Position Detail
Organization: Archbold Biological Station
Title: GIS Manager
Location: Venus, FL
Application Deadline: March 1, 2015
Posted: February 17, 2015

Position Description
Archbold Biological Station is seeking a bright, intellectually curious person, with extensive GIS experience, to fill the technical support position of Geographic Information System Manager. Applicants must share our passion for Archbold’s long-term ecological research, conservation, and education programs.

The GIS Manager oversees GIS and spatial data management organization-wide, essentially as a one-person operation, reporting to the Executive Director, with sole responsibility to:

*Gather, generate, manage, interpret, and display spatial data for multiple research, conservation, education, development, and operations purposes, including maintenance of an extensive spatial data library encompassing many projects, the organization’s land holdings, and data for surrounding regional landscapes.
*Administer the GIS Lab and distributed GIS activities across the Archbold network, including budgetary oversight, maintenance of GIS and GPS equipment, plotters and printers, and ESRI software support (currently >5 concurrent licenses and >10 stand-alone licenses).
*Support project design, data management, and perform advanced spatial analysis for new and long-term ongoing research projects conducted by Archbold scientists, collaborators, and partner organizations.
*Provide in-house training in basic GIS for scientific staff, students, and visiting scientists and technical assistance as needed. Occasionally supervise GIS student interns, graduate students, and volunteers.
*Collaborate with Archbold’s other technical support staff to coordinate data management and data access across the Archbold network and via the internet.
*Represent Archbold in professional organizations, GIS working groups, and local and regional conservation organizations.

Essential Job skills:
*Gather GIS data
-Collect data in the field, often under physically demanding conditions including walking through deep sand, thick vegetation, wetlands, and carrying heavy equipment (up to 50 pounds). Drive 4WD vehicles (training provided).
-Work collaboratively with Archbold community to assemble GIS data centrally.
-Be familiar with the wide range of outside agencies and online locations from which to access and download relevant data. Import, read and analyze many forms of geographic data.
-Be fully competent with ESRI’s ArcGIS suite of tools for a broad range of research and conservation purposes. Be conversant with data conversion and coordinate system conversions. Interpret data to produce tabular reports, graphs and charts, program new routines and tools, and prepare visually appealing maps and presentation materials. Prepare geographic data and metadata for education and outreach, including online.
-Possess advanced data management skills, including using GIS software to create and maintain of metadata. Maintain an efficient, well-organized and updated spatial library. Conduct QAQC. Perform system functions such as backup and systematic file transfers. Enable data access via intranet and web interfaces.
-Anticipate the needs and work collaboratively with a range of people, from those having little understanding of GIS, to those utilizing spatial analysis and other advanced tools for research. Analyze and review GIS needs and approaches, and recommend improvements or solutions to GIS problems.
-Perform other duties as required.

Minimum position requirements:
-Bachelor’s degree (not discipline-specific) and 2-4 years full-time GIS work experience, or Master’s degree and 1-2 years full-time GIS work experience. Extensive (> 10 years) experience may substitute for degree. Relevant work experience must include utilizing ESRI’s full ArcGIS Desktop Suite and ESRI Personal and File geodatabases.
-The candidate will have a solid understanding of Geography, Cartography and GIS fundamentals, including relational databases, GPS, spatial analysis, geo-processing tools, data management, Quality Assurance/ Quality Control, and querying data.
-Experience with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel and Access) is required.

These additional factors are a plus but not required:
-Familiarity and work experience in an academic research environment or science-driven conservation organization.
-Experience using GIS to address questions in ecology.
-Experience with ArcGIS online and web services.
-Knowledge of satellite imagery, airborne imagery including hyperspectral, LIDAR and remote sensing.
-Deployment of unmanned aerial vehicles for image and video acquisition, wildlife cameras, or other automated sensors.

Email cover letter with cv to hr@archbold-station.org<mailto:hr@archbold-station.org>, or mail to Archbold Biological Station, Human Resources, 123 Main Drive, Venus, FL  33960.

Archbold is an Equal Opportunity Employer