Job Detail

Organization: West Virginia University
Title: Research Associate (GIS Programmer/System Administrator)
Location: Morgantown, WV

Posted: 2023-04-12
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The WV GIS Technical Center, housed in the Department of Geology and Geography in the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, is seeking a full-time Research Associate (GIS Programmer/System Administrator) who will provide GIS programming and system administration expertise within the Center to support geospatial mapping and research projects, web map and application development, and maintaining and expanding the geospatial infrastructure in the state of West Virginia.

The Technical Center ( is an educational and research institution which provides direction and leadership to users of geographic information systems, digital mapping, and remote sensing within the State of West Virginia. The Center collaborates with the WV Office of GIS Coordination and other organizations to develop and distribute geographic data and information. It provides outreach, educational, and mapping services to the citizens, government agencies, non-profit organizations, and businesses of West Virginia in the area of GIS and related spatial data technologies.

The employee will:

-Manage, maintain, troubleshoot, update, backup, and document geospatial data servers/databases, ArcGIS Enterprise environments, portals, web services, and server-side code to support the WVGISTC Data Clearinghouse, Map WV, the state’s geospatial data infrastructure, and funded projects

-Work with WVU IT/Eberly College IT to ensure stability, compliance, and security of all WVGISTC systems
Develop, maintain, update, and document outward facing/client-side web resources and associated code and documentation

-Along with other West Virginia GIS Technical Center staff, seek external grant funding; write grant proposals; administer grants; submit grant reports; document workflows; communicate finding in written, oral, and graphical format; and work with funders, clients, and other WVGISTC staff to fulfill funding requirements in a timely manner and ensure quality of all deliverables and products
Along with other West Virginia GIS Technical Center staff, manage graduate research assistants and student workers to ensure quality of deliverables and products within project timelines

-Perform GIS, spatial analytical, and digital cartography tasks to support projects

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career.


A Bachelor’s degree is required in Geographic Information Systems/Science, Geography, Geology, Environmental Science, Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Data Science, or other cognate subject. In addition, applicants must have at least one year of concurrent work experience in GIS programming, system administration, or web map application development.

Candidates should be knowledgeable of geographic information systems and how these systems are utilized for data management, analysis, and presenting all types of spatial or geographic data. Applicants should be proficient in the following areas: ESRI ArcGIS desktop software; ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise; ESRI ArcGIS Online and Portal; web mapping and application JavaScript APIs; Microsoft SQL Server databases within a GIS framework; web programming in HTML/CSS and web frameworks; cartographic design principles including experience in graphic design and user interfaces; Python scripting.

To apply, please visit and navigate to the position title listed above. Upload a single PDF file containing (1) a cover letter describing experience and qualifications, (2) a resume, (3) the names and contact information of at least three referees, and (4) web links or screen shots of Web map applications you have developed. Review of applications will begin on March 3, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. For additional information, please contact Kurt Donaldson at [email protected].

At West Virginia University, we leverage our talents and resources to create a better future for our state and the world. As West Virginia's land-grant university, WVU has three campuses that touch each corner of the state. The WVU System includes 518 buildings on 15,880 acres, Extension Service offices in all 55 counties, ten experimental farms and four forests.

From the groundbreaking R1 research of our flagship campus in Morgantown to the career-oriented programs of WVU Potomac State in Keyser to the technology-intensive programs at WVU Tech in Beckley — the contributions of WVU employees directly impact the 1.8 million people of West Virginia every day, no matter their role or position.

Service, curiosity, respect, accountability, and appreciation are the core values that unite Mountaineers, inspiring one another to work tirelessly and support others as they seek to reach new heights. After all, when you're a Mountaineer, impossible is just another mountain to climb.

To learn more about West Virginia University, visit View current career opportunities at

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.

All Contents © 1999-2022. The GIS Jobs Clearinghouse