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This position will assist in developing and maintaining Geographic Information System (GIS) based inventories, databases, and surveys. You will serve as custodian to data and create maps and publications upon request, focusing on deploying every GFP public-facing map product, GPS downloads, and environmental review tools. This position will also help coordinate GIS activities and services to the agency statewide by providing training on GIS and GPS uses. You will also serve as a point of contact for mobile devices and their use with our products, data updates, and customer service troubleshooting. Most of these duties are completed in an office setting. However, some overnight travel for training, meetings, and conferences will be required for this position.
Culture and tradition run strong at the Department of Game, Fish, and Parks. Our skilled workforce believes in professionalism and accountability to meet our internal customers and external stakeholders' growing expectations. Working here isn't just a job –it's a life's passion. Our atmosphere empowers professional success, team building, and facilitating relationships with organizations to ensure our state's rich outdoor heritage lives on for the next generation.
Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is just one integral aspect of what we do as an agency. We were an early adopter of GIS technology over 20 years ago. Our Interdisciplinary GIS Team continues to be a nationally recognized leader in delivering new and innovative ways to view, analyze, and interpret data. From researching the movement of deer herds, developing mobile apps, and predicting trends using socioeconomic data, our team of experts ensures we remain responsive to our stakeholders' needs. Our products receive millions of requests each year across the globe! All we need is you! Sound like a good fit? As a Department of Game, Fish, and Parks employee, here's what you'll experience:
Innovation – The GIS team is consistently revolutionizing how the State of South Dakota handles data and is regularly consulted on how other leaders should develop their programs.
Professional Development – We provide training and support for you to become an expert in the field.
Facilitation and Project Management – Seeing a project from start to finish is always something to be proud of.We regularly meet to provide status updates and pivot to stakeholder needs.
Task Diversity – Projects and ideas come from programs such as wildlife, fisheries, and human dimensions; This provides an opportunity to learn more about fieldwork and contribute technical skills to really make all of our projects a success!
Collaboration and Communication – The GIS team works with every program within the agency, federal organizations, and public stakeholders.
Part of the Big Picture – Our work is user-friendly and extends past the GIS team. Our product is relied upon daily to promote the outdoors and engage both consumptive and recreational users of our landscape.
Who We're Looking For:
Are you excellent at organizing and prioritizing multiple tasks and projects while maintaining a positive attitude?
Does the thought of a work environment where each day's duties will be different sound exciting?
When problems occur, you don't get overwhelmed, but you are quick on your feet to find a solution?
Are you an effective communicator that enjoys providing superior service to the department's customers, leadership, and other employees?
Are you proud of your deployed products, both in print and electronically?
Pierre, South Dakota, is the preferred duty station for this position. However, additional remote duty locations may be considered after successfully completing a probationary period. Pierre is centrally located along the eastern edge of the beautiful Missouri River. Being the state capital, this community has a rich frontier history and offers some of the nation's best outdoor recreation opportunities. Fishing, hunting, and photography are all popular activities in the area and provide year-round opportunities for residents. The Oahe Dam and multiple state parks in the area offer a quick getaway for hiking and biking, even though Pierre offers a larger city's amenities but with a small-town feel.
If you enjoy a career that is exciting and far-reaching, possess good organization and communication skills, and want to make a difference in public service, we want to hear from you!
The ideal candidate will have experience leveraging a suite of products that can include, but aren't limited to:
GIS and ESRI platforms (e.g., ArcMap, ArcPro, ArcOnline, Field Maps, Survey123, AppStudio, Avenza, etc.);
Basic SQL and Python design and implementation;
Database design and data organization skills;
Tableau and PowerBI;
Microsoft Flow and PowerAutomate;
Basic principles, terminology, and use of operations associated with data processing (e.g., Access, Excel, etc.).