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GIS Research Assistant at Stanford

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  • Richard Kos
    *THE NATURAL CAPITAL PROJECT* Position Announcement *Research Assistant (GIS)* The Natural Capital Project will be applying its innovative, spatially-explicit
    Message 1 of 1 , Jan 8 6:28 PM
      Position Announcement
      *Research Assistant (GIS)*

      The Natural Capital Project will be applying its innovative,
      spatially-explicit ecosystem-service quantification and valuation tool,
      InVEST (Integrated Valuation of Ecosystem Services and Tradeoffs), at
      Department of Defense (DoD) sites within the continental US over a three
      year period. The DoD is responsible for managing millions of acres
      the US, and this project focuses on improving land-use decisions by
      incorporating ecosystem services into management decisions. Funding
      for this
      project supports the development of a multi-disciplinary team of
      focused on increasing the efficiency of land-use decisions by the DoD.
      team will collaborate to apply InVEST, which will inform resource-
      decisions on the demonstration sites and may be incorporated into
      DoD installation-management protocols.

      The successful applicant will work in a team to adapt and apply the
      ecosystem-service models and will then synthesize these results in
      order to
      best inform land-use policy at our demonstration sites. Publication of
      analyses run using data from demonstration sites and presentation of
      research findings is encouraged.

      *Principal Responsibilities: *

      1. Collect, create, and refine raster, vector, and table model input

      2. Run InVEST models in ArcGIS and analyze the results using Spatial
      Analyst and other tools to create maps, tables, and documentation for
      presentation of results.

      3. Help create user-friendly manuals tailored to the needs of DoD
      installation managers for Arc tools.

      4. Provide technical assistance related to InVEST to relevant
      personnel on partner installations.

      5. Additional responsibilities may include helping to adapt and
      improve the InVEST models.


      1. B.S. or B.A. in geography or related field or GIS certificate
      program required. Graduate degree desired.

      2. Adept skill with all major functions in ArcGIS , including
      geoprocessing and Spatial Analyst.

      3. Strong Python programming skills.

      4. Experience working with hydrology datasets.

      5. Experience working with collaborators from diverse backgrounds,
      plus the capacity and interest to work with multidisciplinary teams.

      6. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

      The Research Assistant will be located in Stanford, CA at Stanford
      University and this position will require extensive interaction with
      multidisciplinary teams and travel to the three demonstration

      The successful candidate will be part of the Natural Capital Project,
      a team
      overseen by Mary Ruckelshaus (Managing Director) and led by Gretchen
      (Stanford University), Peter Kareiva (The Nature Conservancy), Steve
      (University of Minnesota), and Taylor Ricketts (World Wildlife Fund).


      3 years, from March 2011 through February 2014, and beyond,
      contingent upon funding.

      *How to Apply:*

      To ensure that your application information is captured in
      our official files and that the hiring department has immediate access
      your resume, you must apply to jobs.stanford.edu, Job #41058. For full
      consideration, please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of three
      references. We will begin reviewing applications February 7, 2011 and
      position will remain open until filled.

      Gail Kaiser
      Natural Capital Project
      Woods Institute for the Environment at Stanford
      371 Serra Mall, Stanford, CA 94305-5020
      phone & fax 650-725-1783

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