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CDM Smith GIS Specialist FEMA Floodmapping in Dallas, Texas


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Job Description:

CDM Smith is currently seeking a GIS professional in various geographical locations to serve as flood risk study manager and quality reviewer in support of FEMA Risk MAP (Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning) activities nationwide.

On a daily basis, the selected candidate will lead teams of GIS, engineering, and administrative professionals, both locally and nationally, towards the successful completion of a variety of FEMA Risk MAP projects. Additionally, as CDM Smith provides service at all stages of Risk MAP, the selected candidate can expect opportunity for involvement in studies throughout the project life cycle, from discovery to flood study effective date. Project related responsibilities include:

-Independently lead and coordinate tasks within a Risk MAP flood study lifecycle, such as basemap, terrain, FIRM database development, floodplain mapping, preliminary issuance, and post-preliminary processing through map effective, and delegate tasks to multiple supporting staff across diverse geographies;

-Training capability around the key Risk MAP work types noted above.

-Leading FEMA MIP deliverable compilation and review within a flood risk study lifecycle.

-Leading and supporting internal QA/QC, which may include QC of base map, terrain, flood risk database, summary of map actions, and floodplain mapping, as well as FEMA Quality Reviews 3, 5, and 7.

-Strict adherence to project documentation and storage requirements.

-Strict adherence to FEMA standards and technical references.

-Occasionally facilitating/presenting/participation at FEMA Risk MAP meetings and support of community engagement activities related to flood risk study lifecycle.

-Estimating resource needs and scheduling and assigning work to meet milestone completion dates

-Monitoring and maintaining Risk MAP study schedules and budgets, including providing input to Earned Value Management reporting.

-Informing and working with Project Managers on project risks and mitigation actions.

-Providing support as a technical lead and/or Subject Matter Expert for FEMA Risk MAP programmatic working groups.

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GIS Specialist FEMA Floodmapping



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Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Geography, Science, Engineering, Planning, Mathematics or Government or related discipline.

  • Certified GIS Professional (GISP) status, a Master’s degree in one of the fields listed above or has certification in another field (e.g., Professional Engineer’s license).

  • 6 years progressively responsible experience applying GIS technology.

  • Domestic and/or international travel may be required.

  • The frequency of travel is contingent on specific duties, responsibilities, and the essential functions of the position, which may vary depending on workload and project demands.

  • Equivalent additional directly related experience will be considered in lieu of a degree.

  • Must be a US Citizen

EEO Statement:

We attract the best people in the industry, supporting their efforts to learn and grow. We strive to create a challenging and progressive work environment. We provide career opportunities that span a variety of disciplines and geographic locations, with projects that our employees plan, design, build and operate as diverse as the needs of our clients. CDM Smith is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, marital status, disability, citizenship status, genetics, protected veteran status or any other characteristics protected by applicable law.

Why CDM Smith?:

Check out this video and find out why our team loves to work here! (https://www.cdmsmith.com/en/Video/Meet-CDM-Smith)

Join Us! CDM Smith – where amazing career journeys unfold.

Imagine a place committed to offering an unmatched employee experience. Where you work on projects that are meaningful to you. Where you play an active part in shaping your career journey. Where your co-workers are invested in you and your success. Where you are encouraged and supported to do your very best and given the tools and resources to do so. Where it’s a priority that the company takes good care of you and your family.

Our employees are the heart of our company. As an employer of choice, our goal is to provide a challenging, progressive and inclusive work environment which fosters personal leadership, career growth and development for every employee. We value passionate individuals who challenge the norm, deliver world-class solutions and bring diverse perspectives. Join our team, and together we will make a difference and change the world.

Job Site Location:

Texas - Statewide

Agency Disclaimer:

All vendors must have a signed CDM Smith Placement Agreement from the CDM Smith Recruitment Center Manager to receive payment for your placement. Verbal or written commitments from any other member of the CDM Smith staff will not be considered binding terms. All unsolicited resumes sent to CDM Smith and any resume submitted to any employee outside of CDM Smith Recruiting Center Team (RCT) will be considered property of CDM Smith. CDM Smith will not be held liable to pay a placement fee.

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Visa Sponsorship Available:

No - We will not support sponsorship, i.e. H-1B or TN Visas for this position

Skills and Abilities:

Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office software suite including Access, Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Familiar with Microsoft SQL Server Software. Advanced knowledge of Esri ArcGIS 10.x and extensions, ArcGIS Pro, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise (ArcSDE), GPS technology, UML Tools, model builder, Python for ArcGIS, and related geospatial software tools. Knowledge of Specialty applications, such as PhotoShop, Business Analytics software, CMMS, or specialized programming environments.

Background Check and Drug Testing Information:

CDM Smith Inc. and its divisions and subsidiaries (hereafter collectively referred to as “CDM Smith”) reserves the right to require background checks including criminal, employment, education, licensure, etc. as well as credit and motor vehicle when applicable for certain positions. In addition, CDM Smith may conduct drug testing for designated positions. Background checks are conducted after an offer of employment has been made in the United States. The timing of when background checks will be conducted on candidates for positions outside the United States will vary based on country statutory law but in no case, will the background check precede an interview. CDM Smith will conduct interviews of qualified individuals prior to requesting a criminal background check, and no job application submitted prior to such interview shall inquire into an applicant's criminal history. If this position is subject to a background check for any convictions related to its responsibilities and requirements, employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a background investigation including criminal history. Criminal history will not automatically disqualify a candidate. In addition, during employment individuals may be required by CDM Smith or a CDM Smith client to successfully complete additional background checks, including motor vehicle record as well as drug testing.

Additional Compensation:

All bonuses at CDM Smith are discretionary and may or may not apply to this position.

Work Location Options:

Fully Remote or Hybrid Work Options may be considered for successful candidate.

Seeking candidates for a potential future opportunity!:

We are looking for qualified candidates for this position in anticipation of future project opportunities. Please note this is an “Evergreen” position which will be used to build our candidate pool but is not a role that is open at this time. If you are interested in being considered for this position should this position become available, we encourage you to apply to be part of our talent community. By having your information on file, we can reach out to you when this or a similar role officially opens.