The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is seeking a highly motivated individual who has strong Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and experience to perform research and statistical studies involving various types of digital spatial data and the techniques and methodologies associated with geographic information systems to support SNC’s mission.


The GIS Analyst will be responsible for the GIS-related activities that support SNC’s communication and outreach, and grant activities. In addition to supporting the technical aspects of the GIS program, the individual will independently perform complex work related to research methodology including problem exploration and definition, planning and designing the approach, collection of data. The interpretation of findings and subsequent reports must be presented in a user-friendly format that can be understood by a wide variety of audiences.


Desirable Qualifications
In addition to evaluating each candidate’s relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Required Knowlege, Skills and Abilities
–Knowledge of ArcGIS, Arclnfo, ArcEditor, ArclMS, ArcSDE, and ArcView software products
–Knowledge of general mapping principles, demographics analysis, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and cartography
–Ability to recommend and execute modifications to GIS software to improve efficiency, reliability, and performance
–Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining GIS systems
–Ability to conduct research into GIS issues and products
–Ability to use tact and good judgment, work under pressure, and adapt to variable workloads and changing priorities
–Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and time-management skills
–Ability to present complex ideas and information effectively, both orally and in writing
–Ability to research and perform spatial analysis using mapped and tabular information
–Knowledge of spatial analysis that involves map overlays and proximity analysis –Knowledge of map projections and coordinate systems
–Ability to gather, compile, analyze, and interpret data

Desired Experience and Qualifications
–Experience or education in environmental science or natural resource management or conservation
–Knowledge and interest in the principles and practices of conservation
–Project planning and project management experience
–Advanced knowledge of GIS applications and tools, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, Access)
–Ability to develop GIS deliverables that integrate with graphic design and social media applications, products and campaigns
–Ability to train team members and end users on GIS data and applications
–Excellent people skills: relationship building, negotiation, and collaboration in a cross-functional team comprised of diverse personalities, skill sets, and levels of experience
–Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
–Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

About Sierra Nevada Conservancy

Created in 2004, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a state agency whose mission is to improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region. The SNC has awarded nearly $60 million in grants for projects that protect and enhance the health of California’s primary watersheds by improving forest health, remediating mercury contamination from abandoned mines, protecting critical natural resources, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Funding for these projects came from Proposition 84 passed by voters in 2006 and Proposition 1 passed by voters in 2014.


The Sierra Nevada Region spans 25 million acres, encompasses all or part of 22 counties, and runs from the Oregon border on the north to Kern County on the south. The Region is the origin of more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply.