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Organization: Chesapeake Conservancy
Title: Geospatial Web Application Developer
Location: Annapolis, MD
Application Deadline: 2017-09-30
Posted: 2017-09-06

Position Description:

Chesapeake Conservancy’s Conservation Innovation Center (CIC) is seeking to hire of a Geospatial Web Application Developer with at least three years of professional experience.

Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland, dedicated to ensuring a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, and everyone enjoys healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces.

With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing and with tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with its wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources.

The Chesapeake Conservancy serves as a catalyst for change, advancing strong public and private partnerships, developing and using new technology, and driving innovation throughout our work. From our founding, we have embraced the National Park Service's Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail as an inspiration and framework for our work in the region.

The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.

Position Description
The Geospatial Web Application Developer will lead the design, development, and maintenance of web applications produced in the CIC. Our applications provide a platform for organizations across the Chesapeake Bay watershed to incorporate large and complex datasets into their environmental planning and programs. This position will require strong full stack development skills and the ability to troubleshoot independently.

With minimal guidance, the developer will be responsible for creating user-friendly and visually-appealing web applications that include features like data visualization and analysis, registration/login, document download, and database management. The developer will also maintain our existing applications, created mostly as custom WordPress themes leveraging the ESRI JavaScript API.

In addition to these technical responsibilities, the developer will have project management duties that include requirements gathering, scoping, and budgeting. They will be in constant communication with partners from project implementation to delivery.

Essential functions/qualifications
1. Full stack web development. Front-end experience including: “the web fundamentals” of HTML/CSS/JavaScript; libraries like jQuery and ESRI ArcGIS API for JavaScript; CSS frameworks like Bootstrap and Semantic UI; AJAX. Back-end experience including: PHP (especially WordPress); CRUD operations; API consumption; authentication and authorization flows like OAuth.

2. Cloud server administration. Create and maintain cloud-based hosting services for web applications; register custom domains; install SSL certificates; track usage.

3. Project management. Interface with partners to gather requirements, scope, produce deliverables on a timeline, and track budgets for multiple projects simultaneously.

Secondary functions/qualifications
1. Geospatial server administration. Publish map services and geoprocessing tasks using ArcGIS for Server.

2. Communication skills. Speak and write about complex subjects (like how our web applications leverage geospatial datasets and analysis to inform environmental planning) in a pithy and organized way. Facilitate meetings, trainings, and/or workshops for technical and non-technical partners.

3. Python programming. Write Python scripts to publish on the web.

4. Environmental science background. Familiarity with and passion for solving environmental challenges, such as water quality and quantity issues, climate change, and habitat loss.

Chesapeake Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Salary and benefits are commensurate with the candidate’s relevant professional experience and/or education. Partial teleworking options are available. The Conservancy offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in a retirement savings plan. Opportunities for advancement and professional development are available.

Annapolis, Maryland

Interested candidates should reply with a resume and cover letter that explain how your skills and background fit this position, as well as two web application samples. Send application materials to cstief@chesapeakeconservancy.org. Applications will be accepted until September 30, 2017, anticipating the successful candidate will start in November 2017.