GIS Project Manager

  • Trust for Public Land
  • Santa Fe, NM, United States
  • Sep 29, 2016
Full time GIS Natural Resources

Job Description

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is seeking an experienced, highly motivated and innovative team member for the position of GIS Project Manager. The Project Manager supports and leads GIS and planning teams with the delivery of GIS based strategic climate, conservation and green infrastructure planning initiatives nationwide. The Project Manager will work in partnership with TPL teams to implement cutting-edge GIS methodologies, tools and frameworks for conservation, planning, and green infrastructure projects. The Project Manager will lead and manage GIS projects and will work closely with the Deputy Director for Conservation GIS, the Climate GIS Program Manager, and other designated GIS staff to implement these projects. Projects are located nationwide and this position requires frequent travel. 
Because the scope of the Trust for Public Land’s GIS work is broad, the Project Manager will be working on a wide variety of GIS-based analyses in a highly collaborative team environment with focused time and effort leading Climate-Smart Cities projects. Cross pollination of ideas and methods among all  conservation projects the GIS team leads is essential. The Project Manager must be an effective presenter and communicator and highly skilled in the GIS field with extensive experience in all aspects of GIS project development, management and execution – including desktop analysis, tool and web-based development.
Essential Functions:

Project management including project scoping, budget tracking, client management, technical management and stakeholder meeting facilitation – minimum 3 years’ experience.
Technical translator including a demonstrated ability to communicate complex technical/GIS topics to practitioners and stakeholders.
Very strong verbal communication and presentation skills with the proven ability to lead multi-discipline technical teams.
Expert GIS analyst including advanced user of ESRI tools, knowledge of advanced spatial analysis and modeling techniques.
Ability to interpret and translate climate change and other natural resources research into GIS-based green infrastructure assessments.
Provide expertise implementing climate and conservation analysis in a GIS platform including assessment of heat islands, water quality, active transportation, wildlife, storm water mitigation, vulnerable assets and citizens at-risk.
Provides GIS project management, contract management and budget oversight, over large, complex, multi-vendor, multi-stakeholder projects.
Ability to use TPL’s project management tracking system
Minimum of five years of experience, including three years of supervisory/project management experience.
Strong project management skills, including the ability to track complex activities and timelines and work under minimal supervision.
Demonstrated ability to work confidently with a wide range of internal and external audiences.
Ability to translate technical information for non-technical audiences, specifically GIS and climate science.
Excellent presentation skills, both written and oral.
Extensive knowledge of ESRI software (ArcGIS 10x, Model Builder, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, ArcGIS Online).
Expertise in image processing, vector and raster modeling techniques and a sound understanding of cartographic principles.
Experience with creating and managing GIS and relational databases -  customizing ArcGIS using VBA or Python is a plus.
Strong analytical and interpretation skills.
Strong background in earth science, natural resource conservation, climate science and climate change issues as they pertain to urban areas, including an understanding of green infrastructure principles.     
Knowledge of and ability to utilize GIS resources available to GIS professionals.
Strong organization skills, including file documentation and system maintenance.
Ability and willingness to travel frequently throughout the country.
Requires a master’s degree in geography, geographical information systems, information technologies, environmental sciences or related field.

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