Computer Operator III

Dyncorp International Redding , CA 96001

Posted 2 months ago

Job Summary

Monitors and operates the control console of either a mainframe digital computer or a group of minicomputers, in accordance with operating instructions, to process data. The Computer Operator III /GIS (Geographic Information System) Data Technician processes a range of scheduled routines and is responsible for inputting, projecting, interpreting, maintaining and dispersing data brought in by an aircraft through the utilization of ArcGIS 10.X. In addition to the GIS Technician duties, other duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, direct point-of-contact between the ground crew and the helicopter, mobilization organization, daily reports and general support. This position is seasonal and based out of Redding, CA. Must be highly self-motivated, a team player and have strong communication skills. The GIS Technician interfaces directly with the United States Forest Service and The Incident Command System (ICS) personnel at fire incident locations. The position entails national travel to fires and will require the ability to obtain a Government License to operate Government-Owned Vehicles.

Principal Accountabilities

  • Studies operating instructions to determine equipment setup needed.

  • Loads equipment with required items (tapes, cards, paper, etc.).

  • Switches necessary auxiliary equipment into system.

  • Diagnoses and corrects equipment malfunctions.

  • Reviews error messages and makes corrections during operation or refers problems.

  • Maintains operating record.

  • Loads equipment with required items (tapes, cards, paper, etc.).

  • Produce GIS maps compatible with incident needs, utilizing ArcGIS 10.X program and cartographic mapping standards

  • Assimilation and distribution of data collected by the FireWatch aircraft.

  • Act as the primary contact point between the Aircraft and the ground support crews by way of cell phones and/or radios.

  • Transportation, staging, setup and operation of the ground based FireWatch Systems contained in the GIS Van.

  • Ensures all equipment, listed inventory, is included in the GIS Van and is operational for all field dispatches.

  • Facilitate securing travel reservations and crew changes, adhering to Federal Government Travel Regulations (JTR) for the FireWatch Platform (5-person crew).

  • Accurately maintaining the reports for crews' daily times, travel, missions and maintenance.

  • Performs other duties as requested

Knowledge & Skills

  • Comprehensive, practical knowledge of the technical field with the ability to troubleshoot issues while under time constraints in an efficient manner.

  • Must have basic knowledge of GIS applications: Arc 10, Arc Catalog, ArcMap: Projecting shapefiles as directed, loading USGS Quad Maps/Imagery Maps/Street Maps and reshaping/editing data.

  • Strong computer skills and the use of Micro Soft Office (i.e.: Excel, Word, Access, Outlook, Publisher, PowerPoint etc...).

  • Basic video software knowledge and/or ability to convert/edit videos.

  • Strong communication skills. Ability to accurately convey information in a professional manner.

  • Self-Motivated with the ability to be productive with limited supervision.

  • Must be capable of operating vehicles safely, possess a valid driver's license, have an acceptable driving record and ability to obtain a Government License.

Experience & Education

  • Typically, 4-6 years related experience.

  • Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Planning, Computer Science (Preferred) or a related field, or two years at a technical or vocational school and/or two years working with Geographic Information systems.

  • Experience in fire services (USFS and/or State Agencies) preferred.

Physical Requirements/Working Environment

  • Works in a normal office environment with controlled temperature and lighting conditions

  • The diversity of work conditions may range from an environment where there is little or no physical discomfort, to an environment where inclement weather may subject the individual to changes in temperature and weather.

  • May be exposed to areas where high noise hazards prevail.

  • May be exposed to fumes or airborne particles; may be exposed to electrical shock hazards or work near moving mechanical parts.


  • Varies by assignment
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Computer Operator III

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