22-109 Flood Mapping GIS Specialist (Geographic Information Specialist II)

Texas Water Development Board

Austin, TX, USA 🇺🇸

Only candidates who apply via email to (HR “at” TWDB.texas.gov) with an official State of Texas Application or through the WorkInTexas.com website will be considered for this position. View this position and apply at https://tinyurl.com/2chc3coe.

Texas Water Development Board’s Mission –
Leading the state’s efforts in ensuring a secure water future for Texas and its citizens.

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) endorses telecommuting and hybrid workplace plans, in addition to other flexible work alternatives. We offer competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k), flexible spending, and flexible work hours so you can have a work/life balance! For more information about these benefits and more visit: http://www.twdb.texas.gov/jobs/benefits.asp.

The Texas Water Development Board does not discriminate on basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, sexual orientation, age, or disability in employment or provision of services, programs, or activities.

*Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications

Job Description Summary

Performs complex (journey-level) geographic information system work for the Texas Water Development Board’s (TWDB) statewide floodplain mapping program in support of regional and state flood planning and the activities of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) program. Work involves executing technical projects to support floodplain mapping tasks. Work also involves the compilation and documentation of data and source information, application of set processes and standards for mapping. Analyze and interprets results. Writes reports and provides presentations. Works under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Flood Mapping Department.

Essential Job Functions

• Creates and disseminates floodplain maps and associated data according to agency approved technical standards and procedures.
• Assists in developing technical standards and procedures for floodplain modeling andmapping.
• Performs quality assurance of GIS Data
• Coordinates with federal, state, and local entities to collect engineering and other data in support of floodplain mapping needs.
• Creates geospatial indexes, catalogs, databases, maps, and datasets.
• Writes, reviews, and evaluates scopes of work, memos, reports, work process, and policy documents.
• Provides presentations to technical and non-technical audiences.
• Provides quality customer service from the department to both internal and external stakeholders.
• Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
• Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely
disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
• Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
• May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
• Performs other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications

• Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in Geographic Information Systems Technology, Engineering, Hydrology, Water Resources, Natural/Physical/Environmental Science, or a related field.
• One-year progressive work experience in related field.
• Relevant education and experience can be substituted on a year-for-year basis.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Extensions and Model Builder.
• Experience with preparing and writing technical reports.
• Familiarity working with LiDAR, Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), and geospatial datasets and software.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)

• Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to floodplain management and of the principles and practices of public administration.
• Knowledge of terminology related to geographic information systems, including legal descriptions, cartography, engineering, construction plans, aerial photography, and
• Skills in reading and interpreting engineering documents, surveys, topographic information, and
aerial photography.
• Skills in scientific data management, analysis, and interpretation, especially of geospatial datasets and geodatabases.
• Skills in using applicable programming and/or scripting languages such as Python, ArcPy, etc.
• Skills in working with Lidar and with spatial data analysis software (e.g., ArcGIS, etc.).
• Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel, and Access.
• Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
• Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
• Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
• Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
• Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on-time with little or no supervision.
• Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
• Ability to complete assigned work, on time, neatly and with infrequent errors.
• Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations, such as the Code of Federal Regulations and the Texas Water Code.
• Ability to provide prompt, courteous and accurate assistance, and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
• Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
• Ability to manage multiple tasks and schedule work in order to maintain regular progress on assignments and meet deadlines.
• Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
• Ability and willingness to travel 15% of the time, primarily within the State of Texas.
• Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
• Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
• Ability to train others.