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Geospatial Support Specialist
Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA
Polar Geospatial Center at University of Minnesota
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Help Make a Difference in Polar & Environmental Science

The Polar Geospatial Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities is seeking an innovative geospatial professional to join the User Services team. The person in this position will be responsible for managing science project support, coordinating data requests, and providing geospatial expertise for PGC core users. In addition to supervising undergraduate or graduate research assistants, the successful applicant will perform GIS and Remote Sensing analysis per project requests. This position will also play an active role in community outreach, data/software training workshops, and conference exhibitions/presentations.

What You’ll Do

In your first week you will be introduced to the PGC team and PGC’s role in geospatial science. You will learn about our funders, users, and partnerships. You will have dedicated training on internal workflows, data resources, and PGC’s project management system. You will also attend various weekly meetings to learn how PGC operates.

In your first month you will take on the responsibility of managing a portfolio of PGC users as a PGC Point of Contact and help manage incoming requests for geospatial support and data. You will learn how to play an integral role in the user request lifecycle.

In your first year you will become an important member of the User Services team and help manage student projects and workloads. Your expertise in polar science and data specific to the polar regions will grow. Relationships you’ve formed within PGC and with PGC users will become more concrete. You will also help evaluate user feedback and work to improve the PGC user experience and explore education and outreach initiatives that connect PGC to the broader community.


PGC is a science support organization that is built on these values:

  • Diversity and Respect: A mix of experiences, ideas, and approaches makes all our work better
  • Initiative: The drive to try, learn, or problem solve is inspiring and aids progress
  • Outreach: Take what you have learned and return it to the community


The Office of Human Resources has a guide to the University’s benefits including the Regent’s ScholarshipFaculty Retirement PlanLeave, and Medical.

For this job we have funding for a salary range of $50,000 to $60,000.

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