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Specialist, Geographic Information Systems

University of Arizona

Tucson,  Arizona

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Provide support for GIS and geospatial data services:
  • Teach instruction sessions related to GIS, workshops on GIS and on specific GIS topics.
  • Work with instructors who want their students to include web maps or visualizations using online mapping applications in their assignments (in collaboration with Research & Learning librarians).
  • Respond to geospatial data and map related reference questions.
  • Develop additional outreach activities, may involve working with other library staff or campus units.
  • Provide assistance to faculty, students, and staff on mobile and data collection applications.
  • Assist in developing map visualizations for campus research projects, in collaboration with the UITS Visualization unit.
  • Provide access to subscribed geospatial data in the Spatial Data Explorer.
  • Recommend geospatial data resources.
  • Update the GIS and Geospatial Data website.

Support and enhance the Spatial Data Explorer (SDE), a geospatial data portal:

  • Conduct an assessment and evaluation of the SDE’s long-term sustainability options.
  • Coordinate and update with TeSS the Open Geoportal (OGP) software.
  • Add new data (vector and raster) to the SDE.
  • Follow established criteria and workflow for adding geospatial data and metadata to the SDE.
  • Interface with the campus community including faculty, researchers and graduate students.
  • Engage with the broader university library community involved with geoportals through the GeoBlacklight community.
  • Supervise the GIS Graduate Assistant.
  • Attend campus GIS related meetings and develop contacts with various units involved with GIS and geospatial data to keep informed of GIS activity on campus.
  • The UA Libraries support the UA’s diversity and inclusiveness strategic initiatives designed to create an inclusive environment for all faculty, staff, and students. The candidate is expected to support diversity and inclusiveness efforts in the department and college.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Knowledge of Content Standards for Geospatial Data.
  • Basic programming skills for html, css, javascript, java, Python, or R.
  • Knowledge of WMS and WCS services (Open Geospatial Consortium standards).
  • Comfortable working in a bash/terminal environment.
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, problem-solving, and planning skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work in a highly collaborative and inclusive environment, one that values and leverages the benefits of diverse perspectives.
  • Positive attitude and strong demonstration of Our Values: Collaboration, Continuous Learning, Diversity, Innovation, and Integrity.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Natural Resources, or a related field and 2 years of GIS experience; OR,
  • Bachelor’s degree, a GIS certificate, and 2 years of GIS experience; OR ,
    Master’s degree in Geography, Natural Resources, or Geographic Information Systems Technology

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience trouble-shooting unique research questions
  • Background or experience teaching small and large GIS workshops
  • Experience using ArcGIS Pro 2.2 or higher software
  • Knowledge or experience using other GIS software
  • Knowledge or experience with Solr and Geoserver software
  • Experience using PostGIS (geospatial database extender for PostgreSQL software)


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