||Join Sanborn’s award-winning team! Sanborn is looking for a GIS Specialist who can provide additional capacity to state and field offices to research, identify and acquire specific data from staff within a state; to develop these data into geospatial layers which conform to defined data standards, are topologically correct and are in accordance with FGDC and BLM metadata standards, and finally, to ensure that all state level data compilations roll up to national views.
Secondary duties include performing initial Quality Control (QC) on all acquired data as well as on produced geospatial representations of that data and to report on QC issues unresolved, to document via required geospatial metadata as well as via monthly progress reports, and to perform mapping for QC and update briefing purposes.
These positions all require a solid understanding of the geospatial tools to be used and the ability to follow a designated process, skills and knowledge essentially.
Primary tools to be used include ArcGIS desktop (ArcMap), Spatial Data Engine (SDE), and other geospatial software components that may vary by state. The GIS Specialist will need to have experience in developing geospatial data and FGDC compliant metadata, resolving data conflicts, performing spatial QC and documenting all work.
Data priorities, initial mash-ups of geospatial data, methods and strategy will be provided and discussed prior to deployment via orientation.
Strong communication and organizational skills are imperative to this position. He/she will be required to initiate and complete a variety of work tasks, requiring close coordination with and input from other people (including state and field staff members).
The GIS Specialist will also provide demonstrations and briefings for state staff on progress and results, as well as with the Colorado staff and technical managers for all aspects of the work.
The position is located at the BLM Sacramento, CA office. This position may require periodic travel.
Initial orientation and training will be done in Lakewood, CO for approximately a week. The State-based GIS Specialist will be expected to attend this initial orientation and process/method instruction.
• Bachelor’s Degree in a directly related field (geography, science, engineering, business or another related field, or equivalent)
• Three (3) years' experience in the application of GIS techniques to the analysis of natural resource issues.
**In addition to your resume, you must address/write to EACH of the 11 Technical Requirements below**
GEODATA ACQUISITION AND COMPILATION
• Demonstrate experience of greater than 2 years developing and editing geospatial data using geospatial tools, specifically ArcGIS/ArcMap, SDE and other ESRI developed GIS tools.
• Highlight in narrative your experience in working on data acquisition and compilation projects, including types of data, formats dealt with for input and output, and compilation and edit procedures.
• Demonstrate greater than 1 year experience handling complex ecological, natural resource or environmental landscape data.
• Demonstrate greater than 1 year experience scripting or otherwise automating edit processes.
GEOSPATIAL METADATA DEVELOPMENT
• Demonstrate experience of greater than 2 years in development and documentation of geospatial data via FGDC compliant metadata.
• Demonstrate greater than 1 year experience using established metadata tools and programs that are FGDC compliant or in advanced xml handling.
DATA STANDARDS & QUALITY ASSURANCE
• Demonstrate experience of greater than 2 years developing and reviewing geospatial or tabular data to meet data standards, such as ensuring requisite data schemas, file naming conventions, etc.
• Demonstrate knowledge of concepts and principles of geospatial data management and general data Quality Assurance processes.
COMMUNICATIONS AND TECH TRANSFER
• Demonstrate experience in developing written technical documentation (such as metadata, training materials, workflow diagrams, white papers, etc.).
• Demonstrate experience in creating maps to communicate issues, to provide status updates or provide general spatial information to lay persons and geospatial experts.
• Demonstrate ability to orally communicate technical information effectively to lay persons and geospatial technical experts alike.
• Attend trainings and orientation as scheduled.
• Identify and acquire data in native formats from field and state offices. Priority data lists and methods will be provided that the GIS Specialist will work from. This may require exploring and searching for data via communication with a wide variety of field and state staff.
• Convert all formats of data acquired into single, well-documented geospatial files at a state or national level.
• Create and ensure BLM and FGDC standard metadata is associated with each geospatial file.
• Prepare and submit weekly status/progress reports in the format provided by the COR.
• Prepare maps for progress demonstration or to illustrate data complexities and issues.
• Communicate and work with an extended interdisciplinary team across the BLM to ensure proper understanding of programmatic data elements, BLM data standards and geospatial methods guidance.
• Assist with data collection, consolidation, sharing and general data management activities.
• Generate geospatial data, databases, analysis, maps, services and applications according to BLM standard or specification.
• Participate in the monthly/weekly BLM conference calls and in-person meetings as scheduled.
• Exceptional customer service orientation
• Outstanding written and oral communication skills
• Demonstrated ability to work productively with a wide range of people
• Comfortable working in high paced environment
• Able to translate technical concepts into layman’s terms
• Able to coordinate with program stakeholders
• In depth knowledge of GIS data development, editing and quality control procedures
• Self-motivated, pro-active, and ability to multi-task
CONTRACTOR PERSONNEL SECURITY AND SUITABILITY REQUIREMENTS
The following forms and inquiries, or their equivalent, will be used to initiate the credentialing process:
• OPM Standard Form 85 or 85P
• National Criminal History Check (NCHC)
• Release to Obtain Credit Information
• PIV card application
If selected to fill the position, a candidate would be required to pass a drug screen and satisfy the requirements of a National Criminal History Check (NCHC) to verify the identity of the individual applying for clearance and to determine the individual’s suitability for the position.
Applicant must be a U.S. citizen or possess a current work visa.
Sanborn offers a comprehensive health and wellness program which includes medical, dental, vision, 401k, holiday, PTO, EAP, disability and life insurance benefits.
TO APPLY: Visit our website: www.Sanborn.com to apply for this position. Sanborn is an Equal Opportunity Employer.