[Coral-List] Position Announcement: GIS Specialist for Coastal Resource Management in American Samoa

Hideyo Hattori hideyo.hattori at doc.as
Fri Jan 27 16:53:06 EST 2012


GIS Specialist
The American Samoa Government, Department of Commerce, is looking for GIS
Specialist to assist with the
implementation of computer technologies, databases, software applications
and tools to produce an integrated
information system. The GIS Specialist will report directly to the Manager
of the American Samoa Coastal
Management Program (ASCMP) and will utilize GIS for the purpose of data
management and analysis, as well as
organizing and enhancing existing systems. The GIS Specialist will lead the
territory’s GIS users’ group to create
policies directing territory-wide GIS activities (data sharing,
standardized coordinate and datum scheme, and update
responsibilities). As necessary, the GIS Specialist will assist technical
staff in the effort to install, implement, and
manage the on-going updates of ASCMP data and information systems. The GIS
personnel will respond to requests of
users, and troubleshoot problems relating to software and hardware errors,
and will train other users as needed. The
GIS personnel will also provide IT support to DOC including, specifications
of computers, printers, plotters and
network connectivity.

The GIS Specialist must be able to:

I. Data Collection, Management, and Dissemination
A. Generate GIS Spatial data using GPS for base layer development.
B. Familiar with recent technology including Trimble and Garmin GPS’s and
associated softwares
including Pathfinder Office and ArcPad.
C. Integrate new datasets developed by DOC Divisions and DOC archive
D. Analyze data and compile into useful reports for resource managers.
E. Coordinate off-island environmental research efforts that require GPS
and GIS components.
F. Maintain and update the webportal which is an arcserver application on
American Samoa GIS
Landuse Data: http://portal.gis.doc.as/LandUse/.
G. Develop and launch new webportals for DOC.
H. Maintain and update online mapping servers that are accessible to the
DOC Divisions and general
I. Coordinate with other ASG Agencies and Federal partners for uploading
new American Samoa GIS

II. Project Planning and Grant Writing for GIS Section
A. With the GIS team, design projects and provide technical descriptions
including budgets for grant
applications and grant reporting.
B. Familiarity with ESRI licensing to maintain existing licenses and
support other local agencies
including the American Samoa Community College on ESRI licensing.
C. Prepare documents, plans, maps, and graphic illustrations for projects
or schemes.

III. Training and Education
A. Promote GIS educational awareness and participate in GIS outreach
B. Lead the American Samoa User Group and provide training to partnering
agencies on GIS basics.
C. Instruct the American Samoa Community College Introduction to GIS Class.
D. Familiarity with ESRI Training programs to enhance GIS skills of DOC and
partnering agency staff.
E. Ability to plan training events including planning of logistics and

IV. Spatial Planning
A. Lead the GIS island users on “how to” guidance for planning process to
create general, community,
economic, environmental, land use and resource management plans.
B. Coordinate and participate with government agencies, community leaders,
special interest groups,
comities, or contractors during the planning process
C. Conduct data and information collection as forward planning and entry to
the planning process.
D. Assist the Coastal Management Program with Marine Spatial Planning
E. Study of issues, trends, and need forecasting, development of goals,
objectives and plan strategies,
design for plan implementation, program management and schedules.
F. Provide Land Use maps and graphics illustrating development over time,
and update using satellite
imagery and other auxiliary inputs as available.

V. Regulatory Activities and Resource Management
A. Analyze and determine compatibilities of development projects to
policies and guidelines.
B. Develop and assist workshops and training programs for DOC staff and
public to promote strategic
and environmental planning and resource management.

VI. Other responsibilities
A. Assist with production of thematic maps.
B. Coordinate imagery acquisition updates for the Territory.
C. Coordinate Lidar acquisition for the Territory.
D. Work closely with NOAA PSC in building GIS Capacity in American Samoa
and across the Pacific.


MS in Geography, Planning, Natural resource management or related field.
Familiarity with ARCGIS 10, ArcServer 10
and Trimble products is a must. Proven practical experience generating
outputs as described in Description of
Responsibilities (above) through publications, reports, or academic papers.
Must be physically fit for field work,
willing to travel to remote islands, and tolerant of tropical conditions.
Must possess a valid driver’s license. Overseas
experience is very desirable. The Specialist’s role includes both science
and management duties. Candidates must be
organized, computer literate, and have exceptional communication, writing
and interpersonal skills. This is a two‐year
contract position with a salary range of $35,000‐$40,000. Transportation,
relocation expenses, housing, and medical
expenses included.


Interested applicants should mail, fax or e‐mail a cover letter, resume,
and writing sample to Mrs. Reinette V.
Thompson‐Niko at the following address:
Reinette V. Thompson‐Niko
American Samoa Coastal Management Program (ASCMP)
Department of Commerce
Executive Office Building
Pago Pago, AS 96799
rthompson.niko at doc.as
Phone 1‐ 684‐633‐5155
Fax 1‐684‐633‐4195
Please Copy Sean Morrison and Christin T. Reynolds at the same address and
following emails:
sean.morrison at doc.as and christin.reynolds at doc.as.

Hideyo Christian Hattori
Coral Reef Initiative Coordinator
Coral Reef Advisory Group
Department of Commerce
Executive Office Building, 2nd Floor
Utulei, American Samoa 96799
Phone: (684) 633-3118
Fax: (684) 633-4195

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