The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking an early career professional to contribute to coastal shoreline change, flooding, and associated natural hazards studies that impact communities and infrastructure in Alaska. The successful applicant will use knowledge of coastal geomorphology, field data collection for coastal hazards, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) geospatial data analysis and processing, and airborne/satellite remote sensing to make meaningful contributions to the Division’s Coastal Hazards Program (CHP). The successful applicant will work under the direction of the CHP manager in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a long-term nonpermanent position for at least one year, with opportunities for annual extension.
Mission & Culture:
The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for the production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020). The DGGS Coastal Hazards Program conducts mapping, monitoring, and modeling to evaluate vulnerabilities to coastal flooding and erosion. This program is dedicated to fostering scientific partnerships that will improve the quality and quantity of the critical baseline data that are necessary to fuel informed decision-making throughout the state.
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
The Coastal Hazards Program includes several early career professionals who work together as a team to meet program goals. Staff are encouraged to learn and grow through work activities, from each other’s experiences, and via structured trainings for ArcGIS and other geospatial processing techniques. Field investigations are conducted at remote Alaska communities in a “field camp” like team environment.
This position is located at the Geologic Materials Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The facility is home to a vast collection of geologic samples from around the state, as well as serving as the office of dedicated geologic professionals. The open environment allows for collaboration and coordination among the entire Coastal Hazards team and DGGS Anchorage staff.
KSAs and Competences:
We are seeking a motivated early-career professional with a background in geospatial analysis, remote sensing, field data collection, physical geography, geomorphology, or closely related fields. Experience in GIS, shoreline change studies, coastal flood analyses, and Alaska geography is preferred, but not required. If you meet the required Minimum Qualifications for GIS Analyst II and have a background in these areas, we encourage you to apply.
One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst 1 with the State of Alaska.
An associate's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration, a GIS certificate, or 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of GIS-related course work;
Two years of paraprofessional experience working in data collection, cartography, web-site development, GIS operations, or a related field will substitute for the required associate's degree.
A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS-related major or minor, a GIS certificate, or 18 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of GIS-related coursework will substitute for the required experience and associate's degree.