GIS Planning Technician
Open Space Authority - San Jose, CA
Full-time, Part-time, Temporary

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Job Description You are a student or recent university graduate with excellent working knowledge of GIS, with major coursework in resource management, planning, graphic design, or landscape architecture and are capable of performing work in support of the Authority’s Geographic Information System (GIS) and natural resource planning efforts. You are excited at the outstanding opportunity to help the Open Space Authority – a small, vibrant and dynamic public agency – develop a state-of-the-art program to conserve the open spaces in Santa Clara Valley and surrounding mountains.

We seek an enthusiastic and detail oriented individual that is passionate about land conservation, has a strong work ethic, and brings creativity and precision to bear on his or her work. Candidates will be responsible for a variety of duties including supporting department personnel to create GIS products such as maps and exhibits, maintaining and creating data regarding Authority properties and natural resources in the County; assisting with the design of Authority map templates; reviewing and management of property record databases, and general planning support.

Your excellent communication and project management skills enable you to effectively work both in team environments and independently in support of GIS database administration, general planning, and other Authority efforts. You are proficient with ESRI ArcGIS software, familiar with principles of research and data collection pertaining to property evaluation and familiarity with basic site plans, property descriptions, deeds, and survey data; understanding of modern office practices, methods, and use of computer equipment and applications. You take great pride in your work and are passionate about the conservation and protection of the environment.

Qualifications You have the equivalent of an Associate’s degree from an accredited college with major coursework in resource management, planning, graphic design, landscape architecture or related field and six (6) months experience using GIS or at least one (1) year college-level GIS coursework. Minimum six months of experience applying coursework in similar field; experience with design, research and basic reports is desirable.

Additional Information This is a one year temporary position. The ideal candidate will be able to work full-time during summer 2014, and transition to a regular part-time schedule in fall of 2014. We offer an excellent opportunity to make a difference and work with a mission driven workforce.

How to Apply : Applicants interested in applying must submit the following: Your resume, a cover letter and a one-page statement outlining your experience in planning and implementing natural resource projects. Please add documents as one PDF as a resume attachment.

This recruitment closes on July 16 at 5 p.m. We anticipate interviews will take place the week of July 21, with an estimated start date at the end of July/beginning of August.

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The purpose of the Open Space Authority is to preserve key portions of the natural environment in order to balance continuing urban growth....