Geospatial Web Developer

Salary range: $57,000-$70,000 dependent on skills and experience level

Chesapeake Conservancy-Annapolis, MD

Chesapeake Conservancy, a nonprofit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland is seeking a Geospatial Web Developer to support web-based environmental applications that enhance conservation and restoration. We are committed to building a talented team of diverse backgrounds and an equitable and inclusive workplace.


Chesapeake Conservancy is a non-profit organization based in Annapolis, Maryland, dedicated to ensuring a healthier Chesapeake Bay watershed where fish and wildlife thrive, with healthy waters and abundant forests, wetlands, shorelines, and open spaces. With the human population in the Chesapeake watershed approaching 18 million and growing and tens of thousands of acres of open space vanishing each year, the Conservancy works to connect people with the Chesapeake’s wildlife and history; conserve landscapes and rivers; and restore the region’s natural resources. The Conservancy works in close partnership with the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, as well as other federal, state and local agencies, private foundations, and corporations to advance conservation.

Within the Conservancy, the Conservation Innovation Center (CIC) is redefining information systems for conservation, both within the Bay watershed and beyond. In the past few years, the CIC has become a globally recognized leader in producing data, analyses, and web applications to advance precision conservation and restoration. We have partnered with governmental groups like the Chesapeake Bay Program and industry-leading organizations like Microsoft and Esri to deliver more precise data for achieving conservation outcomes, and our work is helping to define the next generation of environmental information.


The geospatial web developer position will be responsible for design, development, and implementation of geospatial applications, including web-based and mobile solutions. Qualified candidates will have the opportunity to leverage new and emerging technologies to build applications including front-end and server-side components. They will be a key contributor to a core team (CIC) that manages large and small GIS projects utilizing environmental applications of geospatial technology. They will interface extensively with a wide variety of external clients/partners (government, non profit, private) through all stages of project management: needs assessment, scoping, design, implementation, and maintenance of projects. The person in this role will ultimately deliver custom, web-based geospatial solutions to analyze patterns in environmental data, streamline workflows, and support decision making of end users in the conservation field.

Essential functions include:

  1. Create new tools and/or customize existing tools for displaying, retrieving, and analyzing geographic data including imagery, maps, data visualizations, GIS feature data etc. in a web environment

  2. Support and update existing web applications utilizing Esri, WordPress, and other technologies

  3. Customize client-side and server-side solutions for GIS tools and applications

  4. Collaborate with CIC team members to prepare and facilitate project planning meetings and code sessions with clients or team; translate user needs into automated analysis workflows and development requirements

  5. Research, learn, and present on new methodologies and technologies, to achieve project outcomes and bring new knowledge to the team


Annapolis, Maryland, with flexible remote working options.


Interested candidates should submit a résumé and cover letter to explain how your skills and background fit this position. A portfolio of previous work including web-based products is recommended but not required. Applicants will be evaluated on a rolling basis, with the goal of hiring as soon as an appropriate candidate is identified.

Salary and benefits are commensurate with the candidate’s relevant professional experience and/or education. The Conservancy offers a competitive employee benefits package that includes health and dental insurance, life insurance, disability insurance, paid vacation and sick leave, and participation in a retirement savings plan. Opportunities for advancement and professional development are available.


Chesapeake Conservancy is an equal opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, national origin, color, age, sex, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, gender identity, refusal to submit to a genetic test or to make available genetic test results, or any other legally protected characteristic.

Chesapeake Conservancy understands that protecting and restoring the natural and cultural resources of the Chesapeake Bay watershed requires intentional commitment to inclusive practices and narratives within the conservation movement. Through our work we celebrate and elevate the people, places, and cultures of the region, especially by engaging underrepresented communities. Committing to the values of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice is critical to achieve our vision of a Chesapeake that is healthy, accessible to everyone, and a place where people and wildlife thrive. To that end, we commit ourselves to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice both in our programmatic priorities and our internal organizational development through inclusive recruitment of staff and board members, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture.


  • Organized, dependable, and results-oriented

  • Ability to challenge conventions and think creatively

  • Ability to thrive independently and on a team in a relaxed, dynamic office culture

  • Passion for the mission of the Chesapeake Conservancy – public access, conservation, education and stewardship of the Bay and its resources

  • Strong understanding of a breadth of web development languages and frameworks

  • Adaptability and independence in problem solving

  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written

  • Proven ability to deliver on projects and to relate complicated technical material to others

  • Ability to work among a diverse group of GIS staff and represent the highest quality standards

  • A Master’s degree and three years of experience or a Bachelor’s degree and five or more years of work experience is preferred, ideally with a concentration in Environmental Studies, Geography, Computer Science, or other relevant field.

  • We encourage early-career candidates or candidates without advanced degrees to apply.

  • Authorization to work in the United States is required.

Required skills:

  • Esri ArcGIS Pro 2.x and/or ArcGIS Desktop 10.x

  • Esri ArcGIS Online or ArcGIS Enterprise, including WebApp Builder

  • RESTful web services (web-based data endpoints), ArcGIS API for JavaScript

Preferred skills:

  • Workflow automation: Python, R

  • WordPress

  • Front end languages: HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript

  • JavaScript frameworks: Angular JS or React

  • Server-side languages: Python, Ruby, Java, PHP or .Net

  • Database technologies: Oracle, MySQL, SQL Server, PostgreSQL or MongoDB

  • Understanding of cloud-based services and technologies (Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services), Git version control systems, and User Experience Design are a plus.