Geospatial Information Systems Developer (m-f-d)

Level: Officer
Location: Bonn, Germany
Deadline: 15 December 2022
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The Mission

FSC works to take care of our forests and those who rely on them: by protecting plant and animal species, Indigenous Peoples’ rights, forest workers’ safety, and much more. We achieve this through FSC certification, ensuring forests around the world are responsibly managed. For more information on FSC, visit our website at

To effectively meet the challenge of protecting the world’s forests, we are committed to ensuring we have the world’s most skilled people working with us. This commitment extends to everyone that works in FSC around the world: from those that lead the design of policies and standards, to those that roll out those same policies and standards on the ground, and to those that provide us with backbone to do our work.

We are looking for an engaged Geospatial Information Systems Developer who brings solid expertise and a passion for FSC’s mission, to work with us in a multinational environment.


The Scope

To support the organization to implement and maintain a long-term GIS vision by enhancing and expanding the portfolio of GIS-based technology tools. Help to drive the use of GIS to provide solutions to a wide range of FSC stakeholders.


Main Roles and Responsibilities

To maintain, enhance and develop FSC’s current and future GIS solutions by:

  • Designing, developing, and implementing GIS tools based on user experiences and workflows.
  • Debugging, optimizing, extending, and redeploying existing GIS web-based applications using custom, reusable, and responsive UI components.
  • Working closely with internal and external teams/stakeholders and product owners to define, design, and implement features.
  • Working with ESRI technologies to keep FSC GIS portfolio up to date with the latest front-end and back-end technologies.
  • Finding, analyzing, and fixing bugs and performance problems whenever they occur.
  • Building high quality applications by working effectively in an agile, highly interactive, and creative team environment.
  • Supporting development of technical documentation and end-user training resources.
  • Research, recommend and support the implementation of new GIS products, services, and protocols to meet data and information needs for various FSC user groups/stakeholders.
  • Support the establishment,implementation,and management of consistent processes for data sharing with internal and external stakeholders, in cooperation with Legal Department.
  • Support the management of projects related to data gathering, standardization, and management, including but not limited to data collection (spatial and standard), data standardization, data publication.
  • Any other task as assigned by formal supervisor based on special organizational needs.



Qualification, Experience and Skills

Education and Training:

  • Bachelor’s or master's degree in computer science, geoinformatics, software engineering or related field is mandatory.
  • Certifications relevant to GIS are an added advantage


Working Experience, Style, and Skills:

  • 3-5 years of relevant experience in developing GIS Solutions using ESRI technologies.
  • Strong JavaScript or Python or .NET development skills.
  • Demonstrated developing and deploying GIS solutions with ArcGIS JavaScript or Python API (Application Programming Interface).
  • Experience with HTML/CSS, including concepts like layout, specificity, cross browser compatibility, and accessibility.
  • Experience designing and developing UI/UX that simplify complex workflows with JavaScript frameworks (React) or similar.
  • Experience with Web Services (ESRI, OGC) and Map Tiles.
  • Experience working with GitHub.
  • Familiarity with REST/ SOAP service architectures.
  • Familiarity with spatial-enabled databases.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based deployments (Azure, AWS).
  • Ability to build high quality software in a constantly evolving agile environment.
  • Ability to collaborate with other internal teams to design improvements to the developer experience.
  • Excellent problem-solving, design, development, and debugging skills.
  • Excellent estimation and management of delivery timelines. 
  • Ability to perform well while handling competing priorities and several functions. 
  • Solution oriented attitude to work. 
  • A strong sense of diligence and service. 
  • Strong analytical skills and attention to detail. 



Computing Skills:

  • Any official ESRI certification.
  • Experience with ESRI suite: ArcGIS Pro, Online, Server, Enterprise, Web App, Survey123, App Studio.
  • Experience with satellite imagery and ESRI Image server.
  • Experience in areas of data analysis, and data visualization, particularly in the realm of communicating analytical results as informative, interactive, charts, etc.
  • Experience with testing cycles.
  • Experience with software development and release of commercial software products.
  • CRM (Customer Relationship Management) systems. 
  • Understanding of data management concepts and practices (e.g., metadata, permissions, recovery, security, privacy, quality, and monitoring) and data integration (ETL/ELT) procedures.



Language and Communication Skills:

  • Fluency in English is required.
  • Spanish and/or French is a plus.
  • Demonstrated successful verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to establish and maintain positive interpersonal relations. 
  • Ability to communicate complex technical tech concepts to business users.



Terms and Conditions

  • Location: Bonn, Germany.
  • Working Hours: Full time - 40 hours per week.
  • Duration of Employment: Temporary contract - 2 years (extension possible, subject to satisfactory performance).
  • Starting Date: As soon as possible.
  • Travel: Sporadic travel may be required.



How to Apply:

Please apply via our website by submitting your CV in English.

Please do not send any photos of yourself.

The deadline for applications is 15 December 2022.

We will confirm receipt of your application. However, only candidates shortlisted for an interview will be further contacted and will receive notice of the outcome of the selection process. Should you not receive a confirmation of receipt please check your spam filter and if you cannot find it there contact us at

For FSC, inclusiveness and diversity are important values. As such, we welcome and encourage applications from all backgrounds and are entirely committed to consider all qualified applicants regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion, ethnicity, age and disability.  

Please be informed, that by applying for this position you automatically accept our Data Protection Information on processing your personal data.

We are looking forward to your application!

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