Organization: ZWORLD GIS
Title: GIS Analyst
Location: Santa Barbara, California
About the job
ABOUT ZWORLD GIS
At ZWORLD GIS we’re passionate about geospatial technology. Our company was founded with the vision of making spatial technology easy to implement and use so mainstream business, government, and consumer users can more fully benefit from this valuable technology. We are committed to producing the highest level of quality geospatial products and services.
We are looking for inquisitive, driven, and innovative individuals to help us continue our growth. Candidates should have a willingness to work on a wide range of technical and analytical projects and work well independently, as well as part of a team. ZWORLD GIS provides a challenging yet collegial environment where you can grow your career and help shape a rapidly evolving industry. We offer competitive salaries, generous benefit packages and ample learning opportunities.
The GIS Analyst is a journey-level professional class requiring the application of a body of GIS theory and principles. The GIS Analyst completes standard professional level work assignments or projects. The position’s duties require interacting with multiple internal and/or external units or individuals to meet Company work requirements and objectives. The incumbent must have sufficient job content knowledge in the functional area to ensure Company standards are met.
GIS Analyst independently performs responsible analytical work in support of the Company Geographic Information System and other management goals and objectives. Assignments are typically received in terms of expected outcomes and incumbents are expected to act independently to develop required information, including selecting approach and analytical techniques, and to provide sound analyses and recommendations. Assigned projects may include analysis, application development, database design or other areas specific to the assignment.
Works closely with end users to identify GIS requirements, technical issues and training needs; analyzes current business processes and recommends best practice solutions; constructs information technology definitions based on identified needs of the organization.
Performs complex GIS data maintenance, manipulation, analysis, extraction and generation assignments; performs data research, investigation and verification; creates and maintains files of digital pictures of assets for client needs and applications; codes and digitizes maps and geographical feature data into various layers; prepares projects and data for archival storage; performs record keeping and inventory; documents and files data sources and map files for future reference; responds to service requests from clients for mapping data; responds to emergency mapping and information requests.
Prepares, plans, produces, maintains and updates a variety of maps, drawings, plans and other graphic representations displaying layers and attribute data from databases, using cartographic techniques to represent spatial data; develops and maintains data layers, using GIS tools, CAD tools and relational databases; performs detailed spatial analysis including notifications, buffering, and zone consolidation; manipulates images for electronic mapping; enters attribute data pertaining to specific features into a relational database; incorporates maps, charts, data files, spreadsheet data, documentation and text into reports.
Analyzes requests for a variety of new applications, programs and modifications to existing GIS programs; analyzes and documents user work processes and systems functionality requirements; analyzes current GIS system functions, procedures and capabilities to determine if improved methods are possible; develops and presents proposals for new approaches and options to meet user needs; participates on software selection and implementation teams, including software evaluation, requirements gathering, work flow analysis and system implementation, testing and training.
Designs, implements, and tests configuration changes in packaged software such as Esri and other software to meet end user business requirements.
Tests new and revised programs and interfaces to ensure accuracy and efficiency; develops and executes test plans and forwards to users for user acceptance testing; creates test scenarios; generates test data and keeps logs of test results; tests and analyzes the effectiveness and functionality of new fields and code; notifies management staff of testing problems and required fixes; proofreads screen layouts to ensure all system requirements are met.
Analyzes, troubleshoots and resolves GIS applications problems; communicates with internal and external technical resources to resolve end user issues; provides guidance to users on methods for correcting reported problems.
Coordinates and conducts user applications training classes; develops training materials and manuals; responds to and resolves user inquiries; develops and maintains user documentation. Develop necessary extraction programs, transfer rules, update rules if necessary using programming code. Develop standard and custom reports, as specified by business client/user requirements.
Knowledge of: GIS concepts and analytical techniques, GIS database administration and management principles, knowledge of GIS software tools and applications, principles and practices of GIS analysis and design, hardware and software applications development methods, basic principles and practices of effective GIS data development processes.
Ability to: Plan, organize, integrate, monitor, and maintain a comprehensive GIS and its related applications to meet Company mapping and customer service objectives, understand, analyze and define user requirements and recommend cost effective systems solutions. Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound independent decisions within established guidelines. Train others in the use of GIS applications. Organize, plan and complete projects efficiently. Work collaboratively and effectively with project teams including user representatives and outside resources and others encountered in the course of work. Communicate effectively, orally and in writing.
Desirable Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Geography or other physical or natural science; coursework or familiarity in public works infrastructure, coordinate geometry, navigation and global positioning systems, graphic arts, spatial data analysis, geodatabase implementation and maintenance, engineering plans and documents, large format printing , aerial photo interpretation, web map applications; and/or experience using GIS software.
Class Salary Range: $58,440 - $67,080
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