The Geographic Information System (GIS) Manager will administer Desert Botanical Garden’s enterprise geographic information system, comprised of ArcGIS Pro, ArcSDE geodatabase, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Hub, Collector app, Story Maps, survey equipment, a plotter and will support dozens of basic GIS users throughout the Garden.
The GIS Manager position contributes to the Garden’s mission “to advance excellence in education,research, exhibition and conservation of desert plants of the world.”
Desert Botanical Garden’s scientifically documented living collections of Cactaceae and Agavaceae are taxonomically diverse and among the world’s largest and are designated as National Collections by the Plant Collections Network of the American Public Gardens Association. A primary role of the GIS Manager is maintaining accurate maps of each plant in these collections on Garden property.
The successful applicant will join a strong multidisciplinary team in the department of Research,
Conservation and Collections (RCC Staff) and may be eligible to obtain adjunct faculty status in the School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University.
• Management of mapping activities at the Garden using appropriate geospatial technologies
• Providing GIS support and creative input for the Garden’s Living Collections Management
• Basic database design and ArcSDE geodatabase administration
• Collaboration with the IT Department and Esri technical support to upgrade, maintain, troubleshoot, and build new GIS functionality
• Participates in collaborative research/conservation projects, including map production, spatial analysis, and co-authorship of publications
• Design and maintenance of web maps for all departments
• Oversight of GIS and GPS software subscriptions, equipment maintenance, purchases and
• Training of relevant Garden staff to use ArcGIS Pro, web maps and mobile mapping equipment
• Contribution to the ASU/DBG joint Plant Conservation Biology MA program through teaching and GIS expertise
1. Bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems, geographic information science,
geography or related field (masters degree preferred) or degree in STEM field with
demonstrated GIS experience and expertise.
2. Minimum three years professional GIS experience in an Esri environment.
3. Familiarity with ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Server, ArcSDE geodatabases, ArcGIS Online, Collector for ArcGIS app and Microsoft Excel.
4. Experience working with datums, map projections and coordinate systems.
5. Familiarity with editing tools, geoprocessing tools, SQL queries and cartographic functions in ArcGIS Pro (ArcPy scripting a plus).
6. Background and/or proven interest in biology, botany, ecology or conservation.
7. Ability to quickly learn botanical and utility concepts and terminology including plant ID.
8. Strong analytical, problem-solving, communication, organizational and project
9. Ability to manage and prioritize multiple ongoing projects.
10. Ability to quickly learn to use survey grade GPS and new GIS/GPS technologies that become
11. Ability to hike with 5-10 lb. mapping equipment year round in desert terrain (steep terrain, spiny plants, extreme heat)
12. Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work well as a team member in a collaborative
To apply, send letter of application, C.V. or resumé and names and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to: 480.481.8173, or mail to:
Desert Botanical Garden
1201 N. Galvin Parkway
Phoenix, AZ 85008