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GIS & Natural Resource Data Analyst

State of Montana

Helena,  Montana
GIS Analyst

Special Information:

Do you have experience creating maps and managing natural resources spatial data? Are you interested in fisheries, wildlife, natural resources and outdoor recreation 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.

Candidates must have experience with, and be interested in fish, wildlife and recreational resources in Montana and share a commitment to FWP's Vision and Mission. The ideal candidate is analytical, detail oriented, creative, possesses a strong work ethic, has a positive attitude and excellent people skills. These positions require 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. You must be an effective, knowledgeable, and engaging communicator. To be successful, you must clearly communicate concepts related to fisheries, wildlife and natural sciences as well as GIS, data, and database concepts to individuals with both technical and non-technical backgrounds. You must have a minimum of three (3) years of relevant prior work experience managing natural resources or fish and wildlife spatial 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. Work experience with geodatabases, geospatial data services and relational databases as well as data query syntax such as SQL and familiarity with the Python language are required. Experience with written communication, presentations and the creation of video or webinar trainings is highly desired.

If this sounds like you, we encourage you to apply. These positions require 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 these positions, applicants are required to submit a detailed resume, cover letter, three (3) professional references and responses to supplemental questions as a separate document. In your cover letter you must include the position number of the position you are applying for. Please review the previous list of requirements when you apply and ensure you submit all four (4) requirements as incomplete applications, including those that do not specify a position number, will be rejected. Successful interview candidates will be required to present a recent GIS project as part of the interview process.

Job Duties (narrative summary):

Positions are responsible for spatial data management, data analysis, map production, technical support/outreach, mapping application development assistance, and cross-division/cross-agency collaboration and support. They assist in updating, maintaining, and disseminating the content of the agency's geographic information systems (GIS) databases, web resources, and related applications/databases. They serve as an interface between users and technical resources, ensuring data and GIS products are aligned with business needs and state and agency policies. They also play a role in assisting with outreach activities and user technical support.

12815 – Focus is diverse and supports multiple agency divisions and programs. Examples include support for park and recreation programs, agency lands, user support and developing and providing GIS outreach and support to staff.

12835 – This position’s primary focus is supporting game wildlife species programs, user support and outreach.


Minimum Qualifications (Education and Experience):

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 3-4 years of job related work experience.

Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: This agency may use a training assignment. Employees in training assignments may be paid below the base pay established by the agency pay rules. Conditions of the training assignment will be stated in writing at the time of hire.

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