The Natural Heritage GIS Analyst / Data Specialist is the steward of the state's most comprehensive database on ecosystems and rare plant species; these data are critical to a wide range of conservation efforts in Washington. Three primary functions of this position are (1) on-going maintenance of the database and the program's overall information management system, (2) working with the scientists in the program, and with external collaborators, to identify and apply analytical tools to inform conservation planning and decision-making, and (3) making the data/information accessible to others, including federal and state agencies, consulting firms, county planners, environmental organizations, educators, researchers, and the public.
The Natural Heritage GIS Analyst / Data Specialist is responsible for overseeing and coordinating acquisition and incorporation of new data from a variety of internal and external sources, developing new information products, and making those products available to our partners and clients. Our primary information management system is BIOTICS, a database developed by NatureServe (a network of more than 80 individual natural heritage programs throughout the western hemisphere). BIOTICS uses a web-based interface for data entry and mapping and is built on ArcGIS and Oracle. The person in this position interacts with information technology specialists with NatureServe and other natural heritage programs to efficiently share data and to identify solutions to shared data management, analysis, and distribution challenges. We also have access to and use the considerable GIS resources available within the Department of Natural Resources. The Natural Heritage GIS Analyst / Data Specialist also manages the NHP's web presence and supports other information management needs of the Natural Heritage Program.
This position is a great opportunity for a candidate interested in employing the latest tools and technologies to manage, analyze, and share biodiversity information with an intended outcome of more effective conservation actions. The successful candidate will work as a member of the Natural Heritage team, which consists of a program manager, a botanist, two ecologists, a zoologist, a data management assistant, and the Natural Heritage GIS Analyst / Data Specialist. The GIS Analyst / Data Specialist will directly supervise the data management assistant and reports directly to the Natural Heritage Program Manager.
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