Organization: Snohomish County Surface Water Management
Title: GIS Analyst, Senior
Location: Everett, WA
Application Deadline: 2021-06-22
Snohomish County Surface Water Management (SWM), a Division of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, is hiring a highly capable GIS Analyst, Senior to join our team.
SWM works in partnership with other local and regional agencies to improve Snohomish County now and for future generations. SWM provides a variety of programs and services for reducing road and property flooding and preserving and improving the health of Snohomish County's water resources and natural systems. We focus on four areas of service:
• Clean water in rivers, streams and lakes;
• Habitat for fish and aquatic wildlife;
• River flooding and erosion;
• Stormwater drainage systems.
You can find us responding to water-quality problems and complaints, monitoring river levels during flood season, maintaining drainage systems, managing habitat improvement projects and more.
Bring your Geographic Information System (GIS) technical expertise to SWM as a GIS Analyst, Senior to support our Asset Maintenance and Management System (AMMS) as well as providing essential and complex analysis and support to a dynamic group of engineers, scientists, planners and technicians. We use GIS services applied to floodplain mapping, flood control infrastructure, storm water infrastructure, wetlands and streams, National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) GIS database management, asset management, and natural resource planning.
Snohomish County uses ESRI’s ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online (AGOL) and Portal for ArcGIS (Portal) and integrates our GIS data with Cartegraph software for our asset management program. As a GIS Analyst, Senior you will create and use automated geoprocesses using Python, create and manage map/feature services using AGOL and Portal, process big data to support County’s essential functions, improve existing data and be an indispensable part of the GIS Asset Maintenance and Management System team in collecting and documenting all of Snohomish County’s drainage assets. Collaboration and coordination with the other Snohomish County GIS departments and committees is an essential part of this position. Project management and problem-solving skills are a must for this position.
Successful applicants will have a background and experience in GIS, geography, environmental sciences, computer science, engineering, planning or related field. They will be able to work independently and as part of a team. We value the ability to analyze issues, develop solutions using creativity and ingenuity and clearly communicate complex data to varied audiences. Come join our team and build a career in the great northwest!
Declaration of Emergency
Snohomish County is currently under a Declaration of Emergency due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The County has put in place initiatives to protect the health of its employees, and as a result, this position may temporarily be assigned to telework. There may be occasions when this position may be required to work in the office or in the field to perform certain job duties. Safety guidelines in compliance with the state, CDC and Snohomish County Health District are required to be followed during those times.
About the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
The Snohomish County Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) includes the Division of Surface Water Management, the Division of Parks, Recreation and Tourism, the Office of Energy and Sustainability and the Office of Agriculture and aims to achieve high-priority environmental sustainability goals. Some of the greatest assets we have in Snohomish County are our unparalleled beauty and abundant natural resources. From the Puget Sound and five watersheds, to forestland, lakes, farms, ranches and parks, our quality of life, economic prosperity and future sustainability are dependent on protecting and improving our environmental resources. Visit the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources web page to learn more. For further information on Snohomish County Surface Water Management’s programs, please go to www.surfacewater.info.
About Snohomish County
Snohomish County, north of Seattle, is located in northwest Washington between the Puget Sound and the Cascade Mountains. The county has rich scenery, numerous activities and a thriving economy. Snohomish County is a great place to live, work, play, and raise a family. When joining Public Works, you will work in an environment where innovation, collaboration and continuous improvement are highly encouraged and supported. We are proud to offer an outstanding benefit package to employees and their dependents. We are invested in your success and growth and offer competitive wages, job flexibility and stability, employer paid ORCA cards, and a friendly, diverse team atmosphere where employees are appreciated and make a real difference providing services for our citizens. We strive to not only provide a meaningful job, but a lifelong career.
Snohomish County - The Future We Choose
Snohomish County will be invested in your success and growth. We demonstrate this by offering a generous compensation package to our employees. Your salary is only part of your Total Compensation Package. Our benefits include:
• Retirement: County employees participate in the Washington State Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) administered by the Washington State Department of Retirement Systems (DRS). The County’s current contribution rate to the PERS system is 12.97% of an employee’s reportable compensation.
• Medical benefits: The County offers a choice of three comprehensive medical insurance plan with low deductibles. The county’s contribution to this benefit is significant.
• Sick leave: You will accrue 8 hours of sick leave per month.
• Vacation Leave: You will start out accruing two weeks of vacation a year. Your leave accruals increase based on your years of employment with the County.
• Holiday Pay: The County observes 10 paid legal holidays per year and provides employees with two floating holidays annually.
• Other benefits include wellness, dental, vision, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, long term disability, and more.
• Deferred Compensation: If you choose to participate in the Deferred Compensation Plan (DCP), the County will match your contributions up to 1 percent of your base monthly salary.
• Pay Increases: Each year you will be eligible for a step increase until you reach the top step.
• Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA): County employees typically receive yearly cost of living adjustments.
• Flexible work schedules.
STATEMENT OF ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES
1. Engages in complex GIS analysis and other datasets; reviews and manipulates records of spatial and tabular data.
2. Performs advanced programming and development of cross-platform, multi-function, interactive applications involving graphical interfaces for multiple end-users. This may include determining requirements, design, implementation, debugging, and deployment within GIS, network, and web-based environments.
3. Contributes to, evaluates, and leads projects by reviewing existing county data, recommending data needs, accessing available digital data from outside sources, and determines analyses to fulfill project provisions.
4. Analyzes GIS data requirements and configures digital data design, assembly, conversion, compilation, and maintenance procedures essential for long-term applications.
5. Coordinates with consultants, scientists, engineers, planners and other professionals on GIS analysis projects, including determines data requirements and project specifications.
6. Develops and provides training on the use, development, and management of geospatial data sets.
7. Coordinates and directs collection of field data by professional and technical personnel; develops data standards and methodology for data collection; ensures completed work complies with data standards.
8. Prepares and reviews reports, presentations, and metadata to describe application procedures, data requirements, software functions, status, and change management, attends and presents at conferences.
9. Develops and supports department and countywide spatial database directory, structure, schema, and configurations per organizational standards; including database administration, data management through replication/syncing tasks, setting privileges, versioning, and domain coded-values for staff within geodatabase environments.
10. Assists and provides technical support to staff and customers on GIS requests, which include data extractions, map products and applications, plus on-the-fly data inquiries.
11. Provides quality assurance, quality control, and user acceptance testing for projects using established methodology and best practices. Coordinates enterprise-level GIS services, policies, standards, and procedures with other County professionals.
12. Acts as GIS resource on various technical advisory committees, commissions, and interest groups.
13. Operates GIS equipment, including large format printers, storage media, and viewing devices.
14. Assists with updating, revising, design, and maintenance of maps, surveys, plats, legal descriptions, codes, decisions, and reports; supports the interpretation, digitization, acquisition, and processing of remotely sensed data, aerial photography, and satellite imagery.
15. Researches and collects data from county and non-county sources for applications, products, and services.
STATEMENT OF OTHER JOB DUTIES
1. May arrange for, set up, and/or participate in public meetings, hearings, emergency management, executive, and council sessions.
2. May collect field data using a Global Positioning System (GPS) or other equipment as needed.
3. May be required to perform all the duties of subordinate classifications.
4. Performs related duties as required.
Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, geography, computer science, engineering, planning, natural resources or related field; AND two (2) years of GIS or automated mapping experience; OR any equivalent combination of training and/or experience that provides the required knowledge and abilities. Must pass job related tests.
Master’s Degree preferred.
A valid Washington State Driver’s license may be required in some divisions for employment.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES
• Current GIS technologies and industry trends
• Analytical, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills
• Visual communication and data mapping theories
• GIS application development, programming, and/or GIS related technologies
• GIS production of complex cartographic and other spatial data displays
• GIS web-mapping applications served to internal and external users
• Project management, planning, organization, and customer service skills
• Database techniques to process and analyze geo-spatial datasets
• Scientific research and data collection techniques
• User Acceptance Testing, metadata, hardware/software configurations, and GIS standards
• Communicate effectively by oral, written, and by other graphical means
• Read, understand, and apply technical manuals and procedures
• Maintain required records and prepare necessary reports
• Independently analyze problems and assist others in GIS analysis
• Apply critical thinking and problem solving skills to business needs
• Learn new programs, platforms, and tools to finish specific analysis and tasks
• Complete multiple competing projects and meet deadlines
• Effectively function as a team member
• Analyze customer needs and business systems
• Convey technical information to non-technical users
• Train users in GIS products and promote GIS solutions
• Work with a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds
• Understand disciplines of the assigned department and its divisions
Employees receive supervision from a supervisor or manager, while team members provide guidance. The employee carries out assignments on his/her own initiative and receives additional, specific instructions when relevant. Work is performed with considerable independence and may be checked to assure adherence to instructions and conformance with established departmental policies, procedures, and quality assurance standards.
The work is performed in an office environment with some field trips to locations throughout the county for the purpose of data collection, quality control, and to increase understanding of projects. Prepares for and provides GIS support during emergency situations including floods, earthquakes, and storms. When on call, employees may be required to carry a county mobile phone, have connectivity and be available to work evenings, weekends, and holidays.
Snohomish County is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. Accommodations for individuals with disabilities are provided upon request.
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