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Principal GIS Specialist ( 10822,Grade 28)


Prince George's County, MD

Employer:  Department of Parks and Recreation, Prince George's County
Category:  Other
Job Type:  Full Time



The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), a six-time National Recreation and Parks Association Gold Medal Award Winner is seeking a Principal GIS Specialist as part of the Park Planning and Environmental Stewardship Division (PPES) in the Prince George's County Department of Parks and Recreation. As an integral part of Park Planning and Environmental Stewardship, the Principal GIS Specialist is a critical and strategic position that serves as performs as an expert and project leader in the development, implementation, and maintenance of the geographic information systems (GIS), research, and data analysis functions of the Division.

The Park Planning and Environmental Stewardship Division (PPES) is responsible for the planning, design, and conservation of the park system in Prince George's County. PPES supports implementation the Department's significant Capital improvement Program through land acquisitions, park planning, design, and construction of parks and recreation facilities throughout the County. The team also partners with the other divisions in the Department to support environmental education, as well as park and recreation facility development by researching user data and evaluating metrics.

Under limited direction, performs as a project leader and expert in the design, development, testing, installation, and maintenance of geographic information system (GIS) applications, which includes map development, database administration, data production and data management, software development and technical assistance and end-user support. Applies expert knowledge of GIS data quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC). Interacts with people inside and outside the organization to exchange information, coordinate, instruct, guide, advise and obtain agreement or compliance or achieve otherdesired actions. In addition, the incumbent will lead data collection, 2 organization, and communication of key findings using tools including (GIS) mapping, data dashboards, Power Point presentations, and memos. Performs other duties, as assigned.

Examples of Important Duties

Project Management/Team Leadership
Leads and manages projects and project team staffing such work as map development, designing, developing, testing, installing, maintaining, enhancing, or customizing geospatial databases and applications. Specifies tasks and coordinates the work of the project team. Coordinates and ensures quality assurance and quality control of deliverables(for contract and in-housework).

Data Production and Management
Leads in the creation of data presentation tools including geographic map layers and maps based on internal and external requirements. Administers and evaluates ongoing GIS maintenance work programs(i.e. parcel, zoning, and address). Acquires, manages, and presents data and leads coordination of datasets to guide business decisions. Leads the maintenance of enterprise spatial databases. Ensures the production and extraction of data and coordination of data purchases. Coordinates the distribution and exchange of digital data with customers (i.e. government agencies, educational institutions, businesses, and citizens}.

Mapping Assistance/End-User Support
Leads and provides high level technical assistance and support to staff and end- users regarding information systems. Ensures spatial documents are provided in static and printed, providing mapping support, as well as web based analytical mapping products that support regulatory and planning workflows. Coordinates and provides formal system application training to staff and endusers.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Remote Sensing, Computer Science, Information Technology, Photogrammetry, Cartography, Surveying or any related field.
  • Four (4) years of experience in GIS that includes geospatial data query and manipulation, map production, data mining and data quality assurance and quality control; programming and application development involving spatial or non-spatial data.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total eight (8) years.
  • Depending on area of assignment, a valid driver's license in accordance with both State and Commission rules and regulations. Driver's license must be unencumbered by restrictions, revocations, suspensions, or points that could limit the employee's ability to drive Commission vehicles or perform driving duties required by the position of assignmen

  • Supplemental Information

    Classification Specification: PrincipalGIS Specialist (1360)

    This position may be subject to medical, drug and alcohol testing

    The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We celebrate a workplace culture of diversity, equity and inclusion without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, gender identity, or any other non-merit factor.

    Applicants with Disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act.

    If you require accommodations or special arrangements due to a qualifying disability, please notify the Recruitment & Selections Services Unit at the time of applications at or 301-454-1411 (Maryland Relay 7-1-1)

    M-NCPPC will make all efforts to reasonably accommodate you.



    The following benefit summary is provided for informational purposes only and is not, nor should be construed as an employment agreement with the M-NCPPC, implied or actual. It is not all-inclusive and is subject to change. Benefits listed are extended to all Merit System employees of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC). All plans are optional except the Defined Benefit and Long-Term Disability plans.

    You have 45 days from your hire date to elect your benefits. Your coverage begins on the first of the month following receipt of your enrollment forms and required documentation.

    Retirement Programs
    • Defined Benefit Plan (Mandatory Participation) - Plan E excludes FOP members.
    Plan: Employee Contribution
    Plan C: 9.5%*of base salary (FOP members only)
    Plan E: 4% of base salary up to maximum Social Security Wage Base (SSWB) and 8% in excess of SSWB.
    • Deferred Compensation ICMA-RC-457 plan (Optional)
    • Traditional and Roth IRAs (Optional)
    Health Insurance Plans (FOP Members Pay 23% for Medical, Prescription and Dental and same as all other employees for Vision.) All other employees pay percentage below.
    • Medical
      • Kaiser Permanente Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) with Prescription Plan - (15%)
      • UnitedHealthcare Select Exclusive Provider Organization Health Plan (EPO) - (20%)
      • UnitedHealthcare Choice Plus Point of Service (POS) - (20%)
    • Prescription - CVS Caremark - (15%)
    • Dental - Delta Dental PPO and DeltaCare USA HMO - (20%)
    • Vision - EyeMed - (80% of Low Option plan paid by Commission. Any balance paid by employee.)
      • Low, moderate, and high options are available. Frequency of covered services differs.

    Flexible Spending Accounts (Employee Pays 100%)
    • Medical Account - Maximum annual contribution: $3,050
    • Dependent Care Account - Maximum annual contribution: $5,000

    Long-Term Disability Insurance (Mandatory Participation)
    • Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80% (FOP Members Pay 100%)
    • Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary, maximum of $6,000/month

    Supplemental Long-Term Disability Insurance (Employee Pays 100%)
    • Benefits paid at 66 2/3% of base salary that exceeds $108,000; capped at $216,000

    Basic Life and AD&D Insurance (Employee Pays 20%: Commission Pays 80%)
    • Two (2) times base salary; maximum benefit is $200,000 for each
    • Automatic coverage with opt-out provision

    Supplemental and Spouse/Dependent Life Insurance (Employee Pays 100%)
    • Supplemental - 1,2,3,4, or 5 times base salary; maximum benefit is $750,000
    • Spouse/Dependent Combination - $10,000/$5,000, $20,000/$10,000, or $30,000/$15,000

    Sick Leave Bank (Contribution and Benefit hours prorated for part-time employees)
    • Employees have 60 days from date of hire to enroll.
    • Employee contributes 8 leave hours each year
    • Annually covers up to 688 hours for own serious medical condition, and 480 hours for parental responsibilities (birthadoption or foster care), and 80-160 hours for serious medical condition of an immediate family member

    Leave Programs
    • Annual: 15 days per year
    • Personal: 3 days per year (12-month waiting period)
    • Sick: 15 days per year
    • Holidays: 11 days per year

    Other Benefits
    • Credit Union
    • Employee Assistance Plan
    • Legal Services Plan
    • Tuition Assistance Program
    • Wellness Program
    • Work-Life Program

    For a more detailed description of benefits, please contact the Commission's Health and Benefits Office at benefits@mncppc.org or 301-454-1694.

    * 01

    Do you have a bachelor's degree in graphic design, Computer Aided Technology (in design and drafting), Architecture, Engineering, Landscape Architecture, or any related field?
    • Yes
    • No

    * 02

    Do you have an equivalent combination of education and experience that together total 8 years of progressively responsible experience in engineering and architectural design and drafting that includes substantive work in the range of duties and responsibilities in this class specification?
    • Yes
    • No

    * 03

    Describe an example of a design project in which you were involved. Tell us what your role was and how you contributed to its success.
    • Yes
    • No

    * 04

    What aspects of your current job give you the most satisfaction?
    • Yes
    • No

    * 05

    Why do you want to work for Parks?
    • Yes
    • No

    * Required Question
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