Salary: $4,541.00 – $6,105.00 Monthly
Location: Thurston County – Olympia, WA
Job Type: Full Time – Permanent
Remote Employment: Flexible/Hybrid
Job Number: 2023-06163
Department: Dept. of Fish and Wildlife
Opening Date: 05/05/2023
Closing Date: 5/29/2023 11:59 PM Pacific

Anticipated Appointment Length: 24 Months
July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2025

These positions support the agency’s mission by providing image analysis and GIS support for the Habitat Program. These positions are principally involved in land cover and land cover change mapping as part of the High Resolution Change Detection (HRCD) project. HRCD is an ongoing research project developing cutting edge assessments of land cover change using high resolution aerial imagery at regional extents. Team members are responsible for maintaining a high level of accuracy and contributing to the ongoing evolution of the project protocols. These positions are directly involved in creating the data through assessing pairs of change images, developing land cover training data, and performing quality checks of the data.

This is an opportunity to apply your imagery interpretation and GIS skills in assessing landcover and habitat across Washington.

With your experience, you will work with a small team to develop and follow clear protocols to ensure quality data standards are met.

Our Cartographers,

  • Perform accuracy assessment for change detection model results.
  • Utilize custom software developed by WDFW to review image sets and attribute them with predefined change categories. Image sets consist of aerial imagery similar to Google Earth imagery, at multiple time periods.
  • Participate in change detection and land cover team review process for updating and improving methods for the High-Resolution Change Detection project.
  • Maintain a high level of accuracy when engaged in repetitive inspection of similar landscapes.
  • Provide meaningful contributions towards the ongoing integrity and development of the protocols used to assess data.
  • Document accuracy assessment procedures.
  • Use critical thinking and problem-solving skills to identify, assess and visualize new change dynamics or systematic land cover mapping anomalies.
  • Utilize GIS and remote sensing knowledge with ArcGIS Pro to develop and perform analysis tasks such as reprojecting, clipping, joining data, summarizing, and buffering data.
  • Maintain metadata for project products.
  • Make occasional maps for presentation, print distribution, and website.
  • Perform classification of vegetation and shadow features in high resolution imagery from unsupervised classification.
  • Feature delineation: utilize the eCognition segmentation software to design, compile and produce land cover delineations and manually classify areas of interest by recognizing different land cover types in aerial imagery.
  • Apply QAQC protocols to newly created landcover data. This includes thinking critically to identify unknown issues and investigate the root cause.
  • Maintain Esri Hub Site to reflect current data standards and data availability.
  • Create and update user guides, manuals, and tutorials for data users to increase usability of the data.


  • Work Setting, including hazards:
    • Work is primarily in office conditions. Office hazards include working under fluorescent light, repetitively entering data into computer, looking at computer monitor for long periods of time, sitting or standing for long periods of time.
  • Schedule:
    • Generally, Monday – Friday, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, with options for flexible / compressed schedules. Telework up to 80%.
  • Travel Requirements:
    • None.
  • Tools and Equipment:
    • Computer laptop and workstations. Advanced GIS software.
  • Customer Interactions:
    • Minimal interactions, usually electronic.


  • A Bachelor’s Degree with coursework in one of the following:
    1. Cartography.
    2. Geography.
    3. Photogrammetry.
    4. Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
    5. Computer sciences.
    6. Remote sensing.
    7. Land survey.
    8. Civil engineering.
    9. Natural resources.
    10. Or closely related field.


  • One (1) year of professional Geographic Information Systems (GIS), cartographic production, and/or remote sensing experience.

Please Note:

  • Additional years of education in Geographic Information Systems or Cartography may substitute for the required experience.
  • Additional years of closely related qualifying experience may substitute for the required education on a year-by-year basis.

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of cartography.
  • Map projections.
  • Land cover mapping.
  • National map standards.
  • Aerial image interpretation.
  • Statistical accuracy.

Ability to:

  • Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Take interest in and understand others’ perspectives.
  • Easily recognize when others have important information, perspectives, or ideas.
  • Demonstrate appropriate assertiveness.
  • Be committed to the service of the public, mission, and team.

Job knowledge and experience:

  • Knowledge of geospatial technologies in riparian area/natural resource management.
  • Experience creating, editing, and managing spatial data (raster and vector).
  • Knowledge of remote sensing processes, concepts, and image processing software (I.e., ERDAS Imagine).

Ability to:

  • Develop and employ Python and/or ModelBuilder for automating ArcGIS Pro tasks.
  • Work well in a team setting.
  • Be aware of and to manage one’s emotions.
  • Put oneself in others’ place and take interest in and understand the perspectives of others.
  • Communicate technical ideas to technical and non-technical audiences.
  • Think independently and creatively to solve complex problems.
  • Comply with timeliness while delivering high-quality products.
  • Consult with peers and IT professionals when necessary or beneficial.

To Apply
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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