Sr. GIS Specialist
Seattle, Washington /
Operations – Air Operations /
Our mission is simple: Make reforestation scalable to mitigate the worst effects of climate change. Trees are highly effective at carbon removal, but scaling reforestation has significant obstacles--and that gets our team fired up about how we can build solutions using technology. We’ve built DroneSeed, and acquired and combined it with 130-year-old Silvaseed to be a one-stop-shop for reforestation and remove obstacles at each of four steps:
- Seed. Natural regeneration after wildfire is in decline due to climate change resulting in larger fires of higher severity. These factors eliminate seed stored in the soil for regeneration. This creates challenges for seed supply. To respond we’ve expanded Silvaseed to become the largest private seed bank in the west and the first call for land managers affected by fire.
- Grow space. There’s not enough nursery greenhouse capacity to grow seedlings (link). We’re currently growing millions of seedlings per year at Silvaseed and, while we’re doubling that output, we’re creating a replicable method to scale further.
- Better tools for labor. We need better tools to accomplish more reforestation faster. DroneSeed is utilizing heavy lift drone swarms to deliver seed vessels after wildfire and boost seed establishment in combination with seedlings that are interplanted later.
- Finance. For the last 20 years, carbon offsets haven’t provided capital for the high-up front costs of reforestation. Landowners have had to rely on limited grant funding. Repayment periods were 25 years or more and reforestation projects were exceedingly rare. That changed two years ago when third-party certifier Climate Action Reserve (CAR) announced the Climate Forward protocol to conservatively forecast the carbon tonne removals as reforested trees grow. DroneSeed is developing one of the first projects using this protocol. This and future projects following the protocol will be protected by legal easements on replanted and re-seeded land, monitored by state-accredited land trusts, and have insurance buffer pools in place in case fire occurs again. Under the CAR protocol, DroneSeed is generating the most transparent, highest-quality forestry-based carbon offsets on the market from reforestation projects.
We need to overcome these four reforestation challenges to build back--even a fraction of--the forests we lose from wildfires every year. That's why we set out to build a model to make reforestation scaleable, which requires expanding the supply chain systems and financial flywheels behind them. That is the mission: make reforestation scalable to mitigate the worst effects of climate change.
DroneSeed HQ: Ballard Brewery District, Seattle, WA
Silvaseed HQ: Roy, WA
Team Size: ~100
Leadership Team: Grant Canary (CEO), Ben Reilly (CTO), John Hall (VP Ops & Finance), Cassie Meigs (Director of Account Management), Matthew Aghai (Senior Director of Bio R&D), Arnoud de Villegas (Senior Director of Business Development), Katherine Wong-Velasco (Director of Talent Acquisition) and Mary Caroline Pruitt (Senior Director of Marketing & Communications)
Notable Investors: Marc Tarpenning co-founder Tesla, Tobi Lutke CEO Shopify, Alexis Ohanian co-founder Reddit, Marc Benioff, Court Lorenzini 1st CEO DocuSign
Revenue: Data will be shared with qualified candidates
Clients: 3 of 5 largest timber companies, Non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy, Tribal Nations, state and federal agencies, small family forests
What you’ll be doing:
As a Sr. GIS Specialist, you will be part of a detailed and driven team that supports customer project development and operations through remote sensing data analysis, planning aerial missions, and creating map and GIS data assets for customers. You will be integral to the entire project planning life cycle, which includes evaluating geodata, processing satellite, aerial LiDAR, and multispectral imagery, maintaining the metadata and the organization of large quantities of spatial data, using custom software to generate missions, and identifying and digitizing micro/macro seeding sites, exclusion zones, and operational areas. Finally, you’ll partner closely with our operations, forestry, and product teams to enhance our ability to reforest effectively and improve our data collection process in order to deliver better insights to our customers.
You have the following skills and experience:
- Bachelor’s degree required in Geography, Geographic Information Systems, Environmental Science, Forestry, Computer Science or a related field.
- 2+ years of experience using GIS software to perform standard spatial analyses and create map assets to face challenging real-world environmental problems. Experience in open-source software, spatial data process libraries, Python and/or R, SQL, and command-line tools and workflows are a plus.
- Demonstrated knowledge of photogrammetry, and experience in processing LiDAR data, multispectral imagery, and aerial photo interpretation. Experience working with large quantities of spatial data with excellent organization and data management skills.
- Ability to manage requests from various departments, juggle multiple priorities, and create high-quality deliverables.
- Desire and ability to work independently and autonomously.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills with an innate attention to detail.
- Exposure to UAS, knowledge of requirements and regulations, and/or FAA Part 107 certification are a plus.
- Knowledge or experience in forestry, landscape/landuse modeling, the greater carbon market or a related field is a plus.
Unfortunately, DroneSeed is unable to sponsor work visas for international candidates at this time. Please apply only if you currently possess work authorization in the U.S.A.
Benefits of working at DroneSeed: We're focused on making a positive impact on the environment. We value a highly diverse team, have a mix of fixed office and remote workforce, and optimize for maximum collaboration. Our headquarters is located in Seattle (Ballard), Washington but we have employees across the Pacific Northwest, New Zealand, Colorado and New York State.
Other Information: The position can be performed remotely, although the candidates must be eligible to work in the USA. DroneSeed HQ is in the Ballard Brewery District of Seattle, WA, and the team has a preference for Seattle-area candidates. DroneSeed is an equal-opportunity employer and we are committed to building a diverse team. If you’re deeply committed to our mission and ready to bring your GIS and problem-solving skills to teams focused on multi-vehicle, heavy-lift drone operations in some of the world’s most challenging terrain environments, expanding seedling out planting, and contributing to Carbon offset projects, we’d love to speak with you.