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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist


Washington,  District of Columbia
GIS Coordinator

AECOM is actively seeking a creative, highly talented Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist for immediate employment in the Washington, DC office.

AECOM has been awarded the 5-year, indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract providing production and technical services for the U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency's (FEMA) Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Under this contract, AECOM provides engineering and other technical services nationwide, including production of effective, flexible and sustainable Risk MAP products to develop and implement tools to protect the United States from floods and other related hazardous conditions.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist will have a critical role helping facilitate the client’s needs. This person will be an integral part of the team, utilizing their knowledge of GIS, Hydrology & Hydraulics, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), and problem solving skill to support our client. That candidate will work directly with the client, both on and off-site, and will need to successfully manage client’s requests as well as support the Federal Register publication progress.

The responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to:

  • The GIS Specialist, by virtue of the position, may be required to provide surge support during critical national disasters or congressional inquiries
  • Respond to various requirements for geospatial products and services
  • Support natural disasters incidents when they occur
  • Manage the creation of maps or visualization output focused on critical infrastructure and natural disasters
  • Provide primary communication with the client to facilitate all requests with all 10 Region Service Centers
  • Among the PTS providers be able to facilitate, plan, organize and manage all requests from the client on tight deadlines
  • Prepare and maintain internal and external project documentation
  • Excellent quantitative and presentation skills, using software such as MS Excel and MS Power Point to organize data, analyze data, and present reports

Minimum Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree in related field
  • 4+ years of experience in related field specific to the water industry (ie: floodplain mapping, water resource engineering, coastal, hydrographic, H&H modeling, AutoCAD)
  • Knowledge of the NFIP program to support on-going projects and rapid response requests
  • Excellent quantitative and presentation skills, using software such as MS Excel and MS Power Point to organize and analyze data.
  • The successful candidate for the GIS Specialist position requires an in-depth knowledge of the NFIP program to support on-going projects and rapid response requests
  • Due to the nature of this work, U.S. citizenship is required

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in related field
  • CFM and/or GISP certification (or ability to get within 6 months of hire)
  • Familiarity with the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA Flood Insurance Studies, especially historical reporting requirements for DFIRM studies, MT-2, and other related studies
  • Ability to analyze and communicate quantitative data to the client to both technical and administrative staff
  • Be dynamic, personable and highly self-motivated
  • Have exceptional customer service orientation
  • Have a strong written and oral communication skills
  • Strong familiarity with GIS Production environment
  • Programming skills: Python, FME, SQL
  • DHS/FEMA badge is a plus, but not required

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

At AECOM, employee's safety and security are our top Safeguarding core value. All employees are expected to set the highest level of safety expectation in their work, display the highest level of safe behavior, and actively participate in AECOM's Safety For Life Program. SH&E is a part of our company culture and participation is required for all employees.

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