Job Detail

Organization: GeoSpatial Services, Saint Mary's University
Title: GIS Image Analyst
Location: Winona, MN USA

Posted: 2019-09-27
Application Deadline: 2019-10-27

Position Description:

GIS Image Analyst
Reporting to the Executive Director of GeoSpatial Services, the full-time GIS Image Analyst interprets hardcopy and digital remote sensing images (aerial and space based) in order to develop ArcGIS spatial databases of classified natural features, land cover and/or land use activities for use in natural resource applications. They collect, verify and analyze field data as part of survey teams in order to improve interpretation accuracy and validate the final classified data. The GIS Image Analyst also serves as a resource for supporting other projects that require natural resource data collection and classification from remote sources.

Specific responsibilities include:
• image interpretation, delineation and classification of wetlands and other natural features;
• application of federal wetland mapping standard Classification of Wetland and Deepwater Habitats of the United States (Cowardin, 1979) and other classification systems as required;
• managing photography and GIS databases;
• application of the principles wetland science, hydrology, soil science, vegetation identification and geomorphology in support of image interpretation, classification and assessment;
• project scheduling and team assignments;
• quality assurance and control;
• performance monitoring;
• participating as a team member in GIS product design, maintenance, and development; and,
• potential for teaching workshops or classes.

Requires an accredited Bachelor’s degree (Master’s preferred) in biology, ecology, natural resources, science or a related field and a minimum of three (3) years of experience in image interpretation and classification of natural features.
Demonstrated proficiency in: applying the FGDC federal wetland mapping standard (Cowardin, 1979); spatial data development in an ArcGIS environment; wetland plant identification and soil science; understanding the ecological relationships between wetland plants and their environment; and, working in a team environment. Experience with development of spatial data using remote sensing software (ERDAS, eCognition) in a production environment would be beneficial.

The successful candidate must support, respect, and advance the mission of Saint Mary's University as a Lasallian Catholic institution. All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

Apply online at and include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references. Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota seeks a highly qualified, diverse applicant pool and especially encourages members of underrepresented groups to apply. SMUMN is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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