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GIS Technician

SDSU Research Foundation
San Diego, California, US
Closing date
Sep 19, 2023

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Academic / Research
Informatics / GIS
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The salary for this position is $20.30 per hour and is non-negotiable.


SDSU is leading a new project funded by a UC Climate Action grant in support of a collaborative partnership to advance community and ecosystem resilience to climate change through Indigenous stewardship. Our project, the Collaborative of Native Nations for Climate Transformation and Stewardship (CNNCTS) brings together four universities, six Tribal partners, and the Climate Science Alliances Tribal Working Group, a network of representatives from 20+ Tribal governments and organizations in southern California to facilitate a paradigm shift in how climate action is visioned, led, and implemented. Our collaborative model embodies equal valuation of Indigenous and academic knowledge, advances Indigenous management practices and stewardship, and innovates shared learning opportunities for university students and community members.

The objectives of CNNCTS are to:

+ Advance Science-informed Climate Action;

+ Translate Knowledges to Practice;

+ Put Adaptation into Action;

+ Expand Landscape Stewardship Pathways; and

+ Promote Social Entrepreneurship.

CNNCTS will deliver high-impact, interdisciplinary curricula and research opportunities to Tribal members and CSU/UC students and faculty, providing real-world technical and workforce training. We will co-produce actionable research on relevant climate adaptation strategies and strengthen relationships between academic and Tribal communities through place-based experiences that will advance community-led climate action.


The GIS Technician will be hired to work with a team of scientists and GIS specialists to present spatial data in accessible formats for a wide range of end users and work to support development of a community data hub. The hub will support two-way data sharing and serve as a virtual community gathering space that hosts interactive, multimedia products. The candidate will work with a wide range of data products in a fast-paced environment, where attention to detail, accuracy and timelines is critical. The technician will also be responsible for honoring data sovereignty policies to protect sensitive Tribal information and support hub development to allow for data security.

Core Responsibilities

The GIS Technician will play a major role in supporting GIS Lead Analysts, a Program and Network Analyst, and communications staff. The technician will support data review, processing, and management as well as development of tools for the data hub we will develop. Pending experience and interests, GIS technician can also get involved in identifying existing resources/materials, brainstorming, coordinating content conversations, and content development.

Position Specific Responsibilities

The selected candidate will be responsible for providing data management and display support for research collaborators, working with researchers and GIS Analysts to develop interactive maps, data visualizations, and decision support products.

Project Specific Knowledge and Abilities

+ Knowledge of and ability to use basic office support technology systems such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint.

+ Ability to plan and coordinate work activities in a proactive and organized manner.

+ Ability to apply independent judgment, discretion and initiative to address problems and develop practical and creative solutions.

+ Be able to identify and evaluate sources of data.

+ Create data layers and maps using both ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online programs.

+ Has a clear understanding of both vector and raster data.

+ Knowledge of spatial analysis tools and processes and GIS databases.

+ Working knowledge of Microsoft Excel and how it relates to GIS.

+ Have an understanding of map projections, cartographic principles and metadata.

+ Organized and detail oriented.

+ Ability to listen and ask questions in order to determine how to present information.

+ Critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

+ Works well with others, has good communication skills.


+ Equivalent to a bachelors degree and/or equivalent training and administrative work experience involving study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative policies, procedures, practices or programs.


+ 3-years of progressively responsible experience in an office or administrative environment.


+ Experience with ESRI apps such as Instant Apps, Storymaps, Experiences, Survey123, and Hub

+ Python programming skills, especially using the arcpy package

+ Experience with graphics programs

+ Experience in mapping and app development with user experience and interface in mind


+ A background check (including a criminal records check) and Livescan (fingerprint) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with SDSU Research Foundation.

+ Candidate must reside in California or live in a commutable distance from SDSU at time of hire.

+ San Diego State University Research Foundation is an EEO/AA/Disability/Vets Employer

Req No.: 2023-16173

Department/Project: SDSU - Biology Dept

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Street: 5500 Campanile Dr

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