Job Detail

Organization: Washington State Department of Ecology
Title: National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) Steward
Location: Lacey, WA

Posted: 2020-11-20
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit within the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA is currently looking to fill a permanent National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) Steward (Data Management – Journey) position. The GIS Unit is a cross-functional team of 8 GIS professionals who are dedicated to providing valuable geospatial solutions, data, and support to staff and citizens to realize Ecology’s mission. The goal of the Washington State NHD Steward is to provide an accurate hydrography dataset that meets the needs of stakeholders so that it can be universally adopted across the State.

In this role as the Washington State NHD steward, you will be working with local, state, and federal stakeholders to help maintain and promote a single, statewide, hydrography framework dataset. You will contribute to and manage diverse projects focusing on improving and updating the NHD and associated data. As the subject matter expert, you will advise local and state governments on how to incorporate their data into the NHD framework and develop a strategic plan for the improvement and maintenance of Washington’s portion of the NHD. As the principal steward you will oversee updates to the NHD and serve as a coach and guide to NHD editors as well as provide access to data sets and derivative products across multiple spatial platforms. As the Washington State representative to the Pacific Northwest Hydrography Framework (PNWHF) you will participate on advisory and technical calls with group member partners and US Geological Survey. You will help determine how to utilize current technologies including high resolution elevation data to make efficient improvements to the hydrography network. You will work in a supportive and professional environment with people who are passionate about the environment and GIS, continual improvement and learning, and prioritize a work-life balance. Your work will directly support science and policy that is focused on making measurable improvements to the environment in Washington State.

We are looking for candidates who pay attention to detail, enjoy problem solving, possess excellent people skills, and can explain technology to non-technical people. Applicants must have proven proficiency with ArcGIS software and spatial data management and design along with an understanding of hydrography networks and linear referencing. The candidate must develop relationships and communicate effectively with the development staff, administrators, and stakeholders.

As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington's environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.

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Local efforts... Diverse people... Statewide impacts

Some of the key activities of the NHD Steward are:
•Coordinate the development and evangelize the use of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD)
•Use advanced knowledge of database principles and design to ensure all updates to the NHD adhere to the national framework and database schema
•Publish, coordinate, and synchronize regular updates of the authoritative WA State hydrography and associated datasets
•Mentor, guide, prioritize and manage workload of the agency NHD team
•Develop and document workflows to transform data from separate databases and associate their location on the hydrography network
•Automate workflows to improve efficiency
•Participate in technical advisory meetings
•Provide input on updates to the Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD)
•Provide quality assurance and quality control for WA hydrography and related datasets
•Manage large-scale NHD projects independently
•Research and seek out funding opportunities, apply for, and manage grants
•Coordinate workshops and other outreach events with stakeholders
•Use knowledge of hydrographic systems and hydrography datasets to promote applied use of the NHD and WBD

This recruitment will remain open until filled. The initial screening will be November 18, 2020. In order to be considered for the initial screening, please submit an application on or before November 17, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.

As our community responds to the public health emergency, the Department of Ecology’s priority is to keep our staff, candidates and the public safe. Thank you for your patience.

Required Qualifications:

Bachelor’s degree or higher in Computer Science, Information Technology (IT) or closely related field and one (1) year of recent professional experience using Esri ArcGIS technology (Arc-GIS Desktop and Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcSDE products). Experience includes SQL programming, experience with entity relationship modeling and notation, or database report development, and independently analyzing, designing, implementing and maintaining databases, and experience with data extraction and transformation (e.g. ETL)


Associate’s degree in Computer Science, GIS Applied Science or closely related field; or completion of a two (2) year accredited vocational training program in GIS, programming, IT or related program and three (3) years of recent professional experience listed above


Five (5) years of recent professional experience listed above.

*Education or accredited vocational training as listed above will substitute year for year for experience.

to apply: Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.

Please include the following documents as attachments to your application:
•Letter of Interest that addresses your interest and ability to perform the responsibilities.
•Three professional references.
•A current professional resume.

for questions about the application process please call: Logan at 360-791-6730.

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