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Geospatial Data Scientist

Institute for Integrative Conservation at W&M
William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia (US)
up to 75,000 commensurate with experience
Closing date
Jan 3, 2022

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Training / Education
Conservation science, Education / Training
Job Level
Mid level, Senior level
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
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The Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) at William & Mary is seeking a Lead Geospatial Data Scientist to lead and direct, in collaboration with external conservation partner organizations, applied conservation research projects that employ quantitative geospatial approaches and to teach geospatial and quantitative skills courses. 

The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in a suitable field that demonstrates their applications of geospatial data science to conservation and will have several years of experience working on applied conservation projects. The candidate will also be expected to apply for external research funding to support projects and to contribute to the strategic leadership of the IIC. We are looking for a highly collaborative person who has experience working across disciplines and with a diverse set of stakeholders in conservation projects. Candidates should clearly articulate how their work complements other conservation-related activities at William & Mary.

This is a 12-month professional faculty appointment. 

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in suitable field to demonstrate proficiency in geospatial data science (e.g. geography, landscape ecology, conservation biology)
  • Several years of experience with applied conservation research
  • Demonstrated ability to teach an introductory conservation GIS course
  • Demonstrated ability to teach a quantitative methods in conservation course
  •  Demonstrated commitment to and achievements in justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and leadership qualities
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills in English, including the ability to present

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Track record of grant writing and attaining external funding
  • Demonstrated success in collaborations with conservation organizations (e.g. NGOs, state or federal agencies, private companies)
  • Demonstrated experience with participatory GIS or collaborations involving Indigenous Peoples and local communities as conservation partners. 
  • Demonstrated experience in mentoring and supervising students or staff in research projects
  • Ability to offer an undergraduate conservation course in a natural sciences topic (e.g. biodiversity, conservation biology)
  • Experience with travel abroad, to non-English speaking countries
  • Previous knowledge of or desire to learn languages other than English
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