Deadline: 01-Aug-2023 (PST)
Location: Olympia, WA, USA
Salary: 38.20 per hour
Job Type: Hourly, Full Time


The GIS Manager leads the GIS team in support the GIS needs of all tribal departments. The GIS Manager’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to, GIS staff supervision, project management, budget development and management, SQL Server database administration and enterprise GIS system planning and administration.

Strong written and verbal communication skills are required and outstanding customer service to fellow employees, customers, vendors, etc. is expected. Regular attendance is required, and on occasion, later hours or weekend time may be required with project deadlines and a neat, well-groomed professional appearance is essential at all times.


Primary responsibilities are the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform. This list of responsibilities is intended to be representative of the duties performed within this classification. The omission of a function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed if such duties relate to the position.

  • Coordinate GIS staff including prioritizing and monitoring work, reviewing work products, evaluating staff performance, and providing training and development opportunities.
  • Administer the Tribe’s multi-user versioned database and enterprise GIS system.
  • Prepare annual budget and manage budget expenditures for the program.
  • Develop and manage GIS contracts and direct contractors work.
  • Evaluate new GIS technologies and work closely with the Tribe’s IT department to ensure the GIS program’s software and hardware are up to date.
  • Meet with tribal government staff to define GIS project requirements.
  • Produce custom digital and hard copy maps in support of tribal government priorities.
  • Create web and field mapping applications for use by tribal government staff and tribal members.
  • Create and maintain spatial data, including dataset design and metadata documentation.
  • Perform geospatial analysis and produce reports, spreadsheets and related GIS products.
  • Resolve technical problems and complete projects without established procedures.
  • Develop and conduct and demos and training sessions for tribal government staff on the use of web and mobile GIS applications.
  • Present GIS projects, workflows and results to internal and external audiences.
  • Protect the safety, integrity and privacy of the Tribe’s spatial data.
  • Develop working relationships with regional GIS peers, including staff at tribal, federal, state and local governments.
  • Keep up with rapidly changing GIS technology by reading industry blogs, websites, white papers and attending webinars, trainings, conferences, user group meetings, etc.
  • Perform other related functions in support of the GIS program and other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems, geography, planning, civil engineering, natural sciences, environmental management, computer science or related field and at least six years of increasingly responsible GIS experience or equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Must possess a valid Washington State Driver’s license and maintain a driving record that meets the minimum requirements established by Nisqually Indian Tribes vehicle insurance provider.
  • Successfully pass a pre-employment drug screen and background check.


  • Master’s degree in geographic information systems, geography, planning, civil engineering, natural sciences, environmental management, computer science or related field.
  • Knowledge of the Nisqually Indian Tribe’s history, customs, traditions, and ability to demonstrate cultural sensitivity.
  • Experience working with Federally Recognized Tribes.
  • Experience working on GIS projects involving Pacific Northwest natural resources data.
  • Experience working on GIS projects involving public works data


This position supervises all GIS program staff.


Possesses the knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the primary responsibilities of the position.

  • Ability to supervise staff and conduct performance evaluations.
  • Ability to manage and develop annual program budget, manage contracts and make purchasing decisions.
  • Knowledge of the principles and practices of GIS, cartography, spatial analysis and remote sensing.
  • Relevant experience working with ESRI’s ArcGIS Pro software.
  • Experience with administering ESRI’s enterprise GIS software (ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS and ArcGIS Data Store).
  • GPS field data collection experience using ESRI Field Maps and Survey123 applications as well as Trimble GPS equipment.
  • Knowledge of ESRI’s web/mobile application development tools (Field Maps, Survey123, AppStudio, Dashboards, StoryMaps, Insights).
  • Knowledge of programming language relevant to ESRI’s software (Python, Arcade, SQL preferred).
  • Experience administering a multi-user versioned geodatabase (SQL Server).
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Windows desktop and server OS, Microsoft Office Suite and Adobe Creative Cloud software.
  • Must be multi-task oriented, detail-oriented and possess excellent problem-solving skills.
  • Highly motivated and have ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Possess good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to seek input and coordinate with GIS team members and tribal government users.
  • Ability to occasionally work outside of regular business hours on tasks such as server GIS software updates, database maintenance, database schema and domain changes, web application updates.
  • Ability to travel for GIS conferences, meetings, and training.
  • Ability to occasionally work outdoors in inclement weather.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by a team member to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing the duties of this position, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger; handle; feel; or grip objects, stretch and/or reach with hands and arms; stoop; crouch or work in cramped or awkward positions; repetitive motions. This person may regularly lift and/or move up to 30+ pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust to focus.

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