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Parsons Corporation GIS/GPS System Administrator in Franklin, New Jersey

Minimum Clearance Required to Start:

Not Applicable/None

Job Description:

Ready to put your skills to work on Technical or Engineering projects? Are you great with people and have willingness to work hard to get the job done? Parsons is seeking a candidate with a desire to enhance the fabric of our community.

The GIS/GPS System Administrator is an on-site, supervisory position responsible for the entire GIS/GPS team. Determines methods and solutions for complex Geographic Information Systems (GIS) problems, selecting the most efficient and economical means to meet established goals and objectives. Applies advanced GIS techniques and analyses and is proficient in the use of current theories and practices. Most assignments involve the proficient knowledge of GIS packages, theory, mapping, programming, database, and principles of GIS to new applications. Supervises work assignments of lower-level GIS personnel, and/ serves as GIS site coordinator on projects. Willingness to travel and/or relocate to field site is expected.


  • Utilizes technical manuals and directives to ensure compliance with company policies.

  • Assigns work and reviews work produced to ensure accuracy, thoroughness, and timeliness. Makes staffing assignments and reassignments as project and company requirements change.

  • Develops detailed work plans and schedules for all phases of a GIS project. Helps to define scope of work, schedule, and procedures for project assignments.

  • Determines budget estimates and staffing requirements for the defined scope and schedule.

  • Evaluates and recommends hardware and software requirements.

  • Oversees collection of field data required for project and screens available data for relevance and applicability.

  • Designs (or oversees the design of) GIS, database, and analytical processes. May include system development (e.g., tailoring hardware, software, and data configurations to meet project needs).

  • Designs and develops (or oversees design and development of) GIS automation processes for internal use. Modifies application code to customize automation processes.

  • Utilizes various spatial analysis methods (interpolation, modeling, etc.) to depict patterns and trends of geographic data.

  • Integrates hardware, software, and data. Assesses precision and accuracy of GIS data; makes decisions regarding relevance to projects. May integrate non-GIS data with GIS applications, as appropriate.

  • Troubleshoots complex hardware and software problems, and develops suitable workarounds.

  • Performs quality assurance on GIS deliverables, GIS processing, and execution of tasks by subordinates.

  • Evaluates commercial GIS applications, and designs and develops difficult and complex GIS applications for internal use and client deliverables.

  • Produces (or oversees the production of) client deliverables in both hardcopy and digital format.

  • Supervises lower-level GIS Specialists and GIS technicians assigned to project. Provides input for performance evaluations.

  • May provide support for business development activities.

  • May serve as technical consultant in area of GIS for management or for the client as appropriate.

  • Maintains affiliation with professional societies to keep abreast of current technologies.

  • Performs other responsibilities associated with this position as may be appropriate.


  • Must be a Certified Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Professional.

  • Must have graduated from an accredited college with a bachelor's degree in geography, geology, geodesy, environmental science, or engineering.

  • A minimum of ten (10) years of experience managing GIS related projects/teams.

  • Thorough understanding of geography, cartography and geodesy including the integration, manipulation, and processing of these disciplines through geographic information systems (GIS). Including, but not limited to, the following: ArcGIS; ArcView 3.x; ArcInfo including 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, etc.; and ArcSDE.

  • Experience in the configuration, operation, and data processing of GPS equipment/data and environmental data. Including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Experience with Leica Geosystems ERDAS Imagine and Leica Photogrammetry Suite (LPS) software.

  • Experience with Survey grade GPS equipment, such as Leica Geosystems Smartstation.

  • Experience in implementing geospatial data standards including the US Army Corps of Engineers - Spatial Data Standards for Facilities Infrastructure and Environment (SDSFIE).

  • Work with chemical, environmental, and analytical databases for integration into GIS database and applications, including EarthSoft's EQuIS software.

  • Understanding of Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) and Human Machine Interface (HMI) systems in automation of various control systems relevant to network access and server-side administration.

  • Experience with implementation of CTEC's Earth Volumetric Studio (EVS).


Proven ability to perform in a lead capacity, excellent written and oral communications skills, and a thorough knowledge of industry practices are required. Must also possess a thorough knowledge of current technology and be able to select and apply appropriate GIS software for use on project. In addition, the incumbent must possess the following specific skills and competencies:

  • Advanced troubleshooting and problem solving skills

  • Ability to independently assess data anomalies, software problems, and program design flaws, and take appropriate steps to make the project work.

  • Ability to ascertain hardware/software limitations, how to work within them, and what can be done when limits are reached.

  • Ability to communicate results of assigned tasks in writing.

  • Ability to document work performed on a project in project logs.

  • Ability to document specific information about project data in the metadata file.

  • Proficiency in basic office automation software including MS-Word or MS-Excel.

Parsons is an equal opportunity, drug-free employer committed to diversity in the workplace. Minority/Female/Disabled/Protected Veteran/LGBTQ+. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, union affiliation, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, pregnancy, employable physical or mental disability, veteran status, genetic information, immigration status, or any other basis protected by all applicable laws.