills;
  3. 1 year  of experience in web development using Javascript or other dynamic programming languages.
  4. Experience working overseas with a variety of cultures.
  5. A detailed knowledge of marine spatial planning and the associated decision support tools.
  6. Excellent verbal and written communication skills;
  7. Outstanding organizational skills;
  8. Demonstrated success managing several projects/tasks at the same time;
  9. Able to work well with a wide range of people across disciplines and backgrounds;
  10. Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively.

Special Conditions of Employment

Special Instructions

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, assists our lead Geospatial Developer in designing and running geostatistical analyses and reports, and generating models for various SeaSketch projects. Tasks include: *Determines appropriate geostatistical analyses to be used to produce client required spatial analysis and reporting. *Conducts geospatial data analysis using a combination of standard ArcMap 10.8 tools, custom scripts in Python and Javascript. *Develop web based reports using Javascript, React, and D3. *Synthesize geospatial datasets from disparate sources. *Convert existing models in a variety of languages, including MATLAB and R scripts, into the SeaSketch Python-and Javascript-based platform. *Use a source control system, such as github, to manage code base and GIS resources. *Read and synthesize scientific research papers and generate analytical models based on research.


Model Coding

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.


Model Runs

Under general supervision, run models and analyze results.


Data discovery

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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