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Intermediate Career Position

Make A Difference GIS Specialist, Austin Texas

Uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS), database, and spreadsheet software for GIS design, GIS mapping and analysis, database design and system development, and compilation and analysis of geographic data. May use three or more sets of data simultaneously, and may require programming in languages such as Visual Basic, HTML, Cold Fusion, Avenue, and AML. This is the mid-level GIS position. Incumbent is fully cognizant of how data interact with decision-making processes. Willingness to travel or relocate to field site is expected.

Searches for and compiles field data based on project needs and specifications. Screens available data for relevance and applicability.
Designs GIS, database, and analytical processes. May include system development (e.g., tailoring hardware, software, and data configurations to meet project needs).
Designs and develops GIS automation processes for internal use. Modifies application code to customize automation processes.
Utilizes various spatial analysis methods (interpolation, modeling, etc.) to depict patterns and trends of geographic data.
Integrates hardware, software, and data. Assesses precision and accuracy of GIS data; makes decisions regarding relevance to projects. May integrate non-GIS data with GIS applications, as appropriate.
Performs quality assurance on GIS data and processes.
May evaluate commercial GIS applications, and design and develop GIS applications for internal use and client deliverables.
Produces client deliverables in both hardcopy and digital format.
Provides guidance to GIS technicians assigned to project.
Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.


4-year degree in Geography, Planning, Engineering, Computer Science or related curriculum (or equivalent) and 3-5 years of related experience.


  • Proficiency in GIS software applications and programming is required. Also requires a demonstrated proficiency in both written and oral communication skills and a working knowledge of industry practices. In addition, the incumbent must possess the following specific skills and competencies:
  • Well-developed skills with one or more GIS packages including scripting, programming, modeling, and designing.
  • Ability to design and maintain GIS databases and other database formats such as Microsoft Access, dBase, etc.
  • Proficiency in cartography and map design, including coordinating systems, projections, and map scales.
  • Ability to utilize, convert and incorporate various types of data into GIS. Examples of this data include Computer Aided Design and Drafting (CADD), Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and database files.
  • Knowledge of programming and scripting languages such as Visual Basic, Python, HTML, AML, EML, Cold Fusion, etc.
  • Systems automation skills (e.g., UNIX scripts, NT batch scripts, Linux scripts)
  • Systems and peripheral troubleshooting skills
  • Ability to independently assess data anomalies, software problems, and program design flaws, and take appropriate steps to make the project work.
  • Ability to ascertain hardware/software limitations, how to work within them, and what can be done when limits are reached.
  • Ability to communicate results of assigned tasks in writing.
  • Ability to document work performed on a project in project logs.
  • Ability to document specific information about project data in the metadata file.
  • Proficiency in basic office automation software including MS-Word or MS-Excel.

Parsons offers an ethical, challenging, diverse, rewarding and fun work experience where enthusiastic, responsible people use their energy, talent and dedication to make a difference in the world.

We provide career growth and development, a competitive compensation and benefits package which includes medical, dental, vision, and life insurance; tuition reimbursement program; credit union membership; and a 401(k) plan. Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. M/W/D/V.

Founded in 1944, Parsons, an engineering, construction, technical, and management services firm with revenues of $3 billion in 2012, is 100% owned by the Employee Stock Ownership Trust. Parsons is a leader in many diversified markets with a focus on transportation, environmental/infrastructure, defense/security, and resources. We conquer the toughest logistical challenges and deliver design/design-build, program/construction management, and other professional services packaged in innovative alternative delivery methods to federal, regional, and local government agencies, as well as to private industrial customers worldwide. Currently, 13,000 Parsons employees are engaged in 2,000 projects in 50 states and 25 countries. These dedicated workers speak 82 languages and hold more than 7,600 college degrees and professional registrations. Parsons' employees continue to go anywhere in the world, meet every technical and management challenge, and persevere until the job is done.