Washington State Permanent Fish Program GIS Lead (ITS5) #09249-16 in Olympia, Washington


The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is dedicated to preserving, protecting and perpetuating fish, wildlife and ecosystems, while providing sustainable recreational and commercial opportunities dependent on viable fish and wildlife populations. Each day, WDFW employees facilitate fishing, hunting and wildlife viewing opportunities for millions of residents and visitors. WDFW's employees–field and laboratory biologists, geneticists, research scientists, hatchery professionals, policy experts, fully commissioned law enforcement officers, land stewards, lab technicians, property acquisition specialists, customer service representatives and others work throughout the state. WDFW employees protect and restore critical habitat, strive to facilitate species recovery when necessary, and manage hundreds of fish and wildlife species. WDFW employees maintain nearly a million acres of public wildlife lands. They interpret, apply and enforce state and federal laws and collaborate with stakeholders to protect fish and wildlife resources. Find out more about us and the important work we are a part of at www.wdfw.wa.gov

Applications will be reviewed and interviews will be held as qualified applicants are identified, the position may be filled and the recruitment closed. Therefore you are encouraged to submit your application materials as soon as possible. The first review will be October 3, 2016.

This recruitment is for one (1) permanent Information Technology Systems/ Applications Specialist 5 in the Fish Program, Fish Science, Biological Data Systems (BDS) Unit. The duty station is the Natural Resource Building, Olympia, WA.

This position provides professional spatial data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) services to WDFW and the Fish Program through management of statewide corporate spatial datasets. This position serves as the agency technical expert on complex datasets including high-resolution hydrography and freshwater fish distribution and use. This position manages the Fish Geographic Information Systems Section and directly supervises two Information Technology Specialists 4's.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Designs, develops and maintains tabular, geospatial, and statistical database and software applications.
  • Performs technical analysis and consulting activities on high risk/high impact projects.
  • Providing leadership and strategic oversight on troubleshooting and solving technical issues within the Fish Program for GIS products and process documentation and metadata development.
  • Serves as project leader and manager for Fish and spatial data analysis. Recommends strategic future technical direction for GIS products.
  • Supervises data system and GIS technical staff throughout the State.
  • Develops standards, methods, policies and procedures for management of Fish Program GIS data systems.
  • Works with and provides technical leadership in joint agency tribal geodata projects
  • Performs budget and contract administration activities.
  • Plans and pursues funding opportunities and collaborative projects with other entities and agencies. Duties

Lead & manage Fish Geographic Information Systems section of the Fish Program Science Division's Biological Data Systems Unit. Tasks include:

  • Manage and administer all aspects of the Fish Geographic Information Systems section.
  • Supervise and plan work for two Information Technology Specialist 4s (spatial database designer/programmer)
  • Develop, monitor, and modify annual Fish GIS section work plans as need in collaboration with supervisor.
  • Provide expert quality assurance review for Fish GIS section products to ensure accuracy and integrity of work performed by support technical and non-technical staff. Lead design, development and delivery of spatial datasets comprising the Washington Lakes and Rivers Information System (WLRIS). Tasks include:

  • Design, develop, implement and enhance the fish, hydrography, facilities and barriers GIS datasets that comprise WLRIS.

  • Apply advanced principles of dynamic segmentation to build event tables that link fish, facilities, barriers, habitat and other data to the hydrography layers.
  • Generate and maintain FGDC-compliant metadata for all WLRIS datasets.
  • Convert selected WLRIS data themes to specified standard formats and provide to ITS Division for inclusion in SalmonScape and other agency Web-based applications.
  • Collaborate with StreamNet Project Regional GIS staff to set standards for exchange of Washington high-resolution hydrography and other relevant WLRIS datasets.
  • Maintain and provide selected WLRIS data themes to WDFW-StreamNet staff for conversion and exchange with StreamNet Regional staff.
  • Respond to ad-hoc data and map requests involving WLRIS themes in a timely fashion. Lead design, development, deployment and operation of comprehensive software systems to input, manage, and disseminate WLRIS datasets. * *Tasks include:

  • Design, develop, and implement integrated support software to enter, manage, update and enhance WLRIS databases using the ArcGIS software in Windows environment.

  • Systems must provide both technical and non-technical staff the ability to complete complex spatial data entry, quality assurance, and data extraction tasks with a minimum of assistance.
  • Create and enhance supporting programs and infrastructure as needed to emphasize data integrity while improving efficiency.
  • Design, develop, and implement software programs that support user-friendly non-technical access to WLRIS data themes for dataset download and standard map production Lead design, development and delivery of spatial datasets comprising the Washington Lakes and Rivers Information System (WLRIS).

  • Serves as lead developer for WDFW Statewide Integrated Fish Distribution (SWIFD) dataset and publically facing SalmonScape web tool.

  • Serves as primary contact and coordinator for SWIFD with our Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission co-managers Provide strategic direction to Fish Program managers related to development and use of spatial data and map products in support of fish management and salmon recovery objectives. Tasks include:

  • Respond to needs expressed by Fish Program managers that can be addressed with fish spatial data, with emphasis on adding value to the WDFW SalmonScape Web-based application.

  • Advise supervisor in creating and implementing a strategic direction for fish spatial data in WDFW, including the means to spatially-enable critical information to support context-sensitive analyses, complex visualizations, or other needed services. Perform other duties as required.

Working Conditions Established work schedule is 8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday with variation as needed. Occasional weekend and off-hour work may be required during peak business times, system implementations, maintenance and outages.

Union This position is covered by a collective bargaining agreement between the State of Washington, Department of Fish & Wildlife, and the Washington Association of Fish and Wildlife Professionals (WAFWP). As a condition of employment you must either join the union and pay union dues, or pay the union a representational or other fee within 30 days of the date you are put into pay status.


Qualified applicants will be considered based on their experience, knowledge and skills in the following areas:

  • Four years of professional information technology experience such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming, installing and/or maintaining computer software applications, directing projects, and administering or supervising staff who performed work in any of these information technology disciplines.
  • Expert knowledge of ArcGIS Desktop and experience designing, implementing and administering enterprise geodatabases in ArcGIS/SDE environment (5 years).
  • Demonstrated experience in relational database design and structured query language (SQL), including the use of Microsoft Access and SQL Server (5 years).
  • Experience with developing and maintaining web-based map services, feature services and/or geoprocessing services.
  • GIS application development and customization experience using Python, NET, and ArcObjects (2 years).
  • Knowledge and experience exposing GIS data on the web.
  • Knowledge and experience with project management principles and best practices.
  • Knowledge and experience with information system design: documenting business requirements, determining system infrastructure requirements; identifying key limitations, risks, dependencies and opportunities; designing and/or implementing testing plan; and making recommendations on system implementation plan; etc.
  • Works effectively as a member of interdisciplinary teams, thinks creatively and with innovation, and exercises good judgment; Models constructive working relationships characterized by a high level of cooperation and effective communication.
  • Ability to independently design, develop, implement and maintain software tools and utilities for automating, standardizing, documenting, validating and administering complex data conversion, integration and maintenance procedures.
  • Excellent communication skills (written and verbal); Demonstrated experience and ability to effectively translate and present technical content in "plain language".
  • A valid Washington or other State Driver's License Desired qualifications:

  • Master's degree in Land Management, Computer Science or Wildlife Biology with emphasis on land inventory and management applications in GIS.

  • Experience converting high-resolution hydrography linework into a routed network.
  • Experience developing and managing event data tied to routed high-resolution hydrography layers.
  • Custom software development in the ESRI environment working directly with AML and INFO database tables.
  • Demonstrated success in project management and product delivery.
  • Good understanding of natural resources management and issues
  • Experience supervising and motivating a team of skilled high technology workers.
  • Experience translating technical concepts to users without GIS expertise. Experience is based on full time equivalency (i.e., 40 or more hours/week). Part time work is prorated (e.g., 20 hours/week for 6 years = 3 years of experience). Do not count experience that was a part of your educational requirements.

Supplemental Information

To apply for this position you MUST complete your profile at www.careers.wa.gov and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (generic cover letter will not be accepted).

A current resume (please make it succinct)

Three professional references (personal references do not count as professional)

Please note: Failure to follow the above application instructions will lead to disqualification. E-mailed documents will not be accepted in lieu of attaching your documents to the online profile. Upon submission of your online application, you will immediately receive a confirming e-mail. You will then be notified via e-mail of your status during the process. In addition to the e-mail notifications, you can check the status of your application at any time by visiting your online profile at www.careers.wa.gov. Due to the high volume of applications that we receive, we ask your understanding and encourage you to use the online process and avoid calling for information.

The Department of Fish and Wildlife is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may call (360) 902-2276 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (800) 833-6388.

Job Type: Full Time - Permanent

Job Number: 2016-09249

Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Closing: Continuous

Agency: State of Washington

Address: View Job Posting for Agency Information View Job Posting for Location, Washington, 98504.

Website: http://www.careers.wa.gov

Salary: $5,253.00 - $6,727.00 Monthly

Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA