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CDM Smith GIS Specialist 1 (FEMA Risk Map) in Overland Park, Kansas


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Job Description:

  • Under direct supervision, performs basic GIS data development activities, including developing and updating GIS databases from hard copy maps, site plans, existing electronic data sets, and GPS (Global Positioning System) and field survey data.

  • Identifies and accounts for differences in map projections and overlay of information from different sources.

  • Supports the development of map layouts, atlas maps, and web maps.

  • May collect field data using laptops or tablets and/or GPS.

  • Performs quality control or quality assurance measures to check data, using specific methods prescribed by others.

  • Utilizes GIS maps and data to perform basic GIS analysis and problem solving under direct supervision.

  • Tests applications developed by others, usually using a prescribed testing plan.

  • May support end users for specific applications.

  • Developed basic geodatabases designs and makes minor changes to intermediate databases/geodatabases including changes to database tables, fields, etc., with the design decisions being performed by others.

  • Performs other duties as required.

  • Contributes to firm's TKM by assisting in the development of white papers and technical design documentation of new or special case designs, studies, etc.

  • Submits technical papers and designs for publishing to technical journals with approval and review.

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GIS Specialist 1 (FEMA Risk Map)



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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Geography, Science, Engineering, Planning, Mathematics or Government or related discipline.

  • 0 years.

  • Must be a U.S. Citizen

  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required.

  • The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

  • Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Must be a US citizen

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years of progressively responsible professional technical experience related FEMA’s Risk MAP program or other flood-related work, including floodplain mapping.

  • Familiarity with most of the following tools: Microsoft Office Suite, Microsoft Access, Microsoft SQL Server, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, GPS devices, scripting languages including Python and JavaScript

  • Past experience in Risk MAP study production, including base map, terrain, FIRM database, preliminary product development (including summary of map actions), flood risk product development, FIS development, and H&H general knowledge.

  • Familiarity with FEMA’s MIP submittal requirements and strong knowledge of FEMA guidance, standards, and technical references.

  • Comfortable with client-facing role, providing updates and presenting issues to FEMA PM directly and on a regular basis

  • Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM)

  • GISP or ESRI (Desktop, Developer or Enterprise) Certification

  • Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification

  • M.S. / M.A. in geography, computer science, geology, planning, mathematics, engineering, or a related field

  • Familiarity with ArcHydro, HEC-RAS, HEC-GeoRAS, HAZUS

  • Basic programming/scripting in HTML5, Python, XML, JavaScript, FME, SQL

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (https://www.cdmsmith.com/en/Video/Meet-CDM-Smith)

Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

United States - Nationwide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Basic knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite including Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and Access. Basic knowledge of Esri ArcGIS 10.x, GPS technology and related geospatial software tools. Basic knowledge of Microsoft Internet Explorer, Chrome, or FireFox.

U.S. Vaccine Status:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) are committed to your health and safety. CDM Smith and its employees adhere to all applicable government and client COVID-19 requirements.