The Spill Prevention, Preparedness, and Response program (SPPR) program within the Department of Ecology has a great opportunity for an experienced professional to fill a GIS Analyst (IT Data Management – Journey) position. This position provides advanced geostatistical analysis, and is the technical lead for complex spatial analysis projects that are relied on by Ecology staff, management, first responders, legislators, partner-agencies, and the public, to accurately identify and analyze oil movement, resources at risk, and spill response equipment capability in Washington State.
If you’re looking for a fast-paced, dynamic and fun job, then we encourage you to apply to join our innovative team. Our team protects Washington’s environment, public health and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program.
We are a national leader in taking on high-profile, complex environmental issues affecting our entire state regarding oil spill risk. We respond to oil spills and environmental emergencies by relying on key information and analysis this position would provide. We’re leveraging technology and innovative approaches in order to reduce oil spill risk. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.
We are looking for applicants who are detail oriented with excellent people skills, the ability to quickly assess a situation and make a decision, and the ability to communicate with a diverse audience. This is an exciting and challenging position for a proven GIS professional and creative problem solver looking to join our team of professionals who serve the people of Washington.
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.
Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impacts
The Spills Program’s mission is to protect Washington’s environment, public health, and safety through a comprehensive spill prevention, preparedness, and response program. The Spills Program’s vision is to prevent, prepare for and respond aggressively to oil spills; to be our best for the State of Washington. Our goal in the Spills Program is “zero spills”.
This position is within the Research and Information Technology Unit in the Statewide Resources Section. The Statewide Resources Section supports the Agency and Program missions in maintaining 24/7 response capability and aggressive response to oil and hazardous substance spills. Statewide Resources Section provides this support through service delivery of data and IT management, analytical research, outreach and education, file management, investigation, enforcement, planning and time accounting activities. The Research and Information Technology Unit supports both the agency and program by providing data management, IT systems, modeling, and technical support at the program level. This position supports our mission by being the designated Spills Program GIS expert, acting as the program expert to provide application architecture, development, implementation, and maintenance support for program-wide geographic and environmental data systems as well as contributing to agency-wide systems.
Some of the key work activities of the –GIS Analyst position are:
- This position is the highest level professional providing guidance to the program in designing, developing, implementing, and maintaining program critical geographic information systems that enable agency staff and stakeholders to support the protection of the state’s resources at risk. This includes the Geographic Response Plan (GRP) database and web application, the Spills Map application, the Preparedness Equipment Planning Standard Model, and the Resources at Risk web application.
- Assimilates and analyzes disparate spatial and tabular information and provides results of analyses and cartographic products that are used by staff, management, first responders, communities and the legislature.
- Provides expertise in the development of all GIS solutions to ensure the necessary preparedness to respond to oil spills and to determine trends, needs, and data gaps to support informed decision-making.
- Building and maintaining reports in SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS).
- Supports the modeling and analysis work of the Program by contributing spatial modeling and analysis and the development and implementation of advanced Extract Transform Load (ETL) routines.
This position is open until filled, with an initial screening on February 22, 2021. In order to be considered for initial screening, please submit an application on or before February 21, 2021. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment any time after the initial screening date.
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.
- A Master’s degree with focus on geography/GIS, computer science, or a natural sciences field and four years of software development experience, including project management, application architecture, C# or comparable programming experience and database administration. At least four of the six years of experience should be within the last four years.
- Knowledge of environmental and/or science based business areas.
- Familiarity with commonly accepted IT industry standards and best practices.
- Demonstrated initiative to improve skills through training or other learning opportunities.
- Ability to distill end-user requirements into a technology solution which is centered primarily on Microsoft technologies.
- Please complete the applicant profile when applying for this position. Or, you may paste the text of your resume within the profile’s resume text field.
- A cover letter describing how your experience, skills and abilities meet the required qualifications of this position.
- A resume outlining your professional experience.
- Please to do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.
- Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume,” may disqualify you from further consideration.
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It is in the candidate’s best interest to submit all of the documents listed above. Applications without these documents may be declined.
Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.
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This recruitment may be used to fill other positions of the same job classification across the agency. Once all the position(s) from the recruitment announcement are filled, the recruitment may only be used to fill additional open positions for the next sixty (60) days.
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