Marine GIS Analyst position at NOAA contractor

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CSS, Inc. is seeking a Marine GIS Analyst to join the Marine Spatial Ecology Division, an interdisciplinary science team at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Centers for Coastal Ocean Science (NCCOS). The Branch specializes in ecological studies that map, characterize, assess, and model the spatial distributions and movements of estuarine and marine organisms across habitats throughout the United States and Island Territories. To be considered for employment, applicants should come from a background in marine science (biology, oceanography, ecology, geology) or hydrographic survey, can create benthic habitat maps of the seafloor using multibeam or remote sensing software, and can manage data and deliverables to NOAA standards. The successful candidate must be available to travel on small inshore or large offshore research vessels to conduct mapping missions two to three times a year for up to four weeks at a time.


Core Responsibilities:


  1. Provide field mapping support for remote sensing and seafloor mapping projects.
    • Help prepare field equipment and operations for seafloor mapping surveys
    • Support data acquisition aboard research vessels and collection of samples in the field
    • Process remotely sensed data (multibeam, side scan, LiDAR, orthoimagery) for habitat mapping
  2. Provide data analysis support for ecological assessments and habitat mapping.
    • Perform quality assurance and control (QA/QC) on collected data
    • Produce basic descriptive reports and statistical summaries of collected data
    • Develop cartographic products, databases, and metadata from spatial data




  1. Background in marine sciences and GIS, or marine survey
    • BS degree in a marine science related field or 2 years experience in hydrographic survey
    • Certified training or 2 years of experience using multibeam software (CARIS, Hypack, or Qimera)*
    • Certified training or 2 years of experience using GIS software for remote sensing and spatial analysis (ArcGIS, Fledermaus, Global Mapper, PCI Geomatica, and Envi)*
  2. Ability to conduct field mapping in marine environments
    • Have demonstrated seaworthiness and be able to pass a standard swim test
    • Able to travel for multiple two-three week missions a year
    • Able to learn quickly, work with a team or independently, and strong problem solving skills
  3. Data management and organization
    • Able to organize GIS data and create metadata for habitat map products
    • Have good written and oral communication skills and a keen attention to detail
    • Able to work simultaneously and effectively on multiple projects and areas of interest 

*Preferred mapping software; others will be evaluated based on applicant's skill and experience


CSS, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity Employer, all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or veteran status.


To qualify for the position, applicants must be meet the minimum requirements for (1) working in the United States and (2) obtaining access to a U.S Federal Facility. 


To apply please visit CSS' Career Web Portal at: