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Remote Sensing Scientist

Company: SGT,Inc.
Location: Sioux Falls
Posted on: July 9, 2019

Job Description:


KBR (formerly Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies (SGT)) is seeking to fill a full-time Remote Sensing Scientist position to support the Monitoring Trends in Burn Severity (MTBS) project ( at the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center (, located near Sioux Falls, SD ( The MTBS project is an interagency effort tasked with the research, development, and execution of consistent fire perimeter delineation and burn severity classification techniques for mapping large fires that occur within the United States. The Remote Sensing Scientist will serve as the lead MTBS fire mapping analyst and be responsible for coordinating the fire mapping efforts, overseeing product quality checks and releases, and eventually becoming the MTBS fire mapping subject matter expert.

The successful candidate will become an integral part of the Science Division of the Technical Services Support Contract (TSSC) at the USGS EROS Center. The Science Division is comprised of highly talented scientists, technical specialists, and software engineers that work to support the dynamic science and technical requirements of our USGS Customer. This is covered by a wide-ranging portfolio of projects, including focuses in fire science, drought monitoring, ecosystem dynamics, hydrology, land cover monitoring, hazards monitoring and forecasting, and others.


* Minimum B.S. (M.S preferred) in Earth Science fire ecology, geography, land-use/land-change, vegetation, etc. - with emphasis in remote sensing, GIS, and/or statistics


* At least 5 years of directly related professional experience (willing to consider differing combinations of education/experience)


* Leads a team of MTBS fire mapping analysts in fire perimeter and burn severity mapping activities

* Applies an earth science background in MTBS research and development activities

* Performs GIS/remote sensing data collection, management, processing, and analysis using various software packages

* Incorporates scripting/automation efficiencies into data processing work flows and ensure data quality at all stages

* Utilizes statistical software, such as R and Excel, to validate, compare, and study data results

* Establishes, documents, and maintains best practices / standard operating procedures / sound scientific research methods

* Contributes to and/or leads the writing, editing, and review of peer reviewed publications, presentations, and reports

* May include up to 4-weeks travel to attend scientific conferences or other project-related meetings / field trips


* Fundamental understanding of remote sensing science and the characteristics of geospatial data

* Experience working with various GIS software applications (ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI, ERDAS)

* Understanding of computer modeling techniques (decision tree and random forest)

* Knowledge of statistical-based data analysis and validation techniques

* Proficient in geospatial data analysis and interpretation

* Experience working with scripting languages, such as Python, R, GDAL, to automate workflows

* Familiarity with Google Earth Engine and cloud-based/high performance computing environments

* Strong writing ability and experience with authoring process documentation, reports, and research papers

* Presentation skills presenting project work to a variety of audiences

* Demonstrated initiative, dependability, and interpersonal skills

The candidate must be able to obtain and maintain a national agency check and background investigation after hire to obtain credentials for facility access and user accounts.

This position will be posted to the career opportunities listing on the SGT website ( This position may be filled by a KBR teammate on the TSSC Contract. Please apply on line.

KBR is an equal opportunity employer. EOE/m/f/disabled/veteran.

The Equal Employment Opportunity Policy of the SGT is to provide a fair and equal employment opportunity for all employees and job applicants regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. SGT hires and promotes individuals solely on the basis of their qualifications for the job to be filled. SGT believes that employees should be provided with a working environment which enables them to be productive and to work to the best of his or her ability. We do not condone or tolerate an atmosphere of intimidation or harassment based on race, color, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status or disability. We expect and require the cooperation of all employees in maintaining a discrimination and harassment-free atmosphere.

Keywords: SGT,Inc., Sioux Falls , Remote Sensing Scientist, Other , Sioux Falls, South Dakota

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