Coastal CarbonGIS Technician Opening

Remote Sensing Data Technician

Salary: $42,870 - $53,105
Projected Start Date: June 2023
Appointment Term: 1 year, with potential for renewal pending availability of funds on new projects

The Blue Methane Project is a NASA Carbon Monitoring Systems-funded program hosted at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Tidal wetlands have the capacity to remove massive amounts of atmospheric CO2 by forming soil carbon, but they can also produce a variable and uncertain amount of methane, a potent greenhouse gas. Monitoring and forecasting the dynamics of “Blue carbon” in these ecosystems is a major priority for state and national governments, as well as the local entities that manage coastal wetlands. Our project seeks to improve short-term forecasting of methane dynamics at two focal sites in Louisiana and the Chesapeake Bay, as well as improve national scale mapping of the variables we use to estimate methane emissions. We are searching for a data technician to collaborate with a multi-university and multi-agency team on developing GIS and remote sensing workflows and preparing mapped data products for publication. 

A successful candidate will have at least:
•    A Bachelor’s degree in Geography, or a Natural or Physical Science
•    Demonstrated experience with using remote sensing and GIS to answer research questions
•    Proficiency with open source coding with a language such as R, Python, and/or Java
•    Excellent problem-solving skills
•    Independent work ethic, good teamwork, and excellent communication skills

An ideal candidate will have one or more of the following:
•    Experience with Google Earth Engine
•    Experience with using Landsat and/or Sentinel-2 Imagery
•    GitHub Experience
•    Some coursework or other experience with wetland plant ecology, carbon cycling, soil science, rivers, estuaries, and/or coastal processes

Please send a cover letter briefly outlining how you meet any of the required or optional criteria, a CV or resume, a work sample, such as paper, report, map, figure, or link to a presentation, and the contact information for three references to Dr. James Holmquist ( by April 7, 2023.

SERC is focused on understanding the causes and consequences of environmental change for marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems. The main campus is a 2,650-acre research site on the shores of the Chesapeake Bay in Edgewater Maryland. Facilities include the Global Change Research Wetland, the site of the known longest-running ecological manipulation experiment. Nearby cities include historic Annapolis, Maryland's capital, and D.C. 

The technician will be hired as a ‘Trust Employee’ through Smithsonian’s non-profit wing. This will entitle them to health, vision, dental, and other benefits. Those with a master’s degree will be hired at an institutional scale (IS) of 7 (starting at $53,105 / year). Those with a bachelor’s degree will be hired at an IS 5 (starting at $42,870 / year).

Women, people of color, Indigenous people, and other underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.