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GIS & Natural Resource Data Analyst

State of Montana

Helena,  Montana
GIS Technician

Do you have experience creating maps and managing spatial data? Are you interested in fisheries, wildlife and natural resources information? Would you enjoy working and communicating with professionals dedicated to the stewardship of natural resources in Montana? If so you should apply to join the Geographic Data Services Bureau at Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks as a GIS and Natural Resources Analyst. This is a unique opportunity to be a member of a dedicated team of GIS professionals managing natural resource spatial data, as well as play a key role in GIS outreach and education programs.

Candidates must be interested in fish, wildlife and recreational resources in Montana and share a commitment to FWP’s Vision and Mission. The ideal candidate will be analytical, detail oriented, creative, possess a strong work ethic, have a positive attitude and excellent people skills. This position requires that you work independently on multiple priorities, with diverse groups of people, that you work well in a team environment and have excellent time management skills to ensure deadlines are met. The candidate in this position must be an effective, knowledgeable and engaging communicator. To be successful, you must demonstrate the ability to effectively communicate concepts related to fisheries and wildlife science as well as GIS, data, and database concepts to individuals with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. Experience with written communication, presentations and the creation of video or webinar trainings is required. You must have prior experience managing GIS data; creating digital and hard copy map products; technical expertise obtaining, working with, and organizing spatial data and defining, planning, and implementing spatial analysis and GIS workflows.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply. This position requires some travel and occasional irregular hours to meet project deadlines. Long hours of computer use at a desk are required. On occasion, there may be opportunity to participate in field work requiring physical exertion and possibly under adverse weather conditions. To be considered for this position, applicants are required to submit a detailed resume, cover letter, three (3) professional references and responses to supplemental questions as a separate document. Please review the previous list of requirements when you apply and ensure you submit all 4 requirements, as incomplete applications will be rejected. Successful interview candidates will be required to complete a technical exercise and a brief presentation as part of the interview process.

This position is located in Helena, Montana. Helena is cradled in the Montana Rocky Mountains and adjacent to the clear waters of the Missouri River. Helena offers a wide array of recreational opportunities. There are excellent fishing opportunities around Helena at one of four outstanding lakes - Hauser, Lake Helena, Holter, and Canyon Ferry. The forests surrounding Helena are home to an abundance of deer and elk. You can hike or mountain bike right from town on Mount Helena, a 628-acre park that looks down on the city from its 5,460 foot peak. Designated a ride center by the International Mountain Biking Association, Helena has over 75 miles of trails that originate in the Downtown area, offering visitors a world-class mountain biking or hiking experience. Rand McNally and awarded Helena the Best of the Road “Best for Geocaching” title. Helena hosts year-round festival fun, theatre, and symphony events. We are proud to be called the "best small art town in America!"

Job Duties
This position is responsible for spatial data management, data analysis, map production, technical support/outreach, mapping application development assistance, and cross-division and cross-agency collaboration and support. This position assists in updating, maintaining, and disseminating the content of the agency’s geographic information systems (GIS) databases, web resources, and related applications/databases. The GIS & Natural Resource Data Analyst serves as an interface between users and technical resources, ensuring data and GIS products are aligned with business needs and state and agency policies. This position also plays a critical role in assisting with outreach activities and user technical support.


Minimum Qualifications
The knowledge, skills, and abilities of this position are normally attained through combination of education and experience equivalent to a Bachelor's Degree in geographic information systems, information management, wildlife or fisheries biology and/or management, natural resources, geography, computer science or a related field and 1-2 years of job related work experience.

Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Combination of education and/or three to four years of pertinent job-related experience is desired.

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