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GIS/Database Assistant

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Sectors Water, Hydrology & Marine Ecology
Town/City Huinay
Salary Additional Information Accomodation and all meals included
Salary (Minimum)
Salary (Maximum)
Type Fixed Term and Permanent Roles
Status Full Time
Level Mid Level
Deadline 31/03/2020
Company Name Fundacion Huinay
Contact Name Stacy Ballyram
Email huinayresearch@gmail.com, huinaydatabase@gmail.com
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Job Announcement for a GIS/data base technician at the Huinay Scientific Field Station

 DEADLINE: until we found a qualified person, or 31.03.2020

TIME FRAME: 6 months trial period, ideal time of contract at least 2 to 3 years


Key abilities:

  • GIS and data base experience

  • fluent English

  • biological understanding


We are ideally looking for a biologist with strong computer/statistical experience.


Computer skills:

  • Database experience is necessary, with a knowledge of SQL, PostgreSQL and PostGIS.

  • experience in use of GIS programs such as QGIS and ArcGIS

  • experience in use of software for statistical analysis, or willingness to learn (self-teach): R, PRIMER, cluster analysis, multivariante analysis, random forests, species distribution modelling

  • experience in use of MARXAN software (or willingness to learn fast and independently)

  • System administrative skills (hardware, software installation and network configuration in LINUX and Windows) are very desirable.


In addition he/she should:

  • be an open, communicative, easy-going and nature-loving person who has no problems or rather enjoys to live in an isolated and rainy place (surrounded by lush forests) and be able to adapt to new situations

  • be self motivated and able to deal with the difficulties of living in a small remote place with few people

  • be organized and have strong organizational skills

  • have a general scientific, biological (taxonomical) and ecological background or interest (ideally knowledge of or at least interest in marine invertebrates).

  • be flexible, patient and should be able to improvise (experience in developing countries or, even better, in South America is an advantage)

  • Spanish knowledge is of advantage


The technical assistant will be in charge of maintaining a database containing data collected during field work and other projects of the scientific field station. The database includes geographic data in the PostGis format. The frontend should be able to display this data and enable geographic queries. The assistant will further be in charge of maintaining computers and a LINUX server at the field station. He/she will also participate in training and supervising interns (who can help adding data). Other tasks can, if time allows, involve daily activities at the station which are generally carried out by two scientific-technical assistants. He/she can and should work quite independently, but follow the guidelines given by the scientific director/managing scientist and ask for feedback when necessary.


The selected candidate will get a two week training from the former data base assistant.


We offer:

  • 775.000 CLP/month (remark: general health insurance is pretty good in Chile and there is an additional health insurance for work-related accidents)

  • Free lodging and food at the station and free transportation to and from Hornopiren on regular boat trips. You can also take the ferry that runs twice a week for approx. 3 US$. There are no expensed while you are at the station.

  • days of vacation days, 20 days (Monday through Friday) each year


You can find more information on the website http://www.huinay.cl


We are looking forward to your applications consisting of a cover letter explaining your personal incentive to apply at Huinay Scientific Field Station and why you think you are qualified for the job, and a CV (no longer than 4 pages). Please list 2-3 references that are able to speak of your abilities to deal with difficult and unknown situations, rather than just your professional abilities. Please do not send reference letters until you are asked for them. We will contact references for the short listed applicants only. Please send the full application to huinayresearch@gmail.com, huinaydatabase@gmail.com


It is necessary that the successful applicants apply for their work visas prior to arrival at the station. The successful applicant will be sent copy of the work contract which needs to be signed and returned for confirmation by a legal representative in order for you to apply for a work visa. This process can take up to 8 weeks.


If you are an experienced diver and bring your equipment (including dry suit), you may also have the possibility to help with dive work from time to time. Please also please mention if you have a boat driving license.


Besides the database, there will be various aspects of statistical analysis, the largest project being the following:


  • MARXAN analysis for Chilean Patagonia (with costs)

  • Zoogeographic analysis of connections of Chilean Patagonia with Falkland Islands

  • Abiotic key factors influencing species composition in Chilean Patagonian fjords and their usefulness as proxies for species distribution models, habitat mapping and predicting patterns in benthic assemblages

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