Geographical Information System Analyst

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Job Summary: 

Under the direction of the Cultural Resources THPO, with input from the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Executive Council, and in coordination with other departments, the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst will manage multiple priorities involving cultural resource information systems in order to organize, process, and utilize the information for cultural preservation. This role will encompass several areas of responsibility which include Cultural Geography, which utilizes GIS technology; data acquisition and storage of electronic records for long-term preservation; current use and future retrieval of electronic records; response to site inquiries and tower notifications; and identification of opportunities to integrate multimedia to generate innovative perspectives in current site protection work. The GIS Analyst is expected to handle extremely sensitive, confidential, and political information. 

Essential Job Functions: 

• Create maps and graphs using GIS software and related equipment. 

• Meet with users to define data needs, define project requirements, required outputs, and develop applications. 

• Conduct research to locate and obtain existing databases. 

• Gather, analyze, and integrate spatial data from staff and determine how the information can best be displayed using GIS. 

• Compile geographic data from a variety of sources, including censuses, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps. 

• Analyze spatial data for geographic statistics and incorporate the data into documents and reports. 

• Design and update database, including applying additional knowledge of spatial feature representations. 

• Enter new map data through use of a digitizer and by direct input of coordinate information using the principles of cartography, including coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography, and map scales. 

• Analyze geographic relationships among varying types of data. 

• Prepare metadata and other documentation. 

• Operate and maintain GIS system hardware, software, plotter, digitizer, color printer, video camera, etc. 

• Move, copy, delete, and add files, drawings, and maps to output reports in hard copy or electronic transfer. 

• Present information to users and answer questions. 

• Collect and manage cultural, geographic data using GIS. 

• Retrieve stored maps. 

• Perform other duties as requested by the Cultural Resources THPO and/or Cultural Committee. 

• Stay up to date with new technology and practices in the field through extension courses and professional association seminars. 

• Other duties as assigned. 

Required Education: 

• High school diploma or GED required in addition to a GIS certificate program OR 

• Bachelor of Science degree in Geography emphasizing GIS. 

• Knowledge of Native American culture and spirituality preferred. 

Skills and Abilities: 

• Strong verbal and written communication skills. 

• Advanced cartographic skills and ability to proficiently convey GIS/spatial information to non-GIS/technical people. 

• Strong interpersonal skills both in person and by phone using professional and courteous etiquette with sensitivity to the diversity of a multi-cultural audience. 

• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, and governmental regulations. 

• Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. 

• Effective public speaking skills in order to present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public. 

• Able to communicate clearly and professionally with the Cultural Resources Department; Cultural Committee; Tribal Government; federal, state, and local governmental agencies; and archaeological consultants. 

• Must be able to able to accurately perform math in all units of measurement, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. 

• Able to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs. 

• Capable of solving practical problems and deal with a variety of variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. 

• Able to interpret and implement a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 

• Geography and the knowledge of various methods for describing the location and distribution of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical locations, relationships, and characteristics. 

• Analytical skills to solve problems using the GIS suite of tools. 

• Information gathering including knowing how to find and identify essential information and validating information. 

• Information ordering including the ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order. 

• Computer science skills including using computer programs (i.e., ArcGIS PRO) to solve problems. 

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications with the ability to use email, spreadsheets, database management software, including internet software and spreadsheet software. 

• Systems evaluation skills including analyzing multiple indicators of system performance and their accuracy. 

• Able to read topographical maps with the ability to create sketch maps for site identification. 

• Knowledge and experience using electronic equipment such as global position systems and digital cameras. 

 • Able to recognize and protect sensitive information while maintaining a high level of accuracy and confidentiality concerning Tribal matters by using tact, diplomacy, and an understanding of the organizational culture, climate, and politics. 

• Work independently and, if necessary, make judgment decisions in order to carry out overall responsibilities with the best interests of the Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake. 

• Supports Habematolel Pomo of Upper Lake Cultural and Traditional Values. 

• Work efficiently and effectively in a fast-paced environment while performing duties with a high degree of integrity and responsibility. 

• Must be a self-starter with a high level of concentration for extended periods of time and the ability to stay on task through completion. 

Physical Requirements: 

• Prolonged periods of sitting at a desk working on a computer. 

• Ability to lift, push, or pull up to 50 pounds or, on occasion, over 50 pounds. 

• Position involves some walking, stooping, kneeling, and crawling. 

• Sufficient hand-eye coordination, use of hands and fingers to handle work-related items, and visual acuity to operate equipment, and read technical and safety information are a must. 

• Specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. 

Indian Preference: 

Native American Indian preference shall apply to the position in accordance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2(i)), regulations of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (41 C.F.R. § 60-1.5(a)(7)), and/or other relevant laws. Applicants claiming Indian preference must submit verification of Indian eligibility with their application