GIS Specialist PRA

University of Colorado

Denver, Colorado


The position will collect, collate, and ground-truth legacy geospatial data from disparate datasets linked to paleontological and archeological sites. 80% effort.

In addition, the position will provide technical support for GIS and GPS (GNSS) activities to parks in the NPS Intermountain Region. 20% effort.

Results of this paleontological and archeological data work will provide the basis for solid, scientific foundations for park project compliance; predictive modelling of resource sensitive areas in parks threatened by falling water or park's adaptive activities; assurances to our tribal partners that NPS recognizes emergent sites as at risk and that we are doing something about the issue; and a proactive management approach to emergent sensitive resources and their unique needs.  The capture and refinement of these datasets will demonstrate resource needs for the NPS that drive river and dam operations throughout the Colorado River drainage—this will institutionalize their protection and management in future years.

Professional Field

Professional fields that make intensive use of Geographic Information Science and Technology (GISc&T) geospatial data management, analysis and development of applications for sensitive/restricted data. These include, but are not restricted to: Archeology; history; geography; natural resources management; geology; environmental science.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Collection of existing digital data; reformatting and compiling data into seamless datasets; 30%
  • Develop basic maps of data; 10%
  • Conduct basic analysis of data; 20%
  • Develop data documentation; 10%
  • Present findings; 10%
  • General technical support for GIS and GNSS in the NPS Intermountain Region; 20%

Why Join Us:

The University of Colorado offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes health insurance, life insurance, retirement plans, tuition benefits, ECO pass, paid time off – vacation, sick, and holidays and more. To see what benefits are available, please visit: https://www.cu.edu/employee-services/benefits-wellness.

Diversity and Equity:

The University of Colorado Denver is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons within the LGBTQ+ community and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.


Minimum Qualifications:

Applicants must meet minimum qualifications at the time of hire.

Bachelors of Science or Arts in Geography, GISc&T, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Environmental Science, Cartography, Archeology, History or closely related fields with minimum of 2 years professional experience in GISc&T, which includes experience in:

  • ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online and related software/extensions 
  • Sound data management practices, such as data organization, geodatabase implementation, and metadata documentation. 
  • Combined skills of data collection, data conversion, data rectification, data analysis, integration into a standard directory structure, and using or managing data in a File Geodatabase and/or Spatial Database Engine. 
  • Cartography in creating print-quality map products
  • Developing web services and mapping applications on ArcGIS Online

A combination of education and related technical/paraprofessional experience may be substituted for the bachelor’s degree on a year for year basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Master of Science or Arts in Geography, GISc&T, Natural Resources, Cultural Resources, Environmental Science, Cartography, Archeology, History or closely related fields that make intensive use of GISc&T.
  • GIS Certificate from accredited university OR Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) Certification OR ESRI Technical Certification
  • Experience with data design to include set up of relational databases comprising related data tables
  • Experience in GPS (GNSS) hardware and software
  • Experience in mobile field data collection using products such as Trimble, Survey123, Collector or Field Maps
  • Experience handling sensitive or restricted data such as archaeological, threatened / endangered species, paleontological or any resource known to be a target for illegal collection

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

To be successful in this position, candidates will need the following:

  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing as well as the ability to develop collaborative relationships and work closely with others
  • Ability to develop summaries of data, analysis and results for communication via reports and presentations to non-scientific audiences
  • Ability to manage priorities and time with little input from supervisor


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Category GIS Analyst, GIS Developer