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Database and Geographic Information System Specialist – Pohakuloa Training Area, HI

Colorado State University

Job detailsSalary$65,000 – $75,000 a yearJob TypeFull-timeFull Job Description

Position Location

Pohakuloa Training Area, Hawaii

Work Location

Position is fully in-office/in-person

Research Professional Position


Posting Number


Position Type

Admin Professional/ Research Professional

Classification Title

Research Associate II

Number of Vacancies


Work Hours/Week


Proposed Annual Salary Range

$65,000 – $75,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSUs Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas: &

Desired Start Date


Position End Date (if temporary)

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on


Description of Work Unit

CEMML is a research, education and service unit within the Warner College of Natural Resources at Colorado State University (CSU). CEMML applies the latest and most appropriate science to promote the sustainable management of natural and cultural resources on Department of Defense and other public lands. We provide technical support, conduct applied research, and offer career development and learning opportunities to support resource stewardship. We collaborate with our sponsors and within CSU to resolve complex environmental issues, leaving a legacy of science-based decisions that sustain our resources for future generations.

To learn more about CEMMLs contributions to land management, our mission, vision, and values, visit

Position Summary

A Database and Geographic Information (GIS) Specialist position is available with the Center for Environmental Management of Military Lands. This position is located at Pohakuloa Training Area on Hawaii Island, Hawaii.

The Specialist designs, constructs, implements, and maintains program and project-specific databases. The position also tests databases, implements backup systems, and develops processes to verify data integrity. The Specialist develops user interfaces and documentation/SOPs, creates reports and queries, ensures data quality, implements database recovery, and ensures data security. The Specialist will perform GIS tasks to include geodatabase creation and management, GIS file structure management, developing/maintaining metadata consistent with federal standards, cartography and spatial analyses, and developing/maintaining applications to collect geospatial data in the field (primarily using ArcGIS Collector and Survey 123). The Specialist performs Information Technology (IT) tasks to include installing and updating software, assisting with hardware procurement and hardware and software configuration, assisting with server and IT network infrastructure, and administrating ArcGIS Enterprise.

Beginning Monday, August 16, 2021, Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information & Resources site here,

Required Job Qualifications

BS/BA in geography, geographic information systems, natural resources management, environmental science, ecology, or a closely related field.
Three years of experience with information management and design of relational databases including concepts of database normalization, logical and conceptual models, relational database design standards, database management practices.
Demonstrated ability with developing applications in Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or similar programming language.
Three years of professional experience with GIS management/application.
Proficient user of Esris ArcGIS software suite, including ArcGIS Enterprise/ArcGIS Online.
Demonstrated ability to interpret and write complex structured query language (SQL) queries, establish standards and best practices for SQL.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Must have a valid drivers license or the ability to obtain a drivers license by the employment start date.
The successful candidate must be legally authorized to work in the U.S. by proposed start date; CEMML will not provide visa sponsorship for this position.

Preferred Job Qualifications

MS/MA in geography, geographic information systems, natural resources management, environmental science, ecology, or a closely related field.
Professional GIS Certification.
Experience with managing natural resource management data.
Experience developing/managing applications to collect geospatial data in the field.
Experience with image processing and raster analysis (e.g., land cover and vegetation, fire).
Experience with computer network administration, including network architecture of a stand-alone local area network, personal computer and laptop maintenance.
Experience with federal GIS metadata standards.
Experience working on a military installation or organization.

Diversity Statement

Reflecting departmental and institutional values, candidates are expected to have the ability to advance the Departments commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Database Management


Creates and tests databases and backup systems and develops data processes to verify/ensure data integrity. Develops user interfaces and manuals and creates reports and queries. Performs data analysis/modeling to ensure data quality. Implements database recovery and ensures security. Analyzes database performance for optimization and maintains data dictionaries. Query and summarize data, provide support for data requests and prepare deliverables.

Percentage Of Time


Job Duty Category

GIS Management


Manages GIS to include geodatabase creation/administration, maintenance of authorized/curated file structure, develop/update SOPs for spatial data management. Develops/maintains metadata consistent with federal standards. Provides cartographic support to include spatial analyses and map production. Develops/maintains methods/applications to collect geospatial data.

Percentage Of Time


Job Duty Category

Information Technology Support


Supports tasks related to Information Technology to include installing software or updates, assisting with hardware procurement and hardware and software configuration, and assisting with server and IT network infrastructure.

Percentage Of Time


Application Details

Special Instructions to Applicants

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications in the announcement to be considered for hire. Apply no later than February 20, 2023, for full consideration at Mailed or emailed applications will not be accepted.

Upload each of the items below individually as a Word Document (.doc), PDF (.pdf), or Rich Text Format (.rtf). Please note that incomplete applications cannot be considered. Please remove social security numbers and birthdates from application materials. A complete application consists of:

Statement of Qualifications (one-page letter addressing each qualification described in the announcement) uploaded in the Cover Letter slot.


Transcripts (for each degree earned that is listed under qualifications) uploaded in the Official Transcripts or Unofficial Transcripts slot.

Degree Conferral (copy of diploma if transcripts do not include confirmation that degree was awarded) uploaded in the Other slot.

References please include within your application contact information for 3 professional references including at least one supervisor.

References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires), Valid Drivers License, Special Requirements/Other – Must be able to comply with all applicable regulations to obtain a Department of Defense Common Access Card (CAC) and public trust clearance. Furthermore, candidates are required at a minimum to complete a NACI/SF85 and successfully pass a federal backgro

Search Contact

Nikhil Narahari (

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The
Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-1715,

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the Universitys Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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