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GIS Analyst

State of Montana

Helena,  Montana
GIS Analyst


This position is a GIS Analyst responsible for supporting the agency’s collection development, information-sharing, and consulting and collaboration missions through the efficient and responsible management of the agency GIS data collection, data discovery tools, the Water Information System, and by providing mediated services. Primary duties include:

• Maintaining the currency of the GIS data and metadata collection
• Identifying information sources and developing applications with GIS, database, and/or web software technologies to make the discovery and transfer of data to or from the collection and analysis of the data more efficient and standardized.
• Responding to information requests from agencies and the general public
• Creating maps and GIS databases for agency partners
• Performing GIS analyses for agency partners
• Project leadership for development and support projects for large, complex automated geographic information collections such as the Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure and the Montana Water Information System

• Identify and implement streamlined GIS data development and maintenance workflows that may leverage GIS Technicians and/or automation.
• Representing MSL as a center for excellence in geographic information through leadership and outreach to patrons, partners and the GIS community.

The position is a member of a team that includes other GIS Analysts who share these duties. These positions regularly provide back-up support to other team functions such as database, web site, and spatial server administration. Less frequent duties include networking and software/hardware administration, providing input to the agency information technology plan, and assisting in the development and enforcement of best practices, standards and policies.



This position requires knowledge of the practical application of the principles, techniques and procedures, and equipment associated with geographic information mapping and analysis systems design and production. The successful applicant will be skilled in the use of desktop, server, and online GIS tools, preferably ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server/Enterprise, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online. Experience loading and maintaining data in the Esri Parcel Fabric, experience using USGS tools to edit the National Hydrography Database (NHD), experience maintaining address data, and experience with Safe Software’s FME are highly desirable. Knowledge and skill in the programming, scripting or markup languages such as ASP .NET, VB Script, SQL, Python, JavaScript is required. Applicants should also possess intermediate knowledge and skill with a relational database management systems, hardware, software, operating systems, networks, security, and file systems, including troubleshooting and problem resolution methods and techniques. The position requires an understanding of GIS metadata including Federal Geographic Data Committee and ISO metadata standards and the tools available for producing and distributing metadata that meet these standards.

The position requires general knowledge, skills, and abilities include excellent organizational and time management skills; the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a wide range of people; the ability to maintain effective working relations with MSL employees, other state employees, computer vendors, and the general public. Lastly, the successful applicant will possess the ability to listen to conflicting opinions, facts, and needs; facilitate consensus; balance technology advances with the related people issues and make compromises for the best interests of all involved.

Other experience and training that would be beneficial, but is not required, includes an understanding of MSL’s mission, values and goals and proficiency with Microsoft products such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and Access.”

The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this position are usually acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Management, Geography, Environmental Science, GIS, Planning, or a closely related field and 3-4 years job-related work experience. Other combinations of education and experience that could provide such knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual 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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