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GIS Data Analyst


Louisville,  Colorado
GIS Analyst


Vaisala has been predicting the unpredictable for over 80 years. We are a global leader in weather and industrial measurements, and our technologies can be found in demanding environments from hospitals, national parks and data centers to airports and wind farms all over the world– and beyond! We offer you a career with a clear purpose and a chance to create observations for a better world.

Innovation is at the heart of our company and we believe in developing cutting-edge technology. With our 1,800 professionals worldwide we intend to stay on top of our game and this is where you come in.

In Vaisala’s Weather and Environment business area, our forward-thinking team focuses on providing solutions to react on challenging weather or air quality conditions.

We partner with our customers to help them make the most informed decisions whenever environmental insight matters.
We are currently searching for a highly motivated GIS Data Analyst to be located in either our Louisville, Colorado or Tucson, Arizona location, with preference given to Louisville.

This position is responsible for making our lightning data accessible and understandable through static custom reports, bulk data file transfers, and interactive web-based map interfaces. This role partners with other squads in the Vaisala Lightning Team, including data analysts, scientists, developers, and marketing to uncover patterns and trends through spatial mapping, creating both internal and external mapping applications and tools to visualize lightning data. This position is also the primary interface between Vaisala and the wider geospatial community, including serving as the primary point of contact with Esri as our Partner Representative.

Your key responsibilities include:

•Create custom reports by analyzing lightning point data and gridded data aggregations with GIS mapping software
•Manage large data transfers from the Vaisala databases to our customers and partners
•Build interactive web-based interfaces to be used in internal tools and market-facing products that visualize lightning activity in relation to assets and other POIs in a view
•Partner with our lightning subject matter experts to discover patterns and trends through spatial mapping and visualization of data
•Serve as a key point of contact for customers regarding the transfer, format, and quality of their real time and historical data
•Create tools to facilitate archive data ETL functions required for Vaisala's production processing in support of customer data orders

Who we are looking for

To be successful in this role, we´re searching for a candidate with the following qualifications:
•Education and years of experience:
o Bachelor's Degree (B.A.) from a four year college or university in Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Computer Science, or related field
o 1-5 years of relevant work experience
•Must prioritize and self-manage projects, working semi-independently in a team-oriented atmosphere where close coordination with other professionals is essential for success
•Expertise with desktop GIS tools: both commercial (ArcGIS, MapInfo) and open source (QGIS)
•Expertise with web GIS tools: ArcGIS online, StoryMaps, Tableau, and other interactive displays
•Expertise with GIS data: create, manage, ETL, maintain, archive, retrieve, visualize, analyze
•Proficiency with database programming languages such as SQL, R, Ruby, and Python
•Proficiency with front end design languages such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript and others
•Proficiency with web development applications like Leaflet, Turf.js, and PostGIS
•Self-starter, able to operate independently with attention to detail and problem-solving skills
•Strong quantitative skills, especially understanding statistics and data analysis
•Excellent written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills

What do we at Vaisala offer you?

We offer you a position in an enthusiastic and professional work community and an opportunity to work in a company with the mission of providing observations for a better world. You will have challenging tasks to solve and possibility to continually learn new skills. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Please send your application including CV and salary request soon. Recruitment will be closed as soon as we find a suitable person.
The atmosphere at Vaisala buzzes with curiosity because in our line of work there are always things to discover and learn. We embrace new ideas and have bright colleagues from experienced experts at the top of their fields to young talents at the start of their careers.

We take pride in being pioneers who strive to bring about positive changes in both the society and environment, and our work is not done yet. Take advantage of this opportunity and join our team to make a difference!

Vaisala offers a competitive benefits package including: health, dental and vision insurance, flexible spending accounts, company paid life, long and short term disability, 401K plan with company match and tuition reimbursement. We also offer holiday pay and a generous paid time off plan.

Please include your salary requirements in your application.

To be considered for this position you must currently be eligible to work in the U.S. Vaisala participates in the E-Verify employment verification system. Candidates are subject to a personal work preference assessment and complete background check prior to an offer being extended.

Vaisala is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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