GIS Analyst

The Gibbs Land Use and Environment  (GLUE) lab within the Center for Sustainability and the Global Environment (SAGE) at UW-Madison is looking for a part-time to full-time GIS analyst to help support applied research aiming to create a more sustainable world!  Specifically the work will focus on native prairie and grassland conversion in the U.S. and tropical deforestation in the Brazil.  

The candidate will assist in spatial analyses, database construction and management, and general support of land-use and land-cover change analyses in the U.S., Brazil, and globally.  

The candidate should be proficient with ArcGIS, Microsoft excel, and Python scripting, or be able to perform iterative geoprocessing tasks using a combination of equivalent GIS and programming/data languages.   

Example job duties / responsibilities include:

• Assemble a database of U.S. agricultural field boundaries, soils, and climate data

• Assist in aerial photo interpretation and assessment of map accuracy

• Merge / mosaic Brazil land use datasets, polygon and raster.

• Clean Brazil land use and property boundary datasets–identify and removing polygon overlaps and other inconsistencies

• Work with team to create continuous time series of Brazil land use from individual annual maps

• Compare different Brazil land use datasets, creating table showing % agreement/disagreement between land use classes

• Write functions for spatial processing in a postgresql database

• Explore the use of Google Earth Engine or other platforms for faster spatial processing

• Help to organize GIS library on lab server

This position is available immediately, with the opportunity to work up to 40 hrs/week initially and to continue at part- to full-time throughout the year pending project and personnel availability.  Pay rate will be commensurate with experience and range from $13-16/hr with potential for raises in the future.  Please send a letter of interest and resume to Jacob Munger at