The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service Joshua Tree National Park (JOTR), is recruiting an experienced GIS Technician to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff to provide geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data analysis support related to conservation, restoration, transportation management, protection of cultural resources and other natural and cultural resource projects. The GIS Technician will perform duties related to a broad spectrum of projects including, but not limited to, wildlife, cultural, vegetation, physical sciences and facilities management. More specifically, the GIS Technician will be involved in the following projects:
• Completing basic spatial analysis and compilation of data related to natural and cultural resources, including creating maps and compiling data for long-term survey datasets;
• Ground-truthing and updating GIS data;
• Creating and updating metadata as well as assisting and training staff in completing metadata for their specific projects as needed;
• Collecting GIS data in the field for a variety of trails and general park maintenance, law enforcement, and resource management activities;
• Creating Area of Potential Effects (APE) maps for NEPA/NHPA review;
• Creating a variety of cartographic products utilizing existing GIS data for both print and digital as well as preparing data for field data collection for end users;
• Assisting park staff and managers in developing and updating cultural, biological, and other geodatabases, schemas, and maps in GIS;
• Building geodatabases with developed schemas for projects;
• Providing GIS technical assistance, training, and planning with field office staff on GIS software basics, metadata, geodatabases, and field data collection;
• GIS modeling of resources for projects if needed;
• Field collection device management for updates, assistance and training for park staff;
• Creating spatial products for reports as needed
o Bachelor’s degree in GIS, geography, computer science or closely related field with coursework and/or experience that demonstrates significant understanding of the principles of geographic information systems (GIS); Applicants with advanced degree encouraged to apply;
o Proficient using GIS software, specifically ESRI suite including ArcMap and ArcPro with working knowledge of components, tools and techniques to create maps, manipulate and analyze data, as well as organize layers, required;
o Knowledge and prior experience using ArcGIS Desktop, including Spatial Analyst, 3-D Analyst, Data Driven Pages, and ArcGIS extensions will be highly beneficial;
o Capacity to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner according to established policies that is easily understood and accessible to other staff;
o Knowledge of basic cartographic principles and sources of mapping materials; principles of Geographic Information System including entry/updates, map projections, coordinate systems and datums, analysis, and map production.
o Knowledge of the Mojave region, including common plants, wildlife, and/or geology/topography, desirable;
o Prior experience working collaboratively in a multi-agency environment, desirable;
o Experience with Python scripting, R, or SQL, desirable;
o Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team;
o Communicate and work alongside staff and other team members with varying short/long-term deliverable schedules;
o Effectively communicate, both written and orally, with a diverse audience.
Although the majority of the work the will be in an indoor office setting, occasional field site visits are possible. Thus, the following qualifications are also desirable:
o Ability to navigate and collect data using handheld field data collection devices;
o Experience utilizing a compass and reading topographic map;
o Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads;
o Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office environment; and
o Physically fit to work outdoors, carry up to 50 pounds of personal and/or field equipment, and withstand the rigors of a mountain and/or desert environment in all seasons.
o Successful applicant(s) must complete a Department of Interior (DOI) Background Investigation (BI) or submit paperwork to NPS human resources indicating an active and fully adjudicated BI has already been completed prior to beginning position.