GIS technician

GIS Technician

Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is seeking a full-time GIS Technician to support the Geospatial Technology Center’s ongoing work on the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s Mine Mapping Grant, as well as various other geospatial projects with both internal and external clients. The Technician will exercise a variety of geospatial processing and analysis techniques to ensure that projects are being completed efficiently and correctly. To do this, the Technician will work closely with the Geospatial Technology Center Lab Manager and be involved in frequent correspondence with internal and external clients (specifically the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection). In addition to performing a large amount of geospatial analysis and processing, the Technician will be the primary point of contact for student interns as they are completing assigned tasks and will be able to offer them technical assistance and guidance. In addition to their primary role in Geospatial Technology Center, the Technician will also be responsible for assisting with summer camps for middle and high school students where they can explore geospatial technologies.

Position Requirements:


  • Bachelor’s degree in GIS, Geography, Geospatial Technology, or related field, or a Bachelor’s Degree in Geology or Environmental Science with extensive coursework in GIS
  • Demonstrated experience completing GIS analyses for clientele, including georeferencing, digitizing, and working with raster datasets
  • Demonstrated ability to interpret and document project requirements with external clients and contribute to grant/project proposals
  • Working knowledge of georeferencing best practices
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with ArcGIS software in a professional environment
  • Experience analyzing natural resources using GIS
  • Proven geospatial data organization skills
  • Ability to work independently with frequent interruptions, as well as part of a team
  • Ability to train and assist beginner-level GIS users
  • Experience performing measures of quality control in a GIS setting
  • Ability to obtain appropriate clearances to work with minors


  • Experience with reading and analyzing historic underground resource maps (especially coal)
  • Previous experience working with the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection
  • Prior completion of grant-based projects
  • Possess knowledge of the geology of Pennsylvania
  • Knowledge of scripting languages such as Python
  • Prior experience working in an academic setting


Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to the attention of:

Erin Hill, Executive Recruiter


About Harrisburg University:

Harrisburg University offers an applied science and technology education for students who want a degree and a dedicated pathway to a career. Its focus is to educate career-minded individuals in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM careers), giving them the tools to succeed, while helping to shape their communities, locally and beyond. Our goal is to help stimulate economic growth in our region by establishing a STEM educated workforce — a necessary resource in today’s economy.


The Harrisburg University of Science and Technology is an independent educational institution offering innovative academic and research programs in science and technology that respond to local and global needs.  The institution fosters a diverse community of learners, provides access and support to students who want to pursue a career in science and technology, and supports business creation and economic development.

Harrisburg University: At a Glance:

  • Only science and technology-focused comprehensive university between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh
  • Private, non-sectarian, nonprofit, urban, teaching university
  • Located in the city of Harrisburg
  • Incorporated in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania: December 12, 2001
  • Chartered by Pennsylvania Department of Education: January 20, 2005
  • Inaugural class arrived August 29, 2005
  • Accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, June 22, 2009
  • 350 full- and part-time employees
  • Signature 16-story, $73 million, state-of-the-art Academic Center

Student Population:

  • The University’s total student enrollment for undergraduate and graduate degree seeking students: 5,300 as of December 1, 2017.
  • Undergraduate Student Body: 49% female, 53% minority
  • 98% of our students demonstrate financial need
  • Ranked in top 20 of US News & World Report’s ethnic diversity category for Best National Liberal Arts Colleges
  • HU places 92% of its graduates in family-sustaining careers in their fields of study within six months of graduation.
  • HU undergraduate student average debt upon graduating is $7,000 less than the national average student education debt.


  • Full-time faculty with Ph.D. or Terminal Degree: 100%
  • Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees awarded in Analytics, Biotechnology and Biosciences, Computer and Information Sciences, Interactive Media, Management & eBusiness, Geospatial Technologies, and Integrative Sciences
  • Master of Science Degrees awarded in Analytics, Information Systems Engineering & Management, Learning Technologies, Computer Information Sciences, Project Management & Healthcare Informatics.
  • PhD awarded in Data Analytics – first student cohort began in Fall 2017.
  • Trimester system

Institutional Leadership:

A 30-member, independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees led by an Executive Committee governs Harrisburg University. The Board of Trustees delegates authority for day-to-day operations to senior management.

Notes of Distinction:

  • First private nonprofit science and technology-focused institution chartered in the Commonwealth since Carnegie Mellon University
  • Educational framework is competency-based, applied and experiential
  • Offers Central Pennsylvania’s only master’s degrees in IT Project Management, or Learning Technologies
  • The University is a Project Management Institute® registered education provider
  • Home to the Center for Advanced Entertainment and Learning Technologies, The Consumer Insights Research Lab, The Government Technology Institute, The Geospatial Technology Center and The Food Science and Technology Center.
  • Co-PI on NSF-funded ADVANCE grant focused on the recruitment, retention, and development of women academics in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines

Institutional Affiliations & Partnerships:

  • American Council on Education (ACE)
  • Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Pennsylvania (AICUP)
  • Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU)
  • National Science Foundation (NSF)
  • Technology Council of Central Pennsylvania (TCCP)
  • Consortium agreements with Penn State and St. Francis University
  • Articulation agreements with Harrisburg Area Community College, Community College of Baltimore County & Lehigh Carbon Community College