Geospatial Analyst

HARC (HOUSTON ADVANCED RESEARCH CENTER) The Woodlands, TX Salary Based on Experience

Department: Geospatial & Analytics

Reports to: Geospatial & Analytics Sr. Manager


HARC (the Houston Advanced Research Center) is a non-profit research hub dedicated to performing independent analysis for people and institutions seeking scientific answers in support of a sustainable future. HARC’s research focuses on clean air, clean water, and clean energy. HARC is located in The Woodlands, Texas, 30 miles north of Houston. HARC offers competitive compensation and benefits as well as the opportunity to work in an exciting collaborative environment. Learn more about HARC by visiting our website at


General Description:

Responsible for performing applied research and technology development utilizing Geographic Information Systems (GIS), analytics, and related science and technology. Must have ability to plan assignments and manage time efficiently across multiple projects and complete deliverables on-time and on budget. Ability to work as part of multidisciplinary teams and collaborate with other team members having diverse backgrounds and abilities.


Education and Experience:

Master’s degree in Geography, GIS, or related disciplines with a minimum of 2-4 years’ experience working with GIS, cartography, spatial data, and ESRI geospatial platforms; or Bachelor’s degree in Geography, GIS, or related disciplines with a minimum of 4-6 years’ experience working with GIS, cartography, spatial data, and ESRI geospatial platforms.


Analyst or Sr. Analyst designation is commensurate with experience and will be determined based on candidates.




   Geospatial data analysis using a variety of vector and raster datasets including but not limited to U.S. Census, environmental data, climate data, land use/land cover, aerial imagery, and LiDAR.

   Experience with cartographic theory and cartographic best practices to generate web-based maps as part of HARC online analytical and story map tools. Must present a portfolio of cartographic body of work as part of interview process. Cartography can be static or web-based interactive maps. Ability to demonstrate the communication of complex data to a non-technical audience is critical to the success of this position. All work must be your own and not the result of group or team projects.

   Experienced with raster-based land use land cover data development and change detection using data such as USGS NLCD and NOAA C-CAP Land Cover databases.

   Experienced in spatial analysis with various forms of raster data and modeling.

   Experience with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online to create configurable web maps, apps, and story maps using existing layers. Customer programming is not a requirement.

   Ability to write, debug, and deploy Python or other scripting languages to automate geospatial workflows.

   Experience with developing geoprocessing models and tools using ESRI Model Builder.

   Understanding of spatial databases and spatial data development concepts such as projection, versioning, geostatistical analysis, metadata, and quality control.

   Experience with Microsoft Office suite including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

   The ability to perform in a team environment and manage multiple assignments concurrently.

   Excellent written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.




   Configuring, deploying, and maintaining ESRI Geospatial Database servers, ESRI ArcGIS Server, Portal, and Enterprise platforms.

   Publishing map services to ArcGIS Server/Enterprise or ArcGIS Online.

   Knowledge of SAS or R programming languages and techniques a plus.

   Knowledge of SQL and SQL Server databases a plus.

   Knowledge of raster analysis using software such as ENVI or ArcGIS Pro a plus.

   Development a land cover data from LandSat or high-resolution imagery processing using machine learning or AI concepts a plus.


Duties include, but are not limited to:

   Create digital mapping products for use in technical reports, proposals, project websites and presentations.

   Perform quantitative and statistical analyses on geospatial datasets.

   Manipulate and analyze remotely sensed data.

   Manipulate and combine geospatial datasets using standard techniques.

   Conduct quality assurance of geospatial datasets;

   Create metadata for geospatial datasets using established metadata standards;

   Collaborate with HARC research staff to develop research ideas and analytical methodologies for multidisciplinary projects.

   Contribute to project reports and proposals by writing data documentation and descriptions of data analysis protocols.

   Makes contributions to discipline through the creation of publications, technical reports, software applications, web sites, conferences and external presentations.

   Maintains broad knowledge of state-of-the-art principles, theories and practices in GIS and geospatial technologies.


HARC can accept candidates who require sponsorship to work in the U.S.

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