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    Application Developer - Center for Conservation Innovation


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    • Employer: Defenders of Wildlife
      Location: Washington, DC
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: No value
      Open Until Filled: Yes

    DEFENDERS OF WILDLIFE

    POSITION DESCRIPTION

    JOB TITLE:   Application Developer

    GRADE: 25

    SALARY: $51-65k

    FLSA:  Exempt

    DIVISION/SITE:  Headquarters, Washington DC

    DEPARTMENT:  Center for Conservation Innovation

    REPORTS TO:  Senior Conservation Data Scientist

    LAST REVISED:  October 2019

    Basic Summary:

    The application developer plays a key role in the Center for Conservation Innovation at Defenders of Wildlife, assisting with the development of software for translating data and knowledge into on-the-ground conservation improvements.  In the Center, we focus on wildlife conservation research, development, and advocacy at the intersection of science, technology, and policy.  This includes leading and collaborating on original research, developing new tools for conservation that use cutting-edge technologies, and imagining the next generation of policies, all to improve conservation outcomes. 

    The developer will be an ambitious and creative programmer with a strong desire to help translate data and knowledge into real-world change for conservation.  The developer will work as part of the Center data science team to grow our toolkit that allows users to incorporate data—such as refined range maps—and tools—such as our automated habitat change detection application—into their conservation work.  (See our current collection of public tools at https://defenders-cci.org.) 

    Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    The developer will be an ambitious and creative programmer with a strong desire to help translate data and knowledge into real-world change for conservation.  The developer will work as part of the Center data science team to grow our toolkit that allows users to incorporate data—such as refined range maps—and tools—such as our automated habitat change detection application—into their conservation work.  (See our current collection of public tools at https://defenders-cci.org.) 

    ●        Under the supervision of the Senior Conservation Data Scientist and working closely with the other application developer(s), develop web-first applications to integrate our conservation data and applications into a toolkit for conservation.  This will include assisting Center staff in understanding possibilities and potential limitations of different approaches to developing the toolkit.

    ●        Contribute to the creation of pilot applications, which we will test with audiences from federal agencies to states to the private sector.  Center staff will facilitate this testing, but the developer will be closely involved in the process.

    ●        Help establish the infrastructure required for large-scale deployment of our toolkit.  This will include identifying key technological needs and opportunities for the Center’s development strategy. 

    ●        Perform all other related duties as assigned.

     

    Qualifications:

    Education:

    Bachelor’s degree in a field with extensive programming requirements. Master’s degree preferred.  An equivalent combination of education and experience may be accepted as a substitute.

    Experience:

    Four years of development experience with progressive responsibility.

    Skills:

    ●        Demonstrated experience with Python application development using tools such as Django, flask, and Google Cloud Platform and Google App Engine is essential.

    ●        Experience with the R statistical programming language, Rmarkdown, and packages such as shiny, is essential. 

    ●        Experience developing with OpenCPU and/or ShinyProxy is desirable.

    ●        Experience working with various databases, including PostgreSQL and elasticsearch, is highly beneficial.  Knowledge and interest in user design and user experience is desirable. 

    ●        Experience with front-end JavaScript frameworks such as React, ember, or Vue.js is beneficial.

    ●        Experience working with spatial datasets (GeoTIFF, GeoJSON, Shapefile, etc.) is beneficial.

    ●        A substantial network—online and real-world—to help expand capabilities and capacity will be useful.

    ●        High aptitude for problem-solving and creative thinking. Strong attention to detail. Demonstrated ability to follow through on tasks and meet deadlines.

    ●        Excellent communications skills, both verbally and in writing, with an emphasis on communicating in plain English without jargon;

    ●        Experience working alone and as part of highly collaborative teams, and a self-starter with a flexible nature who knows when to seek direction.

    Work Expectations:

    Work Environment:

    General office working conditions, the noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.

    Physical Demands:

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use a computer and communicate with others while doing so.

    All employees are required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities of their positions. The essential duties and responsibilities listed above are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.

    How to Apply:

    Interested applicants please apply with a cover letter (including a link to your GitHub {or equivalent} with public repos) through our indeed jobs portal at http://www.defenders.org/jobs

    About Defenders:

    Defenders of Wildlife is a national, non-profit membership organization dedicated to the protection of all native wild animals and plants in their natural communities. Our employees work in an environment that is inclusive and honors each of our unique perspectives and backgrounds. We believe that the conservation of biological diversity is best advanced by the contributions of people of diverse backgrounds, experiences, beliefs and cultures.  We strive toward a collective goal of including all people in the conservation of our Nation’s wildlife and wild places.

    Visit Our Values and Diversity page to learn more about who we are and how we operate.

     

    It is the policy of Defenders of Wildlife to provide equal employment opportunity to all qualified individuals without regard to their race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, or any other characteristic protected by law, in all personnel actions.

     

     

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