Job Detail

Organization: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Title: Experienced GIS Specialist
Location: Haverhill, MA, USA

Posted: 2022-05-17
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

Position Purpose
The purpose of this position is to develop, support, and maintain Merrimack Valley Planning Commission’s (MVPC) Geographic Information System (GIS). As the GIS Specialist, you will build and maintain GIS databases and use Esri’s suite of tools to analyze spatial data. You will contribute to the upkeep of the Commission’s GIS data and participate in a variety of projects across our four programs. In addition, you will support the evolution of the agency’s region-wide GIS viewer, the Municipal Mapping Access Program (MIMAP).

You will work as a team with the GIS/IT Program Manager and GIS Analyst to complete your project work, and interface regularly with the other MVPC staff, municipal officials, and the public to address their GIS and data needs. You serve an important role in maintaining member communities’ compliance with state data standards like the Level 3 Parcel Standard. The GIS Specialist is a dynamic member of MVPC’s well-established GIS Regional Service Center.

Essential Functions
• Develop a variety of spatial and tabular data for analysis and mapping in support of MVPC and member community projects
• Develop and organize datasets in support of the agency’s Parcel Mapping services. Assist in updating MIMAP with current parcel datasets.
• Utilize cartographic skills to create maps from digital data for MVPC.
• Work with GIS/IT Program Manager and GIS Analyst to develop data standards and data management frameworks organizationally and regionally.
• Build mobile and desktop maps and apps for data collection as well as use tools like Storymaps to build engaging educational and presentation materials.
• Demonstrate a high level of critical thinking while analyzing spatial datasets to support agency and community needs.
• Develop training materials including web-based resources and videos to aid municipal and agency staff in the use of technology resources such as MIMAP and mobile/desktop apps.
• Assist GIS program and agency staff with minor IT challenges and maintenance of computers, plotters, and printers, as needed.
• Prepares occasional reports that summarize work conducted, data collected, methods used, and findings, complete with charts, graphs, and maps when necessary.
• Other functions include occasional field visits for data collection or verification and attending seminars and conventions to keep current with changes in the GIS field.

Qualification Recommendations
Knowledge: You have a working knowledge of general planning activities, practices, and techniques. You have strong knowledge of mapping and analysis in economic development, environment, transportation, and community planning studies. You are proficient with basic GIS operations including data editing, querying, and cartography as well as a strong understanding of the ESRI suite; knowledge of relational databases and ArcGIS Enterprise is a plus. Working knowledge of Office 365 environment including Microsoft Teams and SharePoint.

Ability: You can execute tasks with high attention to detail and work cooperatively with others in and outside of your team. You can work with autonomy to complete tasks and utilize critical thinking to problem solve as needed. You can carry out written and oral instructions but know when to ask for help. You have excellent analytical skills and a strong sense of data management. You have a strong ability to manage your time effectively and efficiently by balancing multiple projects with varying deadlines.

The ideal candidate will have 3-5 years of experience working with Esri’s GIS suite in a professional setting and hold a degree or certificate in Geography, Urban Planning, or Computer Science. Related work experience in geography, cartography, surveying, land sciences or a related subject is desired. GISP-certified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Work is generally performed in typical office conditions with some flexibility to work from home is permitted. We will expect you to operate computers, plotters, printers, telephones, and other standard office equipment. Some work is performed in the field, but infrequently. Essential functions are regularly performed at moderate noise levels without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.
You will have frequent contact with all MVPC employees and occasional contact with federal, state, and local agencies. You will attend occasional technical conferences and meetings.

Your tasks will involve periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. You must be able to communicate verbally. You have a close vision for working with small numbers and details and a correctable vision for driving to deliver maps.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. MVPC will make reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Special Requirements
You must have a valid Driver’s license.

The salary and benefits of the GIS Specialist role are commensurate with experience. We encourage interested candidates to submit their resumes, cover letters, portfolios, or digital work examples to [email protected]. The position will remain open until filled.

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