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Organization: The Sanborn Map Company, Inc.
Title: Sage Grouse Geospatial Analyst
Location: Portland, OR
Application Deadline:
Posted: 2018-08-10

Position Description:

The Sanborn Map Company is looking to fill a GEOSPATIAL ANALYST on-site position in Portland, OR.

Join Sanborn’s award-winning team! Sanborn is looking for a SAGE GROUSE GEOSPATIAL ANALYST who can assist data stewards to complete geospatial projects in support of the implementation of the Greater Sage-Grouse Approved Resource Management Plan Amendments (ARMPA).

This position is located in Portland, Oregon. Travel is required to eastern Oregon and regional offices. Approximately six trips a year to either field offices or regional offices within the western states.

Position Background
The overall workflows to be conducted include compilation, maintenance, quality control, analysis, and publication of resource spatial data. The workflows, currently under development within a government agency, encompass required National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) research and tasks necessary to comply with actions outlined in the Greater Sage-Grouse ARMPA.

Work will include the determination of the current geographic extent of sagebrush vegetation within the range-wide distribution of sage-grouse populations. The sagebrush base layer is composed of vegetation data that will continuously be adjusted to account for fire severity, burn perimeter, urban/impervious land cover, conifer encroachment, invasive annual grasses, and sagebrush restoration data. The candidate will work with government agency staff to compile a dataset of planned and completed vegetation treatments in sage grouse habitat to the required national standards.

The analyst will assist with the LANDFIRE plans remapping effort. This remapping has the potential to improve the overall quality of data products, primarily through the use of higher-quality remote sensing datasets. Work will be done to incorporate Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring (AIM) program field data into the LANDFIRE program data in order to improve the quality of the LANDFIRE EVT layer.

Additionally, the government agency and the Multi-Resolution Land Characteristics Consortium (MRLC) are working to improve the accuracy of vegetation map products for broad-and mid-scale analyses through the grass/shrub mapping effort, the candidate will help with this effort. The grass/shrub mapping effort applies the Wyoming multi-scale sagebrush habitat methodology to spatially depict the fractional percent cover estimates for five components, percent cover of sagebrush vegetation, percent bare ground, percent herbaceous vegetation (grass and forbs combined), annual vegetation, and percent shrubs. These fractional cover maps will facilitate monitoring “within” class variation (e.g., examination of declining trend in sagebrush cover for individual pixels). This “within” class variation can serve as one indicator of sagebrush quality that cannot be derived from LANDFIRE’s EVT information. The grass/shrub mapping effort will leverage fine-scale data to support the validation of map products.

The analyst will assist in the development of greater sage grouse habitat degradation datasets that will be used to adjust the sagebrush base layer and incorporated into the Surface Disturbance and Reclamation Tracking Tool (SDARTT). Habitat degradation datasets include energy (oil and gas wells and development facilities), reclaimed energy-related degradation, mining related activities, and other disturbances to be identified by government agency staff. Compile data for wind energy facilities, solar energy facilities, geothermal leases, and mining activities related to active developments, locatable, leasable, saleable mining claims, and determine the acreage reduction in potential sage grouse habitat.

The analyst will compile a comprehensive dataset that identifies the footprint of active mining and other disturbances across all jurisdictions. Aerial imagery will be used to digitize active mining and power plants surface disturbance in or near known mining occurrence areas and also other surface disturbance related features to be determined by government agency Data Stewards. While the date of aerial imagery varies by scale, the most current data available from Esri and/or Google will be used to locate (generally at 1:50,000 and below) and digitize (generally at 1:10,000 and below) active mine, power plant, and other surface disturbances direct area of influence. Surface disturbance data source and imagery date will be documented for each digitized disturbance polygon at the time of creation. Subsurface facility locations (polygon or point location as available) will be compiled and used to make density calculations, and added to the active surface activity layer as appropriate (if an actual direct area of influence can be located). Additionally, the analyst will make mining density calculations based on the data compiled. Any mitigation sites associated with surfaces disturbances will also be digitized, tracked, and used to assess available sage grouse habitat.

The analyst will be required to travel to district offices in eastern Oregon to work directly with the field staff. Work during these district office visits will include data development, data editing, and to also get approval for products produced by the analyst.
The resulting geospatial data used to generate the sagebrush base layer will be made available through a government agency’s EGIS web portal and geospatial gateway or through the authoritative data source. Legacy datasets will be preserved so that trends may be calculated. Other derivative products from this work might include web reporting tools and accessible, internal, continually updated corporate data for cartographic and analytical use by all government agency staff. The analyst will also assist the government agency Data Stewards by producing maps or other cartographic content for sage grouse planning meetings, reports, etc. as needed. All data edits must include federally compliant metadata.

REQUIRED EXPERIENCE:
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university in a directly related field (geography, biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management another related field, or equivalent)

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS:
MUST possess the following skills and abilities:
•Bachelor’s Degree as noted above
•Three years’ experience in the Esri ArcGIS version 10.x suite of software
•Three years’ experience with editing in multiuser Enterprise ArcSDE databases
•Three years’ experience assessing and documenting data needs
•Ability to extract data and/or build tools to access relational databases
•Experience with performing geospatial statistical analysis
•Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing
•Understand how AIM and other vegetation data collections relate to wildlife habitat and other ecological concepts.
•Experience in designing and editing geodatabases with related tables to a state or national standard
•Excellent writing skills for technical documents such as software requirements, user guides and configuration management documents

Preferred requirements:
•Experience with remote sensing analysis
•Experience working with natural resources data
•Ability to give trainings on analysis techniques
•Experience with producing and/or maintaining web services and web applications
•Experience with producing professional maps
•Master’s Degree in a related field

TASKS:
•Creating GIS products, including web services, hard copy maps, graphs and analytical calculations related to sage grouse habitat for administrative uses
•Working with Data Stewards to compile disparate databases for incorporation into government agency enterprise geospatial databases.
•Documenting schema, requirements, workflows, processes, metadata and results
•Managing Data, creating cartography, and conducting analysis
•Compiling data related to the sagebrush base layer and habitat degradation datasets
•Understanding the implications of a LANDFIRE remap as it applies to the other tasks
•Using aerial imagery to digitize features in GIS
•Working with a facilitator and with regional or national teams to refine data requirements
•Coordinating with the government agency districts for data development, product approval and quality control

CANDIDATE PERSONNEL SECURITY AND SUITABILITY REQUIREMENTS
The following forms and inquiries, or their equivalent, will be used to initiate the credentialing process:
• OPM Standard Form 85 or 85P
• OF306
• National Criminal History Check (NCHC)
• Release to Obtain Credit Information
• PIV card application

If selected to fill the position, a candidate would be required to pass a drug screen and satisfy the requirements of a National Criminal History Check (NCHC) to verify the identity of the individual applying for clearance and to determine the individual’s suitability for the position.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Sanborn offers a comprehensive health and wellness program which includes medical, dental, vision, 401k, holiday, PTO, EAP, disability and life insurance benefits.

TO APPLY: Visit our website: www.Sanborn.com to apply for this position. Sanborn is an Equal Opportunity Employer.