Imagery Analyst

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Imagery Analyst

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Must be US Citizen
On going contract position
W2 with full benefits
Must be able to pass background check and drug screen

Job Description:
The Columbus Team is looking for an imagery analyst to support the Satellite Analysis Branch (SAB). The SAB mission is to analyze satellite imagery, integrated with ancillary datasets, to create briefings and products that enable its users to mitigate disasters and environmental hazards including tropical storms, heavy precipitation, fires and smoke, airborne volcanic ash and marine pollution (oil spills). Users of SAB's 24 x 7 x 365 interpretive satellite analysis products include all NOAA Line Offices, federal, state, local, and foreign government agencies, emergency responders and the public. Maintaining the quality and user utility of these life-saving products requires integrating cutting edge science, an increasingly broad array of satellite capabilities and techniques, continually expanded data distribution means, and active user-oriented outreach.
Responsibilities: The selectee for this position will provide support for the following SAB Programs:
• The Tropical Program: On a routine basis derive tropical storm position and intensity estimates using SATELLITE IMAGERY ANALYSIS techniques. Utilize a wide concert of ancillary information including; geostationary satellite feeds, polar imagery, McIDAS, ADT (Advanced Dvorak Technique), SatCON (Satellite Consensus), and AWIPS software; subsequently disseminate estimates to other NOAA offices, government agencies, and first responders. 
• The Marine Pollution Surveillance Program: Perform manual detection and mapping of oil slicks through leveraging high resolution satellite imagery to derive the extent of oil spills; subsequent creation and distribution of highly detailed reports (MPSR - Marine Pollution Surveillance Reports). Routine collaboration with source providers, product customers, and clients to achieve common goals related to oil surveillance. Provided ad-hoc satellite-based analyses (when imagery allows) for oil spills identified by the National Ocean Service (NOS) emergency response division. Acquisition and display of moderate to high resolution satellite imagery using data from satellite hubs such as Earth Explorer and the Sentinel Hub as well as stand-alone MDA RADARSAT SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) imagery. Utilization of ENVI and ArcGIS to enhance each image using band combinations to create true and false color composites.
• The Washington Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (W-VAAC): Monitor, review and analyze geostationary satellite feeds for volcanic ash. Issue VAAs (Volcanic Ash Advisories) to indicate the presence airborne ash to specifically the aviation community, data is often accompanied by model data such as GFS, NAM and HYSPLIT to help forecast the trajectory of the ash. Coordination with international parties to convey vital information about the status of volcanic ash and or new eruptions.
• Selectee will need 3 – 5 years’ experience:
o In the use of imagery analysis tools and software, e.g., ENVI, ArcGIS, WorldView
o Performing imagery analysis of multi-source analysis
o Conducting multi-source research and mine various data sources to gather information on various imagery-driven projects
• Will be required to:
o Prepare and present well written products for user community needs and NOAA customers
o Possess excellent written and oral presentation skills
o Be an active participant in meetings, working groups, teams
o Compile reports, presentations, white papers, recommendations, and position statements
• Past experience with NOAA or other government agencies involved in the use and analysis of imagery data
• While not required to supervise the activities of others, the selectee is required to have leadership skills to champion mission/project goals and objectives
• This position involves rotating shift work (days, evenings, mids)

Required Skills:
Bachelor’s Degree in Remote Sensing, Geographic Information Systems, engineering, computer science, or other related technical fields of study.
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