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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist

Employer
Society for Conservation Biology
Location
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Sep 29, 2023

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Sector
Nonprofit
Field
Informatics / GIS
Discipline
GIS
Salary Type
Salary
Employment Type
Full time
**Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist**

Req ID **13906**

**Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist**

**Who We Are**

At WSP, we are driven by inspiring future-ready pioneers to innovate. Were looking to grow our teams with people who are ready to collaborate in building communities and expanding our skylines. To do this, we hire candidates of all experiences, skillsets, backgrounds and walks of life. We actively foster a work environment and culture where inclusion and diversity is part of our fundamental structure. This is delivered behaviorally, through our policies, trainings, local partnerships with professional diverse organizations, internal networks and most importantly with the support and sponsorship of our leaders who help drive our commitment to an inclusive, diverse, welcoming and equitable work environment. Anything is within our reach and yours as a WSP employee. Come join us and help shape the future!

**Our Business**

We are a global leader in environmental consulting - made stronger with the recent acquisition of Woods Environment & Infrastructure business and Golder - with world-class expertise in environmental, social and governance (ESG), climate resiliency & sustainability (CRS), and earth sciences. Combined we have over 20,000 multidisciplinary professionals worldwide collaborating daily to protect and conserve natural landscapes, create firm foundations for communities to stand on, and champion sustainable development to combat climate change.

As part of the team, you will have access to an unparalleled network of resources and endless opportunities to collaborate on exciting projects with diverse teammates from across the globe.

**This Opportunity**

WSP is currently seeking a motivated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist with Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) experience to join our team. The successful candidate will provide FEMA NFIP program support associated with flood risk analysis, mapping, and related services on projects throughout the Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, and Northeast U.S. regions. This position will be an integral member supporting contracts with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), including FEMA Headquarters and Regions 1, 2, 3, and/or 5 and may be asked to support other contracts as needs arise. This position offers potential for development in a great working environment and the opportunity to apply the latest technology to help our clients solve their most challenging problems.

**Your Impact**

+ Perform GIS database development, qualitative/quantitative analysis, and mapping as a member of a local and regional water resources team

+ Communicate with project team members, government representatives (federal, state, and local), and other stakeholders to define data needs, project requirements, and desired outputs

+ Mentor junior GIS staff, oversee, allocate, and review FEMA project tasks

+ Compile, manipulate, and refine geographic data from a variety of sources including public domain, field collection, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps

+ Produce detailed, high-quality cartographic products (digital and hardcopy) and accompanying reports in accordance with technical guidelines and client needs

+ Perform regular quality control checks of spatial and non-spatial datasets to ensure data integrity

+ Manage project tasks related to GIS, database design and management, and data visualization

+ Customize GIS workflow and software programs for data collection, engineering, and environmental applications

+ Participate in client meetings and follow through on assigned action items directly with clients and communities

**Who You Are**

**Required Qualifications**

+ 3 to 5 years of GIS project experience

+ Bachelors Degree in GIS, Geography, or related field

+ Proficiency using ESRI ArcGIS software

+ Experience with FEMAs National Flood Insurance Program

+ Creative problem-solving, multi-tasking, and organizational skills

+ Excellent oral and written communication skills, proactive communicator and problem-solver

+ Strong attention to detail and demonstrated ownership and accountability for work

+ Capability to work in a dynamic environment, including a demonstrated willingness to be flexible and adaptable to changing priorities

+ Ability to work collaboratively with a wide array of individuals from various backgrounds, including engineers; planners; GIS professionals; federal, tribal, and state government officials; and the public

+ Strong multi-tasking and organizational skills

+ Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Office skills, including Microsoft Word, Excel and SharePoint

+ Solid work ethic and have the drive to be a leader in the company and in the professional community

**Preferred Qualifications:**

+ Management of FEMA Projects and workflow

+ Experience with the NFIP and FEMAs Risk Mapping Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) Program

+ Customization of GIS software using Python

+ Ability to travel periodically, as needed (less than 20% travel anticipated)

+ Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)

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**Additional Requirements**

+ To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential job duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

**Additional Details**

+ **Travel Required:** 25%

+ **Job Status:** Regular

+ **Employee Type:** Full

+ **Primary Location:** CHELMSFORD - APOLLO DR

+ **All locations:** US-MA-Boston, US-MA-Chelmsford, US-NH-Merrimack

**About WSP**

WSP USA is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, we are engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals. WSP USA designs lasting solutions in the buildings, transportation, energy, water and environment markets. With more than 15,000 employees in over 300 offices across the U.S., we partner with our clients to help communities prosper. www.wsp.com

WSP provides a flexible and agile workplace model while meeting client needs. Employees are also afforded a comprehensive suite of benefits including medical, dental, vision, disability, life, and retirement savings focused on providing health and financial stability throughout the employees career.

At WSP, we want to give our employees the challenges they seek to grow their careers and knowledge base. Your daily contributions to your team will be essential in meeting client objectives, goals and challenges. Are you ready to get started?

WSP USA (and all of its U.S. companies) is an Equal Opportunity Employer Race/Age/Color/Religion/Sex/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/National Origin/Disability or Protected Veteran Status.

The selected candidate must be authorized to work in the United States.

**NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES:**

WSP does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters, employment agencies, or other staffing services. Unsolicited resumes include any resume or hiring document sent to WSP in the absence of a signed Service Agreement where WSP has expressly requested recruitment/staffing services specific to the position at hand. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers or other business leaders, will become the property of WSP and WSP will have the right to hire that candidate without reservation no fee or other compensation will be owed or paid to the recruiter, employment agency, or other staffing service.

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