Playa Lakes Joint Ventures seeks
POSITION: GIS Analyst
START DATE: May 2010
SALARY: $40,000 - $45,000 per year
LOCATION: Stillwater, OK
Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) is hiring a full-time GIS Analyst to expand its current GIS
capacity. The GIS Analyst will work with the Lead GIS Analyst to develop spatially-explicit
tools to drive effective conservation of wildlife and their associated habitats, including both
terrestrial and aquatic systems. Work will focus on conservation of all priority wildlife in the
PLJV region, including birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates.
The Playa Lakes Joint Venture is a habitat-based partnership whose mission is to conserve playa
lakes, other wetlands, and associated landscapes through partnerships for the benefit of birds,
other wildlife, and people. PLJV encompasses a six-state area including parts of Colorado,
Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas. The Joint Venture is managed by a
Management Board comprised of representatives from state and federal resource agencies,
private not-for-profit conservation organizations, academic institutions and corporations.
Bachelor’s Degree in wildlife or natural resource conservation field (e.g., forestry, rangeland
ecology, fisheries), environmental science, or geography AND 2 years professional experience in
a GIS technician/analyst position. If degree is geography or other field not directly related to
natural resources conservation, substantial coursework or professional experience in such
subjects is required.
Extensive experience with ESRI ArcInfo and ERDAS Imagine software, including work with
both vector and raster formats, spatial modeling, geodatabase design and maintenance, and
creation of metadata.
Preference will be given to applicants with knowledge and experience in:
• analysis of aquatic ecosystems, especially riverine systems,
• statistical and/or geospatial habitat modeling related to wildlife conservation, and
• landcover data development via remote sensing (RS) data.
This position serves as a GIS analyst assisting with development and production of GIS data and
products. The position participates in conducting analysis of biological and other natural
resource information utilizing GIS and related technologies. This includes collection, input,
retrieval, manipulation, analysis, and output of geospatial data.
This position assists in developing and applying remote sensing methods for the analysis of
aerial and satellite imagery for use in land cover mapping and monitoring, to include a variety of
terrestrial and aquatic communities in regions of Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico,
Oklahoma, and Texas.
This position assists in field investigations and on-site reviews and surveys, as necessary, for the
purpose of compiling, assessing and verifying species and habitat information to be entered into
This position operates GIS hardware and software including computers, plotters, and data back-
This position documents the sources and procedures (creates metadata) used in data collection,
compilation, transformation, application, analysis, and presentation following the appropriate
Federal Geographic Data Committee standards.
1. Knowledge Required by the Position
Professional knowledge of ecological principles, ecosystem processes, and the procedures,
techniques and methods utilized in vegetation mapping and wildlife habitat modeling applicable
to a broad, multidisciplinary and comprehensive ecosystem management.
Professional knowledge and skills to analyze biological and geographical data derived from
ecosystem studies and studies pertaining to habitat and population management of specific
species, and in investigation, analyzing, and understanding a broad array of ecological
Knowledge and experience in use of computerized mapping systems (e.g., Environmental
Systems Research Institute, Inc. ArcGIS (ArcInfo) software and ERDAS Imagine image
processing software) and computer hardware and software for use in mapping and analyzing
species and habitat data.
Knowledge of theories, principles, practices, equipment, software, and techniques of remote
sensing including computer assisted digital data classification, image manipulation, and
statistical analysis to formulate and implement remote sensing and GIS applications in support of
biological resource management programs or other related programs.
Knowledge of GIS and RS terminology, theories, and techniques as they correlate to computer
systems to maintain a GIS and associated databases. Knowledge and experience using Federal
Geographic Data Committee standards and policies for creation, maintenance, and distribution of
Ability to work both independently and as part of a team. Skill in written and oral
communication to write and review correspondence, reports, and policy/procedural guidance,
and participate on committees and ecosystem teams.
2. Supervisory Controls
The position will report directly to and is evaluated by the PLJV Coordinator. The PLJV
Coordinator and Lead GIS Analyst define the work to be accomplished in terms of broad
objectives and priorities, specifying methods and techniques only in the broadest sense. Annual
work plans for the position will be determined by the PLJV Management Board and Coordinator.
The Lead GIS Analyst establishes and outlines assignments, specifying objectives and end
results. The employee is expected to plan and carry out the assignments, independently in
accordance with proven techniques, methods, practices, and previous experience.
Assignments are of moderate to difficult complexity and vary with each assignment. The
employee must select and interpret appropriate methods from a broad range of standard
techniques and procedures when formulating specific work plans. The employee must use
judgment to ensure that tests, measurements, and observations used meet scientific and operating
requirements and will yield valid results.
4. Personal Contacts
Contacts are with various levels federal, state, and non-governmental conservation organization
both within and outside the immediate geographic area, as well with contractors, and institutions
of higher learning. Contact with producers of GIS/RS geospatial data is also required.
5. Work Environment
The work is primarily performed in an office setting with some fieldwork performed at intervals
throughout the year. Office work typically requires a majority of time using computers. Field
work will require travel which includes the normal everyday risks and discomforts of auto, bus,
rail or air transportation, as well as, four wheel drive trucks, air boats, and all terrain vehicle use
on project sites.
6. Salary and Benefits
Starting salary will range from $40,000 -$45,000 per year and is commensurate with education
and experience. Medical is provided though heath insurance paired with a PLJV-funded Health
Savings Account. Retirement is provided via a 403(b) to which PLJV contributes.
7. Job Location
Oklahoma State University campus, Stillwater, Oklahoma
Please send a resume and cover letter to the following contact via email. Include contact
information for three references. Limit cover letter to one page and describe related work
experience, qualifications, available start date, and required salary. Applications will be
accepted through April 11, 2010 and interviews scheduled as applications are received.
Playa Lakes Joint Venture
501 Life Sciences West
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
visit us at www.pljv.org