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NHD Data Analyst/Cartographer (IT Data Management Entry) at Washington State Department of Ecology

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Employer: Washington State Department of Ecology

Expires: 04/13/2020

Keeping Washington Clean and EvergreenProtecting Washington State’s environment for current and future generations is what we do every day at Ecology. We are a culture that is invested in making a difference. If you want to join a team that is highly effective, collaborative, has leadership that embraces the value of people, and believes in the fun factor, Ecology is a good fit.The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Unit within the Information Technology Services Office (ITSO) at our Headquarters building in Lacey, WA.  is currently looking to fill a NHD Data Analyst/Cartographer (IT Data Management Entry) position The GIS Unit is a cross-functional team of 7 GIS professionals who are dedicated to providing valuable geospatial solutions, data, and support to staff and citizens to realized Ecology’s mission. In this role, you will work in a supportive and professional environment with fantastic people who are passionate about the environment and GIS, understand the importance of work-life balance, and are focused on continual improvement and learning. You will be working with our National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) team to update Washington’s shoreline using available LIDAR data and integrate it into our hydrography dataset. Your work will directly support science and planning that is focused on making measurable improvements in the environment of the State of Washington.We are looking for applicants who are motivated and engaged, possess great problem solving skills, and are detailed oriented and enjoy being a member of a team, and an individual who has experience analyzing elevation data and hydrography datasets.As an agency, our mission is to protect, preserve and enhance Washington’s environment for current and future generations. We invest in our employees to create and sustain a working environment that encourages creative leadership, effective resource management, teamwork, professionalism and accountability.To learn more about The Department of Ecology, please visit our website at and follow, like or visit us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or our blog.Local efforts… Diverse people… Statewide impactsDutiesSome of the key work activities of the NHD Data Analyst/Cartographer include:Serves as a Data Analyst/Cartographer capable of working independently of direct supervision in support of the development and maintenance of the National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) for Washington State.Tasks include:Work with field staff, local government, and stakeholders to compile a list of stream course, shoreline and watershed boundary edits required in the project area.Identify and obtain ancillary data to help properly identify the water features which meet the minimum criteria for adding to the database.Use the NHD Geo Edit Tool to add, edit, and delete hydrography features and attribute data.Use the Hydrography Event Management (HEM) Tool to add, edit, and delete point and linear event data associated with the NHD database.Automate repetitive and/or complex tasks using the Python programming language including the testing and debugging of the programs.Develop quality assurance procedures and production integration processes.Create and maintain documentation of procedures and workflows.Develop map products to accurately display the rich content of the NHD to interested parties.Assist the NHD Team Lead to work with agency staff and external stakeholders in defining and prioritizing requirements, analyzing customer service and needs, and provide information to clients on the capabilities and limitations of the NHD system.Publish hydrography feature services to AGOL for use by field staff.Serves as a GIS Analyst for adhoc agency GIS projects.Tasks include:Performs spatial analysis projects for agency and external clients requiring working knowledge of ArcGIS software, GIS database fundamentals, spatial data concepts of accuracy, coordinate reference system, and map scale.Creates and edits geospatial datasets and associated tabular data.Designs and builds cartographic map products for reports and public display.Provides assistance with the implementation of GIS technology and programming to streamline data automation and conversion efforts.This is a project position that will end December 31, 2021. Extension of the position beyond this date is funding dependent.Please Note: This recruitment is open until filled, with an initial screening scheduled for February 19 2020. To be considered in the initial screening, please submit your application on or before February 18, 2020. The agency reserves the right to make an appointment at any time after the initial screening date.Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable. QualificationsRequired Qualifications:An Associate’s degree or higher in Computer Science; Information Technology OR completion of a two year accredited vocational training program in information technology or related programANDTwo (2) years recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance of small to medium scale web-based applications.OR A Bachelor’s degree in Information Technology, Computer Science, or related field may substitute for all of the above except one year of the required experience.ORFour (4) years recent professional experience in computer application development and maintenance. Experience includes but is not limited to independently analyzing, designing, implementing, maintaining and/or programming small to medium scale web-based applications.Desired Qualifications:A Bachelor’s degree in Geography, GIS, or environmental science. Knowledge of environmental and/or science based business areas.Knowledge of hydrographic science principles.One (1) year of professional experience designing and producing cartographic products. This experience can be gained in conjunction with other requirements.Demonstrated initiative to improve skills through training or other learning opportunities.Why work for Ecology?Joining Ecology means becoming a part of a team committed to protecting and restoring Washington State’s environment.A career in public service allows you to help solve some of the most challenging problems facing our state, while keeping the health and financial security of you and your family a priority. We combine one of the most competitive benefits packages in the nation with a strong commitment to work/life balance.Ecology employees may be eligible for the following:Medical/Dental/Vision for employee & dependent(s), Public Employees Retirement System (PERS),  Vacation, Sick, and other Leave*, 11 Paid Holidays per year*, Public Service Loan Forgiveness, Tuition Waiver, Long Term Disability & Life Insurance, Deferred Compensation Programs, Dependent Care Assistance Program (DCAP), Flexible Spending Arrangement (FSA), Employee Assistance Program, Commute Trip Reduction Incentives (Download PDF reader), Combined Fund Drive, SmartHealthStudent debt and how working for Ecology can helpEmployees may be eligible for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program, which forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. See for more details. *See the Benefits tab in this announcement for more information Supplemental InformationApplication InstructionsPlease complete the applicant profile when applying for this position.In order to be considered, applicants MUST include the following documents as an attachment to their application:A cover letter describing why you are interested in this position.A resume outlining your professional experience.Please do NOT include your salary history. Wage/salary depends on qualifications or rules of promotion, if applicable.Please read the supplemental questions carefully and answer completely. Incomplete responses, including “please see resume” may disqualify you from further consideration.Department of Ecology employees, please make sure to answer the agency-wide questions regarding permanent status as a classified employee within the Washington General Service or Washington Management Service. Do not forget to select Department of Ecology as a response to question 2, and type your personnel ID number for question 3. If you are not sure of your status or do not know your personnel ID number, please contact Human Resources.If you are reading this announcement in print format, please visit to access the online recruitment system. Click on “Look for Jobs” and select Dept. of Ecology under the “Department” search list. Click “Apply Search.”Other InformationIf you need assistance applying for this job, please e-mail Please do not send an email to this address to follow-up the status of your application. You can view the latest status of your application on your profile’s main page.If you have specific questions about the position, please email Christina Kellum at: Please do not contact Christina to inquire about the status of your application.The act of submitting application materials electronically is considered affirmation that the information is complete and truthful. The state may verify this information and any untruthful or misleading answers are cause for rejection of your application or dismissal if employed.This position is included in the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) union bargaining unit for the Department of Ecology.The Washington State Department of Ecology is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, veterans or people with military status, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application/testing process or this job announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 407-6186. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388.