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Floodplain Senior GIS Technician

State of Nebraska

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Join our team at the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (NeDNR). You will see that our mission of managing Nebraskas most precious natural resource through sound partnerships, cooperation and science-based decision making will guide you as you succeed with the Floodplain Management Section of the Engineering Programs and Services Division. You will experience an excellent working environment, positive actions and growth opportunities.

Before we dive into what we need, let us show off what you get!

Workplace flexibility
13 paid holidays
Vacation and sick leave equating to 24 days your first year, accruing immediately
Military leave
156% (that’s not a typo!) state-matched retirement
Tuition reimbursement
Employee assistance program
79% employer paid health insurance plans
Dental and vision insurance plans
Employer-paid $20,000 life insurance policy
Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program (PLSF) through the Federal government
Wide variety and availability of career advancement as the largest and most diverse employer in the State
Opportunity to be part of meaningful work and make a difference through public service
Training and Development based on your career aspirations
Fun, inviting teammates
A safe and secure environment

At the State, we stand by our core values of treating others with dignity and respect, acting ethically in all situations, and creating an environment where our customer is our top priority. Apply to join our team today!

The successful candidate will work on projects under NeDNR’s Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP) grants with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), conducting detailed hydrologic and hydraulic analysis for flood risk identification, and providing technical assistance to the general public. Please be advised that this position is a grant funded position and is contingent upon continued funding. NeDNR has received grant funding since 1999, however this position will cease to exist if the funding is discontinued. Typically, there is at least a year notice if the position is going to be defunded.

Examples of Work

Perform assignments under limited supervision as directed by your supervisor including:

Conducting basic hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.
Under the guidance of an engineer, assist in developing and running 2-dimensional hydraulic studies.
Delineating floodplain areas based on new or existing hydrologic and hydraulic analyses.
Writing flood insurance studies, project reports, summary of mapping amendments, and other technical writing tasks.
Creating DFIRM databases, project task databases, and metadata based on FEMA’s guidelines and specifications.
Creating NeDNR work maps and FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps.
Maintaining the Floodplain Management Section’s spatial data through geodatabases.
Develop policies and checklists for project tasks.
Perform quality control on submittal datasets created by other staff members.
Resolve quality issues and submit data to FEMA.
Maintaining and creating new information and data for the Floodplain Management website.
Assist in the development and maintenance of ArcGIS Story Maps for Floodplain Management Section projects.
Organizing the Floodplain Management Section’s correspondence file system.
Helping with coordination and participating in outreach and training efforts.
Writing articles for the section newsletters.
Educating the general public about floodplain management.
Provide technical assistance on using the floodplain interactive map.
Participating in and conducting meetings as they relate to grant activities.
All other duties as assigned.

Qualifications / Requirements

(Applicants will be screened for possession of these qualifications. Applicants who need accommodation in the selection process should request this in advance.) REQUIREMENTS: A bachelors degree or equivalent in computer science, information systems, mathematics, engineering or other related field and two years of experience, education, or training in coding computer applications; programming experience can be substituted for education on a year for year basis. PREFERRED: A degree with course work in GIS or another related field. Preference will be given to candidates possessing experience with ESRI GIS software and applications. A Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM) is preferred, but not required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Familiarity with geospatial concepts, practices and procedures including coordinate systems, projections, topology, LiDAR, and FEMA requirements. Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS Portal, ArcGIS Online, Story Maps, and Enterprise GIS environments. Ability to analyze needs and user requirements. Knowledge of: the principles of technical writing; effective communication; public outreach; hydrology and hydraulics; floodplain management; FEMA’s flood insurance rate maps, and flood insurance studies, and knowledge of FEMA guidelines and specifications as they relate to Draft FIRM creation, is desired. Skilled in using: ESRI GIS software and the Microsoft Office Suite. Ability to: prioritize tasks, be detail-oriented, follow guidelines and specifications, and work independently.

We offer a comprehensive package of pay, benefits, paid time off, retirement and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of your career and life. Your paycheck is just part of your total compensation.

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