GIS Specialist

Posted to IASSIST on: 2016-03-31

Employer: MIT Libraries

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The MIT Libraries seek an enthusiastic, service-oriented Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Specialist to join innovative GIS services team. The GIS Specialist will enjoy supporting a dynamic community working to solve exciting, real-life problems across many different subject areas. Reporting to the Senior GIS Specialist the Specialist works closely with the a small team to provide expertise in the identification and use of data and tools associated with Geographic Information Systems projects both inside and outside the classroom. 

** RESPONSIBILITIES **include but are not limited to:

  • Providing reference and research consultation through scheduled lab hours and e-mail Help queue
  • Developing content and providing training workshops
  • Supporting lab operations and software installations and maintenance
  • Discovery and documentation of sources for free and open geospatial data
  • Participation in Geodata repository data evaluation, metadata creation, data loading and troubleshooting
  • Assisting with developing geospatial/GIS projects to enhance access to traditional library collections

The Specialist will also be expected to participate actively in system-wide initiatives and serve on committees and task forces, and to communicate actively with fellow professionals through research, writing or presentations, and/or professional service activities. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Ecology, Engineering, Computer Science, Remote Sensing or related field
  • Two years related work experience or a Master’s degree in a related field.  
  • Proficiency with ArcGIS
  • Interest in learning and using software, systems, and technologies to solve spatial problems and the ability to demonstrate these tools to others
  • Familiarity with geospatial data sources to support teaching and research
  • Strong data management and data analysis skills
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver instructional content
  • Careful attention to detail and persistent pursuit of accuracy and consistency
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including ability to  effectively collaborate and work with others
  • Ability to manage competing priorities and deadlines


  • Experience with Python, SQL, ModelBuilder, ArcSDE, Geoserver, OpenLayers, Leaflet, CartoDB or similar tools
  • Conversant with current and developing Geospatial technologies.
  • Demonstrated capacity to plan, develop, and evaluate future programs and services.
  • Knowledgeable about GPS.

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Archived on: 2016-04-01