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APOSD Geographic Information Systems Coordinator
County of Sonoma | Larkfield, California
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Job Description

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District (Ag + Open Space) permanently protects the diverse agricultural, natural resource, and scenic open space lands of Sonoma County for future generations. We are currently recruiting for a full-time Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Coordinator, a critical team member who will support planning for the land conservation activities of Ag + Open Space. This position is assigned to Ag + Open Space's Conservation Planning Program. This is an excellent opportunity to join a mission-driven organization with a passion for protecting lands that contribute to Sonoma County's scenic beauty, local agriculture, native habitats and recreational lands.

The GIS Coordinator will be part of a dynamic team that develops and analyzes data in support of Ag + Open Space land conservation efforts. This position is responsible for overseeing and administering the District's GIS databases, data models, infrastructures, and platforms, and may have lead level responsibilities for the coordination and review of work, as well as training for GIS staff. In collaboration with others, this position will be responsible for a major evolution of the District's data and analysis framework, and will need to work pro-actively with a range of people, systems, policies, hardware and software to effect and maintain this change. In addition to large scale, ongoing, proactive process improvements, the position will also need to respond to the daily GIS and mapping needs of the organization – including identifying, creating, and maintaining spatial data and summary statistics, recommending and performing complex analyses, and developing maps and other data.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.

Minimum Qualifications

Education & Experience: Any combination of education and work experience which would provide an opportunity to acquire the knowledge and abilities listed herein. Normally, this would include a Bachelor's degree, or equivalent, with major coursework in Geographic Information Science, information systems, computer science, urban or regional planning, environmental planning, natural resources management, or a related field and three years of progressively responsible experience in technical or data management specific to GIS systems as applied to conservational planning, open space, parks, natural resources, land use or a similar field. A graduate degree in a related field and experience with technical project management are desirable.

License: Possession of a valid driver's license at the appropriate level, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: Geographic information and related computer systems, ArcGIS, and related software; data management theory, principles, and practices and their application to a wide variety of services and programs; technology, hardware and software, and current applications and practices related to GIS data platforms; theories and techniques of GIS applications and web mapping technology; methods and techniques used in writing Python geoprocessing scripts and SQL scripts; relational database management systems and principles; principles and techniques of cartography and publication-quality map production using ArcGIS and other software; methods and techniques used in spatial analysis, ecological modeling, and remote sensing; modern office practices, methods, and computer equipment and applications related to the work; English usage, spelling, vocabulary, grammar, and punctuation; techniques for providing a high level of customer service by effectively dealing with vendors and District staff.

Working knowledge of: general project management principles and practices; principles and practices of urban, regional, environmental, and open space planning and resource management.

Knowledge of: project management principles and practices of land conservation, land use planning, and/or resource management.

Ability to: Implement a GIS program that includes effective database development, management, accessibility, and systems integration; perform analyses of informational requirements and needs, identify problems, recommend cost-effective technical system improvements, provide technical advice and consultation, and ensure efficient system utilization;  conduct complex spatial analyses and tabular and spatial queries; design and create professional cartographic products; prepare and present clear, concise, and logical written and oral reports, correspondence, policies, procedures, and other materials; perform careful and accurate analysis; use English effectively to communicate in person, over the telephone, and in writing; organize and prioritize a variety of projects and multiple tasks in an effective and timely manner; organize, prioritize, and coordinate projects involving District staff and consultants, contractors, vendors, and/or regulatory agency staff to ensure timely and accurate project completion; use tact, initiative, prudence, and independent judgment within District policy, procedural, and legal guidelines; establish, maintain, and foster effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

The selection procedure will consist of an application with supplemental questionnaire evaluation and interviews. Applicants should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of the application and be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions. You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position. Each application and supplemental questionnaire will be thoroughly evaluated for satisfaction of minimum qualifications and relevance of educational coursework, training, experience, and knowledge and abilities; which relate to the position. Candidates possessing the most appropriate job-related qualifications will be invited to an interview.
Application submissions require the supplemental questionnaire be completed.
Additional Information

A background investigation may be required prior to employment. Candidates referred to departments for a selection interview are typically required to sign authorization and release forms enabling such an investigation. Failure to sign prescribed forms will result in the candidate not being considered further for that vacancy. Reference information will not be made available to applicants.

Additional requirements, such as successful completion of a physical exam, drug screen, etc., may apply, depending on the duties and responsibilities of the position. If you receive a conditional job offer for the position, the requirements upon which the offer are contingent will be outlined in the conditional job letter. You may also review the Job Classification Screening Schedule to determine the requirements for this position.

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