Careers at SkyTruth

At SkyTruth we believe that if you can see it, you can change it. We are searching for a few good people to join our team and help us visualize the impact of human activity on the environment through the use of satellite imagery, remote sensing and digital mapping technology.

Development Director

Start Date: July 2018

Location: Shepherdstown, WV – remote work possible for exceptional candidates

Terms: Full time

SkyTruth is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that shares the view from space to inspire people to protect the environment. We use technology to identify and monitor threats to the planet’s natural resources such as offshore drilling and oil spills, urban sprawl, fracking, mountaintop removal mining, and overfishing of the oceans.

We believe better transparency leads to better management and better outcomes. By sharing our findings – stunning imagery and robust science-based data – with the public for free, we move policy makers, governments and corporations towards more responsible behavior in the environment. We arm citizen activists with the tools they need to be more effective advocates. We also provide researchers and scientists with critical data that can inform groundbreaking work – and, notably, aid in the effort to begin asking a new set of questions.

Position Summary

The Development Director will advance the trendsetting work of SkyTruth to make big data on environmental problems publicly available through visuals and maps in order to motivate and inform solutions. Working closely with the Chief Operating Officer, this position integrates skills in grant writing, foundation relations, and prospect research with social media communications to grow the organization’s base of support. This position will interact closely with program staff to develop content for grant proposals, grant reports, and external facing communication outlets, including SkyTruth’s website, blog and social media accounts. This position plays an important role in building the organization’s capacity to fulfill its mission.

Responsibilities

  • Manage foundation relations. You will be responsible for all aspects of grants cultivation and management for grants from private, corporate, and government funding, prioritizing support from charitable foundations. Responsibilities include: drafting narratives for grant proposals and reports, ensuring reports are clearly written and meet the terms of grant agreements and guidelines. To complete grant reports and proposals, you will coordinate closely with program staff and develop a team review process. You will manage reporting deadlines and requirements using CiviCRM.
  • Manage donor relations. You will manage all aspects of maintaining and growing the individual donor base of SkyTruth, including donation tracking, writing appeal and acknowledgement letters, and developing an individual donor communications plan and writing new content that tells the compelling story of SkyTruth.  
  • Monitor grant deliverables while projects are in process. You will work with team members to ensure grant deadlines and deliverables are met and will be responsible for maintaining records of donor communications. You will coordinate with team members on managing grant budgets with support from our administrative team.
  • Identify new funding opportunities. A key part of this position will be prospect research to identify and prioritize potential new funding opportunities for SkyTruth from private foundations, multilateral organizations, corporate giving programs, and individuals.
  • Manage social media and create new communication materials for donors and supporters. Responsibilities will include developing outward-facing publications and materials, including blogs, website and social media content, from ideation through design, copy editing, and production. Ensuring the quality and accuracy of donor and public-facing communications, including annual reports, project reports, and reports to the Board of Directors, will be important for maintaining SkyTruth’s brand and raising awareness and understanding of our mission.

Education/Training

A Bachelor’s degree is required and 5 years of demonstrated job experience in a related field is recommended. Experience in grant-writing with a track record of success is highly valued.

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working at nonprofit organizations with budgets >$1 million.
  • Knowledge of grant tracking and reporting.
  • Experience in science, environment or technology communications.

Skills, Knowledge, and Characteristics Required

  • Dynamic communication skills — in written, online, and public-speaking formats; you should be able to translate the work of SkyTruth to different audiences.
  • Enthusiasm for and dedication to the SkyTruth mission.
  • Integrity in all situations.
  • Proficiency in using a variety of collaborative software such as Slack and Google Drive.
  • Experience using CRM databases.
  • Excellent attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • The ability to balance multiple competing tasks and requests, and enjoyment from working efficiently towards goals and deadlines.
  • A desire for and fulfillment from working on a team, but also an ability to work independently on job tasks.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, demonstrating great communication, kindness, respect, and patience within our collaborative work environment.
  • An enjoyment of problem-solving and the ability to put this to use in areas where organizational operations could be improved.
  • Willingness to work remotely with colleagues.

Compensation will be based on experience and qualifications. SkyTruth offers a benefits package that includes three weeks starting vacation time in addition to federal holidays, enrollment in a healthcare plan with a generous employer contribution toward monthly premiums, and a 403b retirement plan match. This job requires occasional travel and occasional work outside regular business hours.

Please send a cover letter and resume to jobs@skytruth.org by June 15, 2018. No phone calls please. If you are asked for an interview, a writing sample will be required.

‘Rapid Response’ Internship

SkyTruth works to track, and raise awareness of, a wide range of environmental issues including overfishing, fracking, coal mining, and marine pollution.

Why should you work for SkyTruth? You can help protect the environment by applying science and technology to track real world issues with far reaching implications! Get professional experience working at a dynamic, internationally recognized nonprofit research organization based in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.

Summary

The focus of SkyTruth’s ‘Rapid Response’ internship will be to monitor and report on global environmental incidents like oil spills, storm inundations, deforestation events, or mine failures in near-real time to improve disaster response and keep the public informed.

The internship provides advanced undergraduates or graduate students exposure to a broad spectrum of geospatial tools and technologies ( e.g. , satellite imagery, geographic information systems), cultivates and sharpens technical and analytical capacity ( e.g. , scientific programming, statistical analysis, web development), and promotes project management skills by giving students ownership over the role.

The person(s) in this role will work directly with SkyTruth’s CEO and founder, John Amos, to supply the public with imagery on breaking and / or time-sensitive environmental incidents.

Essential duties

Download, analyze, and provide basic annotation of imagery as it pertains to our offshore monitoring and incident response work.

  1. Daily monitoring of the Gulf of Mexico using Landsat and Sentinel satellite imagery.
  2. Regular imagery monitoring of marine pollution hot-spots around the world, including but not limited to:
    1. United Arab Emirates (UAE) coastal areas;
    2. the Taylor Energy site;
    3. the Caspian Sea – Oil Rocks;
    4. the Strait of Malacca; and
    5. the Gulf of Guinea.
  3. Regularly producing imagery of other issues, such as expansion of mining impacts, growth of oil and gas infrastructure, deforestation near the Tar Sands, or other environmental issues related to the intern’s specific thematic interests
  4. Regularly producing posts for SkyTruth’s blog and social media accounts that (a) demonstrate the value of satellite imagery for global environmental monitoring, and (b) provide specific intervention points for the public to demand policy changes ( e.g., tailings pond failures provide arguments against mining elsewhere).

Expectations

We are looking for self-directed individuals, with a passion for using science to protect the environment. Interns should have demonstrated GIS experience, strong research and analytical skills, a proven ability to work with people from a variety of backgrounds, a desire to learn new skills and solve complex conservation problems, and superior written and verbal communication. Interns should be available to work a minimum of 8 hrs per week (up to 20) at SkyTruth’s office in Shepherdstown, WV. Remote work may be considered for exceptional candidates. Interns can expect to earn $12 per hour.

Preferred qualifications

Other desirable attributes include:

  • Strong interest in Python for data management, statistical analysis, and visualization;
  • Geospatial analysis including work in QGIS, ArcGIS, and/or Google Earth Engine;
  • Strong interest in Javascript and relevant web mapping platforms ( e.g. , ArcGIS Online, Carto, Mapbox, Leaflet, Google Maps, and Google Earth Engine);
  • Experience with gathering and analyzing satellite imagery and other remotely-sensed data;
  • Graphics production skills and video editing; and
  • A background in Environmental Science or Policy, Ecology, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Natural Resources Management, Geography, Political Science, or a related field.

How to apply:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to Christian Thomas ( christian@skytruth.org ) and Ry Covington (ry@skytruth.org ). Interested applicants should also feel free to reach out to Christian and Ry with questions about SkyTruth or the expectations of the internship.

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SkyTruth is an equal opportunity employer.

About Shepherdstown

SkyTruth is located 70 miles north-west of Washington DC on the Potomac river in a charming little town called Shepherdstown.  Home to nationally acclaimed arts and film festivals, and a small liberal arts university, this small town is packed with creative and technical people that support 15 great places to eat in the 4-block historic downtown, 3 independent coffee shops, an independent book store, and a rockin’ live music and film venue in the Old Opera House (“Music and Entertainment since 1910″). Just 90 minutes from downtown DC by car or commuter train, we have all the amenities of a big city within easy reach, without actually having to live there.

SkyTruth is located in Shepherdstown because when your mission is global monitoring with satellites, you can live anywhere you like. The SkyTruth founders chose Shepherdstown because that’s where they and their families wanted to live. When you come to visit, we’re certain you’ll see why.