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Posted: 10/27/2016

George Washington's Mount Vernon
Historic Preservation and Collections

GIS Specialist
Professional Opportunity
Mount Vernon, VA
Open Until
Until Filled
The Geographical Information Systems Specialist (GIS Specialist) is a full-time, non-exempt-status position, working within the Historic Preservation and Collections Department under the direct supervision of the Research Archaeologist.  In addition to supporting the overall mission of the Mount Vernon Ladies Association and the department to preserve the Associations historic resources, the GIS Specialist is charged with overseeing the documentation of the Estates historic structures, archaeological sites, Mount Vernon viewshed and the overall cultural landscape utilizing a geographical information system. 
Position Specific Responsibilities:
  • Conducts and supervises the development, presentation and maintenance of Mount Vernons historic preservation and cultural landscape data using GIS software.
  • Collaborates with Mount Vernon staff to create and analyze GIS data to help in understanding the cultural landscape for preservation, operations and maintenance, landscape and horticultural, livestock, special events and other projects as necessary.
  • Works with the Historic Preservation staff to integrate architectural research, restoration projects and archaeological data into the GIS, as well as conducts primary and secondary research as needed.
  • Works with the Research Archaeologist and others to develop and execute a comprehensive long-range plan for documentation and research into the Estates cultural landscapes and ways to disseminate these results to a variety of audiences.
  • Represents Mount Vernons technological preservation efforts to visitors, special guests and at professional conferences.
  • Works with the Research Archaeologist and Vice President of New Media to increase the accessibility of information on Mount Vernons cultural landscape through the Mount Vernon website and utilizing the latest technology.
  • Works with the Research Archaeologist to develop internships for students and young professionals to research aspects of Mount Vernons cultural landscape and present the results utilizing technological formats.
  • Directs and oversees the work of part-time staff, volunteers, and student interns as needed.
  • Works to make Mount Vernons preservation documentation program a leader within the historic preservation profession by keeping abreast of current best practices within the field of GIS and historic preservation.
  • Works with the Presidents Office to provide support and analysis for the monitoring and management of the viewshed and ways to disseminate these results to a variety of audiences.
  • Trains staff on the use of GIS software.
  • Undertakes other duties as assigned.
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor of Arts in GIS, Geography, History, Environmental Science or related field; GIS Certificate or coursework equivalent required
  • GIS based work experience or internships, preferably at historical or land conservation organization
  • Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software (ArcMap, Pro, Online) required; experience with 3D (Cityengine, sketchup, etc.), Autodesk Revit, programming (python, javascript) preferred
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct digitizing, 3D analysis, LiDAR analysis, database creation, map-making, data research, collection, and acquisition.Additional cartographic or graphic illustrating experience preferred
  • Familiarity with GPS equipment as well as survey tools (total station) and theory
  • Ability to think creatively as part of a team and to also work independently, demonstrating problem solving, flexibility and reliability
  • Excellent communication skills, reflected in strong and effective writing and speaking, as well as excellent diplomatic skills

How to apply
Please visit Mount Vernon's employment website, and apply for the position using the online application page: http://www.mountvernon.org/about/employment/open-positions-at-mount-vernon/

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