PSI is hiring a GIS Specialist


–The position has been filled–

The Puget Sound Institute at the University of Washington is seeking a GIS Specialist to work on geospatially explicit tasks relating to the regional strategy to restore and recover valued components of the Puget Sound ecosystem. These include data acquisition, development, maintenance, mapping, and basic geospatial analysis. The position is funded by the EPA’s National Estuary Program.


Develop and maintain effective working relationships with project clients, stakeholders and team members.
Contribute to the design of spatial elements of projects aimed at advancing recovery of the Puget Sound ecosystem.
Conduct GIS analyses required to complete tasks with specified objectives.
Design, produce, and deliver maps, tables, and other graphic products as outputs of these tasks.
Organize content to support the development of GIS products for PSI’s webpage.
Describe the significance and implications of results in documented and presentation formats.



  • Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Natural Resources, or science or technology field with significant application in GIS, or an equivalent combination of GIS experience and knowledge.
  • Two to three years of experience in:
 Knowledge of GIS production of cartographic and other spatial data displays, analysis, and applications from a natural resources perspective.
  • Two years of applied professional experience in the application and use of GIS technology including two years of applied professional experience with ArcGIS 10.6 or higher.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Experience and proficiency with MS Office Suite products, including word processing, spreadsheet, database, scheduling and e-mail.
  • Perform accurate data entry in a timely manner.
  • Must be comfortable with internet and intranet usage and management of electronic documents.


  • Applied professional experience, knowledge and experience with off-the-shelf products offered by the latest version of ArcGIS Online.
  • Skills in conducting research on specific work assignments, use of analytical, problem-solving, and troubleshooting skills, and maintaining confidentiality on sensitive matters.
  • Skill in handling multiple competing priorities, effectively handling a number of detailed projects or tasks simultaneously.
  • Demonstrated initiative and accountability for delivery of detail-oriented products or services as directed.
  • Skill in working in a team environment; ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other staff.

Highly desirable: Knowledge of ongoing approaches, participants, and advances in the ongoing effort to recover Puget Sound.

Work Location: Puget Sound Institute, Center for Urban Waters, 326 E D St, Tacoma, WA.
Work schedule: The regular workweek is full-time 40 hours, Monday through Friday. Deadlines for task deliverables are set according to contract work plan. Team members work towards delivery of outputs by deadline, not on a schedule set by regular business hours.

The GIS Specialist reports to: PSI Senior Scientist Nicholas Georgiadis.
For more information, please contact: Nicholas Georgiadis, Puget Sound Institute (, 406 580 2853).

See the full announcement and apply at UW Hires Req # 176403.