Position Type: Full-Time, Long-Term, Non-Permanent
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Closing Date: June 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time
Online Job Announcement
The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking an early career professional to contribute to coastal shoreline change, flooding, and associated natural hazards studies that impact communities and infrastructure in Alaska. The successful applicant will use knowledge of coastal geomorphology, field data collection for coastal hazards, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) geospatial data analysis and processing, and airborne/satellite remote sensing to make meaningful contributions to the Division’s Coastal Hazards Program (CHP). The successful applicant will work under the direction of the CHP manager in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a long-term nonpermanent position for at least one year, with opportunities for annual extension.
Mission & Culture:
The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for the production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020). The DGGS Coastal Hazards Program conducts mapping, monitoring, and modeling to evaluate vulnerabilities to coastal flooding and erosion. This program is dedicated to fostering scientific partnerships that will improve the quality and quantity of the critical baseline data that are necessary to fuel informed decision-making throughout the state.
Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
- Plan, conduct, and process data from field investigations to assess coastal flood and erosion vulnerability, including logistical support for travel throughout rural Alaska communities, collection of survey-grade RTK-GPS elevation data, operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and using survey processing software (e.g., Trimble Business Center) as well as online tools (e.g., NOAA-NGS online positioning user service) to process elevation data.
- Locate, import, export, reformat, and process thematic and geologic hazard data for use within a GIS.
- Create and maintain geodatabases to store geologic hazard project data.
- Perform geospatial analysis of data to answer unique questions regarding coastal flooding and erosion.
- Evaluate field-collected and other spatial data to determine positional accuracy according to community (e.g., ASPRS) accepted metrics.
- Orthorectify aerial and satellite imagery for use in base maps and geologic hazard analysis.
- Prepare and use remotely sensed data (elevation and imagery) to create raw data layers, maps, and online tools in geographic information products.
- Apply cartographic design principles to create publication-ready maps of geologic hazards.
- Create GIS processing enhancements by using Python scripting or developing step-by-step workflows for processing spatial data.
- Work with the public and project partners to explain GIS capabilities and data requirements, to provide GIS-related training, and to design specifications for individual deliverables in compliance with common geologic hazards practice.
- Prepare written publications and communications of GIS analyses for the public and project partners.
- One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst I with the State of Alaska. -AND- An associate's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration, a GIS certificate, or 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of GIS-related course work;
- SUBSTITUTION: Two years of paraprofessional experience working in data collection, cartography, web-site development, GIS operations, or a related field will substitute for the required associate's degree.
- SUBSTITUTION: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS-related major or minor, a GIS certificate, or 18 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of GIS-related coursework will substitute for the required experience and associate's degree.
For specific information in reference to the position please contact:
Name: Jacquelyn Overbeck