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 a minimum of one year with planned extension to three years or more, depending on project funding.
Mission & Culture:
The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaska land for 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 vulnerability 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. DGGS Coastal Hazards Program priorities are motivated by the needs of more than 144 communities in Alaska facing threats to infrastructure from environmental changes.
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:
collect survey-grade RTK-GPS elevation data, including coastal elevation profiles for erosion monitoring, ground control and check points to support UAV operations, and other points of interest;
operate an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to collect elevation and orthoimagery data;
use survey processing software (e.g., Trimble Business Center) as well as online tools (e.g., NOAA-NGS online positioning user service) to correct elevation data; and
provide logistical support for remote travel throughout rural Alaska communities, including assisting with flight, boat, ATV, or vehicle rental, as well as lodging bookings, remote emergency response planning and training, and state contracts and procurements.
Locate, import, export, reformat, and process thematic and geologic hazard data for use in a GIS, including elevation data and vertical datum transformations, among others.
Create and maintain geodatabases to store geologic hazard project data.
Perform geospatial analysis to answer focused 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 data layers, maps, and online tools in geographic information products.
Prepare written publications including reports of investigations, peer reviewed journal articles, and data files to release data and analyses to the public.
Communicate GIS analyses through presentations and online content for the public and project partners.
Apply cartographic design principles to create publication ready maps of geologic hazards.
Enhance GIS processing 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.
The Coastal Hazards Program includes dedicated staff who work together as a team to meet program goals. Staff are encouraged to learn and grow through work activities, from each other's experiences, and via structured trainings for ArcGIS and other geospatial processing techniques. Field investigations are conducted at remote Alaska communities in a "field camp" like team environment.
This position is located at the Geologic Materials Center in Anchorage, Alaska. The facility is home to a vast collection of geologic samples from around the state, as well as serving as the office of dedicated geologic professionals. The open environment allows for collaboration and coordination among the entire Coastal Hazards team and DGGS Anchorage staff.
KSAs and Competences:
We are seeking a motivated research professional with a strong background in GIS, geospatial analysis, remote sensing, and field data collection, as well as a working knowledge of physical geography, geomorphology, or closely related fields. Experience in shoreline change studies, coastal flood analysis, and Alaska geography is preferred. If you meet the required Minimum Qualifications for GIS Analyst 2 and have a background in these areas, we encourage you to apply.One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst 1 with the State of Alaska.
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;
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.
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.
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At the time of application, the applicant must attach as separate documents (If unable to attach please fax or email the contact listed below):
Cover Letter that explains how your education, background, and experience make you well suited for this position and support meeting the position's specific competencies. The cover letter will also be used as a writing sample.
If selected for an interview, applicants must provide the following:
Three professional references
Valid driver's license
Pre-employment certification form
This position may require travel within the state (normally 5-7 trips of 10 days or less per year, usually occurring spring, summer, and fall to rural communities on the coast of Alaska).
This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition in support of remote field investigations and associated travel.
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This position requires the use or possession of a firearm or ammunition. In accordance with the federal Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 1997 (PL 104-208), if you have been convicted of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence, you may not hold this position.
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For specific information about the position please contact the hiring manager at the following:
Name: Jacquelyn Overbeck
Title: Program Manager Alaska Coastal Hazards Program
State Of Alaska