Water Resources GIS Specialist

Alta Environmental

Oceanside or Long Beach, CA, US

Alta Environmental is growing a different kind of consulting firm – a firm of dynamic, motivated, and entrepreneurial technical experts. Alta is known for anticipating and resolving sustainability, compliance, remediation and restoration needs for the most significant industrial businesses and agency sector organizations. We are the best and brightest, a team of technical and scientific leaders and innovators who keep ahead of trends and requirements. Our experts are trusted advisors to clients across many industries and sectors. We help our clients obtain and maintain compliance with federal, state and local environmental regulations; and we specialize in the complex California regulatory agencies’ requirements. Our work makes businesses and communities cleaner, stronger, and safer. As a firm, Alta focuses on growth, and on building a unique corporate culture that fosters collaboration and continuous improvement.

The ideal candidate will be excited about the opportunity to maintain and grow our environmental consulting business and possess knowledge and technical skills in GIS analysis, storm water management, drainage engineering and design development, water quality resources, water quality modeling, environmental permitting, and municipal, commercial and industrial NPDES compliance.

The Water Resources GIS Specialist is responsible for obtaining, organizing, and mapping GIS data, identifying efficient methods for and implementing data analysis, and ensuring consistency, accuracy, and quality in all GIS work, as well as, water resources project work. Keeps apprised of latest software updates and GIS analysis techniques. Supports all staff in preparing deliverables. The GIS Water Resources Specialist has experience in watershed science, storm water, TMDLs, and water resources projects and studies.


Obtain and Organize GIS Data
  • Conduct research and collect the best available data independently
  • Organize GIS data so that it is readily identifiable and easy to locate
  • Ensure accuracy and quality in all data sources
  • Conduct fieldwork as needed to prepare GIS datasets and associated deliverables
  • Prepare GPS units (including sub-meter Trimble and Garmin) and provide instruction and support for collecting data in the field
  • Download GPS data from survey-grade GPS (including sub-meter Trimble and Garmin) units and prepare for use in GIS mapping and analysis activities
Analyze Data
  • Research and determine the best methods for analyzing data and implement them in accordance with industry standards
Prepare Deliverables
  • Prepare maps and graphics in support of deliverables
  • Review maps and graphics to ensure the highest level of quality
  • Prepare written reports, letters, and other deliverables, as assigned
  • Coordinate production of maps and other GIS-based products with vendors
  • Assist with production of deliverables, as needed
  • Communicate effectively with all employees and management
  • Exercise sound cost-control measures
  • Positively represent the company
  • Execute other duties as assigned

  • Experience and background in watershed science or water resources
  • Background and/or experience or education in basic cartography
  • Strong knowledge of current GIS and graphics software, including ArcGIS Desktop 10x Suite (including Spatial Analyst, Model Builder, and Data Driven Pages), Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop
  • Experience using online and mobile GIS applications, including ArcGIS Online and Collector for ArcGIS
  • Mastery of Microsoft Office products, including organizing, analyzing, and summarizing large Microsoft Excel data sets
  • In-depth knowledge of current GIS analysis practices and techniques
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Strong communication skills
  • Solid analytical and interpretive abilities
  • Excellent problem-solving skills
  • Ability to coordinate multiple tasks concurrently and operate under stress
  • Ability to work well with others
  • Superior responsiveness
  • Self-motivation
  • Exemplary quality-control skills
  • Bachelor’s degree in cartography, GIS, environmental science, planning, or a related discipline
  • Minimum of 2 years of experience in environmental consulting in a similar role
Job Type: Full-time

Job Location:
  • Oceanside, CA or Long Beach, CA
Required education:
  • Bachelor’s
​Required experience:
  • environmental consulting: 2+ years
  • GIS: 2+ years  current GIS and graphics software, including ArcGIS Desktop: 2+ year
Please send resume and cover letter to [email protected]. You must include “Open Position: GIS WR Specialist” in the subject line.