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Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Environmental Data Science (Covey)

Skidmore College
Saratoga Springs, NY

Job Details

The Environmental Studies and Sciences (ESS) Program at Skidmore College is looking for an enterprising and passionate Post-Baccalaureate Fellow in Environmental Data . The selected Fellow will support faculty and students in data unification, analysis, and visualization while also pursuing their own collaborative independent research. A key goal of the Environmental Data Science Fellowship is to advance the Fellow’s professional, technical, teaching, and research capabilities in preparation for an advanced career in science. The Fellow will work collaboratively both within the ESS Program and across other departments and programs to help integrate environmental data science techniques into student-centered teaching and research at the College. In the Spring 2023 semester of this 1-year, non-renewable, fellowship the Fellow will give a public research seminar describing their experience and accomplishments.


The Fellow will report to PI Kris Covey, Assistant Professor, Environmental Studies and Sciences but is expected to serve the wider Skidmore community.

Roles & Responsibilities

  • Work with faculty and students to gather, assess, organize, profile, and clean environmental data for analysis
  • Code in R, Python, and Google Earth Engine (and/or others, e.g., Javascript, SQL) and introduce new analytical tools into student-centered research and coursework
  • Work with faculty across departments to enhance classroom teaching by developing exercises that integrate advance data analysis tools into regular coursework
  • Provide mentorship and technical skills development opportunities to undergraduate students inside an academic setting
  • Lead short workshops in coding for environmental data analysis
  • Present their work in formal public settings beyond the College 
  • Lead independent peer-reviewed environmental research in collaboration with Skidmore faculty.
  • Timing

    The Post-Baccalaureate Fellowship in Environmental Data Science is a 1-year non-renewable fellowship (anticipated 6/1/22-5/31/23)

    Compensation & Benefits

    The Environmental Data Science Fellow compensation is set at $45,000/yr and includes benefits. In addition, the selected Fellow will have access to a $5,000 non-salary stipend to be spent in consultation with their supervisor in support of teaching and research.


  • 2-3+ years of experience with geostatistical approaches to environmental issues.
    • Familiarity with a broad base of analytical tools and databases (including, but not limited to):
      • Geospatial modeling and analysis (machine learning, geo-statistical methods, spatio-temporal modeling)
      • National and global geospatial datasets, preferably with exposure to soil databases such as SoilGrids, gSSURGO, Polaris
      • Experience using remotely-sensed products: Landsat, Sentinel, Planet, LiDAR, UAV etc.
      • Exposure to a suite of GIS and Remote Sensing software (ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, ENVI, ERDAS, etc)
      • Geospatial analysis using the common languages (e.g. R, Python, Javascript, SQL)
      • Basic web programming for geospatial applications
    • Cartographic/visualization expertise in both print and web format
  • Passionate, mission-driven and capable of running projects independently
  • Excellent organizational skills with strong attention to detail, efficient time management, and the ability to prioritize work effectively
  • An entrepreneurial and self-starting spirit, excited about exploring the unknown
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work effectively in collaboration with diverse groups of people
  • In order to prevent or significantly reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission at Skidmore College and protect all members of the College community from infection, successful candidates will be required to submit proof of full vaccination as a condition of employment, unless exempted as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely religious belief or practice.


    Skidmore College is committed to being an inclusive campus community and, as an Equal Opportunity Employer, does not discriminate in its hiring or employment practices on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, national or ethnic origin, physical or mental disability, military or veteran status, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, predisposition or carrier status, domestic violence victim status, familial status, dating violence, or stalking, or any other category protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.

    Employment at Skidmore College is contingent upon an acceptable background check result.



Skidmore is a highly selective liberal arts college with a reputation for its creative approaches to just about everything. With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, the College is a close-knit academic community. Skidmore is known for its faculty of teacher-scholars devoted to the instruction and mentoring of undergraduates—approximately 2,400 talented men and women from some 47 states and 46 countries.

A great education is all about putting academic theory and creative expression into practice. That’s what our founder, Lucy Skidmore Scribner, believed. Skidmore’s not an ivory tower. Never has been. Never will be. It’s a place where faculty and students work together, then figure out how to use what they’ve learned to make a difference in the world. This practical focus often leads to cross-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approaches, where students carry multiple majors, student-faculty research is common, and internships and community service are standard. It also leads to interesting and unusual combinations of activities, frequently woven into an intellectual passion.

If this kind of experience resonates with you, why not take a closer look at Skidmore?

Skidmore College is located in the historic resort community of Saratoga Springs, New York.  Set in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, Saratoga is located about 30 minutes north of Albany, the state capital. 

Saratoga is a small, cosmopolitan city of 30,000, noted for its Victorian heritage, famed spas, and thoroughbred horse racing.  The Saratoga Performing Arts Center is a site of top rock, jazz, and pop performances as well as the summer home of the New York City Ballet and the Philadelphia Orchestra.  Saratoga is a three-and-one-half-hour drive, train ride, or bus trip from New York City, Boston, or Montreal.


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