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Natural Resource GIS Analyst/Programmer

Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc.

Vallejo, California
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This position will provide technical and analytical support for developing and streamlining workflows to prepare and process spatially-explicit datasets to support National Forest plan revision, regional vegetation/fuels projects, One Region/One Program of Work, and other geospatial analytical support projects.  This project shall require programming in multiple languages including Python, and R.  The project shall also require advanced knowledge of the following software packages applications: ArcGIS, MS Access, MS Project and MS Excel. This position will work on-site at the US Forest Service R5 Regional Office located in Vallejo, CA. 


The Natural Resource GIS Analyst/Programmer will perform the following tasks:

  • Python programming to compile datasets for natural resource data and pull corporate data from EDW
  • Automation, using python, of multi-scale (i.e., ecoregion subsection, forest and bioregional scale) analysis of bioclimatic, vegetation, wildlife and other natural resource data.  Also, multi-scale summarization of socio-economic data shall also be required.
  • The development of raster surfaces and lists from supplemental data shall be required to produce inputs for modeling ecosystem dynamics, disturbance regimes and other vegetation analytics.
  • Develop cartographic products and perform live on-screen presentations to show FS personnel and the public how data sets were created, how to interpret the resultant outputs and present preliminary summary statistics.
  • Maintain project information in tracking spreadsheets
  • Import and maintain projects in MS Project
  • Develop validation data sets to evaluate the accuracy of mapped vegetation attributes
  • Generate map products that are legible, consistent, and compliant with 508 policy
  • Create internal ArcGIS Online web maps and story maps as well as public-facing interactive web maps in coordination with data contributions from each forest
  • Attend meetings and provide supporting map products and explanations to assist with decision making and data exploration
  • Conduct quality control and implement geospatial data management best practices
  • Design and implement mobile GIS technology and applications using Survey123, Collector, Explorer and/or Navigator.
  • Develop data, map products, and workflows for ArcGIS Pro
  • Oral and written communication with FS staff regarding how datasets were generated or what underlying assumptions are implicit in hypothesis tests
  • Create a knowledge transfer plan to coordinate ongoing work with government employees or other designated parties.  This includes identifying and documenting: project management processes, points of contact, location of technical and project management documentation, status of ongoing technical initiatives, key personnel, and identifying pending actions required of the Government
  • Establish status meetings for effective communication with the appropriate Contractor/Government personnel

Additional project work may be assigned due to changing Regional priorities.


To excel in the Natural Resource GIS Analyst/Programmer position, you should possess the following skills, experience, and background:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Forestry, Ecology, Wildlife Biology, Soils, Geology, Hydrology, Geography or Earth Science.
  • Master’s degree from an accredited college or university in GIS is highly desired.
  • Five years of intensive and progressive experience in a field requiring extensive use of GIS and related tools.

In addition, the following skills are desirable:

  • Coursework and work-related experience pertaining to natural resource management
  • Analytical techniques for modeling and assessing dynamic ecological communities.
  • Knowledge and ability to work within the ArcGIS online environment.

About Us

Mason, Bruce & Girard, Inc. is a full-service natural resource consulting firm, with expertise in environmental services, forestry and geographic information systems (GIS).  A set of core values guide our work, focusing our efforts on providing responsible, sustainable solutions that meet client needs.

Our areas of expertise include forestry, wildlife, fisheries, wetlands, water quality, and GIS. Our work is characterized by the highest level of client service, the application of the best science and technology, quality processes and results, integrity, and our respect for the natural environment.  We provide natural resource consulting services to both industry and government and have done so since 1921. 

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Click here http://www.masonbruce.com/careers/join-our-team/ or visit the Careers section of our website to send us your resume. 

Mason, Bruce & Girard is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and we do not discriminate against employees or job applicants on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other status or consideration protected by local, state and federal laws, except where a bona fide occupational qualification applies. Equal opportunity applies to hiring, promotion, training, compensation, and any other organizational action. MB&G’s written Affirmative Action Plan is available to all employees and job applicants upon request.

MB&G is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.

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