Fire Incident Mapping GIS Specialist (GISS)
Job Posting Closes February 29th, 2016


FireWhat, Inc. owns and operates mobile labs which are trailers equipped with specialized equipment for providing mapping capabilities in remote field settings in support of emergency incident response.  GIS Mobile Labs are trailers equipped with computers and printing equipment to print/collate/bind documents and print/plot large-format maps.  

JOB DESCRIPTION: Hired applicants will work in the field in a mobile GIS trailer typically at the fire incident command (IC) center. The IC could be at a fairground, campground, or in a grassy field.  GISS will work with the Incident Command GIS team using ArcGIS software to create and maintain wildland fire data and/or maps that can be combined with geographically referenced fire data.Staff are typically boarded in tents or trailers and meals are provided on-site, the ultimate field experience. This is a call when needed position with no guarantee of assignment.


  • Must have strong foundation with GIS creating maps and graphs using GIS software and related equipment.

  • Attend a three day Fire Incident GIS refresh GIS seminar (*see details below) to open task book OR have NWCG GISS certification.

  • Must have previous GIS knowledge. Be able to understand and use ArcGIS FIMT Tool set.

  • Be able to produce good quality maps under stressful conditions while applying standard cartographic convention to every map.

  • Compile geographic data from a variety of sources including census, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.

  • Design and update database, applying additional knowledge of spatial feature representations. Prepare metadata and other documentation.

  • Enter new map data through use of a digitizer or by direct input of coordinate information using the principles of cartography including coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography, and map scales.

  • Driving personal vehicle to incidents is required.


IMPORTANT SKILL SETS:  (which are not in any hierarchical order)

  • Geography - Knowledge of various methods for describing the location and distribution of land, sea, and air masses including their physical locations, relationships, and characteristics.

  • Independent MacGyver like problem solving skill-set to troubleshoot printers, networks, satellite internet, and other IT tasks.

  • Responsible and trustworthy while maintaining a professional decorum while following IC protocol.

  • Communication, Written, Oral, and Cartographic - The ability to convey GIS/spatial information to non-GIS/technical people.

  • Analytical Skills - The ability to solve problems using the GIS suite of tools.

  • Information Gathering - Knowing how to find information and identify essential information, and validate the information.

  • Information Ordering - The ability to correctly follow a given rule or set of rules in order to arrange things or actions in a certain order.

  • Must be a professional team player, have a positive attitude, and ready for an adventure.

  • Be able to tackle other duties as assigned.


WORK HOURS: Typically 16 hour (day or night) operational periods for 14 consecutive days, not to exceed 21 days for duration of an assigned project. There will be heavy overtime opportunities to continue working. On-Call status: we need you to be available at a moment’s notice, typically 6-12 hour notice. A typical fire season occurs between June-October, this year maybe unique and start earlier and go longer.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS AND WORK ENVIRONMENT: Involves sedentary to light work in an emergency basecamp setting. Must be able to produce quality and accurate maps in a stressful environment.



Please send the following material:

    1) Cover letter attached to your resume

    2) Provide 3 references with their contact information

    3) Example of your GIS/ Cartographic work

   4) Must attend the 3 day Incident GIS training class (Friday, Saturday and Sunday class).

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