GIS Assistant III (Chico)
Full-Time / Benefited / Hourly / Non-ExemptLOCATION: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Office, Sacramento, CA
COMPENSATION: $17.57 per hour
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS: Working closely with GIS Analysts in a group setting, the incumbent works on various GIS and database projects, primarily focused on processing data for use in the Department of Fish and Wildlife’s California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) and Biogeographic Information and Observation System (BIOS). This is the intermediate level of the classification. Duties are performed under moderate supervision; incumbent should be familiar with protocols and methodology, and be able to help answer questions from newer staff. Moderate amount of contact with outside contributors and partners. The incumbent must be a self-learner who can solve problems with minimal supervision. Additional duties may include, but are not limited to:
• Use available scientific knowledge to review and evaluate the biological accuracy, precision, and completeness of rare native species survey information.
• Use all appropriate sources (such as published and unpublished literature, museum and herbarium collections, field survey forms, personal observations, environmental impact and assessment documents, etc.) to provide the most complete distributional picture of each rare species being studied.
• Map rare species locations using the California Natural Diversity Database (CNDDB) digital Geographic Information System (GIS) and record and validate habitat status and condition attributes for individual species locations.
• Contact appropriate professional and academic scientific experts to obtain information on the status and location of rare native species; verify and correct contributed biological data as needed.
• Coordinate with State biological specialists to compile biological data for fish and other aquatic species and incorporate those data into existing databases.
• Conduct occasional biological field surveys to confirm the location and condition of rare indigenous species populations.
• Catalog, route, and file incoming biological survey information on rare native species.
• Assist in the development and maintenance of methodology and documentation on species mapping and data entry standards and procedures; provide technical guidance regarding changes to new methodology.
EMPLOYMENT STANDARDS: Bachelor of Science in biology or a related field with a focus in botany or zoology/wildlife/fisheries biology and at least 6 months of experience in a related field or a minimum of 6 months performing the duties of a GIS Assistant I in the Geographical Information Center. Four years of relevant experience in biology or a related field may be substituted for a Bachelor of Science. Required knowledge, skills and abilities include:
• Experience with ESRI software, especially ArcMap;
• Use and maintenance of geospatial data development;
• Good understanding of relational databases
• Background in botany, zoology, wildlife or fisheries biology, general biology, or ecology;
• Good computer skills;
• Familiarity with topographic maps and California geography;
• Excellent attention to detail, good focus, excellent organizational skills;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
• Ability to prioritize tasks and adjust to change;
• This position may require occasional fieldwork in rugged terrain.
BENEFITS: Benefits include options for health, vision and/or dental insurance; employer contributions to a 403(b) retirement plan (beginning year 2); employer-paid life and disability insurance; and vacation, sick leave, and holidays.
APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS: Application and announcement can be located on our website. In order to be considered, applicants must submit the following:
• CSU, Chico Research Foundation application
• Cover letter
• Current resume
• Three professional references
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Application Review begins May 7, 2018. Application received after May 6, 2018 may not be considered. Applications can be submitted:
CSU, Chico Research Foundation
CSU, Chico, Building 25
Chico, CA 95928-5388
BY FAX: (530) 898-3391
Please visit the CSU, Chico Research Foundation website for the email address to submit applications.
CSU, Chico Research
25 Main Street, 2nd Floor suite 206
For questions, please contact the Research Foundation Human Resources office:
BY PHONE: (530) 898-6811 or VISIT OUR WEBSITE: http://www.csuchico.
The employer is the CSU, Chico Research Foundation, a non-profit corporation serving as an auxiliary organization of California State University, Chico. Employment is considered to be at-will.