Geographical Information Systems Specialist, Mid/Senior Level

Depends on Experience

Full Time

  • 10% Travel


  • ECOSphere
  • DKeys
  • IPaC
  • ypescript/Javascript
  • Java
  • HTML
  • CSS
  • Python
  • *nix shell
  • Groovy

Job Description

Job Title: Geographical Information Systems Specialist, Mid-Level

Location: Falls Church, VA or possible Remote

Clearance: Background Investigation required

Must be a U.S. Citizen or permanent resident card.


Geographical Information Systems Specialist, Mid-Level


Inalab Consulting is seeking a Geographical Information Systems Specialist, Mid-Level to join our team for a potential opportunity on a Department of Interior U.S. Fish and Wildlife Agency project for the Ecological Services (ES) Species Range Project support. The ES program requires Geographical Information System (GIS) technical expertise and proven project management experience in a large and complex project. GIS experts will update species range maps for species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as well as other spatial data products for species recovery, including implementation and refinement of a delineation protocol, establishing data standards, developing requirements and processes for data storage and management, technology platform, and coordination with and among field offices and partners to implement the protocol.


Essential Tasks

· Provide GIS technical support, knowledge and recommendations that are consistent with Federal policies, procedures, regulations, and statutes as they relate to technology

· Provide mapping support to lead offices with curating spatial data across the range of a species to ensure shared interpretation

· Coordinate across offices on appropriate scale for mapping shared species

· Provide quality assurance / quality control on range projects consistent with developed SOPs and refine SOPs based on feedback from project participants

· Identify and help create/collect spatial data objects/layers as needed to benefit multiple species in range mapping efforts

· Support revision of data standards and procedures for the species range maps in ECOS/ECOSphere, including meta-data management and quality control and quality assurance review protocols

· Coordinate across offices, under the supervision of BDI staff, on appropriate scale for mapping shared species

· Support BDI management in making recommendations for capturing current Range data in ECOS/ECOSphere

· Assist in projects that are implementing the SRP protocols to inform and further refine the range delineation

· Provide support in development of recommendations and implementation of approved to host the new or revised species range maps in ECOS/ECOSphere

· Support the project’s effort to continue a collaborative network of ES managers and users to implement the SRP SOP and develop species range maps for over species for which Ecological Services is responsible

· Assist in coordination and engagement work with other Federal agencies, States, nongovernmental organizations, and other interested parties in sharing data that inform species range delineations

· Participate as needed in working groups and assist in developing additional or revise existing standard operating protocols or guidance to address range map requirements, processes, or procedures

o This could include developing additional methodologies and conducting spatial analyses on individual or groups of species, including but not limited to:

§ connectivity, prioritization, climate change (using species distribution models)

§ and landcover modeling and change analyses



· Knowledge of R, R Shiny, workflows, big data, geographical information systems (GIS)

· Spatial data management and manipulation

· Data modeling; proven experience

· Managing a GIS-based data system

· Skill in communicating effectively (orally and in writing)

· Ability to communicate and coordinate effectively with multiple partners, working teams, and organizations

· Proven project management abilities, including experience in managing complex tasks, including short-term and long-term planning, goal and policy setting, and monitoring accomplishments

· Biological knowledge/training desired



3-5 years’ experience supporting GIS systems,

Bachelor’s degree in technical field

Inalab is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. Applicants with a disability can request reasonable accommodation by contacting