Job Opportunities

Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is a non-profit conservation organization whose mission is to conserve playas, prairies, and landscapes of the western Great Plains through partnerships for the benefit of birds, other wildlife, and people. Currently, we have one open position for a GIS Analyst.

We work on challenging conservation issues that require more than just point-and-click GIS solutions. Through a broad partnership of state and federal resource agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, corporations, and private landowners, we develop innovative approaches to solve natural resource issues.

GIS Analyst Position

TERM: 1 year, full-time, with possibility of extension
START DATE: November 2017
SALARY: $45,000 – $50,000
LOCATION: Lafayette, Colorado (map)


Job Description

We’re looking for a talented GIS Analyst to help design habitat conservation at a landscape scale. Our ideal candidate is someone that is knowledgeable about birds and other wildlife, and passionate about grassland and wetland conservation. In this role, you will analyze spatial data, make beautiful and informative maps, and develop custom tools to support bird habitat conservation. Regular writing (technical and non-technical) and communication with people inside and outside the organization is required for this position. Travel for meetings and conferences, usually for less than five consecutive days, may be required.


Education and experience in GIS, wildlife biology, natural resource conservation, and avian ecology, as well as a familiarity with the landscapes and economic drivers of the western Great Plains will help you thrive here. Additional qualifications that will help you succeed (and are required for this position) include:

  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in geography or natural resource management such as wildlife biology, forestry, range management, ecology, or botany, and a GIS certificate (master’s degree with extensive GIS coursework is a plus);
  • Two years professional experience using GIS (including ArcGIS software);
  • An understanding of ecological principles, ecosystem processes, and the methods utilized in vegetation mapping and wildlife habitat modeling applicable to broad, multidisciplinary and comprehensive ecosystem management (experience working with USDA conservation programs such as CRP, ACEP, EQIP, etc. is a plus);
  • Excellent written and oral communication including the ability to write and review correspondence, reports, and policy/procedural guidance;
  • Experience and proficiency analyzing and managing vector and raster data in a variety of formats (specific analysis experience should include spatial analyst tools, raster algebra, overlay tools, and digitizing);
  • Experience programming in Python and/or other languages (UX and data visualization programming in HTML/JavaScript languages is a plus);
  • The ability to work both independently and as part of a team; and
  • A valid driver’s license at the time of employment.


The annual salary range for this position is $45,000 to $50,000. A generous benefits package includes employer provided health insurance, retirement via a 403(b) with a 7% employer match, and 3 weeks paid-vacation.

Term and Location

This is a full-time, one-year term position with the possibility of extension. The expected start date is November 2017. This job is located in our Lafayette office in Boulder County, Colorado.

How to Apply

Please send (as four attachments to one email) a resume, cover letter, copy of transcripts, and contact information for three references (we will ask before contacting them) to with “GIS Analyst Application” as the subject (exactly, no quotes). Limit your cover letter to one page, and tell us some things about yourself that may not come through in a resume (e.g. why do you want to work here and what else you would like us to know). Please include your available start date. Applications will be accepted through Oct. 2, 2017.