Local recruitment: GIS Analyst / Senior GIS Analyst (Hydrogeology and Wetlands Ecology)

Utah Department of Natural Resources

Salt Lake County, UT, USA 🇺🇸

Salary: $17.86 – $38.16 Hourly

Location: Salt Lake County, UT

Job Type: Full Time

Agency: 560 Department of Natural Resources

Job Number: 35858

Closing: 2/20/2023 11:59 PM Mountain

Recruiter: Karen Weir

# of Openings: 1

Location: 1594 W. North Temple, Salt Lake City, Utah

Schedule Code: B – Competitive Career Service – Employment in this position requires a probationary period.


This position is eligible for a full benefits package. See benefits tab below for details.

Driver License Requirements

Employees hired for this recruitment will be subject to the Driver Eligibility standards found at the following link: https://adminrules.utah.gov/public/search/driver%20eligibility/Current%20Rules

EEO Statement

The State of Utah is committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity, or Veteran status. We also consider qualified applicants regardless of criminal histories, consistent with legal requirements. For accommodations, dial 711 or TTY: 800-346-4128.

Job Description

Job Title:  GIS Analyst / Senior GIS Analyst – Hydrogeology and Wetlands Ecology
*This position may be filled as an GIS Analyst or Senior GIS Analyst 

*GIS Analyst – starting salary range will be between $17.86 to $32.43 per hour depending upon experience and qualifications.  Incumbents in this job perform at the working level under general supervision, and perform activities which include: the utilization of GIS software programs to create, input, generate, maintain, integrate, map, analyze, and perform quality control of spatial data and arrange results in a format that effectively supports the organization’s activities.
*Senior GIS Analyst – starting salary range will be between $22.19 to $38.16 per hour depending upon experience and qualifications. This is a senior level job. Incumbents plan and complete the most complex GIS projects and information products using a variety of GIS software and techniques; make recommendations for enhancements; review systems and upgrades to ensure effectiveness. Incumbents serve as experts, act independently in technical matters pertaining to GIS.

Job Description
The person who fills this position will apply GIS principles to hydrogeology and wetlands science, while enjoying an excellent work/life balance.  This position is one of two GIS, database, and imagery analysis specialists in the Utah Geological Survey’s Groundwater and Wetlands Program.  Primary responsibilities are (1) apply GIS, spatial analysis, and analysis of remote sensing data to hydrogeology, watershed restoration, and wetlands ecology projects; (2) maintain the groundwater section database, manage data collected during our projects, and move the data to databases in and outside of UGS, coordinating with and supported by the UGS Data Management Program; (3) coordinate or, if qualified, fly a UAV for project-specific data collection; (4) participate in project design and grant writing, utilizing new technologies and analysis methods as appropriate. The UGS Groundwater and Wetlands Program consists of nine hydrogeologists, five wetlands ecologists and two GIS Analysts who conduct applied science throughout Utah for partners including local governments and state and federal agencies.   We are a congenial team having a range of scientific backgrounds and interests, are intellectually curious and enthusiastic, and we enjoy our jobs – individually and as teamwork. We provide unbiased, rigorous scientific data and interpretations that are used by local, state, and federal officials in making informed decisions about natural resource management.

Principle Duties
The Hydrogeology and Wetlands GIS Specialist will:

  • Perform GIS, geostatistical, and other statistical analyses of hydrogeologic and wetland data.
  • Maintain the Groundwater Section database, manage data collected during our projects, and move the data to databases in and outside of UGS.
  • Construct and edit GIS maps showing a wide variety of hydrogeologic and hydrochemical data and derivative quantities.
  • Coordinate and, if qualified, conduct Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) data collection, including multispectral, thermal, topography, and Lidar; and analyze data.
  • Analyze remote-sensing data for wetlands science and hydrogeologic projects (for example, analyze multiband satellite data, Lidar data, or download and analyze evapotranspiration data from Open ET).
  • Prepare maps and related geographic database information products; draft illustrations for reports.
  • Manage laptops and tablet-style computers used to collect field data.
  • Assist other GIS users in the Groundwater and Wetlands Program with GIS-related technical issues
  • Assist project leads in preparing funding proposals and reports.
  • Conduct GIS review of products from other UGS programs.
  • Perform occasional field work (e.g., measuring groundwater levels or surface flow, sampling wells and/or springs for water quality, assisting wetland plant surveys).

The Ideal Candidate
The model candidate for this position is someone who has:

  • The ability to apply GIS principles to hydrogeologic and wetland ecology studies including, but not limited to, map design, projection and coordinate systems, linear referencing systems, cartography, and GIS data management.
  • The ability to organize, execute, research, and coordinate GIS assignments and activities.
  • A commitment to to applied science, and remain eager to learn new skills and applications and intellectual curiosity throughout their career.
  • The ability to apply the principles, theories, and practices of data collection, storage, retrieval, and/or restoration; can organize information in a clear and concise manner.
  • The ability to efficiently provide technical assistance to colleagues.
  • The ability to speak clearly, concisely and effectively; listen to, and understand, information and ideas as presented verbally.
  • The ability to communicate information and ideas clearly, and concisely, in writing; read and understand information presented in writing.

Why You Should Join Our Team
Are you a skilled GIS Analyst looking for an exciting career working in hydrogeology and wetlands ecology in the Great State of Utah? The Utah Geological Survey’s Groundwater and Wetlands Program in the Utah Department of Natural Resources is looking for someone like you to fill their Senior GIS Analyst position. You will work with wonderful colleagues who enjoy their jobs and are committed to applied science that leads to informed resource management. UGS is one of the largest and best funded state geological surveys. We offer a great work/life balance, flexible schedule, telecommuting opportunities, and occasional travel through Utah.

The Agency
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Typical Qualifications

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities required upon entry into position and trainable after entry into position)

  • B.S. or B.A. degree or higher in Geological Sciences, Environmental Sciences, or closely related field, AND/OR
  • Education, skills and experience using ESRI ArcGIS technology including ESRI SDE, ArcGIS Online, ESRI API solutions, and other GIS oriented or expansive solutions such as Python, ArcPy, Javascripting, ArcObjects, etc.; at both the desktop and server level.
  • Possess basic level SQL database experience.
  • Able to process and analyze remote-sensing data such as satellite imagery and LiDAR.
  • Able to maintain and manage laptops and tablets used for field data collection using ArcGIS Online.
  • Able to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing; to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
  • Able to use logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.  Understand the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Able to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.  The ability to combine pieces of information to form conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).  
  • Able to identify complex problems and review related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.  
  • Possess UAV pilot license or be willing to either undergo training or coordinate and contract data collection ; can process data collected by a UAV.

Supplemental Information

  • Typically, the employee may sit comfortably to perform the work; however, there may be some walking; standing; bending; carrying light items; driving an automobile, etc.
  • There may be occasional light fieldwork which will require some travel and working outdoors in varying weather conditions, etc.
  • Risks found in the typical office setting, which is adequately lighted, heated, and ventilated, e.g. safe use of office equipment, avoiding trips and falls, observing fire regulations, etc.

Agency: State of Utah

Address: 4315 S. 2700 W., Suite 2100, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84129

Website: https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/utah




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