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Reference # : 18-00033 Title : Geographer 3
Location : Vancouver, WA
Experience Level : Start Date / End Date : 02/12/2018 / 02/16/2019  
Description
Updated 05/17/13 CFS Note: See Additional Position Information document for specialized position requirements. Geographer 3: Position Overview:Summary: The Geospatial Services Department is responsible for providing Geospatial support in the maintenance, operation and development of new BPA facilities. This position provides professional GIS (Geographic Information System) services utilizing computerized data capture, storage, query, and analysis techniques for visual displays, spatial analysis, and tabular reports on a wide variety of geographical projects. May conduct research on physical aspects of a region, including land forms, climates, soils, plants and animals, and conduct research on the spatial implications of human activities within a given area, including social characteristics, economic activities, and political organization, as well as researching interdependence between regions at scales ranging from local to global.

Education, Experience, Job Training:
? Bachelor?s degree in a related field such as geography, natural resources environmental, urban or regional planning or landscape architecture
? Level 3 requires 6+ years of experience or (10+ without a degree)
Knowledge of ERSI?s ArcGIS software is required

Typical Tasks may include but are not limited to:
? Write and present reports of research findings.
? Create and modify maps, graphs, or diagrams, using geographical information software and related equipment, and principles of cartography such as coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography, and map scales.
? Gather and compile geographic data from sources including censuses, field observations, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.
? Analyze geographic distributions of physical and cultural phenomena on local, regional, continental, or global scales.
? Develop, operate, and maintain geographical information (GIS) computer systems, including hardware, software, plotters, digitizers, printers, and video cameras.
? Provide consulting services in fields including resource development and management, business location and market area analysis, environmental hazards, regional cultural history, and urban social planning.
? Provide geographical information systems support to the private and public sectors.
? Study the economic, political, and cultural characteristics of a specific region's population.
? Locate and obtain existing geographic information databases.

Specific Tasks:
? Technically manages complex GIS projects (i.e. Transmission Construction projects, Fiber Optic projects, Communication projects, land management, and EF&W projects) Design, prepare, and publish quality cartographic map and attribute report products using industry standards.
? Provides geographic expertise and consultation for long-range transmission facility right-of-way corridor planning projects, natural resource projects, operation and maintenance projects for existing BPA facilities, environmental review and compliance projects, fish and wildlife projects related to BPA?s program and mission.
? Designs and maintains data bases and ensures data quality through the use of automated and manual techniques to enter, edit, and process data sets.
? Creates geo-processing models and scripts to assist in data collection, storage, retrieval and analysis.
? Creates and maintains metadata of newly created data sets to track the source, scale, currency and other pertinent geographic information, as well as any modifications to the data set.
? Conducts complex geographic and network analysis, including but not limited to spatial joins, proximity analysis, buffer creation, optimal path and resource allocation, and point and linear event processing with dynamic segmentation.
? Designs and prepares publication quality cartographic products using industry standards.
? Gives demonstrations, presentations, and write papers on GIS work being done by the agency.
? Ensures the timely delivery of data between Geospatial Services and other organizational units used in the design, acquisition & construction of BPA?s transmission facilities. Archives, secures & maintains critical records.

Skill:
? Written and oral communication skills; interpersonal skills useful in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
? Ability to organize and prioritize assignments (Required)
? Proficient user knowledge of MS Office (Required)
? Ability to maintain and modify geo-processing models; maintain geographic and relational data bases; implement complex geographic analysis (Preferred)

Typical Work Activities may include any of the following:
? Getting Information ? Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
? Interpreting the Meaning of Information for Others ? Translating or explaining what information means and how it can be used.
? Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge ? Keeping up-to-date technically and applying knowledge to your job.
? Analyzing Data or Information ? Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
? Interacting With Computers ? Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to set up functions, enter data, or process information.
? Processing Information ? Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
? Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events ? Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.
? Making Decisions and Solving Problems ? Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
? Communicating with Persons Outside Organization ? Communicating with people outside the organization, representing the organization to customers and other external sources. This information can be exchanged in person, in writing, or by telephone or e-mail.
? Thinking Creatively ? Developing, designing, or creating new applications, ideas, relationships, systems, or products, including artistic contributions.

Knowledge ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Geography ? Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal & human life.
? Computers and Electronics ? Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
? Sociology and Anthropology ? Knowledge of group behavior and dynamics, societal trends and influences, human migrations, ethnicity, cultures and their history and origins.
? Education and Training ? Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
? Mathematics ? Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
? History and Archeology ? Knowledge of historical events and their causes, indicators, and effects on civilizations and cultures.
? Law and Government ? Knowledge of laws, legal codes, court procedures, precedents, government regulations, executive orders, agency rules, and the democratic political process.

Skills ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Reading Comprehension ? Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
? Active Listening ? Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate.
? Critical Thinking ? Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
? Judgment and Decision Making ? Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
? Active Learning ? Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
? Complex Problem Solving ? Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
? Systems Analysis ? Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.

Abilities ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Oral/Written Expression ? Ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking and writing so others will understand.
? Inductive Reasoning ? Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
? Oral/Written Comprehension ? Ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken/written words and sentences.
? Deductive Reasoning ? Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
? Category Flexibility ? Ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
? Problem Sensitivity ? Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

Work Styles:
? Analytical Thinking - Job requires analyzing information and using logic to address related issues and problems.
? Integrity - Position requires being honest and ethical.
? Attention to Detail - Position requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
? Innovation - Position requires creativity and alternative thinking to develop new ideas for and answers to work-related problems.
? Initiative - Position requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.
? Dependability ?