• GIS Specialist

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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 Pasadena, California office. Reporting to the Regional GIS Coordinator, this position will support our natural and cultural resources and planning programs across the five-office region. In addition, this position may include collaboration and support from other SWCA GIS groups. This fast-paced job requires the ability to multitask while maintaining technical precision and working well both on your own and with others.

    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 overall quality 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/ArcGIS Pro 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, and Survey 123
    • Develop Web Maps/Apps for use on ArcGIS Online (AGOL) in conjunction with Collector and Survey 123
    • Create complex final map products using ArcGIS Desktop/Pro 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 Desktop/Pro, Microsoft Access, and peripheralsoftware
    • Build tools and/or script programs to help in the automation of deliverables and the integration of spatial data with other programmable applications.
    • Create documentation on processes for future use as well a present GIS related subject matter to groups

    Experience and qualifications for success

    • Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Cartography, Archaeology, Biology, Environmental Science or related fieldwith an emphasis in GIS (or GIS certificate); Master’s degree a plus.
    • A minimum of two (2) to four (4) years of professional GIS work experience, beyond university attendance.
    • Strong understanding of topological relationships, troubleshooting complex data sets, and applying creative solutions to problems.
    • Strong communication skills with a desire to contribute to a team effort when tasked to completing larger tasks.
    • Prior work in natural or cultural resources management, remote sensing, and/or water resources, and prior experience workingwith 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-relatedanalyses or modeling techniques applied on projects is strongly preferred. 
    • Prior knowledge and experience with Enterprise geodatabases, creating database schemas, domains, ArcGIS Enterprise/Portal/Online web applications, network analysis, and/or application development is also a plus. 
    • Working knowledge of ESRI AGOL, collector, and survey 123. 
    • Working knowledge of programming languages such as; python, json, JavaScript, html, etc. (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.


    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 accommodations@swca.com 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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