GIS Technician

Minnehaha Creek Watershed District
Jobs - Full Time
Minneapolis, MN

GIS Technician

Starting Range: $ 48,855 – $ 58,627

Closing Date:  9 December



About the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District

The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District (MCWD) is a local unit of government responsible for managing and protecting the water resources within the 178 square miles that drain into Lake Minnetonka, the Minneapolis Chain of Lakes, Minnehaha Creek and ultimately the Mississippi River. Over the past 50 years, the MCWD has acquired and maintained a comprehensive data set of the District’s natural resources which has supported implementation of over 70 capital projects and conserved and restored over 700 acres of land.

MCWD believes that clean water and a healthy natural environment are essential ingredients in creating vibrant, sustainable communities. The lakes, streams, wetlands, and green space that make up the MCWD landscape create a sense of place that provides a local identity, adds economic value and increases well-being. This belief is core to our mission of working with public and private partners to protect and improve land and water for generations to come.

MCWD is looking forward to the next decade as we continue to implement our vision through our newly adopted Watershed Management Plan. With its driven staff, strong Board of Managers, and growing partnerships, MCWD is poised for continued success.

MCWD has an annual budget of $15 million and employs a dedicated professional staff of 25 who work on natural resource planning, project development, land conservation, land use policy, water quality monitoring, permitting, education and communication.

MCWD offers competitive compensation, excellent benefits, flexible work policies, tuition reimbursement, professional development, opportunities for growth, and a collaborative work environment. As a result you will find a culture that supports staff coordination, innovation and execution, with the purpose of improving the MCWD’s delivery of service to its constituents.


Summary of Position

The GIS Technician is a full-time position within the Policy Planning Department. The GIS Technician will work collaboratively across all departments to manage the District’s GIS database, analyze GIS data to inform the District’s work, and create map-based materials to communicate the work of the District online and in print.

The role of the GIS Technician will be the first of its kind in the District. The work is anticipated to start with a strong focus on synthesizing the District’s geospatial data and building the GIS database. Once a database and process has been established for managing the District’s geospatial data, the position is envisioned to progress to maintaining the database with a strong focus on analyzing geospatial data to inform District priorities and creating visually compelling maps to communicate the geospatial data for internal and external use.


The successful candidate will possess strong abilities in written and oral communications, problem solving, critical thinking, and customer service.


Qualifications for the position include a bachelor’s degree in Geography, GIS, Landscape Architecture, Computer Science or closely related field, and 2-3 years of experience in GIS, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Experience in planning, landscape architecture, or a related field is preferred.


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