Programmer/Analyst II (GIS Applications Developer)

Albany, NY - Posted: 09/13/17 | SHARE:


TITLE:  Programmer-Analyst II 

DESCRIPTIVE TITLE:  GIS Applications Developer 

DEPARTMENT:  New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY 

SALARY:  Minimum $45,000 per year (Full time) depending on experience 

LOCATION: Position is based in Albany, NY.


The New York Natural Heritage Program (NYNHP) is a program of the Research Foundation for the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry (SUNY- ESF) whose mission is to facilitate the conservation of New York's biodiversity by providing geospatial information, database applications, and scientific expertise on rare species, invasive species, and natural ecosystems. NYNHP works in partnership with the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and other state, federal and private organizations involved in natural resource management, land protection and stewardship, and advancing the conservation of biodiversity.

The New York Natural Heritage program works with DEC's Bureau of Invasive Species and Ecosystem Health to promote, review, and manage New York's Invasive Species Database, iMapInvasives ( Many individuals and organizations across the state utilize iMapInvasives including NYS agency staff, conservation organizations, educators, and citizen scientists.  The online information management system is hosted in a cloud environment and managed by a third party.  The GIS Applications Developer develops, maintains, and supports various online and mobile tools to help individuals and organizations tracking and managing invasive species.  NYNHP also provides input, feedback, testing, and reviewing for the online iMapInvasives software developed and maintained by a third party.  NYNHP staff work closely with other Lead Partner Organizations participating in the iMapInvasives Partnership.


  • Serve as GIS Applications Developer for the NYNHP invasive species database team (the iMap team):
  • Develop, maintain and support user tools for field data collection on smartphones and tablets, and provide ongoing support and updates through regular feedback meetings.
  • Develop, maintain and support methods for users to view summary/analysis data online.
  • Develop and implement methods to share iMapInvasives data with other data management systems via web feature services.
  • Together with the iMap team, provide input, feedback, testing, and review to the development, and on-going maintenance of the iMapInvasives online site and infrastructure.
  • Support the iMap team with GIS analytics and other GIS needs to empower further development and management of specific tools/applications.
  • Work closely with various administrators from the international iMapInvasives partnership (, as well as with programmers hosting the online iMapInvasives site.
  • Collaborate with NYS ITS staff to meet the technical needs of iMapInvasives work.
  • Participate in the ongoing development of new tools, methods, and techniques that improve the collection, storage, analysis, interpretation, dissemination, and application of invasive species information.Research, analyze, and selectively implement new technology that can be utilized by the iMapInvasives community.
  • Develop documentation, training materials, and tutorials for iMapInvasives tools.
  • Communicate the value of iMapInvasives data to partners.
  • Respond to requests for GIS maps (as needed).
  • Maintain relationships with outside partners, including state, local, and federal agencies, invasive species managers, and the GIS community.



  • Bachelor's degree in relevant field OR Associates degree with 1-2 years of work experience in GIS/Geospatial technology.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems.
  • Experience with ArcMap or related computer GIS and mapping software.
  • Familiarity with Esri online and mobile products (e.g. ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS OnLine (AGOL), Survey123, AppStudio, etc.).
  • Experience in using common software applications (e.g.; Word, Access, Excel, Web browsers).


  • Master's Degree and/or three or more years of work experience in GIS/Geospatial technology.
  • Experience working with large, relational datasets, spatial data, and analyzing and interpreting scientific information.
  • Experience with Esri products, especially ArcMap, ArcGIS Pro, AGOL, Survey123, Collector, AppStudio, Web AppBuilder, etc.
  • Familiarity with other aspects of implementing GIS applications including REST APIs, SQL, relational databases, Python, PostGIS, GPS, HTML, etc.
  • Experience writing geospatial documentation, preparing GIS metadata, and developing training materials/tutorials.
  • Ability to work independently and meet deadlines.
  • Project management experience, including working with diverse users, and managing project deadlines.Experience developing and delivering apps incorporating user workflow needs and user feedback.
  • Demonstrated ability to "learn-on-the-job", to adapt to the ever-changing technological landscape, and to selectively develop and apply new technology beneficial to end-users.
  • Experience working in a collaborative/partnership environment, mentoring others, and training/assisting individuals with minimal GIS/programming backgrounds.
  • Experience in natural resource or conservation, especially invasive species issues.


The GIS Applications Developer will work predominately in an office environment, with occasional field-testing.  Travel within New York State is required periodically; out-of-state travel is required occasionally.

Additional Information:

In accordance with the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" institutions of higher education are required to prepare an annual report containing information on campus security policies and campus statistics. This report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on-campus; in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by SUNY-ESF; and on property within, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a printed copy of this report by contacting SUNY-ESF University Police at 315-470-6667 or by accessing the following web site:

The Research Foundation is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. 

To Apply:

Application Instructions:

APPLICATION DEADLINE:  Although applications will be accepted until the position is filled, candidates should submit their application by Close of Business September 17th, 2017 to ensure optimal consideration.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Employment application is required to be submitted on-line and attach cover letter, curriculum vitae, resume and contact information for three employment references.

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