Research GIS Specialist

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  • Job Number:519058
  • Classification:Research Professional 2
  • Grade:Grade 79
  • Work type:Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Anchorage
  • School/Business unit:UAA Chancellor
  • Location:Anchorage
  • Categories: Facilities/Skilled Trades, Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

With limited supervision, work in Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson (JBER) with US Coast Guard Sector Anchorage and the University of Alaska Anchorage, Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) and the Applied Environmental Research Center (AERC) to maintain a variety of computer-based software. The GIS Specialist will assist with projects that range from ecological and stewardship of military lands to regulatory permitting and monitoring. GIS and remote sensing skills are critical to this position. GIS Analyst will need to be responsible for discovering patterns and trends through spatial mapping, developing mapping applications and tools and managing digital library of geographic maps in various file types, among other duties.


10Provide the Arctic Coordinating Element GIS services to include: Create and manage Marine Safety Task Force (MSTF) dashboard Aggregate MSTF activities into GIS tool, as requiredEssential
15Provide Arctic and Western Alaska Area Committee and its subcommittees GIS services to include: Participation in GRS Subcommittee Assistance in transitioning GRS PDFs to GIS layer already managed by ADEC Assist in updating Geographic Response Strategies (GRS) changes completed by external agencies Assist in creating Standard Operating Procedures for GRS validation in the field Assist with in office and on-site GRS validation exercises Create and manage GRS dashboard Provide GIS assistance to Emergency Management and Force Readiness Division as required Assist in developing presentations and advancement of activitiesEssential
20Work with the University of Alaska Anchorage, Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) and the Applied Environmental Research Center (AERC) on maintaining GIS data and creating maps for various projects on military installations. Formulate maps, graphs, and text for reports, proposals, and project related materials. Create, update, and maintain GIS data within databases, feature classes, and/or shapefiles. Digitize, attribute, and edit geospatial data to generate a variety of cartographic and geographic data products. Georeference and digitize data from aerial imagery and a variety of other sources to accurately reflect location and project deliverables Work with current researchers and provide basic GIS training to ensure field crews are working effectively and efficiently with collecting and sharing dataEssential
25Liaison with Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, University of Alaska Anchorage, and University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation to manage Coast Guard related GIS projects/products. Provide external agencies with appropriate, US Coast Guard (CG) approved data for State of Alaska GIS portals. Develop CG specific procedures for finding, accessing, processing, and analyzing data for potential GIS projects/products from Marine Information for Safety and Law Enforcement (MISLE) and Coast Guard Business Intelligence (CGBI) Systems. Work independently and with moderate supervision or as part of a team. Formulate maps, graphs, and text for reports, proposals, and other project related matters. Propose GIS solutions to problems, meet deadlines and address client needs.Essential
25Provide Prevention Department GIS services to include: Maintain a CG specific ArcGIS Online Portal Create and manage facility data management data sets and tools for potential GIS projects/products Create and manage dashboard as required, similar to DCRA CDO portal Independently and collaboratively design and execute GIS focused research Critically evaluate research products and provide substantive feedback, including review of research reports and research products and provision of constructive feedback to colleagues Respond to questions and provide substantive analysis concisely to meet the needs of federal partners Quickly learn and understand new and complex projects as required to meet deliverable requirements Prioritize competing demands and meet deadlines Maintain attention to detail Maintain confidentialityEssential
5Other duties as assigned as they relate to this position.Essential


Ability to acquire or take acquired data and analyze and interpret quantitatively;
Ability to work on multiple projects requiring use of GIS skills on various levels;
Ability to take GIS data and make comparisons and troubleshoot problems;
Communicate GIS data to external and internal audiences;
When applicable, ability to automate data analysis or data entry to ensure GIS accuracy;
Provide computer and database programming to support GIS needs of multiple units;
Conduct literature reviews;
Ability to define and implement GIS analytic approaches and models;
Ability to create and identify GIS methodology and protocols for consistent data and implement modifications to optimize results;
Ensure quality control and identify data gaps;
Ability to present the GIS models, findings, research, etc.
GIS work will involve complex research questions and problems needing a high level of analytical skills;
GIS work will combine previous efforts with new efforts to achieve research knowledge and results;
Ability to design and develop methodologies for gathering GIS data needed; and
Knowledge of statistical GIS methods.
Proficiency in ArcGIS and ESRI software suite
Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite
Attention to detail and the ability to collaborate with others from various fields and levels of experience in GIS.
Knowledge in principles of cartography, including coordinate systems and projections, map composition, and symbology.
Interpret aerial/satellite imagery.


One year GIS experience in a STEM field and a Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, geomatics, or a related field or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


Bachelor's degree in computer science, information technology, geomatics, or a related field and one year GIS experience in a STEM field or an equivalent combination of training and experience.


*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized for unrestricted employment in the United States. No work visas will be sponsored for this position.  Additionally, because work is on JBER depending on federal COVID regulations, candidates may be asked to attest to vaccine status via DD Form 3150.

This is a full-time, term-funded Grade 79, minimum $26.08/hr, DOE, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package.

An initial review of applications will begin on April 4, 2022. To ensure consideration, please apply by April 3, 2022 at 11:55 om, Alaska Standard Time.


Term Position:

This position is a term-funded position and is reviewed annually for contract renewal at the University's discretion.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

The University of Alaska (UA) is responsible for providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities throughout the applicant screening process. If you need assistance in completing this application or during any phase of the interview process, please contact UA Human Resources by phone at 907-450-8200.

Affirmative Action Statement:

UA is an AA/EO employer and educational institution and prohibits illegal discrimination against any individual:

Background Check:

The successful applicant is required to complete a background check. Any offer of employment is contingent on the background check.

Probationary Period:

Pursuant to University Regulation 04.07.020, new employees of the University are employed in an at-will probationary status for the first six months of employment. During the probationary period, employment may be terminated for no reason or any reason. Promoted employees also serve a probationary period with limited rights of retreat.

Public Disclosure Statement:

Your application for employment with the University of Alaska is subject to public disclosure under the Alaska Public Records Act.

University of Alaska is a Drug-Free Workplace. University of Alaska campuses are Tobacco-Free.

Training Policy:

It is the policy of the University of Alaska (UA) that all employees are required to complete training to meet the requirements of the positions they hold, and to complete the required training within a specified period to remain employed at the UA.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact University of Alaska HR at 907-450-8200.

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