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GIS Analyst I

Workplace Alaska

Fairbanks,  Alaska
GIS Analyst

The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking a highly motivated GIS practitioner with lidar experience to make meaningful contributions to the division’s efforts to collect and distribute elevation data for Alaska. This position is the division`s lead support technician for collecting, processing, managing, and distributing elevation data, including lidar, photogrammetry, and ifSAR. Under supervision of the DGGS Geospatial Data Manager, the successful applicant will apply knowledge of geographic information systems (GIS), data and data storage systems, and agency programs and guidelines, to collect, organize, produce, and analyze geographic information and elevation data in support of agency functions. This is a permanent seasonal position, with seasonality depending on project funding.

The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaska land for production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020). The Geologic Information Center section publishes and delivers division-generated geologic information to the public and maintains and improves public access to Alaska's geologic and earth science information. This section designs, implements, maintains, and improves the Alaska Elevation Portal, an interactive map that displays and serves out all known public-domain elevation datasets in Alaska.

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  • Update and maintain the Alaska Elevation Project Status Geodatabase using ArcMap and/or ArcPro GIS software.
  • Help design and conduct airborne and ground-based lidar and photogrammetric surveys to collect new elevation data, and process lidar and photogrammetric data using appropriate software, including ArcGIS, Terrasolid, and Agisoft.
  • Arrange and monitor upkeep, general maintenance, and repair of lidar equipment and associated computing systems to ensure the equipment is functional and ready for deployment.
  • Provide GIS and data collection assistance to DGGS projects.

DGGS offers ample opportunity to meet program goals through extensive collaboration with top technical and scientific practitioners. Staff are encouraged to learn and grow through work activities, from each other’s experiences, and via structured trainings on equipment, ArcGIS, and other geospatial processing techniques. Field data collections conducted at remote Alaska locations require the team to operate as a single unit under sometimes stressful situations, which encourages team bonding. This position is physically located at the DGGS main office in Fairbanks, Alaska. The daily work environment is open and collegial, allowing for collaboration and coordination among the entire DGGS staff.

Desired knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and Competencies:
We are seeking a motivated entry-level professional with a strong background in GIS and experience working with elevation data. Experience in lidar and photogrammetric surveying, ground control, and data processing is preferred. If you meet the required Minimum Qualifications for GIS Analyst I and have a background in these areas, we encourage you to apply.

Special Note:
This position requires travel within the state (normally 5-7 trips of 7 days or less per year, occurring in all seasons).

Minimum Qualifications
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.

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