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GIS Specialist - THPO Assistant

Job Responsibilities:

POSITION SUMMARY:  The GIS Specialist is tasked with the ongoing maintenance of the Tribe’s Cultural Resource Database.  Working closely with the THPO, the GIS Specialist is instrumental in project review, both in the office and in the field, to ensure cultural resource documentation and protection. 

Note: This position is temporary and part time.  The GIS Specialist- Temporary THPO Assistant will only perform duties and responsibilities listed below as they are directly relevant to review of projects referred by the County of Humboldt.


  • Maintains all aspects of the Tribal Cultural Resource Database (ESRI ArcGIS and Access database).
  • Responsible for initial review of projects received from various local, state and federal agencies and/or consultants.
  • Cooperation and coordination with various local, state and federal agencies and/or consultants on a project by project basis.
  • Responsible for compiling and organizing GIS data from maps, databases, and other sources.
  • Responsible for the conversion, import, and export of data in and out of the GIS system.
  • Understands and utilizes spatial concepts of GPS data collection and conversion into GIS databases and shapefiles, including metadata.
  • As needed, the GIS Specialist participates in fieldwork recording and mapping cultural resources.
  • As needed, the GIS Specialist participates in fieldwork serving as a cultural monitor.
  • Within the THPO Department, assists in collaborative projects including both day to day operations as well as special projects and grants.


Job Qualifications:


  • High School Diploma or equivalent required.
  • Two-year degree, or equivalent experience in Geographic Information Systems, Computer Science, or closely related field preferred.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience with GIS databases and editing using ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Minimum 2 years’ experience in developing and maintaining GIS data and other GIS output, including use of ESRI software and GPS units for data collection.
  • Coursework in or knowledge of cultural resource management/archaeology preferred.


  • Shall possess a valid driver's license and be insurable by agencies insurance.
  • Must be able to be covered by agency's vehicle insurance.
  • Background check and fingerprinting to work with children.
  • Must pass drug screening.


  • Utilize complex computer operations (intermediate programming in 3rd and 4th generation languages, relational databases, and operating systems) and advanced features of software packages (word-processing, spreadsheet, graphics, etc.)


  • Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conforms to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.

Other Job Information (if applicable):
Tribal preference given per the Indian Self-determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C Section 450 e(B)).
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