Job #: 8971
Title: Geographer 2
Specialty: Cultural Resources – GIS Support
Location: Portland, OR
Application Due Date: 4/8/2019
Job Length: 1+ Year Contract
ieSolutions is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). M/F/D/V. Security Clearance Requirement: Applicants selected will be subject to a government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information. U.S. Citizenship Required.
This full-time contract position serves as a Geographer 2 in Client’s cultural resource group (ECC) within the Environmental Planning and Analysis (EC) organization. This position provides advanced, professional GIS (Geographic Information System) services utilizing computerized data capture, storage, and analysis techniques for visual displays, spatial analysis, and tabular reports on a wide variety of geographical projects. The position also develops and maintains other types of relational databases used to manage data for thousands of archaeological, historic, and traditional cultural sites affected by Client actions.
• Maintains technically complex GIS projects in support of cultural resource legal compliance for Client transmission construction projects, fiber optic projects, communication system projects, land management and environmental projects, and operation and maintenance of the Federal Columbia River Power System (FCRPS). Support includes project specific spatial analysis and the design, and preparation of publication quality cartographic and tabular report products.
• Promotes multiple long range GIS/database priorities for cultural resource programs. Coordinates and tracks projects, workload forecasting, and work assignments for FCRPS operations and maintenance work, and for Area of Potential Effects and public notification maps related to a wide variety of Transmission and Fish and Wildlife projects.
• Designs and prepares publication quality cartographic products using industry standards.
• Performs geographic analysis, including but not limited to viewsheds, spatial joins, proximity analysis, buffer creation, optimal path and resource allocation, and point and linear event processing with dynamic segmentation.
• Designs geospatial databases and schemas and validates data quality and integrity through the use of automated and manual techniques to enter, edit, and process data sets.
• Formulates geoprocessing models and/or scripts to assist in data collection, storage, retrieval and analysis using automated techniques.
• Prepares and maintains metadata of newly created data sets to track the source, scale, currency and other pertinent geographic information, as well as any modifications to the data set.
• Maintains all files and official records in accordance with compliance requirements and with Client’s Information Governance & Lifecycle Management (IGLM) standards and procedures.
• Serves as liaison to Client’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) department for integration of cultural resource program’s GIS/GPS data with GIS department data. Also serves as technical point of contact for cultural resource GIS and database contracts.
• Develops, tests, and maintains MS Access relational databases.
• Designs logical/physical data models using MS Visio.
• Drafts and maintains metadata standards for cultural resource GIS contract deliverables. Reviews draft contract statements of work and resulting deliverables for consistency with established standards. Alerts Client workgroup manager (or designee) of any inconsistencies or potential issues.
• Provides demonstrations, presentations, and related documentation to Client staff and partners across the region. Also provides technical guidance and training to external partners and Client staff.
• Supports the timely delivery of data between Geospatial Services and other organizational units used in the design, acquisition, and construction of Client’s Transmission facilities, Fish and Wildlife mitigation projects, and operation and maintenance of the FCRPS.
Education & Corresponding Experience:
• A Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Cartography, Natural Resources, Landscape Architecture, and Environmental, Urban or Regional Planning, with a strong emphasis in computer assisted spatial analysis or a related field, is highly preferred.
• With an applicable Bachelor’s degree, 4+ years of experience is required.
• Without an applicable degree, 8+ years of experience is required.
• Experience should be directly related to GIS Support and include providing professional GIS services utilizing computerized data capture, storage, and analysis.
Required Technical Skills & Experience:
• Knowledge of PC operating systems, ESRI’s ArcGIS software.
• Working knowledge of Python or similar scripting language.
• Experience working with sensitive cultural resource site and survey data (or comparable data) in GIS.
Preferred Skills & Experience:
• GISP (Geographic Information Systems Professional) certification.
• Knowledge and experience with building MS Access databases.
• Basic knowledge of image processing, remote sensing, and LiDAR data mediums.
• Intermediate knowledge with SharePoint functionality.
Valid U.S. Driver’s License is required.
Hours: Full-Time Up to 40 hours per week
Overtime: 5% anticipated
Travel: Up to 5% for meetings or to field locations
Public Trust Required: Selected candidate must be able to pass the Public Trust (SF-85P) Personnel background investigation in order to qualify for and/or retain this position.
Training Expectations: Worker is expected to keep current on the latest technologies and skills required for the position.