GIS Specialist

Office Location US-NM-Albuquerque
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About the opportunity

Do you thrive in the pursuit of ensuring excellence in GIS design and data management? SWCA Environmental Consultants is seeking a GIS specialist for our Albuquerque, New Mexico office.  This position will support our natural and cultural resources programs. In addition, this position may include collaboration and support from other SWCA GIS groups. 

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, and ArcPad
  • 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

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); Master’s degree a plus.
  • A minimum of four (4) years 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, NEPA, 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 Esri Geodatabases, creating database schemas, domains, subtypes, and database relationships


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.


If you would like to contact SWCA regarding the accessibility of our website or need assistance completing the online application process due to a disability, please email or call 800-828-8517. This contact information is for disability accommodation requests only. All other inquiries will not receive a response. 


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


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