Geospatial Data Analyst
Title: Geospatial Data Analyst
Term: 4- 6-month temporary contract, full time (negotiable)
Compensation: $6580 -$9380/month (negotiable)
Department and program: KBA Conservation Program
Project: Key Biodiversity Area Program Support
Date written/revised: July 28, 2020
Reports to: Dr. Justina Ray, President and Senior Scientist
Supervises: Not applicable
Accounting for Resource Roads and other Linear Disturbances in Analyses related to Key Biodiversity Areas, Human Footprints, and Connectivity
Available resource road network data for Canada at large is incomplete and inconsistent. For example, comparison of national and provincial road network data reveals substantial gaps in the national road network data, which is reflected in global datasets such as OpenStreetMap. National-scale industrial linear disturbance remote sensing efforts are consistent across jurisdictions, but our ability to detect narrow linear features using low-cost widely available remotely sensed data products is limited. Higher resolution data products yield better maps but costs are prohibitive at national or international scales.
The objective of this project is to assemble, assess, and make better use of existing data, and help identify priority areas for additional remote sensing effort, as well as distinguish ecologically intact areas from rapidly changing industrial landscapes. This will help with the broader goal of identifying key biodiversity areas based on the ecological integrity criterion, the characterization of Canada’s national human footprint and areas of highest ecological integrity, and enhanced understanding of connectivity of protected areas and other natural areas.
1) Compile existing information on resource roads and other industrial disturbances across Canada, addressing data sharing issues with individual jurisdictions.
2) Assess geographic variation in the quality and completeness of available data.
3) Develop recommendations for resolving data gaps.
4) Research and analyze the relative impact weighting of various linear feature categories.
5) Work with project teams to incorporate this information into ongoing conservation-related analytical processes, including assessment of key biodiversity areas (kbacanada.org), a national metric of human disturbance (Venter et al 2016), and analysis of the connectivity of Canadian protected areas.
- Graduate degree in ecology, conservation biology or a related field
- Experience with handling publicly available geospatial data in Canada
- Experience and skill managing, collating and analyzing large geospatial datasets
- Experience with open source scientific computing tools (e.g. R, Python, git) is an asset
The consultant/employee will be under the supervision of Dr. Justina Ray (Wildlife Conservation Society Canada) and Dr. Richard Schuster (Carleton University).
The project term is September 2020. – March 2021. Remuneration will be commensurate with experience. We have designed the contract to work full time for approximately 4-6 months, but welcome other proposals for completing the work within the defined time frame.
How to apply:
Please send us your CV with a cover letter explaining your qualifications related to the responsibilities listed above, motivation to work on this project, and details regarding your availability and compensation rates through the Fitzii application link.
For questions regarding the job description, please contact richard.schuster@ glel.carleton.ca
Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage of the recruitment process. Applicants need to make their requirements known when contacted. For questions regarding the application process please contact tdias@ wcs.org
Deadline for applications: August 10, 2020.
About WCS Canada:
WCS Canada (www.wcscanada.org) was established as a Canadian conservation organization in July 2004. We are committed to championing accessibility, diversity, and equal opportunity. Our mission is to conserve wildlife and wild places by improving our understanding of and seeking solutions to critical problems that threaten key species and large wild ecosystems throughout Canada. We implement and support comprehensive field studies that gather information on wildlife needs and then seek to resolve key conservation problems by working with a broad array of stakeholders. We also provide technical assistance and biological expertise to local groups and agencies that lack the resources to tackle conservation concerns. WCS Canada is independently registered and managed, while retaining a strong collaborative working relationship with sister Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) programs in more than 60 countries.
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