GIS DATA ENGINEER
IT DATA MANAGEMENT - JOURNEY
Information Technology Services – Wildlife Program
Location: Olympia, Washington – Thurston County
Are you an experienced IT professional with knowledge and experience in designing databases?
As a GIS Data Engineer, this position is responsible for the design, development, and implementation of modern systems of record for storing and updating spatial datasets owned by the Wildlife Program.
The databases designed and developed by this position will enable the agency to manage datasets more effectively at the enterprise level. Most of the work performed by this position will include data modelling and database development using agency standard database software.
-Picture yourself developing automated data flows that promote data interoperability and accessibility.
-This is an opportunity to design and implement systems of record that serve as the authority for Wildlife Program owned data across the agency.
-In this dynamic role you will support legacy spatial data management systems and applications.
-You are excited to participate in technical analysis and system architecture design process.
Our Data Architect,
-Design, implement, and maintain complex GIS resource inventory databases across a variety of data storage platforms.
-Design relational databases using development tools for entity relationship diagramming, script generations, and workflow modelling. Applies appropriate data model changes to existing databases.
-Maintain source code for the databases and associated scripts in an organized repository.
-Use best practices for security and authentication for access to data.
-Identify nexuses with existing datasets to allow for improved interoperability between internal and external systems.
-Write documentation for the data models and databases before, during, and after development.
-Design and implement Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) patterns and scripts to migrate data across systems.
-Ensure data validation procedures are complete when data is either imported or exported.
-Design pipelines for data to move between environments; some environments are under agency control, while others are managed by third parties.
-Maintain source code for ETLs and scripts in an organized repository.
-Maintain and modify existing databases for domains such as the Private Lands Hunting System, Lands Information System, and legacy data management scripts.
-Design, develop, and implement enhancements to existing databases when necessary.
-Communicate changes to legacy systems to the appropriate users and stakeholders.
-Develop migration strategies when a system has been flagged for retirement.
-Coordinates with cross-program/division staff to address system and process dependencies.
-Makes recommendations on technologies used in the development of GIS systems of record.
-Evaluates new and emerging technologies to further improve/enhance desktop, web, and mobile data capture, management, and visualization.
Work Setting, including hazards:
-Duties are performed in a (work/home) office setting.
-This position requires extensive computer use; involves sitting/standing for extended periods of time.
-Duties are typically performed in an office setting from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
-Requires some flexibility in work schedule in order to perform IT system maintenance/testing activities or to respond to unforeseen system problems or outages.
-Some travel is required to attend/participate in training, meetings, and professional conferences.
Tools and Equipment:
-Laptop or desktop, software, virtual server environments, mobile device (tablet or phone).
-Customer interaction and service delivery are integral to department success.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in one of the following:
-Geographic Information Systems.
-Or a closely related field.
Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement as long as that experience is in one or more of the following:
-Information technology and geographic information systems such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming and/or maintaining complex spatial and tabular data systems.
-Developing complex computer applications.
-Managing and directing projects.
-Providing customer or technical support in spatial data.
Five (5) years of information technology and geographic information systems experience such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming and/or maintaining complex spatial and tabular data systems, developing complex computer applications, managing and directing projects, providing customer or technical support in spatial data.
-Valid driver’s license and good driving record.
-Developing custom database solutions (SQL Server, Postgresql, PostGIS) and customizing data collection platforms.
-Master’s Degree (MS) in Computer Science, Geography, Natural Resources or Wildlife Biology with emphasis in GIS and Remote Sensing or in a closely related field.
-Experience with use of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units, and other data logging devices) for designing and deploying custom field survey data collection solutions.
-Professional experience preparing and presenting highly technical information, concepts, or IT applications to both technical and non-technical audiences.
CONDITION OF EMPLOYMENT:
WDFW requires all employees to be fully vaccinated with the COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination as part of the hiring process. Please do not upload your vaccination documentation with your application materials - your vaccination status will be verified by your supervisor before you will be allowed to work. Exemptions may be granted for religious or medical purposes.
Please note: Failure to follow the instructions below may lead to disqualification.
In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:
-A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
-A current resume.
-Three professional references.
All new employees must complete an Employment Eligibility Verification Form (I-9 Form) on their first day of work. If hired for this or any position at WDFW, you will be required to provide documentation proving you are eligible to work in the United States. For a list of acceptable documents, please use the following link: https://www.uscis.gov/i-9-central/form-i-9-acceptable-documents
JOIN THE WDFW TEAM:
Learn about our agency and the perks of working for WDFW!
The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has some of the most talented people in the natural resource field. We celebrate and value diversity, appreciating that a workforce composed of those from different backgrounds and experiences creates an inclusive environment, strengthens positive relationships with the local community, and brings new perspectives and approaches to fulfilling the agency’s mission. We value demonstrated skill in living WDFW values of Accountability, Service, Professionalism, Integrity, Respect, and Empathy (ASPIRE).
WDFW employees may be eligible for the following:
Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS), Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealth.
UNION - WFSE:
This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE). This recruitment may be used to fill positions in addition to those listed.
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As part of WDFW’s efforts to advance respectful and inclusive work environments, the Agency expects inclusivity as part of our professional interactions and communications. Therefore, we want to ensure that all individuals feel welcome, are treated fairly and respectfully. All staff are empowered to fully contribute to serving their work unit, Agency, and the citizens of Washington.
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