Spatial Analyst Specialist


Position : Spatial Analyst Specialist
Program : Indonesia
Line manager : Senior Conservation Specialist
Key internal relations : Infrastructure Program Manager, Sustainable Landscape
  Program Manager, Wildlife Trade and Policy Program Manager
Location : Bogor


The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) has a distinguished history of scientists exploring and saving wildlife in some of the most remote and wild places remaining on Earth. The Wildlife Conservation Society Indonesia Program (WCS-IP) has significantly grown over the last decades, and contributed substantially to the conservation of biodiversity in Indonesia. WCS-IP currently has programs focusing on Sumatra, Sulawesi, Green Infrastructure, and Illegal Wildlife Trade. In order to achieve our overall goal of saving wildlife and wild places in Indonesia, we aim to protect threatened species and their habitat through conservation practice based on good and robust science.

WCS-IP Science Unit is implementing conservation science initiative which has two main objectives: 1) boost WCS IP’s conservation science capacity through trainings and data analysis support; and, 2) create a forum for discussing and advancing WCS’s conservation science throughout its country program. In order to support the data analysis support, cross-cutting for all programs, WCS is now seeking a Spatial Analyst Specialist who is dynamic, well-organized, hard-working, and committed team player to provide key technical support to the WCS’s conservation programs.

The Spatial Analyst Specialist will be a team member of the Science Unit, provide technical assistance on GIS, and limited assistance on remote-sensing, across the program, and support spatial analyses, such as monitoring land-use change. The Spatial Analyst Specialist will support the collection, storage, analysis, mapping, imaging, and communication of geospatial information. The Spatial Analyst Specialist will also support the capacity building program which Science Unit focuses on. The position will be based in Bogor (WCS-IP).

Specific tasks

Prepare maps and undertake spatial analyses including

  • Provide GIS support to the Science Unit in preparation of data analysis for technical reports and scientific manuscripts. 
  • Support the interpretation and analysis of remote-sensing data (e.g. satellite images) in order to assess land-use and land-use change in the target landscapes/seascapes. 
  • Support the operation of research using drone within WCS IP Programs, including designing the drone pathways and mosaic image processing. 
  • Providing support for spatially-explicit analyses, especially ecological modeling. 
  • Provide technical inputs on GIS and remote sensing for project monitoring and evaluation.
  • Develop high quality maps for reports, presentations, journal publications and other communication materials. 
  • Provide training, technical assistance and mentorship to programmatic staff regarding aspects of spatial analysis.

Engage as a key member of the WCS technical specialist team

  • Present results to relevant stakeholders at national and site level as needed. 
  • Develop a spatial analyst strategy for the WCS-IP Science Unit. 
  • Provide capacity building to staff, including related modules and teaching materials, to ensure that spatial analysis becomes part of the program analysis in implementing activities. 
  • Assist in the preparation of activity reports by providing datasets and data analysis required by WCS, donors and/or stakeholders, in Indonesian or English, written or verbal, as well as submit regular technical reports to the Senior Conservation Specialist.


  • Minimum Master’s Degree (S2) in Geography, Forestry, Landscape Ecology, Environmental.  
  • Excellent practical knowledge on spatial analysis skills, land cover/land use class interpretation, field mapping and GPS use, geo-referencing and registering of satellite imagery, with remote sensing and image processing skills an advantage. 
  • Able to competently operate GIS software (especially ESRI ArcGIS, ERDAS and freeware GIS) and have some experience with image processing software (such as ENVI/ERMapper and Global Mapper). 
  • Sufficient knowledge in intermediate-advance statistics especially in conducting various linear modelling techniques and interpret the results spatially. Being able to conducting spatial analysis using R Programming Language is an advantage. 
  • High levels of initiative and able to competently work with little supervision. Proficiency in both English and Indonesian languages is preferred. 
  • Able to work well under pressure, quickly understand project parameters and capable of meeting deadlines on time. 
  • A high interest in wildlife conservation. 
  • Good interpersonal skills.

The Spatial Analyst Specialist is expected to start by September, 2019, please send your resume by 26th August 2019.

Please note that the above TOR constitutes only the main responsibilities and duties of this position. As WCS IP is a flexible organization, staff members are expected to undertake any other tasks that are allocated to them but which are not part of their regular TOR.

Please send a covering letter and CV in English to not later than 20 September 2019 stating in the subject line “Spatial Analyst Specialist_(name)”. Please also include a portfolio of your previous work or links to blogs or galleries online. No correspondence, only short-listed candidates will be notified.