Utah State University

Part Time GIS Technician

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 1 month ago(9/18/2020 12:59 PM)
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Category (Portal Searching)
Research (non-Faculty)
Position Type
Non-benefited (hourly) Part-Time
Job Classification
Quinney College of Natural Resourcs
Watershed Sciences
Advertised Salary


NAMC is seeking a part-time GIS technician to work closely with our Geospatial Ecologist.

This position provides an exciting learning experience in GIS, database exploration, and assessment of reference status for streams across the Western United States that will undoubtedly provide the technician with highly-sought skills in State and Federal natural resources management agencies.




Tasks will be varied, but will focus on technical support related to watershed delineations, reference stream site screening, etc. NAMC is currently exploring the functionality of the USGS tool StreamStats in order to more efficiently delineate watersheds. Although this process is partly automated, not all coordinates from sampled points coincide with NHD lines. As a result, we need a person to conduct diligence on all pour points and determine if locations make sense as mapped, or if a given point needs to be moved in order to accurately represent the sampled stream location.


Additionally, NAMC has an ongoing effort to screen sampled points in our database as either reference or not. We are particularly interested in determining reference status in order to develop benchmarks that agencies, such as the BLM, can use to categorize stream reach condition. The determination of reference condition for stream reaches is critical to the development of models used to assess stream condition. This objective requires competence in using imagery and various layers to categorize stream reaches throughout the western US.


Depending on the incumbent's abilities and willingness, there will likely be other GIS-specific tasks to perform.


Work will not usually exceed 10-15 hours per week, although this will vary seasonally to some degree. Exact schedule work hours are flexible, and work can be performed remotely. Wage is $15/hour. We are seeking someone to start immediately and work through the 2020-2021 academic year with summer extension possible.


  • Successful candidates will have at least 1 year of GIS experience, which should include some coursework.
    • GIS skills include - but are not necessarily limited to:
      • ability to assess point locations relative to the NHD layer and to relocate if needed.
      • Additional lines of evidence may be required to make final determinations, such as USGS topo layers, stream names, and possibly verbal or cartographic data from the field.
  • Skills must also include an ability to apply and interpret different layers as part of the screening process.


Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

1. Resume to be uploaded on the Candidate Profile

2. Cover Letter to be typed/pasted in a text box at the end of application


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary



Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,800 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,140 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 165 undergraduate majors, 138 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visithttps://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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