Part-time, time-limited (max 100 hrs over 3-6 months), remote/virtual but must be located in the U.S.

Niskanen Center seeks a GIS and data analysis consultant to help analyze and visualize research data on the air pollution changes and associated economic impacts of various carbon tax policies. The consultant will work part-time over a period of three months with the Niskanen team to interpret data results in the context of environmental justice concerns and develop appropriate maps and other outputs to communicate the results to stakeholders. Niskanen will provide research data. Consultant will work with Niskanen to identify additional external data sources to acquire, such as demographic data, locations of environmental justice communities, etc., to perform this analysis. Must be an excellent communicator, able to explain analysis and work, and work with the team to identify and develop appropriate visual results. Reports to: Research Manager for Electricity Transmission

Required skills:

  • GIS mapping – QGIS or ArcGIS
  • Data analysis, especially spatial analysis and descriptive statistics – R, Python, Excel, program flexible  
  • Data visualization – ability to develop maps and figures to communicate results to outside audiences. 

Preferred skills:

Ability to interpret and communicate results in the environmental justice context, particularly with respect to air pollution and health impacts. 

Expectations:

1. Contractor will be provided county-level research data (with FIPS identifiers) on air quality, economic impacts, and health outcomes at five-year increments for three policies. Contractor will take these data and develop descriptive statistics and maps visualizing results, including differences across geography, population affected, time, and policies.  

2. Contractor will join and analyze policy outcome data with other data sets such as the Census demographics, environmental justice metrics (e.g., EPA EJSCREEN), and power plant and refinery locations; and overlay results with red lining maps where possible to identify differences in policy impacts, including how the policies differ from each other and from the status quo (e.g., current conditions without carbon taxes) and their impacts on disadvantaged communities.

3. Contractor will perform data analysis to identify spatial and temporal trends, communities most and least benefited (defined as a reduction in air quality and improvement in health effects) by different policies, and other specifics as identified by the Niskanen team.

4. Services will be provided over a 3-6-month period, working with the team to iterate on data analysis and visualization. Contractor must be able to clearly communicate results, questions, and concerns with the team. 

How to apply:

Submit your resume, cover letter explaining your experience, availability, hourly or project rate, and an example visual work product to lreed@niskanencenter.org.

We will begin evaluating applications on July 8, 2022. Start date: August.

The Niskanen Center is an equal opportunity employer. We consider all employment applicants without discrimination of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran, or disability status. We also seek to expand our professional networks and workplace composition to better our dedication to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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