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We currently have two open job opportunities.

Remote Sensing and Policy Specialist

Project Description
The Andean Amazon maintains large tracts of intact forest, but increasing deforestation is now one of the most critical problems facing the region. ACA is working on an innovative new project largely focused on advancing the emerging field of near real-time deforestation monitoring in the Peruvian Amazon. This work will contribute to ACA’s near real-time deforestation monitoring system known as MAAP (http://maaproject.org), which is based on timely analysis of deforestation alerts and high-resolution imagery to identify current patterns and drivers of deforestation. The ultimate goal of the project is to provide this cutting-edge technical information to policy makers in an accessible format to facilitate effective policy action. Thus, the position requires both technical and political outreach skills.
 
Duties and Deliverables
ACA seeks a remote sensing consultant to assist with the near real-time deforestation monitoring efforts. Under the guidance and mentorship of ACA and ACCA staff, the consultant will:

  • Analyze near real-time forest loss (using data such as GLAD alerts and programs such as CLASlite) and fire alerts (such as VIIRS).
  • Process raw data with programs such as Kernel Density and Emerging Hotspots to identify deforestation hotspots.
  • Analyze high-resolution imagery (mostly from DigitalGlobe and Planet) to identify key drivers of deforestation.
  • Analyze VIIRS fire alerts.
  • Help synthesize near real-time deforestation analysis for articles to be published on the MAAP website.
  • Prepare near real-time deforestation analysis to be shared with Peruvian authorities and/or civil society partners.
  • Assist in correspondence with Peruvian authorities and civil society regarding analysis and events.
  • Assist in creation of biweekly case study reports, periodic policy briefs, and annual synthesis reports,.
  • Assist in organization of events/workshops in Peru.
  • Travel to Peru as needed for meetings/events/workshops.
  • Additional analysis as needed, including for grant proposals.
  • Track latest technology related to near real-time deforestation monitoring.
  • Communicate effectively with ACA and ACCA staff as needed.

Required Qualifications
Advanced GIS and remote sensing skills, with a particular emphasis on the remote sensing component, and interest in environmental conservation and indigenous land rights.

  • A minimum of two semesters of ArcGIS coursework, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience analyzing algorithm-generated forest loss and fire alerts.
  • Experience working with multispectral satellite imagery and an understanding of imagery band combinations.
  • Experience writing technical articles for wide audience, including policy makers.
  • Experience working closely with local partners
  • Experience communicating and working directly with policy makers and civil society, preferably in Peru
  • Knowledge of current environmental issues in the Peruvian Amazon
  • Working knowledge of structure of Peruvian government (i.e. important agencies and ministries involved with environmental and forestry issues).
  • Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of cartography and data management.
  • Ability to create and edit spatial data and geodatabases using ArcMap and ArcCatalog.
  • Ability to use Adobe Illustrator and/or InDesign is not required but advantageous.
  • Knowledge of Spanish.
  • A passion for saving the planet and learning about rainforest conservation issues.

Location and schedule
Position ideally based in Washington D.C. or Lima, Peru, but remote work possible.

Estimated Project Duration
ACA requires the contract services of this consultant for six months, with possibility to renew.

Compensation
The consultant will receive up to $20,790 for six months of work, assuming contact requirements are met. 
 
Submission Information

Application Procedures
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a letter of recommendation by email to applications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line "RS & Policy Consultant." Applications will be accepted until January 17, 2017. Please direct any questions for clarification regarding the contract or products can be directed to that same email thru Jan 16.

Process
The selection process including interviews will occur during January 2017. Criteria includes: General GIS & Remote Sensing capabilities (10%), Experience analyzing forest loss and fire alerts, including prioritizing data using kernel density analysis (15%), Experience using high resolution imagery to identify causes of forest loss and deforestation drivers (15%), Spanish language capabilities (10%), Experience writing technical reports and briefs for a general audience (10%), Knowledge of Peruvian environmental issues and government structure (20%), Experience with outreach to government officials (20%).

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Remote Sensing Consultant

About the Organizations
The Amazon Conservation Association (ACA), founded in 1999, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting biodiversity by developing innovative conservation tools to protect Amazonian habitat while supporting the livelihoods of local communities.

The Amazon Conservation Team (ACT), founded in 1996, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting South American rainforests through the empowerment of indigenous people.

Project Description
The Andean Amazon maintains large tracts of intact forest, but increasing deforestation is now one of the most critical problems facing the region. ACA and ACT are partnering on an innovative new project aimed at improving knowledge of emerging threats through a remote sensing analysis to identify hotspots, patterns, and drivers of deforestation across the Andean Amazon in near real-time. This work builds off ACA's near real-time deforestation monitoring system known as MAAP (http:maaproject.org) by expanding the analysis from Peru to also include the rest of the Andean Amazon (Colombia, Ecuador, and Bolivia). The ultimate goal of the project is to provide this cutting-edge technical information to policy makers in an accessible format to facilitate effective policy action.

The consultant will:

  • Report and coordinate their actions directly with the Executive Director of the organization.
  • Coordinate closely with the directors of regional offices, management of the biological stations, and the headquarters of our partner Amazon Conservation Association in Washington, D.C.

Duties and Deliverables

ACA and ACT seek a remote sensing consultant to assist with the near real-time deforestation monitoring efforts. Under the guidance and mentorship of ACA and ACT staff, the consultant will:

  • Analyze LANDSAT-based near real-time forest loss alerts (GLAD alerts from the University of Maryland) to identify key deforestation patterns and hotspots across the Andean Amazon.
  • Analyze high-resolution imagery (mostly from DigitalGlobe and Planet) to identify key drivers of deforestation.
  • Analyze deforestation data in relation to radar-based freshwater bodies data (another partner will create water data).
  • Experiment with cutting-edge new tools and datasets, such as Kernel Density and Emerging Hotspots tools from ESRI.
  • Download and organize satellite imagery and other spatial data relevant to forest cover monitoring.
  • Prepare internal reports summarizing methodologies and key findings of the research.
  • Support the creation of final maps and reports aimed at policy makers, civil society, media, and public at large.

Generate and/or edit spatial data, including metadata, using ArcGIS.

Required Qualifications

  • Advanced GIS and remote sensing skills, with a particular emphasis on the remote sensing component, and interest in environmental conservation and indigenous land rights.
  • A minimum of two semesters of ArcGIS coursework, or equivalent work experience.
  • Experience working with multispectral satellite imagery and an understanding of imagery band combinations.
  • Knowledge of the basic principles and practices of cartography and data management.
  • Ability to create and edit spatial data and geodatabases using ArcMap and ArcCatalog.
  • Ability to use Adobe Illustrator and/or InDesign is not required but advantageous.

Highly Desirable Qualifications

  • Knowledge of Spanish.
  • A passion for saving the planet and learning about rainforest conservation issues.

Location and Schedule
Position is based in Washington D.C. (ACA office) and Arlington (ACT office). Schedule is flexible as agreed upon by supervisors and may occasionally include working remotely. It is estimated that the consultant will spend an average of 20 hours per week to perform tasks and produce deliverables.

Application Procedures
Applicants should submit a cover letter, resume, and a letter of recommendation by email toapplications@amazonconservation.org with the subject line "Remote Sensing Consultant." Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis; position is open until filled.

Process
The selection process including interviews will occur during January 2017. Interviews and negotiations with the winning bidder are expected to result in candidate selection by late January with the project to commence upon contract signing.

Application deadline January 16, 2017

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Steven Panfil on an ACA expedition. Photo: Raechel Running

Photo of Steve Panfil

Working with the high-andean community of Quico. Photo: Steven Panfil

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Guards or promotores of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: Nigel Pitman

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Crossing the river on a raft to the Haramba Queros Wachiperi Ecological Reserve. Photo: Ronald Catpo

Staff and board members celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Los Amigos Conservation Concession. Photo: ACCA



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