Job Posting

Sierra Nevada Conservancy


JC-87998 - GIS Analyst

Final Filing Date: 11/27/2017

Position Details

Job Control Details
Job Code #: JC-87998
Position #(s):
Working Title: GIS Analyst
$5,022.00 - $6,290.00
$3,377.00 - $5,230.00
# of Positions: 1
Work Location: Placer County
Job Type: Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Created in 2004, the Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is a state agency whose mission is to improve the environmental, economic, and social well-being of the Sierra Nevada Region. The SNC has awarded nearly $60 million in grants for projects that protect and enhance the health of California’s primary watersheds by improving forest health, remediating mercury contamination from abandoned mines, protecting critical natural resources, and reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfire. Funding for these projects came from Proposition 84 passed by voters in 2006 and Proposition 1 passed by voters in 2014.


The Sierra Nevada Region spans 25 million acres, encompasses all or part of 22 counties, and runs from the Oregon border on the north to Kern County on the south. The Region is the origin of more than 60 percent of California’s developed water supply.

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Job Description and Duties

The Sierra Nevada Conservancy (SNC) is seeking a highly motivated individual who has strong Geographic Information Systems (GIS) skills and experience to perform research and statistical studies involving various types of digital spatial data and the techniques and methodologies associated with geographic information systems to support SNC’s mission. 


The GIS Analyst will be responsible for the GIS-related activities that support SNC’s communication and outreach, and grant activities. In addition to supporting the technical aspects of the GIS program, the individual will independently perform complex work related to research methodology including problem exploration and definition, planning and designing the approach, collection of data. The interpretation of findings and subsequent reports must be presented in a user-friendly format that can be understood by a wide variety of audiences.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 11/27/2017

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, eligible for a Training and Development assignment, have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility, or have list eligibility (or are in the process of obtaining list eligibility). SROA and Surplus candidates may attach “surplus letters” to their applications.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected for an interview.

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Attn: Jennifer Barnes
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Jennifer Barnes
11521 Blocker Drive, Suite 205
Auburn, CA 95603
08:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Required Application Documents

Please submit the following items with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Supplemental Application -

    The Supplemental Application must be no more than one type-written page in length, using 12-point font, 1-inch standard margins, and must include your first and last name in the upper right-hand corner.

    The Supplemental Application should demonstrate your writing skills. Respond to the following supplemental item:
    -- Describe your experience turning complex technical data into outreach and educational materials that can affect/impact policy decisions.

    In your descriptions use examples that include the following information:
    -- Employer(s) name
    -- Your position/title(s)
    -- How long you held the position(s) that demonstrate your experience in these areas
    -- A supervisor’s name and phone number who can verify the information

  • Resume is required and must be included.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Required Knowlege, Skills and Abilities 
--Knowledge of ArcGIS, Arclnfo, ArcEditor, ArclMS, ArcSDE, and ArcView software products
--Knowledge of general mapping principles, demographics analysis, spatial analysis, remote sensing, and cartography
--Ability to recommend and execute modifications to GIS software to improve efficiency, reliability, and performance
--Experience installing, configuring, and maintaining GIS systems
--Ability to conduct research into GIS issues and products
--Ability to use tact and good judgment, work under pressure, and adapt to variable workloads and changing priorities
--Excellent technical, analytical, organizational, and time-management skills
--Ability to present complex ideas and information effectively, both orally and in writing
--Ability to research and perform spatial analysis using mapped and tabular information
--Knowledge of spatial analysis that involves map overlays and proximity analysis --Knowledge of map projections and coordinate systems
--Ability to gather, compile, analyze, and interpret data

Desired Experience and Qualifications
--Experience or education in environmental science or natural resource management or conservation
--Knowledge and interest in the principles and practices of conservation
--Project planning and project management experience
--Advanced knowledge of GIS applications and tools, Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Outlook, SharePoint, Access)
--Ability to develop GIS deliverables that integrate with graphic design and social media applications, products and campaigns
--Ability to train team members and end users on GIS data and applications
--Excellent people skills: relationship building, negotiation, and collaboration in a cross-functional team comprised of diverse personalities, skill sets, and levels of experience
--Ability to present ideas in business-friendly and user-friendly language
--Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment

Contact Information

The Human Resources Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

  • Department Website:
  • Human Resources Contact:
    Jennifer Barnes
    (530) 823-4685
  • Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

    EEO Contact:
    Amy Lussier
    (530) 823-4707
  • California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.


You can apply for this job via the following method(s):

  • Electronic (through your CalCareer Account)
  • By Mail
  • Drop-off
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Alternate Application Process

While we recommend that you utilize your CalCareer Account to take advantage of all the tools available, you may choose to apply for this job without using your account. In this case, print and complete the Job Application Package Checklist and include it if you submit a hard copy application.

Job Application Package Checklist

Blank Application Form (STD 678)