Salary: $6,939.00 – $9,332.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Closing Date: 10/9/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Are you ready to make a meaningful impact on the world of fisheries and environmental science through cutting-edge technology? If you’re a passionate Geographic Information Systems (GIS) expert with a desire to support the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) Fish Program, we have the perfect opportunity for you!

The Biological Data Systems (BDS) unit is an integral part of the WDFW Fish Program Science Division, supporting cross-program and interagency data applications, regional fish metric databases, field data collection tools, web services, and more. As a GIS Analyst within the BDS unit, you’ll play a pivotal role in maintaining and developing essential data applications that directly impact fish populations and the environment.

Why Join Us:

Impact: Your work will directly contribute to the conservation and management of fish populations in Washington State.

Innovation: Be part of a forward-thinking team that leverages state-of-the-art technology to drive change.

Collaboration: Collaborate with professionals passionate about environmental science and technology.

Growth: Opportunities for professional development and advancement within the organization.

Here is what you will be doing, 

Data steward of complex spatial datasets: 

  • Design, implement, and maintain complex GIS datasets across a variety of data storage platforms.
  • Advise and assist in the conversion of datasets to meet user requirements and information needs.
  • Consult with internal staff to identify geospatial data needs, evaluate workflow, solve problems across multiple platforms, and assist in end-user support for applications.

Design and develop web maps and web services for agency usage: 

  • Develop standards, methods and procedures for data development and maintenance.
  • Develop tools and automated routines to perform updates and analysis using programming languages, such as Python.  
  • Develop, support, and maintain feature services, web maps, and apps in ArcGIS Online.
  • Use ArcGIS Server as needed in conjunction with ArcGIS Online.

Design, create, and maintain map products, data analytics, reports, applications, and statistics using scripts, cartographic techniques, and GIS tools:

  • Provide support for projects that require complex data applications, analysis, and modeling to produce high quality GIS products, including publication ready maps. 
  • Plan and develop data entry, storage, and retrieval programs and routines supporting basic data compilation & manipulation to bring the data into standardized WDFW databases. 
  • Contribute expertise to discussions concerning technical details that lead to development and maintenance of specific Fish Program databases. 

Design and implement automated data pipelines:

  • Design pipeline for data to move between environments; some environments are within the agency, while others are managed by third parties.
  • Design and implement Extract-Transform-Load (ETL) patterns and scripts to migrate data across systems. 
  • Ensure data validation procedures are complete when data is imported or exported.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Duties are performed in a (work/home) office setting. The work site for this position is the Olympia Natural Resources Building headquarters office.
    • This position requires extensive computer use; involves sitting/standing for extended periods of time. 
  • Schedule:
    • Duties are typically performed in an office setting within the core hours of business, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Eligible for flexible schedule (9/80, 4/10s)
  • Travel Requirements:
    • Occasional travel is required to attend/participate in training, meetings, and professional conferences. 
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Laptop, software, virtual server environments, mobile devices, etc.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • This position has contact with internal and external customers.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Geography, Information Technology, Computer Science, or closely related field.


  • Four (4) years of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) or related experience.


  • Demonstrated professional experience in relational database design, Structured Query Language (SQL), programming and scripting (Arcade, Python, JavaScript), ArcGIS Pro or other GIS software (QGIS, GRASS GIS, etc.), experience with ArcGIS Enterprise and ArcGIS Online, and data access pattern designs.
  • Experience with ArcGIS Enterprise, map and feature (web) services, web-based data entry and editing, Python scripting, and ArcGIS REST API, JavaScript API and Python API.

Note: Professional equivalent experience may substitute, year for year, for education requirement if that experience is in information technology and geographic information systems such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming and/or maintaining complex spatial and tabular data systems, developing complex computer applications, providing end-user and technical support, and managing and directing projects.


  • Experience in using principles and practices of linear referencing to manage event data tied to routed spatial data layers.
  • Information Technology experience such as consulting, analyzing, designing, programming, developing computer applications, managing and directing projects, and providing end-user or technical support.
  • Knowledge of fish biology, ecology, and natural resource management.
  • Experience with use of mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, Global Positioning Systems (GPS) units, and other data logging devices) for designing and deploying custom field survey data collection solutions.
  • Professional experience preparing and presenting highly technical information, concepts, or IT applications to both technical and non-technical audiences.

Application Information

In order to successfully apply for this position, you MUST complete your profile at and attach the following to your profile before completing the online application:

  • A cover letter describing how you meet the qualifications of this position (Generic cover letter will not be accepted).
  • A current resume. 
  • Three professional references. 

For more information and to apply:

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