GIS Specialist

US-CA-Half Moon Bay
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About the opportunity

SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a GIS Specialist that will report to our Half Moon Bay, CA office to support our natural and cultural resources programs.  SWCA offers flexibility to work remote several days out of the week.  It is essential the selected candidate has excellent communication and collaborative skills, has the ability the juggle multiple projects, work in a fast paced environment, and be a strong GIS team members!

What you will accomplish

  • Support GIS workload with the team to ensure that productivity goals are met and that projects are delivered on time and on budget.
  • Maintain a collaborative work environment between project managers and GIS specialists.
  • Help ensure over qualify of work is consistent with SWCA's standards and practices alongside other GIS team members.
  • Act as a technical and analytical lead within the GIS group for providing GIS solutions.
  • Use ESRI ArcGIS Desktop for editing data, analysis and making maps, including the use of geoprocessing tools , symbolizing features, importing/exporting a wide range of data and file types, and producing report quality  and field maps in a reasonable amount of time.
  • Data management and support for a variety of handheld GPS units using ArcGIS  Mobile, Trimble GPS Analyst/Positions/GPSCorrect, ArcPad, Collector.
  • Create complex final map products using ArcGIS to show data representations such as basic  (roads, streams, buildings, etc.), complex (buffers, overlays, merges, viewsheds, spatial joins and relates, etc.), and analytical (raster math, spatial analyses, models, multi-variate statistics, multi-dimensional data arrays, etc.).
  • Help design, create, maintain, and QA/QC geospatial databases using ArcGIS, Microsoft Access, and peripheral software.
  • This job is fast paced and demands a strong ability to multitask, manage a large workload, and juggle multiple priorities.

Experience and qualifications for success

  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Cartography, Archaeology, Biology, Environmental Science or related field with an emphasis in GIS or GIS certificate.
  • A minimum of 1 year experience of professional work beyond university attendance.
  • Strong understanding of topological relationships, troubleshooting complex data sets, and applying creative solutions to problems.
  • Prior work in natural or cultural resources management, remote sensing, and/or water resources, and prior experience working with federal land agencies such as the USFS, NPS, BLM, BOR, USGS, or other, is very desirable.
  • Demonstrated ability of data transfer, data analysis, data mining, and data inventory using software  applications (e.g., Windows Explorer, Excel, Access, ESRI ArcGIS).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of cartography and computer mapping including design principles and understanding map creation procedures in ArcGIS.
  • General understanding of basic statistics, and geometric math computations (e.g., summary, distributions, frequency, min/max, range, angles, distance, slope, degrees, area).
  • Demonstrated experience with GPS technology, field data collection techniques, data integration to a GIS, and troubleshooting of equipment and digital files.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply spatial and 3D analyses, and raster math within ArcGIS while maintaining data integrity.
  • Ability  to produce presentations, and/or written protocol of methods for reports or within metadata to replicate GIS-related analyses or modeling techniques applied on projects is strongly preferred.
  • Prior knowledge and experience with ArcSDE, creating database schemas, domains, ArcServer/web applications, network analysis, and/or application development is also a plus; knowledge of Python, .NET, Java, PHP, HTML, is desired.


SWCA Environmental Consultants is a growing employee-owned firm, providing a full spectrum of environmental services. With offices across the United States, SWCA is one of the largest environmental compliance firms and ranks among Engineering News-Record’s Top 200 Environmental Firms.


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EOE - women, minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.


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