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GIS Data Specialist

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We are in the business of innovation. At Spatial Networks we firmly believe in the power of company culture and its direct affect on success. Our ongoing mission is to provide an optimum environment for fostering ideas into effective technology solutions for global markets. This requires combining talented people, effective workflow, a focused mission and vision, and coffee... lots of coffee.  A creative, collaborative culture means we agree and disagree, complement and critique, teach and learn but most importantly, do. We have an energetic, fast-paced and fun environment that allows every team member the opportunity for growth. In addition to all the coffee you could possibly consume in a day, we offer an outstanding benefits package including medical, dental, vision, 401(k) and more.

The GIS Data Specialist’s primary role will be to prepare geospatial data for internal projects and facilitate the development of our spatial data product line. The position involves technical, professional work in developing, implementing, and maintaining of Spatial Networks’ data and information into the company’s enterprise GIS system and services. The GIS Data Specialist may be asked to take part in special project assignments, provide spatial data analysis, and perform quality assurance and quality control of geospatial data deliverables.


Roles & Responsibilities

  • Data Management: ­ Consolidate, import, maintain, and curate Spatial Networks’ raw geospatial data assets across multiple ongoing projects into an enterprise GIS, enforcing cartographic accuracy, OGC metadata and schema standards, and facilitating accurate search of features and/or queried extraction.
  • Perform quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC) of geospatial data collection efforts to ensure quality and integrity of data and mobile collectors; document, recommend and/or revise QA/QC procedures as required.
  • Prepare, update and deliver customer specific spatial data sets and/or data analysis products on time and complete using various open source management and scripting platforms.
  • Create, style, edit and manage SNI’s authoritative spatial databases for publishing using OGC and ESRI web feature mapping services.
  • Perform routine maintenance and monitoring on server and database to ensure a consistent availability of content and services to customers and analysts. Maintain specific documentation on troubleshooting, process standard operating procedures (SOP) and best practice guidelines.
  • Perform analysis on SNI data to assess spatial and non­spatial patterns and drive analytical product development. Interpret results to prepare reports, graphics, and maps in support of analytical product development.
  • Participate in GIS team meetings, conferences, and various planning sessions as required.
  • Continue to pursue areas of education and professional development necessary to maintain currency and execute best practices in the performance of your role. Monitor technological advances in tradecraft and business opportunities to ensure the Company maintains an edge and leadership posture.
  • At various times, may be asked to work directly with the Operations director and executives to interpret and derive requirements for special projects outside of the scope of human geography and contract projects.

Required Qualifications

  • The GIS Data Specialist is an entry-level position and requires a minimum of 2 years’ experience with GIS technology or a degree in GIS, geography, or a related social science field.
  • Highly motivated and self-starting individual.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects simultaneously within both a team environment and individually.
  • Strong analytical, quantitative, and reasoning skills.
  • Basic knowledge of GPS and/or Cartography.
  • Thorough knowledge of GIS principles and practices, spatial analysis, imagery interpretation, and data collection.
  • Thorough knowledge of OGC standards for GIS client analytical and web publishing services.

Desired Qualifications

  • Degree in GIS and/or Geography.
  • Display working knowledge and experience of human geography data and analysis along with mobile data collection projects.
  • Proficient understanding of object relational databases to include PostgreSQL/PostGIS.
  • Familiarity with open-source GIS applications such as GDAL, OpenGeo Suite, and CartoDB.
  • Working knowledge of programming languages such as SQL, JavaScript/Java or Python.
  • Ability to conduct effective oral and written presentations within the company and to other industry professionals.

Qualities we're looking for

  • Awesome communication skills. You should be a great writer and speaker -- you'll be writing content, and talking constantly with new prospects, existing customers, and our own team.
  • A GTD attitude. Identify next actions, communicate intent, and execute. We're a fast-paced team, and this role covers a wide area, so a results-driven mentality is critical.
  • Ownership thinking. Can take ownership and make decisions. Passion and self-motivation is key. We don't micromanage, you'll be expected to own and deliver.
  • Desire to build something great and bring technical solutions to people to solve their problems.
  • Bonus: You love coffee, love geography + maps & have a good sense of humor.

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