Performs advanced (senior-level) consultative services and technical assistance work. Under the supervision of the Wildlife Regional Director of Region 1, provides consultative services and assistance to Wildlife Region 1 and 2 staff regarding databases, emerging technology issues, data collection, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and remote sensing. Position has complex responsibilities for developing, overseeing, and implementing computer technologies, GIS, spatial databases, and web-based applications to provide intranet and internet access to historical and current data collected by department biologists. Uses broad discretion to coordinate with field data collectors and biologists to ensure data standardization, accuracy, and integrity. Assists in various other database, data collection, data analysis, research design, and cartographic needs of Wildlife Division research, survey, and management operations. Takes initiative to train staff in latest data collection needs and use technologies in Wildlife Division programs. Works under limited supervision, with considerable latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Performs additional duties as assigned. Complies with all Agency, Division and Branch rules, regulations and procedures.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, Wildlife Management, Geography, Natural Sciences, or a closely related field with coursework in GIS and remote sensing.
Five years professional experience in natural resource management with an emphasis in GIS and ESRI applications preferred.
Must possess or be able to obtain, within 30 days of employment, a valid Class “C” Texas driver’s license;
Must possess or be able to obtain, within 90 days of employment, Part 107 Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) remote pilot’s license.
NOTE: Retention of position contingent upon obtaining and maintaining required licenses.
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree may substitute for one year of the required experience;
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Ph.D. may substitute for two years of the required experience.
Experience piloting UAV for collection of imagery;
Experience processing UAV collected imagery;
Experience developing applications with ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Collector, and Survey123;
Experience with basic computer troubleshooting, repair, and upgrades.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of basic cartographic conventions and techniques;
Knowledge of basic wildlife and fisheries research techniques and data collection procedures;
Knowledge of GIS, scripting and database software, such as ArcGIS, ArcPro, QGIS, MS Access, MS SQL, R, Python, and GoogleEarth Pro;
Knowledge of remote sensing software, such as Pix4D, ERDAS imagery analysis and ground-truthing techniques using GPS;
Knowledge of ArcGIS Online and mobile applications such as ArcGIS Collector and Survey123;
Knowledge of Windows 10, iOS, and Android operating systems;
Knowledge of desktop computer hardware;
Knowledge of Texas wildlife and habitats;
Skill in designing and developing data models and databases, including scripting;
Skill in creating, using, and maintaining GIS, relational databases, web-based, and mobile applications;
Skill in technical writing and verbal communications;
Skill in learning new hardware and software computer systems quickly;
Skill in desktop computer and basic network troubleshooting;
Skill in using the Office 365 Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Outlook, Publisher);
Skill in effectively working with data-entry, data analysis, GIS, and database personnel;
Skill in working as part of a team of scientists and with staff across Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) divisions;
Skill in managing several projects simultaneously;
Ability to make independent decisions and evaluations and plan, organize, and accomplish work without close supervision;
Ability to maintain flexibility and work with frequent interruptions and multiple changing priorities;
Ability to conduct work activities in accordance with TPWD safety program.
Required to work from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday;
Required to work on holidays, weekends, and hours other than 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. as necessary;
Required to travel with possible overnight stays;
Required to perform work outdoors, occasionally in adverse weather conditions;
Must conform to TPWD dress and grooming standards, work rules, and safety procedures;
Required to travel up to 40% with possible overnight stays;
Required to operate a State vehicle;
Non-smoking environment in State buildings and vehicles.