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Map and GIS Specialist

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Location: Scottsdale AZ

Company Name: Arizona State University

Occupational Category: 15-1199.04,Geospatial Information Scientists and Technologists

Date Posted: 2020-02-12

Valid Through: 2020-03-13

Employment Type: FULL_TIME


Map and GIS Specialist


Campus: Tempe


Job Description

Join our team at the ASU Library Map and Geospatial Hub as its new Map and GIS Specialist. A unit of ASU Library's Engagement and Learning Services directorate located in the newly remodeled, newly re-opened Hayden Library building at the heart of ASU's Tempe campus, the Map and Geospatial Hub advances the use of geographically-referenced information by expanding access to and support for geospatial technologies and cartographic resources across ASU and beyond. It's ASU's library-based center for geographic information systems (GIS) data, maps, aerial photography, and related geospatial technologies ( For us, maps are data; data are maps. The Map and GIS Specialist contributes to a diverse range of on-going initiatives and special projects related to (1) service provision: facilitating and fulfilling requests for access to maps/imagery/data, software, and/or educational activities (2) resource processing: organizing flows of physical and digital cartographic and geospatial materials through various library catalog and other information technology systems; (3) curation: aiding the ASU research and learning community (and broader public) in finding, utilizing, extracting value from, and adding value to geographic information resources.

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Department Name

Humanities Division



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Scope of Search


Grant Funded Position

This is not a grant funded position and is not contingent on future grant funding.

Salary Range

$35,568 - $48,000 per year; DOE

Close Date




Essential Duties
• Provides specialized reference services (via email, phone, or in person) to diverse library patrons related to maps, geographic imagery, geospatial data, and GIS software resources
• Responds promptly to library service requests related to relevant maps and GIS resources
• Manages diverse workflows related to the processing of print and digital cartographic materials, including filing, shifting, relocating, sorting, and reorganizing large quantities of maps and digital files
• Organizes and maintains inventories of library materials in multiple spreadsheet formats
• Works closely with Map and Geospatial Hub and other library staff, including the geospatial data manager, to ensure proper GIS or digital map file formatting and transformation procedures
• Performs standard GIS operations, including raster georectification and vector geometry and attribute editing
• Creates web map indexes of cartographic collections to improve discoverability, access, and research utility
• Authors and edits geospatial metadata according to appropriate SOPs and other technical guides
• Performs collection maintenance through review of library records to ensure accuracy of resource location and correct status of library holdings
• Coordinates calendar for department events, including workshops, GIS trainings, and other special events
• Contributes to Map and Geospatial Hub web pages with news, blog posts, and other up-to-date information about workshop and GIS training event and accessing maps, aerials, and geospatial data resources
• Contributes to documenting internal workflows and improving efficiencies
• May supervise student workers, interns, and other staff

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in a field appropriate to the area of assignment AND three (3) years of related experience; OR, Seven (7) years of related experience; OR, Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.

Desired Qualifications
• Evidence of a Bachelors degree in geography, GIS, urban planning, geology, architecture, landscape architecture, or another field involving regular use of geographic information resources in various formats and two (2) years of geographic information systems (GIS) experience
• Experience with web mapping applications, including, but not limited to ArcGIS Online and related Esri software
• Experience manipulating various spreadsheet and database file formats
• Experience with a range of file formats, including imagery, GIS, and CAD files
• Experience with raster georectification procedures
• Experience with editing vector geometries
• Experience with digital image processing software
• Experience with specialized map collections, including collections of remotely sensed imagery
• Experience in academic or professional library work environments
• Experience working with specialized library classification systems, including Library of Congress classes and subclasses

Working Environment
• Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting subject to extended periods of sitting, standing and walking Frequent physical demands include stooping, bending, reaching, lifting up to 25 pounds and pushing objects of varying weights up to 100 pounds
• Exposure to dust and other airborne materials
• Regularly required to access books and other physical items from shelves up to 7 feet in height requiring climbing library ladders
• May be required to travel between library locations to deliver and/or retrieve materials using an electric powered cart.
• Close review of completed tasks
• May oversee assignments to student workers to ensure timely completion and/or to provide guidance or assistance to questions.

Department Statement

The ASU Library is a center of energy, imagination, and innovation with nine library facilities across four ASU campus locations. The Library provides students and faculty access to millions of information resources, world-class collections, outstanding study spaces, advanced data centers, and a suite of makerspaces and creative services. ASU Library is a strong supporter of student success and a critical partner in realizing the New American University’s mission of access, excellence, and impact. Success at ASU is measured not by whom we exclude, but rather by whom we include and how they succeed.

ASU Statement

Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation's fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe. ASU is a tobacco-free university. For details visit AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.Notice of Availability of the ASU Annual Security and Fire Safety ReportIn compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.Relocation Assistance – For information about schools, housing child resources, neighborhoods, hospitals, community events, and taxes, visit

Employment Verification Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening which may include verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications.

Background Check Statement

ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses, and certifications. Employment is contingent upon successful passing of the background check.

Instructions to Apply

Application deadline is 3:00PM Arizona time on the date indicated.Please include all employment information in month/year format (e.g., 6/88 to 8/94), job title, job duties and name of employer for each position.Resume should clearly illustrate how prior knowledge and experience meets the Minimum and Desired qualifications of this position.ASU does not pay for travel expenses associated with interviews, unless otherwise indicated.Only electronic applications are accepted for this position.IMPORTANT NOTE: What is the meaning of “equivalent combination” in the minimum qualifications? It means one year of higher education or 24 credit hours, is equal to one year of experience. For example, a four year Bachelor’s degree is equal to four years of experience