Data & GIS Manager

Data & GIS Manager
Position Description


The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT) seeks a Data & GIS Manager to provide important expertise to a growing and successful land conservation organization. The organization has a solid record of community engagement, land protection, and stewardship. The CDLT owns or has conservation easements on over 26,600 acres in North Central Washington and maintains around 40 miles of trails with many public access points. We are a non-profit organization that engages communities in conserving, caring for, and accessing the natural lands and waters that sustain North Central Washington. CDLT is an equal opportunity employer.

Position Summary:

The Data & GIS Manager (Manager) is responsible for overseeing all aspects of the stewardship and lands database, and GIS use, development, and management to support organizational priorities at CDLT. The Manager will fulfill requests from staff for accurate cartographic products for internal and public use. As the sole GIS expert, the Manager’s success hinges on their ability to interpret staff needs and translate them into maps and data management workflows –strong communication skills are essential. 

Reports to: Trails Program Manager


  • Assess, organize and maintain all spatial and tabular data related to land protection and stewardship including
    • Land use or natural resource mapping tools, including external data sources and map services
    • Trails & recreation infrastructure data, including concurrent updates to several digital trail maps
    • Stewardship data related to weed control, restoration work
  • Maintain stewardship and lands database, onboard data, and assist staff with data entry and reports
  • Provide regular updates to the organization’s standard map products including 
    • Organizational service area maps showing properties, projects, or other geographical specifics which are relevant to CDLT
    • Interactive web maps hosted by ArcOnline and displayed on the organization website
    • Syncing data between multiple GIS solutions and applications
  • Prepare presentation-quality maps and exhibits to help assess land protection opportunities, seek grants or other funding, and contribute to member and community outreach events
  • Support stewardship and trail staff with occasional fieldwork to capture spatial data such as photo points, trail alignments, restoration areas, etc. 
  • Keep abreast of software updates, conservation-oriented data sources and new technologies that improve organizational efficiency
  • Develop training materials and presentations for relevant staff as new technologies become available
  • Collaborate with IT, data contractors, and CDLT staff to improve the functionality of all data collection and manipulation, and solve hardware/software performance issues
  • Provide training, mentorship, and support for staff who use, collect, and/or manipulate data and information
  • Develop standards, best practices, and procedures for applying GIS technology to organizational objectives
  • Provide information necessary to support organizational objectives in clear and meaningful ways by analyzing data, querying the stewardship and land database, and developing reports
  • Perform other related duties as assigned


  • Proficiency in GIS solutions. CDLT specifically uses ESRI ArcGIS products—ArcGIS Desktop applications, ArcGIS Online, specifically applications including Field Maps and StoryMaps. Experience in creating web maps, especially those for public consumption
  • Spatial analysis skills
  • Cartographic design skills, including layout, balance, and appropriate level of detail
  • Experience with data structures and database organization, including GIS storage formats
  • Ability to work as part of multiple teams and handle multiple priorities while working effectively within deadlines
  • Familiarity with the North Central Cascade region
  • A background in natural resources, and a passion for CDLT’s mission


The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is made up of a cohesive team of 17 staff who work for a governing Board of Directors. Staff members collaborate across several program areas, including Trails, Stewardship, Land Conservation, Philanthropy and Outreach to make progress on projects and goals related to our 5-year Strategic Plan. CDLT offers a casual and flexible work environment, with options for some remote work. CDLT will continue following all guidelines from our local public health district with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please note that we prefer applicants to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The position is 32 hours per week, which is the norm for most of our current staff.

Salary and Benefits:

We offer a salary consistent with Land Trust Alliance practices, with a competitive benefit package, including group medical and dental insurance, training opportunities, paid sick leave, 24 days of paid holiday and vacation time, and a SIMPLE IRA with employer match. The salary range for this position is $43,000 - $45,000 per year, dependent on experience.

To Apply:

Early applications are strongly encouraged. Applications received by June 26th will be given first consideration. Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and two work examples that showcase the use of GIS technology.
Email complete application to: Angela Morris, Associate Director, [email protected]



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Chelan-Douglas Land Trust (CDLT)

CDLT Mission

We engage communities in conserving, caring for, and accessing the natural lands and waters that sustain North Central Washington.

CDLT Vision

We envision thriving natural systems sustaining the diversity of human communities in North Central Washington.

CDLT Guiding Principles

Community Based

We are committed to principles of integrity, equity, and inclusion in our business and our work—with staff, volunteers, landowners, community partners, donors, and funders.

Conservation and Connection

We passionately pursue connection to our region’s land and water by protecting natural areas and
enhancing public access close to where we live.

We have a responsibility to future generations to protect those natural areas that contribute to the quality of life for all.

Care in Perpetuity

As stewards of the lands entrusted to us forever, we are committed to managing our resources carefully and planning for organizational sustainability.

Commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Greater Alignment and Engagement with All Communities

To fulfill our mission, and honor our vision and guiding principles, we will include all community members. We are expanding our efforts more directly into our local communities of color. We believe the outdoors should be a safe and inclusive space for everyone, including BIPOC and LGBTQ+ people. We recognize the value of differently-abled individuals and strive to provide accessibility to outdoor spaces and educational opportunities about our natural world.

Recognition of Original Stewards of the Land and Water

We recognize that the well-being of nature and people cannot be separated, and that the history of the human connection to land cannot be ignored. We acknowledge that Indigenous people have been caring for the land, water, plants, and animals of this region since time immemorial. Many of the first peoples of this region still reside here.

Employee Benefits

The Chelan-Douglas Land Trust is pleased to offer a generous benefits package to its employees.

Health and Dental Insurance

Employer-sponsored medical, dental, and vision plan with optional coverage for domestic partner and/or dependents at additional cost.

Paid Time Off

Pro-rated paid time off with unused paid time off carried over to the following year, up to a maximum of 120 hours.
Additional pro-rated sick days (do not carry over year to year).

Retirement Savings

Opportunity to participate in a Simple IRA retirement savings plan with CDLT matching up to 3% of salary.

Paid Family Medical Leave

Access to Washington’s Paid Family Medical Leave is available to all qualified employees.


Recognizing that our employees are best when they can take time to recharge, educate, and improve themselves, all full-time or regular part-time employees are eligible for a 2-month sabbatical leave after each seven consecutive years of employment.

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