Job Detail

Organization: Ducks Unlimited Inc.
Title: GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst
Location: Bismarck, ND; Fort Collins, CO; Grand Island, NE

Posted: 2023-05-25
Application Deadline: 2023-06-30

Position Description:

Ducks Unlimited, Inc (DU)., the world’s leading wetland and waterfowl conservation organization, is seeking an experienced GIS/Remote Sensing Analyst to join our highly motivated Great Plains Region team. The Analyst will be an integral addition to support and inform DU’s conservation planning and delivery goals throughout the 7-state Great Plains Region and will work collaboratively with staff across all departments. The successful candidate will be expected to use GIS/Remote sensing skills and tools to help inform and prioritize DU’s conservation efforts, help quantify project outcomes, provide quality control of habitat delivery, and assist with communications that emphasize the benefits of DU’s conservation efforts.

The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and maintaining Ducks Unlimited’s Great Plains Region’s geographic information systems (GIS) data, geoprocessing scripts, and related applications. The position’s duties include overseeing data management to include quality assurance/quality control (QA/QC), technical consulting, training, data analysis, cross-departmental and cross-regional collaboration. The position will also support geospatial analysis to identify and deepen our understanding of conservation priorities by 1) conducting spatial analysis and modeling, 2) acquiring, organizing, and developing spatial and tabular databases, 3) disseminating results as maps and tabular data, and 4) conveying an understanding of spatial analyses and results through oral communication, written reports, scientific publications, and other products. Analyses include, but are not limited to, quantifying relationships between diverse ecological or social data, conducting analyses of ecosystem representation and landscape connectivity, and assisting conservation planning staff in the development and application of geospatial models.

Candidates must have a minimum of a Bachelor of Science degree in GIS, Geography, Natural Resources, Wildlife Management or related field and 3 years of experience is desired or a M.S. degree in similar field with 1 years of spatial analysis experience. The successful candidate will be expected to have a thorough knowledge of GIS/Remote sensing techniques, including data generation, image classification, accuracy assessment, metadata, and analytical techniques. A basic knowledge of GIS related hardware and software (ArcGIS/ArcPro), project management, ability to perform GIS demonstrations, and conduct spatial analysis and wildlife habitat modeling is also required. A strong background in remote sensing as well as experience with spatial modeling is preferred. Familiarity with modern GIS software, JavaScript, and Python is also desired.

Primary Responsibilities/Duties:
Data management including quality assurance and control
Work with interdisciplinary teams to design and conduct landscape analysis projects
Summarize analysis results in tables and maps to clearly communicate to diverse audiences
Compile, organize, analyze, and disseminate spatial data
Create maps that clearly display analytical results and conservation messages
Clearly write the methods of GIS analyses for publications, science briefs, reports, and other forms of communication
Generate maps for publications, posters, reports, PowerPoint presentations and other internal and external communication needs

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of:
Spatial data, relational database management systems, and metadata
Cartographic principles, geographic projections, and data sources and formats
ESRI software suite including: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online/Portal, Survey 123, and Field Maps
Latest data processing techniques, analysis, and modeling
Remote sensing and image analysis
Python, R, JavaScript and version control is preferable but not required
DU’s conservation programs in the Great Plains Region is beneficial

Skills in:
Preparing maps and drawings based on field data, aerial photography analysis, land surveys, etc.
Analyzing and problem solving
Data modeling and maintenance

Ability to:
Provide excellent interpersonal, written and oral communication skills
Balance, prioritize and organize multiple tasks
Work collaboratively in teams and across organizations
Synthesize feedback and adjust plans accordingly
Develop and write technical documentation
Develop geospatial models based on the best scientific knowledge available
Self-starter – initiate GIS/Remote sensing applications and products to support conservation activities.

This position will report to the Wetlands Research Scientist for DU’s Great Plains Region and will cooperate with DU staff across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The location for this position is flexible and the successful candidate can be located in one of three offices Bismarck, ND, Fort Collins, CO, or Grand Island, NE.

To Apply:  Please fill out the application materials online at, and attach resume, cover letter and three references. For questions regarding this position, please contact Kyle Kuechle, [email protected], (701) 355-3580, Great Plains Wetlands Research Scientist. Application deadline is June 30, 2023.

It is the policy of Ducks Unlimited, Inc. to afford equal employment opportunity to all qualified persons regardless of race, color, religion, creed, national origin, ancestry, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, lactation and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, age (40 or over), disability (physical, mental or visual), genetic information, marital status (including registered domestic partnership status), military and veteran status, immigration status, or any other category protected by federal, state or local law.

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