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Satellite Data Analyst

World Resources Institute

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeRemoteLocation10 G Street Northeast, Washington, DC 20002+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job descriptionFlexible scheduleIndeed’s salary guideNot provided by employer$64.3K – $81.4K a year is Indeed’s estimated salary for this role in Washington, DC.Report inaccurate salaryFull Job Description
This position is remote-eligible and only for consideration within the United States where WRI is state registered. Existing work authorization is required at the time of application submission. WRI is unable to sponsor any visa work sponsorship for this position.
About the Program: Land & Carbon Lab (LCL) is WRIs premier hub for geospatial data, analysis, and monitoring of the worlds land and its natural ecosystems. Our data and monitoring solutions, which include the Global Forest Watch platform, exist to help accelerate implementation and financing of nature-based solutions worldwide. LCL has three main offers: (1) innovation in open geospatial data for land and carbon monitoring, (2) spatial intelligence to support NBS policy and target tracking, and (3) tailored tools that help businesses, governments, civil society organizations, and local communities make data-driven decisions. LCL collaborates across WRI and WRIs network of external partners to transform big geospatial data into action and impact. Job Highlight: In this role, you will deep dive into photo/satellite interpretation for sampling; develop sampling schemes; and derive validation statistics and accuracies for project, maps and jurisdictions. You will carry out the sampling with high-resolution and timeseries satellite data and carry out analysis on accuracies and error margins. In this position, you will further carry out literature research on validation, pixel counting and sampling; summarize the requirement of different globally accepted methods; and gather from literature and partners data on sampling and pixel counting. You will report to the Deputy Director of the Forests Program and Land & Carbon Lab Research Team. You will be supported by and work closely with Land & Carbon Labs multi-disciplinary research team. What will you do: Research and Analysis (80%)

Develop a statistical valid work plan for validation of satellite-derived land cover change area assessments by using interpretation of samples of satellite imagery
Develop statistical valid sample schemes for land cover change detection area assessment
Carry out photointerpretation of Landsat and Sentinel 2 data, as well as of high-resolution imagery from Google Earth, MAXAR, Planet or other satellite data
Carry out statistical analysis for all the countries and territories where sampling was applied
Synthesize findings in reports
Conduct literature reviews and synthesize findings on diverse topics such as: remote sensing science and earth observation data, photo interpretation, land monitoring methods, etc.
Support colleagues in conducting original research, including through desk research and quantitative geospatial analysis
Support production of written and graphic content for research reports, internal briefs, blogs, presentations, press releases, etc.
Support editing, peer review, and production process to publish research and communication outputs
Present research results at internal and external meetings and workshops

Program Development and Administration (20%):

Work with countries or stakeholder groups to explain and present the work we are carrying out on sampling
Work closely with University of Maryland researchers who developed the land cover change data
Contribute to concept notes, funding proposals, and donor reports
Support development of workplans and related internal systems and procedures to ensure timely execution of activities and delivery of outputs
Liaise with external partners and WRI colleagues across programs and countries

What will you need:

Education: Bachelors degree in Geographic Information Sciences, Geo-Statistics, Remote-Sensing, Geography, or related area required
Experience: Minimum of 3+ years of relevant full-time work experience
Knowledge of remote sensing, photo interpretation, and earth observation technologies and methods, statistics and spatial statistics, sampling design, international climate policy, and sustainability challenges related to land and natural resource management
Excellent quantitative research and writing skills
Excellent computer skills in Microsoft Office (particularly Excel) and internet research
Proficient in spatial analyses, GIS software, Photo interpretation
Experience with Google Earth Engine, Python, and command-line a plus
Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work with teams of individuals and colleagues
Ability to deliver high-quality work while under pressure
Ability to be flexible and manage competing priorities
US work authorization is required

Potential Salary: $83,000 to 93,000 USD. Salary is commensurate with experience and other compensable factors. How to Apply:
Please submit a resume with cover letter by the date of March 3, 2023. You must apply through the WRI Careers portal to be considered.
What we offer:

A competitive salary
Access to the WRI global network with the opportunity to exchange with and learn from passionate colleagues working at the cutting edge of their fields across Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America and the US.
The chance to have an impact and to develop your career within a mission driven organisation with access to varied learning and training opportunities.
A workplace that strives to put diversity and inclusion at the heart of our work.
The opportunity to join and get involved in different working groups and affinity groups to shape the future of WRI.
Commitment to hybrid working model with flexible working hours.
Generous leave days that increase with tenure.

About Us:
Founded in 1982, World Resources Institute (WRI) is an independent, nonprofit global research organization that turns big ideas into action at the nexus of environment, economic opportunity, and human well-being. We are working to address seven critical challenges that the world must overcome this decade to secure a sustainable future for people and the planet: climate change, energy, food, forests, water, sustainable cities, and the ocean. WRI has a global staff of over 1,800 people with work spanning 60 countries. We have offices in Africa, Brazil, China, Europe, India, Indonesia, Mexico, Colombia and the United States, as well as a growing presence in other countries and regions. The foundation of our work is delivering high-quality research, data, maps, and analysis to solve the worlds greatest environment and international development challenges and improve peoples lives. We work with leaders in government, business, and civil society to drive ambitious action and create change on the ground. Equally important, we bring together partners to develop breakthrough ideas and scale-up solutions for far-reaching, enduring impact.
Our mission and values:
WRIs mission is to move human society to live in ways that protect Earths environment and its capacity to provide for the needs and aspirations of current and future generations.
Our values are shared ideals that bind us together: Integrity, Innovation, Urgency, Independence, Respect.
Our culture:
WRI is committed to advancing gender and social equity for human well-being in our mission and applies this principle to our organizational and programmatic practices. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in employment, we embrace all diversity and encourage women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons with disabilities, Afro-descendants, and Indigenous people to apply. Recognizing our strong commitment to gender equality, WRI has also been awarded EDGE certification.
Our Human Resources team carefully reviews all applications.
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