Job Posting: GIS Analyst

Department of Fish and Wildlife

GIS Analyst

$5,793.00 - $7,256.00 per Month

Final Filing Date: 8/15/2022

Job Description and Duties

OSPR is the lead state agency for oil spill response in California. The OSPR GIS team provides a wide array of technical support for the prevention, preparedness, and response to oil spills impacting Waters of the State. During emergency response, the GIS team provides incident specific data deliverables (maps, figures, spatial analysis, database queries, etc.), employs field data collection and remote sensing tools and processes the resultant data. During non-spill times, the OSPR GIS team develops custom field data collection applications and supports technical studies associated with all facets of spill prevention and response.
The RDA II position serves in spill response supporting the Unified Command (on site or remotely), supports the development of spatial analysis documents and documentation (e.g., for spill response prevention plans), and assists wtih the maintenance and population of key databases such as the NOAA ERMA application.

This position requires that the incumbent be highly effective as part of a small highly integrated GIS team, as well as large diverse spill response teams. The incumbent should be equally effective working independently with a high level of self motivation.

In order to be eligible for this position, you must either be transfer eligible or take and pass the following exam: Research Data Analyst II


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You will find additional information about the job in the Duty Statement.

Working Conditions

OSPR is a 24-hour oil and pollution spill response organization. The incumbent in this position can be required to participate in prevention and response training, drills and incidents throughout California, and to be available to deploy/travel with short notice for extended periods (up to 7 days).

Telework during the COVID pandemic emergency with potential for a combination telework/in-office schedule in the future. Incumbent can expect some level of office work (frequency TBD) will be required post COVID pandemic emergency.

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Minimum Requirements

You will find the Minimum Requirements in the Class Specification.

Position Details

Job Code #:
Position #(s):
Working Title:
GIS Analyst
$5,793.00 - $7,256.00 A
# of Positions:
Work Location:
Yolo County
Job Type:
Permanent, Full Time

Department Information

Department of Fish and Wildlife employees are committed to managing and protecting California’s diverse wildlife and the habitats upon which they depend.

California is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet.  As such, The Department of Fish and Wildlife values diverse employees working together to protect nature for all Californians.  CDFW is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment where all backgrounds, cultures and personal experiences can thrive and connect others to our critical mission. 

Join us and begin a meaningful new career.

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Special Requirements

  • The position(s) require(s) a valid California Drivers License (CDL). You must answer the questions addressing your CDL on your application. Ensure you provide your CDL number, class, expiration date, and any endorsements and/or restrictions.
Ability to direct and conduct GIS work in the field; travel throughout the state; and work at odd hours. May involve fieldwork in natural areas and in temporary work spaces associated with oil spill response. May require work or travel on holidays, nights, and weekends. Ability to drive for up to 8 hours a day. Ability to work outdoors in variable weather conditions and walk over uneven outdoor terrain carrying a 20 lb. backpack for up to 8 hours. Alternate Workweek Schedules may be allowed if deemed compatible with Branch objectives.

Application Instructions

Completed applications and all required documents must be received or postmarked by the Final Filing Date in order to be considered. Dates printed on Mobile Bar Codes, such as the Quick Response (QR) Codes available at the USPS, are not considered Postmark dates for the purpose of determining timely filing of an application.

Final Filing Date: 8/15/2022

Who May Apply

Individuals who are currently in the classification, eligible for lateral transfer, eligible for reinstatement, have list eligibility, are in the process of obtaining list eligibility, or have SROA and/or Surplus eligibility (please attach your letter, if available). SROA and Surplus candidates are given priority; therefore, individuals with other eligibility may be considered in the event no SROA or Surplus candidates apply.

Applications will be screened and only the most qualified applicants will be selected to move forward in the selection process.
Applicants must meet the Minimum Qualifications stated in the Classification Specification(s).

How To Apply

Complete Application Packages (including your Examination/Employment Application (STD 678) and applicable or required documents) must be submitted to apply for this Job Posting. Application Packages may be submitted electronically through your CalCareer Account at When submitting your application in hard copy, a completed copy of the Application Package listing must be included. If you choose to not apply electronically, a hard copy application package may be submitted through an alternative method listed below:

Address for Mailing Application Packages

You may submit your application and any applicable or required documents to:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Attn: Human Resources Branch
P.O. Box 944209
Sacramento, CA 94244

Address for Drop-Off Application Packages

You may drop off your application and any applicable or required documents at:

Department of Fish and Wildlife
Human Resources Branch
Temporarily Closed
See Filing Instructions
Sacramento, CA 95814
08:00 AM - 04:30 PM

Required Application Package Documents

The following items are required to be submitted with your application. Applicants who do not submit the required items timely may not be considered for this job:

  • Current version of the State Examination/Employment Application STD Form 678 (when not applying electronically), or the Electronic State Employment Application through your Applicant Account at All Experience and Education relating to the Minimum Qualifications listed on the Classification Specification should be included to demonstrate how you meet the Minimum Qualifications for the position.
  • Other -

    Resumes will be reviewed in addition to the STD 678 for employment history. Resumes must include the complete to and from dates (MM/DD/YYYY) and hours worked per week.

  • Other - A cover letter is required. Please submit a cover letter with your application.
Applicants requiring reasonable accommodations for the hiring interview process must request the necessary accommodations if scheduled for a hiring interview. The request should be made at the time of contact to schedule the interview. Questions regarding reasonable accommodations may be directed to the EEO contact listed on this job posting.

Desirable Qualifications

In addition to evaluating each candidate's relative ability, as demonstrated by quality and breadth of experience, the following factors will provide the basis for competitively evaluating each candidate:
Significant experience with current ESRI GIS products, mapping and cartography, and professional map/figure development using multiple data sources. Attentive to detail. Maintains a positive and consistent demeanor. An excellent collaborator.


Benefits information may be obtained by going to the California Department of Human Resources website at and to the California Public Employees' Retirement System website for Health Benefits at

Contact Information

The Hiring Unit Contact is available to answer questions regarding the position or application process.

Department Website:
Hiring Unit Contact:
Geg McGowan
(916) 508-2863

Please direct requests for Reasonable Accommodations to the interview scheduler at the time the interview is being scheduled. You may direct any additional questions regarding Reasonable Accommodations or Equal Employment Opportunity for this position(s) to the Department's EEO Office.

EEO Contact:
(916) 902-9211
California Relay Service: 1-800-735-2929 (TTY), 1-800-735-2922 (Voice) TTY is a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf, and is reachable only from phones equipped with a TTY Device.

Filing Instructions & COVID Testing

Due to the recent impact of COVID-19 and the safety of our employees and customers, the drop off location for applications will be temporarily closed.  In order to ensure we receive your application, please send your application Certified mail to the address indicated on the announcement.


Indicate Research Data Analyst II – 565-071-5731-001 & RPA# E- OSPR 22-001 on your application.

We recommend applications are sent certified mail as we are unable to verify receipt.

To be considered for this vacancy you must have transfer eligibility based on present or past state civil service eligibility, or passed an exam for this classification.  If you have SROA/Surplus status, please indicate by either attaching your surplus letter or notating it on line 12 of your application.

COVID Testing
In response to increases in COVID-19 cases, California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) is implementing COVID-19 testing of all unvaccinated state employees working on site as an additional health and safety standard to protect the state workforce and the public it serves. Any employee seeking exemption from COVID-19 testing must provide evidence of vaccination.

Statement of Qualifications

Please provide an SOQ addressing your qualifications as they pertain to the duty statement including GIS and spatial analysis experience and expertise, experience with emergency response or other high urgency work settings, and integration with a team.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The State of California is an equal opportunity employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.

It is an objective of the State of California to achieve a drug-free work place. Any applicant for state employment will be expected to behave in accordance with this objective because the use of illegal drugs is inconsistent with the law of the State, the rules governing Civil Service, and the special trust placed in public servants.