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GIS Specialist

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Westwood Professional Services
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Minnetonka, MN
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Added: January 18, 2024
Overview

GIS Specialist

Westwood Professional Services, Inc.

Westwood Professional Services, Inc. is seeking a GIS Specialist to join our renewables team. Westwood has a highly experienced and dynamic team of individuals dedicated to providing high-level professional services to our clients.

Duties And Responsibilities

  • Spatial analysis is the dominant portion of the job duties envisioned for this position, but will be balanced with a variety of cartography, field staff support, and research and development.
  • Provide independent data interpretation while effectively maintaining data documentation.
  • Create and modify GIS datasets; manage and maintain legacy GIS datasets; develop and implement GIS-based analyses supporting civil engineering, electrical engineering, and survey projects.
  • Produce technically skilled and detailed solutions to include preparing clear, complete, and accurate representations of spatial data using hardcopy and/or electronic media.
  • Core responsibility includes processing data and graphics requests from project team members and anticipating information needs and presentation format as part of engineering and survey workflows.
  • You will work on energy projects, such as transmission, solar and wind, and land projects, such as residential and commercial development, to compile available information for project proposals.
  • Develop and maintain geospatial data on desktop and mobile applications. Ensure data meets appropriate data accuracy and content standards for quality assurance and quality control.


Required Experience

  • Must have a degree in GIS, geography, environmental studies, or related field with demonstrated capabilities in GIS.
  • Hands-on knowledge of Esri ArcGIS desktop software, including ArcMap and ArcPro.
  • Strong understanding of geodatabases and geodatabase applications.
  • Ability to work with vector and raster datasets.
  • Experience using ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Portal, or another web mapping system.
  • Familiar with GPS data collection and data management, including Collector for ArcGIS.
  • Ability to use and edit shapefiles and geodatabases (personal, file, and enterprise).
  • Experience working with different coordinate systems, map projections, and datum’s.
  • Familiarity with standard cartographic methods, theories and principles.
  • Ability to independently manage multiple assignments, determine and set job task priorities and work with limited direct supervision.


Preferred Experience

  • Previous work in/familiarity with consulting engineers and/or surveyors.
  • Experience using AutoCAD and DWG files
  • Experience using Google Earth and KMZ files.
  • Familiar with LiDAR datasets and usage
  • Experience using Python, ModelBuilder or another common GIS scripting language is desirable, as job duties will include creating scripts to streamline frequently performed tasks.


About Westwood Professional Services, Inc. (Westwood)

Westwood Professional Services Inc. (Westwood) was established in 1972 and has since become a leader in many markets it serves. Westwood is a full-service, multi-discipline professional engineering firm that serves wind, solar, battery storage, EV, power delivery, residential and commercial development, and public infrastructure clients and their projects from over 25 offices across the U.S.

In 2023, Zweig Group ranked Westwood nationally at #12 and #30, respectively on its Hot Firms and Best Firms to Work for lists. Zweig also awarded Westwood two national 2nd place awards for Marketing Excellence. Westwood was recently recognized as #79 in the ENR Top 500 Firms in 2023. The firm consistently ranks on industry top 25 lists and receives recognition for its involvement on award-winning projects nationwide.

Westwood provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws. We believe that diverse backgrounds strengthen our business. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.
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