GIS Specialist

GIS Specialist

  • 528126
  • Fairbanks, Alaska, United States
  • On Campus
  • Staff Full-time
  • Grade 81
  • UAF Vice Chancellor for Research

The UAF Environmental Support Services unit will provide developmental planning and environmental services to Fort Wainwright in accordance with the recently signed Intergovernmental Support Agreement (IGSA). One of the required services in accordance with the agreement is a dedicated full-time GIS professional to provide a broad range of GIS products.

In this position you will:

Experience with Department of Defense GIS data models and standards
Clearly communicate technical ideas, whether to other technical peers or non-technical project managers
Learn new technologies, work independently, and quickly turnaround maps and other deliverables
Compile, attribute, edit and maintain data in geographic and operational databases and their associated documentation
Assist in establishing and maintaining GIS database quality control and quality assurance procedures
Develop automated scripts, tools or programs with common language programming languages including but not limited to Python, SQL, Java, C#, and Visual Basic
Manage GIS data within spatial and non-spatial databases
Use environmental data and support development of applications for visualization, analysis, and presentation of environmental data
Knowledge of DoD systems, procedures, policies, and processes.

To be successful in this position you will need:

1-5 years of experience working in informational technology, computer science, geography, physical/natural sciences or other related fields such as natural resource management or conservation, environmental sciences
Strong written verbal communication skills
Scientific field work, small groups, inclement weather conditions, operate ATVs and 4x4 vehicles, travel in aircraft
Ability to use Google suite of tools and Microsoft software
Ability to develop a working relationship with the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Demonstrated experience working in the DoD/U.S. Army environment
Experience in managing cultural and natural resource survey data with GIS
At least two years of experience with cultural and/or natural resource management on military lands
Working knowledge of cultural and/or natural resource-related regulatory policy
Experience with Department of Defense GIS data models and standards (e.g. Air Force Spatial Data Standards for Facilities, Infrastructure, and Environment [SDSFIE]; Federal Geographic Data Committee's [FGDC] Content Standard for Digital Spatial Metadata [CSDGM])
Experience using GPS devices or ArcGIS Field Maps
Experience in conducting scientific field work in austere conditions/data collection
Experience operating/maintaining 4 x 4 trucks, ATVs, snow machines and other field equipment

Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree or soon to be graduate with experience in a relevant field (geographic information systems, geography, information technology, computer science, physical science/natural sciences, natural resources, environmental sciences, or closely related field that required equivalent coursework in geographic information systems, or an equivalent combination of training and experience

Experience in ArcGIS (ArcMap 10.x and ArcPro 2.x), Survey123, and ArcGIS Online
Experience in managing complex ArcGIS geodatabases; such as feature class development, relationship classes, and completion of metadata
Experience preparing end-user documentation (how-to guides, standard operating procedures, etc.) Proficiency in Microsoft 365 Office apps and cloud services (Teams, SharePoint, OneDrive, etc.)
Excellent written and verbal communication skills
*Ability to pass a background check
**The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by the proposed start date
***Ability to access military installations in Alaska and obtain a Common Access Card (CAC)
****Possession of a valid driver’s license or the ability to obtain one.

Position Details:

This position is located in Fairbanks Alaska. This is a full-time, term-funded, exempt staff position complete with both a competitive salary and full employee benefits package. UA provides a generous compensation package that includes retirement options, annual leave, 12 paid holidays per year, tuition waivers for employees and family members, and affordable medical, dental and vision care coverage. New hires will be placed on the UA Staff Salary Schedule, Grade 81, based on education and experience.

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified. 

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

*To be eligible for this position, applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States without restriction.  Applicants who now or may in the future require visa sponsorship to work in the United States are not eligible.

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 affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, educational institution and provider 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.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please contact Kenna Metivier, Signers' Business Office, Assistant HR Manager at or 907-474-1847


*Each university within the University of Alaska system publishes an Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which contains information regarding campus safety and security including topics such as: campus law enforcement authority; crime reporting policies; campus alerts (Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications); fire safety policies and procedures; programs to prevent dating violence, domestic violence, sexual assault and stalking; the procedures the University will follow when one of these crimes is reported; and other matters of importance related to security on campus. The report also contains information about crime statistics for the three most recent calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in On-Campus Student Housing Facilities; in Noncampus buildings or property owned or controlled by the University or a recognized student organization; and on public property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from, the campus.  The report also contains fire statistics for any fires occurring in an On-Campus Student Housing Facility during the three most recent calendar years.  

Access to the reports is available at:

UAA: (Addresses Anchorage campus, Aviation Technology Complex, JBER - Elmendorf Extension, JBER - Richardson Extension, Kenai Peninsula College - Kachemak Bay campus, Kenai Peninsula College - Kenai River campus, Kodiak College, Kodiak High School Extension, Matanuska-Susitna College, Prince William Sound College, and Prince William Sound College - Cordova Extension) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAA Police Department Office at Room 114 of Eugene Short Hall on the Anchorage campus / UAA Dean of Students Office at Room 122 of Rasmuson Hall on the Anchorage campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-786-1120 or / 907-786-1214 or

UAF: (Addresses Fairbanks Campus, Bristol Bay Campus, Chukchi Campus, Community and Technical College, Kasitsna Bay Campus, Seward Marine Center, Tok Campus, Kuskokwim Campus, and Northwest Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: UAF Office of Rights, Compliance and Accountability on the 3rd Floor of Constitution Hall. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-474-7300 or

UAS: (Addresses the Juneau Auke Bay Campus, Juneau Technical Education Center, Sitka Campus, & Ketchikan Campus) Online: Request a paper copy in person: Hendrickson Building, Suite 202 on the Juneau campus. Request a paper copy by mail: 907-796-6371 or emailing

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