State of Montana Sage Grouse Geographer-35130 REPOST in Helena, Montana

[Montana DNRC]


Open Until Filled

First Screening begins November 13th

OUR MISSION: To help ensure that Montana's land and water resources provide benefits for present and future generations. . The DNRC's main office is located in beautiful Helen, MT, cradled in the foothills of the Montana Rockies with regional offices dispersed across the state.

CONSERVATION AND RESOURCE DEVOPMENT DIVISION (CARDD)is a division within the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation (DNRC) responsible for providing technical and financial assistance to local governments, state agencies and private citizens for conservation, development, protection and management of the state's natural resources. The Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program implements the State of Montana's comprehensive sage grouse conservation strategy. The Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program is attached to CARDD for administrative purposes.

The DNRC and the Program believe employees are their most valuable asset. The DNRC empowers employees to exercise professional judgment in carrying out their duties. Both team effort and individual employee expertise are supported and sustained.

BENEFITS: Benefits for eligible state employees include a credit union, a deferred compensation program, public employee’s retirement program, 15 working days annual leave per year, 12 days sick leave per year, paid holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay.

ELIGIBILITY TO WORK: In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three days of hire documents that show authorization to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or Social Security card along with a driver’s license or other picture I.D., or a U.S. passport, or a "green card".

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The DNRC may include the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications of a position vacancy by: State of MT application form, cover letter, current resume, educational requirements, structured interview, a performance test, job-related reference checks, job-related work experience, job-related past and current performance.

SPECIAL INFORMATION: Candidates must be eligible to work in the United States. A valid driver's license is required with less than 12 conviction points in the most recent completed 36 months.

Periodic travel to field settings in sage grouse habitat may be required. The incumbent may also be required to travel to attend trainings, coordination meetings, and professional conferences.

APPLICATION AND SELECTION PROCESS: The Department of Natural Resources/may include/the following factors in determining whether an applicant meets the qualifications for the position: education, structured interview, job-related past and current performance and application supplements.


-Completed online State of Montana job application;

-Cover letter;

-Current resume;

-Name and contact information for three (3) references;

-Responses to each of the following supplemental questions in 400 words or less. Be specific and provide examples:

  1. Please describe how your skills and experience meet the qualifications for the position.

  2. Please describe your experience managing complex enterprise GIS applications and their underlying data.

  3. Please describe your experience working as either a team leader or a team member on a diverse, interdisciplinary team.

  • HELPFUL HINT: You must check the "relevant document" box to ensure your attachments are uploading correctly to the specific application. *

DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The Sage Grouse Program Geographer is responsible for daily operation, management, and maintenance of the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program's databases. The position reports to the Sage Grouse Habitat Conservation Program Manager and does not supervise staff. The position's duties include: providing mapping and geographical information system data management within the underlying databases, analyzing and summarizing data for reporting purposes and to inform business decisions, system training to program staff and users, and cross-agency collaboration. The Program Geographer serves as a liaison between program staff, external users and the technical staff in the DNRC Office of Information Technology (OIT) who are responsible for system architecture and coding of enhancements. Full job description available upon request.



• Strong teamwork skills. The ability to effectively integrate the interdisciplinary skills of varying professions.

• Excellent verbal and written communication skills including ability to communicate program requirements to diverse levels of management and customers.

• Knowledge of cartographic design principles and standards.

• Ability to apply strategic business vision to technical areas for continual improvement of business processes and database management.

• Knowledge and experience with project management principles and best practices.

• Extensive experience with GIS applications, tools, and resources, including familiarity with both raster and vector resources, geo-database configuration and management, and common APIs and tools, particularly ESRI ArcGIS (desktop, mobile, and server), ERDAS, and Google Earth.

• Extensive experience with geospatial analysis techniques such as the use of map overlays, buffering, filtering, map algebra, spatial statistics, surface analysis, network analysis, geo-visualization, remote sensing, and the use of image processing software; experience with natural resource management applications a plus.

• Experience with data conversion techniques.

• Familiarity with GPS principles, hardware and software, field data collection techniques, and interfacing GPS and GIS.

• Experience with data modeling principles and database driven application design; knowledge of SQL and Python and ability to query data from Program databases to inform decisions.

• Familiar with a variety of programming languages using both procedural and object-oriented development techniques, particularly Python, Java, and C#.


• Commitment to integrity.

• Exhibit a commitment to stay up-to-date in the IT GIS profession.

• Demonstrated ability to manage complexity.

• Demonstrated ability to manage conflict.

• Demonstrated ability to manage large, dynamic workload and prioritize projects.

• Demonstrated ability to think analytically, problem solve, and work out of comfort zone.

• Demonstrated intellectual curiosity and drive to constantly learn.

• Strong organizational skills.

• Exhibit personal accountability and ownership of decisions.

• Demonstrated collaborative approach with a team focus and a willingness to share information.

• Build trust and credibility in working relationships.

• Willingness to work long or irregular hours.

• Exhibit commitment to the State and the mission of DNRC.

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE: A Bachelor’s degree is required. Experience with ESRI ArcView software and SQL databases is required. Python experience is strongly desired.

Requires ability to create, use, read and interpret GIS-created maps, USGS quadrangle maps, and similarly created specialized maps to evaluate proposed projects.

Requires ability to use and manage relational databases, specifically SQL and MS Access and be proficient with the Microsoft Office suite and extensions such as MS Visio.

Strong teamwork, leadership, technical abilities and experience are required.

Periodic travel to field settings in sage grouse habitat may be required. The incumbent may also be required to travel to attend trainings, coordination meetings, and professional conferences.

Ideal candidate will have a combination of 3 or more years of progressively responsible IT GIS or related technical and database management experience.

Job: *Business/Analyst/Statistics

Title: Sage Grouse Geographer-35130 REPOST

Location: Helena

Requisition ID: 18142515