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JOB OPPORTUNITY WITH NJ AUDUBON SOCIETY

Date: 30 Apr 2004
From: "Jennifer Mattice" {jmattice@njaudubon.org}

IMPORTANT BIRD AND BIRDING AREAS (IBBA) GIS ANALYST

Job Description:

The GIS analyst assists the IBBA Coordinator in the implementation of
the first phase of the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas
Program, a program recently launched by New Jersey Audubon Society,
designed to identify and delineate essential avian habitat in New
Jersey and focus on conserving those areas. This position offers an
exciting opportunity for a qualified candidate to combine expertise in
analysis of spatial data with conservation interests to further bird
conservation and open space protection efforts across New Jersey. The
GIS Analyst will be responsible for modeling geospatial data, and for
the development and maintenance of a GIS and an Access database for
the IBBA Program.

The GIS Analyst will oversee all GIS operations, including but not
limited to: development and maintenance of large conservation
databases, spatial analysis, creation of metadata, map production, and
interpretation of remotely sensed imagery and/or aerial photography.
The GIS Analyst will be responsible for acquiring, importing,
processing, analyzing, and modeling spatial data on species and
habitats in New Jersey. The GIS Analyst will also be expected to
participate in other aspects of the IBBA Program, including education
and public outreach components.

Location: To be determined, but NJAS Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife
Sanctuary in Bernardsville, New Jersey is preferred.

Duties:

* Develops ecologically relevant GIS methods to delineate boundaries
of IBBA sites, and enters data into GIS database.

* Oversees IBBA database development and management.

* Adds to and maintains collection of relevant NJ spatial data sets
for the conservation department.

* Works with the NJAS Webmaster to build an effective IBBA Program
website.

* With the IBBA Coordinator, prepares several reports, culminating in
the production of a New Jersey IBBA book, with detailed
documentation of all IBBA sites and preliminary recommendations for
conservation.

* With the IBBA Coordinator, works to communicate the IBBA Program
goals and activities to ornithologists, agency personnel, birders,
landowners, and other stakeholders through the media.

* With the IBBA Coordinator, solicits and organizes site nominations,
including data submissions, from ornithologists, state agencies,
birders, and others.

* Other duties as assigned by Conservation Department staff.

Qualifications:

* BS degree with at least 2 years professional experience or MS
degree in natural resources, environmental science, or geography is
preferred.

* Strong background in conservation biology with an avian focus is
preferred.

* A motivated self-starter who is also a strong team player.

* Excellent writing and speaking skills essential including the
ability to communicate technical concepts to those without a
background in GIS or spatial analysis.

* Ability to work with minimum supervision and make sound judgments
with respect to analytical needs.

* Proficiency in a variety of software programs, including standard
Microsoft and GIS (e.g. ESRI) software products, database
development and maintenance with MS Access (and its applicability
to ArcGIS). GPS experience is a plus.

* Knowledge and/or experience with classification and interpretation
of remotely sensed imagery, and knowledge of statistics to analyze
data distributions and perform basic analyses advanced database
programming skills is beneficial.

* Ability to organize complex projects with a variety of partners.

* Must be willing to travel and work weekends and nights as required.
This requires a reliable vehicle and a valid New Jersey Driver's
License.

Starting Date: ASAP, no later than July 1, 2004. This is a two year
term position.

Compensation: Salary competitive and commensurate with experience.

NJAS offers an excellent benefits package including medical and
retirement.

Supervisor: The IBBA GIS Analyst will report directly to the IBBA
Coordinator.

Application Deadline: May 30, 2004.

Send resume and cover letter via email, US Mail, or fax to:

Jennifer Mattice, IBBA Coordinator
New Jersey Audubon Society
PO Box 693
Bernardsville, New Jersey 07924
Email - jmattice@njaudubon.org, Fax 908-766-7775

NJAS fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among
New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other
animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and
promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats.