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GIS Analyst 2

State of Alaska

Anchorage,  Alaska
GIS Analyst

What you will be doing:

Under the supervision of a Habitat Biologist III, this position has primary responsibility for maintaining and making annual revisions to the master statewide Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC) dataset. There are typically hundreds of nominations to update the AWC each year; and the editing, geodatabases and metadata revisions, and production of new maps follows a tight schedule with deadlines that includes a Department and public review. Additionally, the position supports department staff by producing a variety of publication quality digital (geodatabases, data, project applications) and hard copy Geographic Information System (GIS) products (maps, figures), requiring a strong working knowledge of a variety of graphic and mapping software applications (ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcPro, etc).

Our organization, mission, and culture:

In terms of our values the Alaska Department of Fish & Game strives for a diverse and inclusive workforce where safety and wellbeing are paramount and employees at all levels promote a culture where everyone is valued, treated equitably, and treated respectfully. The mission of the Division of Sport Fish is to protect, maintain and improve the state’s fisheries resources. Alaska Statute (AS) 16.05.871 (the Anadromous Fish Act) is a keystone statutory protection for freshwater habitats of anadromous fish in Alaska, requiring the ADF&G to "specify the various rivers, lakes, and streams or parts of them" of the state that are important to the spawning, rearing, or migration of anadromous fish. The AWC and its companion Atlas are the media used to accomplish this specification and are adopted as regulation under 5 AAC 95.011. The primary purpose of the AWC is to inform land use and permitting decisions regarding habitats important to the migration, spawning and rearing of anadromous fish species.

Benefits of joining our team:

The Alaska Department of Fish & Game has a long history at the forefront of using spatial data in new and interesting ways for management and research of fish and wildlife. More specifically, the AWC program maintains a large, complicated statewide dataset and online mapping application accessed by all manner of staff, professionals, and members of the public.

The working conditions you can expect:

The position is based out of the Anchorage Fish & Game Office on Raspberry Road. The work environment is task-focused, but not stressful. The work schedule can be flexible, and the incumbent will work closely with the team and other staff members to develop solutions and complete tasks on time.

Who we are looking for:

  • Professional level knowledge of and proficiency using ArcGIS software (ArcGIS, ArcMap, ArcPro) and related spatial data management products.
  • Experience creating publication quality electronic and hard copy products (maps and data), primarily in ArcGIS, for a variety of topics and subjects, including depictions of fish & wildlife distributions, annotations, point data, river hydrology, land status, topology, and administrative boundaries.
  • Experience reviewing and editing draft maps and spatial data layers to ensure accuracy and precision of final projects including data depiction, registration, and presentation.
  • Experience collaborating, planning, and developing spatial data projects by assessing staff needs and delivering ArcMap data, analysis, publication quality maps, KML (Google EarthTMfiles) or GPS files as requested.
  • Experience documenting GIS data layers by writing metadata following established standards, which often includes Federal Geographic Data Committee compliant metadata (i.e., national standard for metadata)

Minimum Qualifications
One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst 1 with the State of Alaska.


An associate's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration, a GIS certificate, or 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of GIS-related course work;


Two years of paraprofessional experience working in data collection, cartography, web-site development, GIS operations, or a related field will substitute for the required associate's degree.


A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS-related major or minor, a GIS certificate, or 18 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of GIS-related coursework will substitute for the required experience and associate's degree.

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