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Parks and Wildlife GIS Analyst Posted May 30
State of Colorado , Denver, CO (Various Locations)
If your goal is to invest in a career that makes a difference, consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Our professionals are committed to supporting state government and the citizens of Colorado.

Our mission is to develop, preserve, and enhance the state's natural resources for the benefit and enjoyment of current and future citizens and visitors. In an effort to build diversity and inclusion, we welcome applications from people of diverse backgrounds and abilities.

Customer service is a key component for every position across state government. We are focused on improving Efficiency (use of resources), Effectiveness (impact of our work), and Elegance (graceful service interactions).


Our Mission is to perpetuate the wildlife resources of the state, to provide a quality state parks system, and to provide enjoyable and sustainable outdoor recreation opportunities that educate and inspire current and future generations to serve as active stewards of Colorado's natural resources. Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The Research, Policy and Planning Branch acquires, maintains, uses and distributes Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data and other data relating to wildlife habitat in electronic (database, digital imagery) and hardcopy (paper maps) format; it supports the Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) web site with data for viewing and distribution to CPW personnel and the general public. The Unit is primarily a service group that responds to requests from within the Agency, State Government and State-affiliated parks and wildlife management organizations such as The Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (WAFWA) for map products and data analysis relating to wildlife and habitat data sets. GIS parks and wildlife datasets, maps and cartographic products (imagery, web site) are the primary output of the Unit. The Unit also identifies new opportunities for GIS applications in the Agency, providing upper management with information and scope of GIS potential, and implementing new projects designed to improve the Agency's ability to display and disseminate information through cartographic media.

Description of Job:

This position analyzes parks & wildlife spatial data; provides a wide range of geographic-based services and expertise to the Division of Parks & Wildlife: responding to direct requests for GIS products and services, which involves data acquisition, evaluation and assimilation, and the use of complex cartographic techniques for data analysis and display; programming of scripts to automate GIS processes; providing advice on implementing GIS, geographic and geospatial principles to wildlife-related projects; interacting with outside agencies and their representatives to disseminate or exchange data with wildlife management functionality; within Unit guidelines, sets priorities and balances workflow and production deadlines.

Duties include:

Integrates data from CPW staff to produce geospatial datasets and uses GIS based spatial data to construct models regarding wildlife use of land.
Responsible for CPW master parcel dataset.
Conducts mapping research, to resolve conflicting information and ensure accuracy of the data; map information and implement changes according to needs of project.
Analyze spatial and attribute data and display data through the use of maps, reports, charts and tables using plotters and printers.
Prepare technical presentations on data using the GIS interface and using graphics software to view and present images and results of analysis.
Responsible for planning, organizing and directing assigned projects within pre-determined guidelines.
Performs a wide range of geospatial tasks for GIS products (maps) and services (analysis) including map design/production, and data analysis.
Provides expertise to CPW with GIS-related requests and assists with project design and ensures that projected needs are met.
Uses remotely-sensed imagery and digital map products to interpret ground features and build base map layers for data display.
Collaborates with GIS and IT professionals to coordinate work and resolve technical issues associated with hardware and software resources.
Maintains current on latest developments in theory and application of GIS, and implements and provides training to staff.
Other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor of Science or Arts degree in geography, conservation biology, fishery/wildlife biology, natural resource management, or a field of study closely related to the work assignment AND two years of professional experience in the field of geography or wildlife/conservation biology with experience with ESRI Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software suite.

Examples of qualifying experience include but not limited to:

Designing, programming or modeling Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications and procedures especially as they pertain to parks and wildlife data.
Producing data layers, maps, tables, or reports using spatial analysis and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, equipment, or systems.
Coordinating the development or administration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) projects including the development of technical priorities, client reporting and interface, or coordination and review of schedules and budgets.

Preferred/Highly Desirable:

Advanced degree in geography, wildlife management or natural resource conservation/ecology
Experience collecting and synthesizing parcel and real estate data
Experience collecting and synthesizing data related to trails
Experience with ESRI, ArcGIS, including ARCgis Online and ArcPro platforms
Ability to independently problem solve, compile, organize, and present relevant spatial data
Ability to interpret conclusions relevant to park and wildlife resource management issues and advise on mitigation strategies
Experience in analysis, data development and modeling of natural resource applications.
Proficiency in cartographic concepts and mapping

Conditions of Employment:

Former employees of the State of Colorado MUST have concluded employment in good standing to be eligible for rehire.
Must possess and maintain a current and valid Colorado Driver's License and operate state-owned vehicles in the course of performing statewide travel, which is required.
Must be willing and able to work out doors, often in inclement weather to perform job duties of the position.
Must be willing and able to occasionally travel to and work from Denver or Fort Collins.

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