Job Detail

Organization: Great Basin Institute
Title: GIS Technician
Location: Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Posted: 2019-04-22
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the National Park Service - Lake Mead National Recreation Area (LAKE), is recruiting an experienced GIS Technician to work cooperatively with National Park Service staff primarily to provide geographic information system (GIS) mapping and data analysis support for cultural resource protection projects, including, but not limited to:

• Assisting with data gathering, spatial analyses, and compilation of spatial and tabular data related to cultural resource management, including creating cartographic products, linkage to various databases, and compiling data for archaeological, architectural, and other cultural resource types
• Assisting with development and maintenance of GIS data resources for agency staff
• Ground-truthing and updating GIS data
• Creating and updating metadata
• Creating and modifying associated relational databases as well as data entry (Microsoft Access)
• Collecting and ground-truthing spatial data in the field
• Creating accurate maps and other representations of data for agency use and field work activity, including Area of Potential Effects (APE) maps for NEPA/NHPA review
• GIS modeling of resource locations
• Provide GIS technical assistance, training, and planning with park staff on GIS software and geodatabases
• Create and/or update protocols and documentation for GIS data collection and processing
• Other cultural resource program tasks as assigned

Lake Mead National Recreation Area encompasses 1.5 million acres in southern Nevada and northwestern Arizona, in the transition of the Mojave and Sonoran Deserts. It hosts 7.5 million visitors per year. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun and wind, and cold winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitats, abandoned mine lands, and historic and prehistoric cultural sites.

• Rate of Pay - $19.00/hour
• Paid Federal Holidays
• Limited Health, Dental and Vision Insurance will be completely paid for at no cost to you by the Great Basin Institute and available starting your first day of service.

• Start Date: May/June 2019, pending availability and completion of a DOI Background Investigation
• Appointment: 6 months with potential for extension pending funding and favorable performance review
• Full time, 40 hours per week

• Bachelor’s degree in natural sciences, geography, archeology, or closely related field with coursework and/or experience that demonstrate understanding of the principles of geographic information systems; Applicants with an advanced degree encouraged to apply
• 1-2 years minimum experience using ArcGIS to create maps, analyze data, and organize layers, required; knowledge and prior experience using Collector for ArcGIS, ArcGIS Online, building web map for use in Collector for ArcGIS, and extensions preferred
• Experience creating and modifying relational databases required; advanced knowledge and experience with Microsoft Access preferred
• Ability to collect and maintain field data in an organized manner that is easily understood and accessible to other staff
• Ability to integrate information across various documents and digitize spatial data from hard copies
• Knowledge of archeological field and lab practices desired
• Ability to work collaboratively as a member of an interdisciplinary team
• Comfortable communicating, both written and orally, with diverse audiences
• Possess excellent organizational skills and be detailed oriented
Although the majority of the work will be in an indoor office setting, field site visits may also occur. Thus, these qualifications are also desirable:
• Ability to navigate and collect data using mobile devices and/or GPS units using Collector for ArcGIS
• Experience utilizing a compass and reading topographic map
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license with ability to safely operate and maintain a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads
• Ability to live and work in rural and remote field and office environment
• Ability to hike to remote field locations of moderate difficulty within a desert climate on uneven and rocky terrain

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.

How to Apply:

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