Puyallup Indian Tribe

3009 E Portland Ave
Puyallup , WA
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GIS Analyst

Puyallup Indian Tribe
Puyallup, WA Full-time
Posted on December 1, 2018


POSITION SUMMARY: Assists the GIS Manager or Senior GIS Analyst in the planning, design, development
and maintenance of the Tribal GIS. Provides technical and analytical support for GIS projects as required by GIS
and other Tribal departments and as directed by the GIS Manager.
GIS Analysts perform GIS analysis, data creation and management, programming, database development and
project management. They effectively prioritize and schedule a variety of work assignments, possess good
verbal and written communication skills and establish and maintain positive working relationships with
coworkers, tribal members and outside agencies.

The GIS Analyst is the first-level professional in the Analyst Series. The GIS Analyst differs from the Senior
GIS Analyst by both the scope of work performed as well as by the level of supervision and direction required.

The following list of duties represents the range of tasks performed by GIS Analysts.
1. GIS Analysis
 Help Tribal Departments and Members translate their GIS needs into practical, effective GIS
 Perform complex spatial and data analysis using advanced queries, statistical analysis,
density analysis, grid analysis, terrain modeling, network and other analyses.
 Create processing models and procedures for common routines such as GPS data conversion or
complex spatial analysis.
 Develop and produce high quality geospatial products including maps, mapbooks, web
displays, data reports and presentations.
2. Data Development and Management
 Protect the safety, integrity, and privacy of Tribal data.
 Research, evaluate and acquire geospatial data.
 Independently perform data conversion, updates, and quality control for spatial data sets
and geodatabases
 Create and document data models, maintenance procedures, data sets and metadata
 Design, and develop spatial data sets and geodatabases
 Analyze database performance, troubleshoot, test designs, and recommend
3. Application Development
 Modify existing software to correct programming errors, improve its performance, and integrate
it with new systems or procedures.
 Research GIS technology and best practices to improve GIS procedures, through better technical
 Assist in the design, development and maintenance of GIS desktop and web applications through
programming, system testing, validation and documentation.
4. Other duties
 Assist with training and supporting Tribal staff in the use of GIS software and data.
 Prepare reports and deliver presentations.
 Perform administrative tasks and other duties as required.
 Contribute to a favorable public image of the Tribe by establishing and maintaining
positive relationships with the Tribal, civic and professional communities.

This position does not have departmental level supervisory responsibilities, although the incumbent may supervise
GIS Cartographers or GIS Interns on a project specific basis.

Qualifications and Requirements
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The
requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in GIS, or related field, and 2 or more years of related experience; an Associates in
Applied Science (A. A. S.) in GIS, or a GIS Certificate, plus 4 years of experience; or 6 years related experience
and/or training; or equivalent combination of education and experience. GIS experience gained while working
for an American Indian Tribe is preferred.

Note: Part-time work is prorated in crediting experience (e.g., if you work 20 hours per week for a 12-
month period you will be credited with 6 months of experience).
Related Experience is defined as:
A thorough knowledge of GIS Software -especially ESRI Software (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcSDE and
Capable of performing geo-processing and spatial analysis for a variety of disciplines,
A thorough knowledge of cartographic mapping principles,
A working knowledge of GPS hardware and software,
A working knowledge of GIS databases,
Ability to provide GIS technical expertise and consultation to programs and personnel,
Some knowledge of programming languages used with GIS software such as Python, or ArcObjects,
Ability to communicate with both technical and non-technical staff,
Ability to coordinate and organize a variety of simultaneous projects with varying deadlines and priorities,

Language Skills
Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal
documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or
members of the business community. Ability to write reports and articles for publication that conform to
prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or
boards of directors.

Mathematical Skills
Ability to comprehend and perform basic algebraic and trigonometric calculations, as well as perform basic area,
length and unit conversions.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an
extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and
concrete variables.

Licenses or Certificates
Must have and maintain a valid and unrestricted Washington State driver’s license and proof of insurance.
Other Skills and Abilities
Ability to work collaboratively, communicating effectively with all levels of staff and management.
Ability to work independently or with limited supervision,
Ability to communicate effectively with other governmental, intergovernmental and Tribal agencies,
Able to attend out of town GIS software training and conferences.

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully
perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 Requires the ability to operate a personal computer, multi-line telephone, calculator, facsimile and
 Requires the ability to read, write, communicate, and interpret information accurately in English.
 Requires the ability to concentrate and consistently produce accurate work.
 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit; use hands to
finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear.
 The employee occasionally is required to stand and walk.
 The employee is occasionally required to stand and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.
 The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
 Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision and ability to adjust
 The employee must occasionally conduct outdoor field data collection.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters
while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 The noise level is low to moderate.
 The physical exertion is low to moderate.
 Work is usually performed in an office setting, but occasional exposure to outdoor
weather conditions may occur during fieldwork.

The Puyallup Tribe of Indians reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as the
need arises. This position description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment.

H O W T O A P P L Y:
Submit application and resume postmarked by the closing date to:
Human Resource Department
Puyallup Tribe of Indians
3009 East Portland Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98404 Ph.#: (253)573-7863
Fax#: (253)573-7963
Note: Applications & copies of job announcements available at Rm. # 117. Job Line#: (253)573-7943