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GIS Data Analyst  (Temporary)
Location: Palmer

Position - Status


Who Can Apply

MEA Employees & the General Public

Posting Date

February 26, 2024

Closing Date

Open Until Filled


Information Technology


$32.51 Min DOE



Union Representation


Hours of Work


Work Location

Palmer, AK


This position is responsible for ensuring the integrity of the Associations Geographic Information System (GIS), as well as performing a wide range of GIS, mapping, and data-related tasks, with a primary focus on data input, quality control, quality assurance, data management, data analysis, process improvement and training.


1.Performs conversion of engineering work orders to as-built GIS layers.

2.Ensures precision, accuracy, reliability and completeness of finished work product for new mapping and staking data.

3.Maintains the integrity and uniformity of the data entered prior to incorporation into the GIS.

4.Research historical database records to verify GIS data integrity.

5.Research mapping data to resolve conflicting information and validate the precision of existing data.

6.Confirm the accuracy of the Association's historical data records through reconciliation of historical maps, drawings and project records.

7.Improve operations, decrease turnaround times, streamline work processes, and work cooperatively with other Association divisions and departments.

8.Assists with third party vendor activities for accuracy and standards compliance.

9.Assists in maintaining the accuracy of the Associations connectivity, Outage Management System and Milsoft Windmil models.

10.Creates and revises drawings, graphic displays, and exhibits as directed.

11.Provides Tier 2 support for GIS users at the Association and assists with installation of MapWise and other GIS and mapping applications, and upgrades.

12.Provides training in use of electronic staking and mapping programs to Association staff and contractors, as needed.

13.Assists in integration and reconciliation of GIS data with other Association databases.

14.Implement, monitor and continuously improve quality practices to ensure GIS projects, enhancements and services are delivered and managed to agreed-upon quality standards.

15.Utilizes GIS and CAD-based products to update maps and to maintain and update graphical libraries, symbol libraries, and databases.

16.Oversees conversion to electronic data suitable for incorporation into the mapping and the databases of the GIS.

17.Promotes a safety culture in which safety is a value.This culture is based on joint and individual engagement, ownership, and accountability regarding job safety and responsibility to perform work safely and adhere to safe work practices.

18.Performs the essential functions of the position in a safe and efficient manner.

The above items are not intended to be all inclusive of the essential functions or requirements of this type of work as they are subject to change based on operating necessity. The employee will also perform other related business duties as assigned by the immediate supervisor and other management personnel.


Qualified candidates are required to have:

Relevant postsecondary education may substitute for experience on a year for year basis.

Four (4) years of relevant experience.

Preference may be given to:

Experience with an electronic utility staking application.

Experience with AutoCAD.

Experience with Esri ArcGIS.

Experience working in a GIS or engineering-related capacity for an electric utility.

Qualified candidates must have a valid Alaska drivers license and a driving record, which is acceptable and insurable by the Association and the Associations insurance carrier at standard group rates.


Support a culture of safety excellence through active involvement in safety improvement and promote a sense of shared responsibility for safety.

Knowledge of and skill in attention to detail and in reviewing documents and data for accuracy

Knowledge and use of relevant reference and source materials.

Knowledge of electric utility industry terminology and symbology.

Knowledge of electric utility staking engineering and record keeping and GIS goals and/or practices of the Association and ascertain flaws and suggest cycles of improvements.

Knowledge of new technologies and methods of performing work and establish a quality documentation system for work product and quality assurance procedures.

Knowledge of legal descriptions as well as blueprints and layouts.

Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including the use of Word, Excel and Access and any other relevant software.

Skill in organization and exceptional attention to detail.

Skill in reviewing and analyzing work requests as assigned.

Skill in multitasking to coordinate and complete multiple projects and tasks with tight deadlines simultaneously.

Skill in managing conflicting data or issues to a successful outcome.

Skill in evaluating, investigating, and reconciling various data to create a cohesive body of information to enforce quality assurance of processes and product.

Skill in performing advanced mathematical calculations or use appropriate software to make calculations.

Skill in effective and professional verbal and written communication.

Ability to work independently and efficiently.

Ability to utilize proper interpersonal and communication skills to train, instruct, and educate groups and individuals in a team environment.

Ability to establish and maintain both internal and external (to the Association) relationships necessary to effectively accomplish assignments as directed by designated supervisors.

Ability to work with diverse users, management, technical staff, associates, consultants, and vendors to investigate and translate requests into project requirements, and further, into definitions and specifications for data acquisition, management, and presentation.

Ability to provide status reports for all projects and activities as requested.

Ability to maintain complete confidentiality of classified/confidential information.

Ability to logically interpret and analyze problems and processes for efficiencies and make recommendations for improvements.

Ability to make decisions, possessing strong analytical and process management skills.

Ability to work effectively in a collaborative environment and foster teamwork through interdepartmental communication across the company and GIS applications.

Ability to enter data accurately.

Ability to occasionally work flexible schedules and overtime.

Ability to self-motivate improvement based on successes and failures.

Ability to contribute to a positive and constructive work environment.

Ability to facilitate cooperation between work groups and work functionally across all levels of the organization.

Embrace and embody the Associations Core Values through decisions, actions, attitude, and behavior to directly contribute to the success of the organization.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position; this list is not inclusive of all the physical demands that may be required.Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Physical demand activity percentages:

-Major occurs 60% or more of work time.

-Moderate occurs between 20-60% of work time.

-Minor occurs less than 20% of work time.

Physical demand requirements:

-Ability to understand, read, and carry out written instructions.

-Ability to understand, read, and verify documents electronically, verbally, or hard copy.

-Major amount of sitting, finger use, feeling/touching of items, eye-hand coordination, communicating, hearing, seeing near/far.

-Moderate amount of standing, and walking.

-Minor amount of lifting/carrying/pushing up to fifty (50) pounds, stair climbing, ladder climbing, balancing, kneeling, crouching, crawling, turning/twisting, bending at waist, handling of items, and foot-hand-eye coordination.


The work environment conditions described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this position.Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This position primarily works in an office setting.


This position is classified as a non-exempt, non-represented position, and is eligible for overtime compensation based on both Federal and State of Alaska laws.All Association employees are expected to work widely varying amounts of either (1) unscheduled overtime such as during power restoration activities; or, (2) scheduled overtime required to accomplish special projects.

MEA requires a post offer substance abuse test. Any positive test result or refusal to consent will disqualify an applicant from employment.

MEA is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by local, state or federal law.

Individuals with disabilities who require reasonable accommodations to participate in any portion of the application or interview process should advise MEA in advance by calling 907-761-9218.

Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

To apply, please visit to submit an application by the closing date.

Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.

163 East Industrial Way (P.O. Box 2929), Palmer, Alaska 99645

Telephone: (907) 761-9218/ Fax: (907) 761-9264

MEA is an Equal Employment Opportunity Veterans/Disabled employer.

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