Job Detail

Organization: Trout Unlimited
Title: GISc Director
Location: Boise, ID USA or remote

Posted: 2021-09-17
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Trout Unlimited (TU) brings together diverse interests to care for and recover rivers and streams so future generations can experience the joy of wild and native trout and salmon. We are a national organization with 350,000 members and supporters in more than 400 chapters and councils nationwide. These dedicated volunteers are matched by a respected national staff of conservationists, organizers, lawyers, policy experts, and scientists across the country. We overcome obstacles with grassroots credibility, professional skill, nonpartisan advocacy, and scientific expertise. We build relationships with decision makers, land and resource stewards, community members, and other stakeholders to deliver meaningful change on behalf of trout and salmon fisheries, healthy waters and vibrant communities.

The GISc Director is the lead Geographic Information Science resource for Trout Unlimited (TU) as a member of the organizationís national science staff, which provides science and technical guidance to the restoration, policy and conservation activities of the organization and participates in collaborative work with a larger group of scientists within and outside of TU.

The incumbent is responsible for understanding the science needs of TU staff and partners outside of the organization; envisioning, developing and managing GIS applications including working as a team member to identify available and relevant spatial data and analytical approaches and conducting those analyses; and presenting the results to end-users through documentation, trainings, data visualizations, and reports and publications.

The incumbent must be technically proficient in GIS software and workflows, understand conservation issues facing trout and salmon, and be adept at communicating complex technical content to practitioners and stakeholders.

The position can be remote but there is a strong preference for it to be based in Boise, ID, with other national science staff. Occasional travel may be necessary (for partner engagement, professional meetings/trainings).


40% Geospatial data analysis and data management: Works with TU science and other staff to identify key conservation issues relevant to the management, restoration, and protection of salmon and trout habitat in the US, which requires an understanding of the patterns of species distribution, habitats, or threats. Identifies, acquires, and manages relevant spatial datasets required for analyses. Develops geospatial workflows and conducts data analysis.

30% Project development and management: Interacts with TU staff and partners to understand their mapping and GIS analysis needs, envision and execute projects, clearly present methods and results of analyses, and provide training on how to use GIS products and tools. Identifies staff and technical resources, develops work plans, and coordinates work. Manages relationships (internal and external), cultivates partnerships for the organization, and identifies and pursues funding sources. Communicates geospatial analysis outputs using data visualizations, oral presentations, written reports, and occasional peer-reviewed publications.

10% Staff supervision and coordination: Supervises GIS analyst (currently 1, potentially others in the future); works in collaboration with GIS analyst and other TU science staff to identify and plan work tasks.

10% Produce cartographic products: Develops clear, intuitive map and data visualization products in print and interactive online formats that meet the needs of staff, partners, and end-users.

10% Innovation: Participates in the ongoing identification and development of new tools, methods, processes, and techniques that improve the application of spatial data towards TUís conservation mission. Acquires skills and provides leadership and vision to further TUís science expertise and reputation.



A Ph.D. in geography, natural resources management, ecology, fisheries, hydrology, or a related field and at least one year of relevant experience, or a masterís degree in the above and at least three years of relevant experience.
Demonstrated training and experience in geospatial analysis and data management using vector and raster datasets in ArcGIS or other GIS software.
Experience in cartography, including production of professional-quality print maps and online map tools such as ArcGIS Online web-based maps, story maps, or other data visualization platforms.
Knowledge of biology, ecology, life history, management and conservation needs of trout and salmon or other fish or wildlife.
Excellent written and oral communication skills, and experience presenting analyses to partners and peers through written and oral formats.
Demonstrated project management skills, including project scoping, budgeting, staff and partner management, and outreach.
Professional experience working with landowners, resource managers, and other interested parties and end-users in a collaborative setting.
Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team setting and to manage multiple deadlines simultaneously.
Clear organizational skills and attention to detail.
Experience with grant writing.
Self-motivated and highly energetic with an entrepreneurial mind-set and excellent time-management skills.


Programming proficiency in one or more languages (such as Python, R or SQL)
Experience with remote sensing including satellite and aerial imagery, Lidar, and associated software (e.g., Earth Engine).
Experience with cloud-based solutions to data management and modeling.
Supervisory experience including supervising remote staff.
Familiarity with conservation planning concepts and applications to aquatic systems.
Experience training others to use GIS software and products.
Passion for conservation, trout and salmon and the places they live.

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