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GIS Research Specialist II - Fire Protection

Company: County of Riverside
Location: Perris
Posted on: May 31, 2021

Job Description:

ABOUT THE POSITION

The Riverside County Fire Department has an opportunity for a GIS Research Specialist II position in the Fire Protection - Technology Division in Perris. The incumbent will be responsible for coordinating with staff and outside agencies to obtain data; designing, organizing and developing research evaluation plans; conducting hypothetical mapping and analysis for future department decisions; consistent maintenance of existing layers (city boundaries, powerlines, fire station locations, fire hydrants, public safety street layers, gas lines, water, railroads, etc.); analyzing and interpreting small area socio-economic and land use data using geographic information systems; and performing other work as required.

Competitive candidates will possess experience with the ESRI GIS suite of products and Microsoft SQL Server. Work experience in GIS is highly desired.

Meet the Team!

The Riverside CountyFire Department(RCFD)is one of the largest integrated, cooperative, regional fire protection organizations in California. It is staffed with a combination of County of Riverside and State of California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) personnel. RCFD provides full service, municipal and wildland fire protection, pre-hospital emergency medical response by paramedics and EMT's, technical rescue services and response to hazardous materials discharges. RCFD serves a vast geographic area and diverse communities. The Department, a unique partnership between CAL FIRE and the County of Riverside, serves 22 partner agencies and has five core values: Leadership, Competence, Integrity, Safety, and Customer Service.

EXAMPLES OF ESSENTIAL DUTIES

  • Initiates research and statistical investigations and plans, designs, and conducts the activities of such investigations; recognizes the need for research and statistical investigations related to the development of demographic estimates and forecasts.
  • Coordinates with staff and outside agencies to obtain data; designs, organizes and develops research evaluation plans, develops regulatory waiver requests, prepares budgets, and submits grant proposals.
  • Defines sample populations and selection criteria; designs, develops and maintains databases; writes queries to extract data for ongoing and unexpected management reports; creates, tests and administers surveys and questionnaires; conducts focus and personal interviews; develops forms, procedures, schedules and sampling criteria for field data collection; and, performs random assignments.
  • Advises research specialists and administrators of research findings and/or procedures; prepares narrative reports of findings with valid conclusions and statistical significance, projects impacts, and provides trend analysis.
  • Identifies problems in inter-organizational operations and procedures with implications for plan development and implementation and recommends alternative solutions for use in management decision-making.
  • Conducts research to develop population, housing, and employment estimates and forecasts.
  • Analyzes and interprets small area socio-economic and land use data using geographic information systems.
  • Assists the supervisor in developing and coordinating planning activities and in directing assigned project staff; and preparing annual budgets for research projects.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Education:

Option I:

Graduation from an accredited college with a Master's degree with a major in social science, statistics, mathematics, economics, business/public administration, data processing, or any of the natural sciences, which included graduate level courses in research design, data collection methods, and advanced statistical analysis. While a Master's degree is preferred, additional qualifying experience may be substituted for up to two years of the required education, on the basis of 10 semester or 15-quarter units of graduate level course work in the areas previously cited equaling 6 months.

Option II:

Additional qualifying education may be substituted for up to two years of the required work experience such that a Ph.D. degree, with qualifying course work, meets the minimum education and experience requirement.

Experience:

Option I:

Two years of progressively responsible experience in administrative, professional, investigative, technical or other responsible work, which included statistical analysis, research or program design and data collection, and electronic data storage and report generation or grant writing.

Option II:

Two years equivalent to GIS Research Specialist I in Riverside County in the Transportation and Land Management Agency.

Other Requirements:

Knowledge of: Policies, procedures, practices and legislation governing land use; advanced research methods including data collection, sampling and analysis; Geographic Information Systems and SAS programming; census data and geography; demographic and economic forecasting methods, techniques and models.

Ability to: Develop and prepare concise and coherent oral and written reports and recommendations; analyze, perform data queries and write executable computer programs; interpret and evaluate statistical data and research findings; use statistical software packages on personal computers; maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work; design and carry out research topics related to demographic estimates and forecasts.

License: Possession of a valid California Driver's License.

SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Veterans' Preference:

The County of Riverside has a Veteran's Preference Policy Upload a copy of your (or your spouse's) Member-4 Form DD-214 (or NGB-22) indicating dates of service, and a copy of your spouse's letter of disability (if applicable) with your application. For privacy reasons, it is recommended that you remove your social security information from the document(s). A Human Resources Representative will review the materials and determine if you qualify for veterans' preference.

Degree Verification:

Prior to the closing date, upload a copy of any license(s), official/unofficial transcript(s), degrees, and/or related employment documents to your NeoGov account. If your education was completed outside of the United States, you will need to provide a copy of your Foreign Education Equivalency evaluation from a member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) or Association of International Credential Evaluators, Inc. (AICE).

What's Next:

This recruitment is open to all applicants. Applicants who are current employees of County of Riverside Fire Department may be considered before other applicants depending on the volume of applications received. Applications received prior to the closing date will be considered based on the information submitted. Changes or alterations cannot be accepted. No late applications will be permitted. Based on the number of applications received, this posting may close without notice. Qualified applicants may be considered for future vacancies throughout the County.

Keywords: County of Riverside, Perris , GIS Research Specialist II - Fire Protection, Other , Perris, California

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