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Conservation Finance Research and GIS Associate – The Trust for Public Land (Boston, MA)

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national, nonprofit organization that conserves land for people to enjoy as parks, community gardens, historic sites, rural lands, and other natural places, ensuring livable communities for generations to come.

The Conservation Finance Research Associate will conduct or assist in research, writing, technical analysis, and presentations of reports and data management for a national team of conservation finance experts.  This person will be responsible for the following primary tasks: 1) research for the Conservation Almanac, a comprehensive database of public land conservation activities, programs and policies on a state-by-state basis; 2) research for the National Conservation Easement Database, a comprehensive database to track conservation easements in the United States; 3) GIS support for both the Conservation Almanac and National Conservation Easement Database projects; and 4) research and written reports for the Conservation Finance Program.  These reports will evaluate the potential of state and local governments to design public funding programs for land conservation.

Essential Functions 

  • Research and summarize information on state land conservation activities for the Conservation Almanac
  • Contact government agencies to assemble acquisition data, including GIS shape files on local, state and federal land conservation programs nationwide, as well as developing a list of contacts in those states.
  • Overall support for TPL’s Conservation Almanac and NCED team in these database building efforts by collecting, creating, managing and serving out GIS data for protected lands in the United States.
  • Functions include supporting the Conservation Finance team with viewing of GIS data, responding to questions about the data and the creation of maps and other presentation products.
  •  Work with GIS analysts to build the spatial components of the  Conservation Almanac and National Conservation Easement Database databases
  • Identify and collect information from stakeholders through email and phone contacts; gathering data and qualitative information from existing materials (e.g. journal articles, government reports, legal statutes).  Also to manage project relationships and project documentation.

Other Responsibilities 

  • Assists in the development of GIS program standards, systems and protocol for workflow, system design, implementation, management and quality control standards.
  • Assist with the creation of presentation materials such as but not limited to PowerPoint presentations and report statistics and maps.
  • Convey complex, technical project components to non-technical/non-GIS staff and partners

 Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s Degree with emphasis on environmental policy/natural resources and use of GIS technology such as Geography, Urban Planning, Ecology, Engineering, GIS, Landscape Architecture, Remote Sensing or a directly related field.
  • Two years of hands-on professional experience working with geographical or land information systems to input and present data, including project management experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of ESRI software ArcGIS 10.0 including: ArcView, ArcInfo, Model Builder, Geoprocessing tools, MAPLEX, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, Geodatabase and file-based database design and management.

Salary and Benefits: This position is expected to be offered in the range of $18-20/hr. Benefits are offered.

How to Apply:

Please apply online. For more information, please click here.

Public Health Department Internship (Boston)

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) seeks an intern to work in the Public Health department of its Boston office. MAPC is a regional planning agency serving the people who live and work in the greater Boston region. This internship will be working on a research project related to “public access to public lands,” which will be looking at issues such as utility rights of way, municipal utility districts, schoolyards and other potential expansion of open space opportunities. The ideal candidate is a law student with substantial independent research and writing experience. Only current students will be considered for this position. The intern should be willing to commit at least 20 hours per week. This is a paid position without benefits. Please see job description at http://www.mapc.org/jobs and apply online at link there. Diverse candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.