Job Detail

Organization: The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
Title: Senior GIS Specialist
Location: Largo, MD

Posted: 2024-06-04
Application Deadline: 2024-06-17

Position Description:

Senior GIS Specialist (11291, Grade 24)
Salary $61,730.00 - $109,325.00 Annually
Location Largo, MD
Job Type Career
Job Number 11291
Department Prince George's County Planning Department
Division Information Management Division
Opening Date 06/03/2024
Closing Date 6/17/2024 11:59 PM Eastern


The Prince George’s County Planning Department of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission seeks a detailed oriented and highly skilled Senior GIS Specialist professional to create and support the enterprise GIS database, web map and dashboard applications, perform analytical tasks, and support clients’ requests.

For over 90 years, The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) has enjoyed a national reputation for excellence in planning and today, serves the culturally diverse populations of Prince George’s and Montgomery Counties on the border of Washington, D.C. The Planning Department provides county-wide planning functions including long range planning as well as reviews of development applications for Prince George's County, Maryland. As the second most populous county in Maryland, Prince George's has a population of approximately 960,000 residents and is home to The University of Maryland at College Park, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, and Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base. Prince George's County is also home to many attractions such as FedEx Field, National Harbor, and Six Flags Amusement Park. If you are interested in working for the Prince George's County Planning Department, we invite qualified candidates to apply for our Senior GIS Specialist position.

Reporting directly to the GIS Manager, the Senior GIS Specialist shall be proficient in delivering a wide range of dynamic analytical products using the ESRI desktop and web platform resources. Experience editing and maintaining spatial data such as parcels, addresses, zoning, and land use and development data, administering GIS servers and databases and creating public facing mapping applications and dashboards is a desired plus. Experience in the automation of tasks via Oracle SQL, Python, and Arcade expressions is also desired. To be successful in this role, you must manage competing priorities and deadlines; accurately complete assignments with minimal supervision; and communicate well with the team, clients, and leadership.

This position provides all the tools necessary and flexibility to succeed and is ideal for anyone interested in exploring and developing GIS skills that benefit the Planning Department.

Important Skills and Characteristics:

Comprehensive understanding of GIS concepts and best practices.
Ability to independently manage, coordinate, and lead several GIS projects simultaneously.
Ability to foster the development of professional business relationships with citizens, county agencies and Commission staff.
Eagerness to explore and excel in new technical areas.
Excellent analytical, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills.
Effective communication skills, including speaking, writing, and active listening to fellow team members, non-technical staff, and Commission leadership.
Collaborative with a good work ethic, a cooperative spirit, and creative thinking.
Adaptable and willing to learn new technologies.

Examples of Important Duties
Develop, assess, and recommend modifications to GIS Section workplans.
Update and maintain GIS data used for local government applications. Coordinate maintenance activities among multiple team members.
Gather spatial data to be entered into the enterprise GIS database using remote sensing techniques, analytical techniques, or in-the-field observations.
Analyze spatial data, cross-referencing multiple layers in support of client requests for regulatory or planning purposes.
Define, develop, test, and maintain GIS applications.
Query, process, and analyze GIS data and generate maps and reports.
Provide GIS technical support and services; communicate and coordinate users’ needs to staff and contractors; generate, review and critique consultant specifications for GIS contract work.
Identity and resolve GIS hardware, software, and application problems.
Provide technical assistance to staff and citizens; identify training needs; and respond to users’ GIS inquiries.
Minimum Qualifications
Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Information Technology, Photogrammetry, Cartography, Surveying or any related field.
Two (2) years of experience in GIS that includes geospatial data query and manipulation, map production, data mining and data quality assurance and quality control; programming and application development involving spatial or non-spatial data.
An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total six (6) years.
Depending on area of assignment, a valid driver’s license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver’s license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee’s ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignment.
Preferred Qualifications
In addition to the minimum qualifications the ideal candidate will possess the following:

A Master’s Degree in geography, GIS, urban planning, or related field.
Previous examples of/experience using web-based GIS applications and 3D visualizations.
Strong knowledge of ESRI GIS tools, especially ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, and SDE.
State and/or local agency experience.
Experience with Oracle, SQL, Tableau, Microsoft Power BI, or statistical analysis software.
Professional GISP, AICP, CMS accreditations and technical certifications.


Telework opportunities.
Flexible schedules.
Complimentary access to M-NCPPC gymnasiums throughout Prince George’s County.
Free parking is available for employees.
Professional development opportunities/Tuition assistance.
Positions may qualify for federal student loan forgiveness assistance.
The M-NCPPC offers a competitive salary range of $61,730 - $109,325 (salary is commensurate with education and experience) at the Senior GIS Specialist level with excellent benefits including generous leave, extensive health coverage, deferred compensation plan, and employee pension plan.

The Prince George’s County Planning Department is conveniently located in Largo, Maryland, near Metro and I-495.

May be subject to medical, drug and alcohol testing.

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.

Applicants with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
If you require accommodations or special arrangements due to a qualifying disability, please notify the Recruitment & Selections Services Unit at the time of application at 301-454-1411 (Maryland Relay 7-1-1).

M-NCPPC will make all efforts to reasonably accommodate you.
Agency The Maryland-National Capital Park & Planning Commission
Address 7833 Walker Drive, Suite 425
Greenbelt, Maryland, 20770

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