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GIS Specialist

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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.

Application Procedure: 

Submit cover letter and resume online at: Applications will be reviewed until position is filled with full consideration given to those received by April 4, 2016MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates.

$60,000 minimum; actual dependent upon qualifications and experience.
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