GIS Specialist (Associate Tech Specialist I or II)

Requisition number: EDIT 14-002

Reports to: GIS Manager


SFEI is seeking a GIS Specialist to join the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team. The GIS team is part of the Environmental Data, Information, and Technology (EDIT) program. This is a full-time position under the supervision of the GIS Manager. A successful candidate will be enthusiastic, self-motivated, and passionate about effective environmental resource management. You will collaborate with your colleagues to ensure an optimum relationship between science and policy through innovative approaches to information collection, display, and analysis.

GIS Focus Area Description

The GIS Focus Area is responsible for servicing the Institute and external user community’s spatial information needs through collaborative, innovative, and creative projects. The GIS Specialist will work with both technology and science teams to develop GIS methods, advanced tools, and web delivery applications to support local and statewide environmental management. GIS is one of four Focus Areas in the Environmental Data, Information, and Technology (EDIT) Program which focuses on providing clients and partners with the most current technology tools available to meet the Institute’s mission.

About SFEI

SFEI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that provides science to support environmental decision making and management. Our science informs policy-makers, resource managers, stakeholders, scientists, and the broader public. SFEI typically engages with organizations and individuals of diverse perspectives, priorities, and backgrounds to understand their information needs and how best to meet those needs.

Technology is integral to how SFEI communicates findings and disseminates data and information. SFEI is a California Environmental Data Exchange Network (CEDEN) partner and serves as a one of California’s four Regional Data Centers for management of surface water quality, wetlands and spatial data. SFEI hosts multiple web sites that provide access to environmental data and information. The Institute has a strong history of GIS expertise including spatial dataset creation and spatial tools and analysis. We strive to help natural resource managers and scientists do more with the products the Institute generates.

We have the hardware, tools and, most importantly, staff to ensure that monitoring data and findings and other relevant information are useful and broadly accessible to a range of technical and non-technical users.


Required Skills:

●Demonstrated knowledge of GIS theory and core methods including relational database design

●At least 5 years of experience with ESRI GIS software, e.g. ArcGIS 10.x, ArcServer, data management and analysis toolboxes

●Progressively challenging experience in spatial analysis, data acquisition, management, and display/visualization, spatial statistics, raster analysis, and/or image classification

●Background in or experience using GIS for natural resource management

●Exceptional attention to detail and problem-solving skills

●Ability to manage time effectively on multiple projects

●Works well in a collaborative team setting

●Ability to work independently and follow through with tasks under general guidance from supervising staff

●Effective written and verbal communication skillsability to communicate technical information to non-technical clients

Desired Skills:

●Experience in photo interpretation of wetlands, flood infrastructure, and/or vegetation

●Interest in keeping up with new and emerging technologies, e.g. LiDAR, mobile mapping or object-oriented analysis

●Experience with GIS tool development using python and arcpy or advanced GIS tool development using java, C++, or .NET programming language(s)

●Experience with the complete project lifecycle from conceptualization through requirements definition, design, development, testing implementation, maintenance, and user training as it applies to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) related technology

●Project management experiencebudget, workflow, and deliverable tracking

●Use of open source tools such as postgis, gdal, or R

●Interest in web mapping or knowledge of web mapping software (both open source and proprietary)

●Knowledge of version control software for application development, e.g. GitHub

●Knowledge of subjects relating to environmental science (e.g., biology, geology, and aquatic ecology)


Duties are likely to be diverse and will require an enthusiastic, team-oriented individual. Typical duties will include:

●Tool developmentteam-oriented code development of GIS-specific landscape analysis tools

●Data acquisitionsleuthing out GIS datasets and/or GIS contacts from various agencies, counties, cities and special districts

●Data managementorganizing and maintaining GIS data in accordance with SFEI’s on-line data management protocols

●Remote sensing and digitizing to support the Institute’s aquatic resource mapping initiative (

●Cartographyproduction of high-quality maps as requested

●Project managementtracking project progress and time management

Advancement Opportunity: The GIS Specialist will work closely with supervising staff on detailed GIS technical services and tasks. The Specialist will have the opportunity to lead aspects in a variety of projects managed by SFEI and be encouraged to advance professionally by acquiring and enhancing their technical skills. Opportunities for increasingly advanced work will be available, and successful execution of these tasks will contribute to advancement potential.

The Institute offers a generous benefit package (

How to apply

To apply, send your cover letter and resume to resumes(at) No phone calls please. SFEI is an equal opportunity employer. For more information on our mission, values, programs, and staff, visit the San Francisco Estuary Institute web site

Deadline: open until filled

Richmond, California
San Francisco Estuary Institute

4911 Central Ave, Richmond, CA, 94804, US