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Geographical information systems officer

Years of experience: 2 - 5 years
  • Bachelor's Degree in GIS, geography or computer sciences.
  • Use a range of GPS tools in the field to capture the location of 'assets' such as bridges, street lights, road barriers and flood defences
  • Undertake desk-based data capture (digitising) to convert paper maps to GIS datasets to, for example, record the location of telecoms cables or water pipelines from original maps.
  • Create and maintain the structures necessary for GIS data storage
  • Develop tools for loading/transferring GIS data between different systems
  • Manipulate, analyse and present geographical information by creating programs to convert GIS information from one format to another
  • Develop internet apps to present GIS data and tools on corporate websites
  • Use tools to join together different GIS datasets and create new information or investigate patterns, e.g. estimating the number of people potentially affected by flooding, using population growth figures and planning information to estimate increasing/decreasing demand for school capacity or calculating the number of potential customers for a new supermarket and predicting buying patterns based on socio-economic factors.
Required Skills & Qualifications:
  • Strong Written and Oral Communication skills.
  • IT skills, including the use and manipulation of complex databases and spreadsheets
  • Knowledge of specialized software packages such as ArcGIS or ESRI
  • Numerical skills with the ability to analyse data and statistics
  • Ability to translate client requirements into working solutions
  • Familiarity with Ordnance Survey mapping and digitising techniques
  • Presentation Skills
  • Project Management Skills
  • Self-motivation and a proactive attitude to work
  • Attention to Detail
  • Teamworking skills and the ability to work independently
  • Ability to work well under pressure.

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