GIS Technician - Geophysical Institute (GI)

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  • Job Number:524120
  • Classification:Research Technician 4
  • Grade:Grade 78
  • Work type:On Campus, Staff Full-time
  • Administrative Unit:University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • School/Business unit:UAF Geophysical Institute
  • Location:Fairbanks
  • Categories: Research/Science/Grants

Position Summary:

The Arctic Coastal Geoscience Lab (ACGL) is looking for an enthusiastic, motivated, and forward-thinking geospatial technician to process geospatial data and spearhead data management. The ACGL works with remote Alaskan communities to assess coastal hazards and provide up-to-date, actionable data to inform mitigation plans. This dynamic position involves collaboration with undergraduate and graduate students to process, analyze, and visualize a variety of data products. Apply for a great opportunity to build on existing geospatial skills with an eager and passionate group of scientists!


10Data Management/ Administration: Work with the supervisor to establish best practices for the management, organization, and archiving of lab data. Communicate data management policy to team members and inform the supervisor when policies should be enforced. Serve as a point of contact with outside agencies, local and Tribal governments, and other stakeholders who would like to acquire data produced by the ACGL. Duties include receiving and sending data relevant to community projects, making maps and other figures for community reports and proposals, and assisting Tribal staff with GIS and other geospatial programs and technologies. Manage the computing resources and network administration to facilitate file sharing with agencies, firms, research partners, and others outside of the university.Essential
10Reporting: Create new and improved existing workflows, documentation, and tutorials for students and staff to process data using the lab’s geospatial software, connect to lab resources on the network, manage data, and other tasks related to the purview of this position. Create figures, maps, and other products for reports, papers, and proposals to be submitted by the ACGL.Essential
20Cartography: Work collaboratively with the ACGL students and faculty to produce data products such as maps and figures for lab reports, using GIS and graphics programs such as Adobe Illustrator. Assist faculty and students in other geospatial projects related to the lab’s work.Essential
20Fieldwork/ Data Collection: Travel to coastal communities with Arctic Coastal Geoscience Lab (ACGL) students, faculty, and/or staff and assist in the Deployment, Troubleshooting, and Maintenance of field instruments Install GPS Survey Control networks for structure from motion photogrammetry and conduct photogrammetric data acquisition. Plan and carry out accurate and precise UAS surveys with the intent to create high-resolution orthomosaics and DEMs.Essential
40Geographic information system (GIS) Analysis: Assist in the collection, processing, and visualizations of remote sensing, survey-grade Global Positioning System (GPS), and other geospatial datasets to quantify and map changes in the environment. Report findings to faculty and students, and aid in identifying at-risk areas of the natural and built environments. Process imagery collected from Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) and historical images to create Digital Surface Models (DSMs) and orthomosiacs using Structure from Motion (SfM) software. Follow standard procedures and perform specialized functions for adding new data. Review the quality of automated solutions and suggest improvements to the team as needed. Follow established criteria for what data should, and should not, be included in reports. These tasks should be carried out with an emphasis on accuracy, consistency, and speed. Assist in running annual in-person workforce development courses at UAF rural campuses. This may involve developing coursework, providing direction and assistance to students, and traveling to rural campuses.Essential

Geophysical Institute:

The Geophysical Institute is a research-driven organization at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. The university offers an attractive work environment and strong benefits including retirement and health insurance, generous leave policies, and tuition waivers for UA courses. The Geophysical Institute is committed to equity, inclusion, and accountability and values the open sharing of different perspectives. We support a respectful and welcoming environment and a commitment to serving Alaska and Alaskans with strong applied science. Career growth and professional development are expected and encouraged.

As a public, regional, comprehensive university, UAF is committed to building a culturally diverse and inclusive organization and strongly encourages women, minorities, members from marginalized communities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

Additional Department Information:

The mission of the ACGL is to conduct research and education activities that advance knowledge regarding coastal processes and hazards and provide data products that inform decision-making while providing research and workforce development opportunities for students.  Through our work, we aim to contribute towards resilient coastal communities in Alaska. We have a variety of projects that help Alaskan communities respond to changes in natural landscapes.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities: Strong interpersonal communication skills.

Proficient in the use of common geospatial and graphics software programs such as ArcGIS, QGIS, ENVI, ERDAS Imagine, OPUS, Agisoft Metashape, Trimble Business Center, and Adobe Illustrator.

Ability to manipulate data to produce charts and graphs to display trends in data.

Ability to interpret data results for reporting.

Strong theoretical knowledge, and experience in working with Digital Elevation Models (DEMs).

Ability to recognize data anomalies and take corrective action.

Sound understanding and experience with practical applications of geospatial data types such as rasters, vectors, and point clouds.

Experience in collecting geospatial data in rural and remote areas.

Knowledge of basic cartographic principles.

Sufficient analytical skills, experience, and knowledge to contribute significantly to remote sensing and geospatial projects, reports, and papers.

Specific knowledge within the geographic region of Alaska on the collection, analysis, and dissemination of geospatial data products.

Sound knowledge of data management, data collection procedures, data entry procedures, and computerized spreadsheets and databases.

Basic understanding of file-sharing services and systems administration.

General knowledge of coastal hazard assessments.

Strong verbal and written communication skills.

Ability to use computers with mouse and keyboard data entry.
Required Education or Training:

Bachelor’s degree in a field relevant to the research (e.g. science, math, business) and four years
experience in a field relevant to the research, or an equivalent combination of training and

Salary Information:

This position is full-time, Grade 78, term-funded, non-exempt, 12-month position complete with a competitive salary and UA employee benefits package. New hires will be placed on the UA staff salary schedule, based on education and experience.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure consideration, please apply prior to the review date. Applicants must be legally eligible for unrestricted employment to work in the U.S. No work visas will be sponsored for this position. 

This position will be physically located at the UAF campus in Fairbanks, Alaska. The successful finalist will be expected to report to duty at the UAF office on the first day of employment.

To apply for this position, please provide a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references with your application.  Please submit your application no later than 04/16/2023 at 11:55 PM Alaska Time. The review of this posting will start on 04/17/2023. This posting will be closed once it is filled.

If you need assistance applying to this posting, please contact GI - Office of Human Resources at 907-474-7357. 

Applicants needing a reasonable accommodation to participate in the application and screening process should contact the UA Human Resources office at 907-450-8200.

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

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.

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

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

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

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