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GIS Project Specialist

Southern Company

Birmingham,  Alabama

This position reports to the Supervisor of Land Research and Information Management, which is a business unit of Alabama Power’s Corporate Real Estate Department (CRE). The responsibilities include executing projects for CRE and for clients from several departments across Southern Company to deliver

Geographic Information System (GIS) based solutions for data conversion, mapping, analysis and other related tasks. The position will coordinate with the Supervisor to ensure the business unit is meeting the customer’s needs, with a specific focus on maintaining Southern Company’s telecommunication fiber assets in a GIS framework.

Major Job Responsibilities Include:

  • Supports telecommunications transport network for SCS Telecom and Southern Telecom using OSPInsight to maintain existing fiber route details, focused on Outside Plant components and includes researching necessary documentation for input and correction of data
  • Supports CRE and other customers with mapping, data requests, data analysis, data conversion, and other related tasks
  • Designs project deliverables based on client need
  • Analyses aerial Imagery and LiDAR data
  • Stays abreast of current GIS industry trends
  • Provides input on support and improvement of ArcGIS Portal, and GIS Web viewers. Manages design, scoping, and training for user groups
  • Supports Supervisor and provides input regarding technology decisions, data acquisitions, project scoping, project workloads and priorities
  • Candidates with the following preferred qualifications are encouraged to apply!


  • Degree in Geography, Engineering, Computer Science, Environmental Science, or related field preferred
  • GIS Professional (GISP) Certification a plus


  • Experience in a GIS field of 1 or more years is preferred
  • OSPInsight software experience or outside plant fiber knowledge is a plus
  • Experience managing SQL databases is a plus
  • Working knowledge of ArcPy/Python and other scripting languages is a plus
  • Experience with ArcGIS Server is a plus

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Understanding of GIS theory and application
  • Broad knowledge of Remote Sensing, Global Positioning System (GPS), and the application of other GIS technologies and current industry trends
  • Proficiency with ESRI software

Behavioral Attributes

  • Exhibits daily "Our Values", a Southern Company definition of personal characteristics including: Safety First, Unquestionable Trust, Superior Performance, and Total Commitment
  • Analytical approach to problem solving
  • Self-directed with strong initiative
  • Highly organized
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Positive team player, flexible to changing priorities, and seeks opportunities for process improvement
  • Ability to effectively organize tasks, manages multiple priorities/details, meet schedules, and deliver on customer commitments

Alabama Power provides the valuable combination of competitive prices, reliable electricity supply and unparalleled service to 1.4 million homes, businesses and industries in the southern two-thirds of Alabama.

Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries . The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications . Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company has earned a National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top energy companies in Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit our website at

Southern Company is an equal opportunity employer where an applicant's qualifications are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other basis prohibited by law.

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