Institute of Marine Sciences: GIS Programmer Analyst; UC Santa Cruz

Job Title: 
Institute of Marine Sciences: GIS Programmer Analyst
Job Location: 
Santa Cruz, California
Full-Time - 1 year
Application Deadline: 
Wednesday, November 25, 2020


The Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites applications for a GIS programmer analyst. The GIS programmer analyst will work under the supervision of Drs. Michael Beck and Borja Reguero in the UCSC Coastal Resilience Lab and will help assess flood risk and the benefits of nature-based solutions such as reefs and wetlands at local to global scales. The incumbent will examine the social and economic consequences of risks from coastal hazards and climate change and the benefits of and opportunities for natural solutions such as habitat conservation and restoration. Additionally, the incumbent will synthesize hydrodynamic, social, economic, and ecological data sets (both field- and model-based) for inclusion in spatial prioritization of risks and solutions. The GIS programmer analyst will have opportunities to work on projects supported by and done in collaboration with USGS, The Nature Conservancy, the insurance industry, and development banks.

The position requires that the GIS programmer analyst successfully work as part of the team and consistently demonstrate strong communication skills.
Applicants with knowledge or experience with respect to some or all of the following areas are strongly encouraged to apply:

  • An MA/MS (or equivalent foreign degree) in Geographical Science or Geographic Information Science or related fields.
  • Fluency with ArcGIS.
  • Experience with other tools (such as Python, Illustrator) for making production-quality maps and figures.
  • Research and analysis of coastal risk and/or the benefits of nature-based solutions for adaptation.
  • Research and analysis of coastal and marine data (bathymetry, topography, waves, ocean climate).
  • Experience with analyses of social and economic consequences of coastal risks.
  • Experience with QGIS or remote sensing techniques.

Assistant to Associate Specialist, (see rank qualifications at

Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Minimum salary $60,000.


  • A BA/BS (or equivalent foreign degree) in Geographical Science or Geographic Information Science, with a minimum of two years of post-graduate experience. Candidates holding a BA/BS in other disciplines but with knowledge, skills, or a degree concentration in spatial analysis or GIS will be considered. Degree requirements must be met at the time of application.
  • Experience with Geographic Information Systems (GIS), geographic analysis, and cartography and their application to coastal and marine science.
  • Experience with ArcGIS and associated extensions, such as Spatial Analyst, 3D Analyst, Benthic Terrain Modeler [BTM], XTools Pro, NOAA’s Habitat Digitizer Extension.
  • Computer programming and scripting skills using Python, Matlab, or R for automation of tasks, customization, and enhancement of GIS processing and spatial analysis of data sets.

As soon as possible after initial review of the applications. Initially, the duties of the position will be completed remotely, but once the stay-at-home restrictions are lifted, work will resume on campus.

Initial appointment will be full-time for one year. Reappointment may be considered contingent upon the availability of work and appropriate funding.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system. All documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00951-21T in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of three are required and a maximum of five will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC’s confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by November 25, 2020. Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

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