Job Detail

Organization: UNC Asheville
Title: GIS Research Associate (Temporary Position)
Location: Asheville, NC

Posted: 2021-10-27
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The role of the GIS Research Associate is to support NEMACís ongoing project with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. The focus of this project is the development of regional coastal resilience assessments for the United States. Responsibilities primarily include 1) data research, collection, and management, 2) geoprocessing and analysis, 3) basic spatial modeling, 4) creating map products, and 5) assisting with final reporting and data dissemination. The GIS Research Associate will also be required to attend project meetings with NEMAC staff and the client in order to complete the work.

Responsibilities and Duties:

● Identify, manage, analyze, and document spatial data related to coastal climate resilience.
● Conduct advanced spatial analysis, including raster-based analysis.
● Contribute to cartographic maps and map products, including online viewers and text-based documents.
● Contribute to presentation of modeling results in written and presentation format.
● Provide technical GIS support to the GIS team for the NFWF project.
● Responsible for identification, retrieval, management, and transfer of a wide range of GIS spatial and tabular data from local, state, federal, and many other organizations.
● Assist with initial data processing, geoprocessing, and analysis of aforementioned data.
● Assist with data modeling and when necessary, GIS automation.
● Assist in creating a series of draft, preliminary, and final cartographic maps and map products.
● Assist in writing final reports and disseminating final data packages.
● Participates in project conference calls and other meetings.

● Bachelorís Degree in Geography, Environmental Science, or closely related field with 2-5 years of experience.
● Proficiency with Esri ArcGIS Desktop software (ArcGIS Pro and ArcMap) or other Desktop GIS software such as QGIS.
● Knowledge of basic GIS concepts and principles: data management, geoprocessing and analysis, cartographic mapping.
● A successful candidate will be a self-starter and a highly motivated individual who is passionate about applying environmental science with geospatial technologies to solve complex issues related to our nationís coastal environment.
● Comfortable with raster-based modeling.
● Comfortable with using Google Docs and Google Drive.
● Proficiency in a Windows PC operating environment.
● Should be able to work well individually to solve problems and answer questions, but also be able to work well within a team environment with other GIS staff working on the project.
● Should be comfortable working in a remote environment, with the possibility of daily remote meetings and working sessions using Google Meets and/or Zoom.
● Must also be able to handle multiple tasks for the project simultaneously.

● Masterís Degree
● Completion of a GIS Certificate (can be used to offset experience and/or skills).
● Familiarity with ArcGIS Online, including managing content, publishing data and services, creating web maps, and creating story maps.
● Familiarity with basic computer programming (i.e. Python) and scripting.
● Strong verbal and oral communication skills, including technical reporting and scientific writing.
● Domain knowledge of one or more of the following subject areas is a major plus: environmental and coastal science, natural resource management, coastal hazard data, climate related threats.
● Experience presenting technical and scientific methods and results in written and presentation format.


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