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Geospatial Analyst (3-5+yrs)

Texas A&M Extension Service
Houston, TX
United States
Professional Areas: 
Community Development
Community Engagement
GIS / Technology
Land-Use Management
Regional Planning
Sustainability Planning
Experience Level: 
AICP Certification: 
Commensurate with experience.

What's Happening
The 2019 Texas state legislative session budgeted $6.8M in funding for Texas A&M Extension Service to assist communities with resiliency planning and disaster recovery. Our planning team in Houston, as part of that larger effort, is seeking to hire a geospatial analyst as we expand our innovative participatory GIS program (CHARM) and related planning projects. The planning team is housed within the Texas Community & Watershed Partners (TCWP) program, a small, independent(ly minded) office of 12 staff in Houston, TX. The analyst and other new hires will be working as part of an existing team on a range of planning projects in partnership with community stakeholders, elected leadership, state agencies, and federal programs.


Position Background
We are seeking a GIS professional who thrives on applying GIS to real world, community challenges. The hire will be a key member of the GIS team, the engine of our CHARM program. CHARM is an interactive, GIS-based, sim-city style platform for helping non-planners understand development options, risks to their community, and planning strategies. The recipe for our program’s success is a mix of highly methodical data handling and a knack for translating complex technical data for non-technical users. This approach allows us to spin-up highly localized and detailed CHARM decision-support models for community leaders across Texas and beyond. By joining us, you will work as part of a team to shape and improve the CHARM platform though the use of new data sets, new mapping exercises, and new analytical tools. The hire must be able to balance individual work with team based collaboration. The hire may be required to supervise junior staff and interns. The hire will bring highly skilled working experience with multi-phased GIS projects, together with a creative mind-set about analysis and cartographic solutions for improving the user experience. The annual salary is commensurate with applicant’s qualifications and years of experience. Hires must be able to occasionally travel overnight for project work. Position is full time, and benefits include paid vacation, paid sick leave, generous medical insurance package, and retirement program options.


General Qualifications

  • We expect you to be skilled in advanced ArcGIS tools and methods, to use scripts to streamline workflows, and to have advanced knowledge of geodatabases.
  • Any experience with CommunityViz software is valued but not required.
  • You’ll be working with GIS data sets of all types, at all scales.
  • Hires must be able to quickly interpret data formats, attributes, and their properties to support the development of new GIS-based decision-support tools.
  • Knowledge of data source methods, projections, scale, domains, and definitions is requisite.
  • Be highly organized in all aspects of GIS work.
  • Any subject matter background in natural hazards, hydrology, urban planning, and natural resources is highly beneficial and preferred.
  • Strong communication and writing skills are expected.
  • GISP credentials are valued.
  • Ideally, the candidate will have a master’s degree in geography, planning, natural resources, or allied discipline.
  • We are seeking a candidate with 5 or more years’ experience; a minimum of 3 years’ experience required.
Published on:
October 17, 2019 - 8:46am
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