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Colorado State Physical Science/Researcher/Scientist II - Geographic Information System, COGCC in Denver, Colorado

Physical Science/Researcher/Scientist II - Geographic Information System, COGCC



Physical Science/Researcher/Scientist II - Geographic Information System, COGCC


$65,796.00 - $78,000.00 Annually


Denver, CO

Job Type

Full Time


Department of Natural Resources

Job Number



12/7/2020 5:00 PM Mountain

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Department Information


Are you interested in investing in a career that makes a difference?

Consider joining the dedicated people of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR). It’s our mission to manage and conserve Colorado’s natural resources for the benefit of people today – and tomorrow. That means we have to balance development with conservation so the state we all love provides similar opportunities for our children and their children.

We invite you to explore our website at to find out more about the work we do to manage Colorado’s natural resources for today – and tomorrow.

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply.

In addition to offering rewarding, meaningful work, we offer:

  • Medical and Dental plans

  • Strong, flexible retirement plans including PERA Defined Benefit Plan or PERA Defined Contribution Plan, plus pre-tax 401K and 457 plans

  • Paid life insurance

  • Short- and long-term disability coverage

  • Employee Wellness Program which includes one paid wellness day per year

  • Service and Incentive Award Programs

  • Flexible Spending Accounts

  • Health Savings Accounts

  • 10 paid holidays per year plus generous vacation and sick leave

  • Flexible work schedule options and remote-work options

  • Career advancement opportunities throughout the State system

  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program is available for some positions, please see:!/pslf/launch

Description of Job


This position exists to help manage the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation's (COGCC) Geographic Information System (GIS), develop new GIS tools and datasets, and support COGCC staff through technical analyses and specialized GIS mapping. This position provides full scope GIS services to the division using knowledge of oil and gas operations, well construction, geology, environmental protection, unitization, spacing, and other land related issues. This position insures that the COGCC GIS capability meets the needs of all internal COGCC staff users and external customers.

Responsibilities and duties include, but are not limited to:

GIS System Maintenance and Data Steward

Maintain current GIS systems to support staff functions. Compile, convert, and quality-control internally- and externally-sourced data into suitable GIS formats for display on COGCC interactive maps. Work with the COGCC database team to make decisions on the best hardware, software, and workflows for integrating GIS data into the COGCC computerized information system.

GIS System Development

Develop and implement new GIS systems as needed. Contribute to Colorado Department of Natural Resources (DNR) department-wide GIS planning and coordination.

Mapping and Analysis

Conduct specialized GIS mapping projects using knowledge of oil and gas operations, well construction, geology, environmental protection, unitization, spacing, and other land related issues.

Training and Technical Support

Provide training, assistance, and support for COGCC technical staff personnel in the use of the GIS tools and the division’s interactive map. Respond to questions and assist external customers regarding use of the COGCC GIS maps, data, and Colorado Oil & Gas Information System (COGIS) database.

GIS Liaison and COGCC Data Expert

Represent the COGCC on departmental and statewide GIS coordinating bodies. Help determine procedures for inter-agency/inter-department mapping standards and data exchanges. Provide expertise on COGCC spatial and non-spatial data for use in external customer systems and projects.

Minimum Qualifications, Substitutions, Conditions of Employment & Appeal Rights


Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Geology, Environmental Sciences, Engineering or in another field of study related to the work assignment AND two years of professional experience with GIS, at least one year of which must have included developing new GIS tools and datasets.


  • Additional appropriate experience with substitute for the degree on a year-for-year basis.

  • Additional appropriate education will substitute for one year of the required experience.

Please note: The required experience must be substantiated within the work experience section of your application.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must be willing and able to exert up to 20 lbs. of force to move objects

  • Must be willing and able to tolerate exposure to weather

  • Must be willing and able to be in proximity to moving, mechanical parts

  • Must be willing and able to possess and maintain a valid Colorado driver's license

  • Must be willing and able to travel very occasionally for site visits

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with specialized GIS mapping

  • Familiarity with GIS workflows, ETL tools, and Python

  • Knowledge of oil and gas including geology, well construction, and land related issues

  • Experience providing training and technical support in the use of GIS tools and maps

Appeal Rights

We recommend contacting the Human Resources Specialist listed below to resolve issues related to your possession of minimum qualifications. However, if you receive notice that you have been eliminated from consideration for the position, you may protest the action by filing an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the date you receive notice of the elimination.

Also, if you wish to challenge the selection and comparative analysis process, you may file an appeal with the State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director within 10 days from the receipt of notice or knowledge of the action you are challenging.

Refer to Chapters 4 and 8 of the State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures, 4 CCR 801, for more information about the appeals process. The State Personnel Board Rules and Personnel Director's Administrative Procedures are available at

A standard appeal form is available at: If you appeal, your appeal must be submitted in writing on the official appeal form, signed by you or your representative, and received at the following address within 10 days of your receipt of notice or knowledge of the action: Colorado State Personnel Board/State Personnel Director, Attn: Appeals Processing, 1525 Sherman Street, 4th Floor, Denver, CO 80203. Fax: 303-866-5038. Phone: 303-866-3300. The ten-day deadline and these appeal procedures also apply to all charges of discrimination.

Supplemental Information

Applicant Checklist

  • Complete Applications must include the following documents:

  • A complete online Application

  • A cover letter that describes how your experience aligns with the minimum and preferred qualifications of this position.

  • A current resume

  • If you are using education to qualify, a copy of your official or unofficial transcript showing that your degree has been conferred and the name of your school, or your NACES accreditation. Please submit this as an attachment to your online application.

The Assessment Process

The Colorado Constitution requires all appointments and promotions in the state personnel system to be made according to merit and fitness. Your on-line application will be reviewed by a Human Resource Specialist and/or Subject Matter Expert to determine if you meet the minimum requirements for the position.

Upon meeting the minimum qualifications, the next phase of the assessment process may consist of a Structured Application/Resume Review. Utilizing your detailed on-line application, cover letter, resume and transcripts, the review is a comparative analysis against the listed required competencies, job duties and/or preferred qualifications in this announcement to determine technical competence, depth and breadth of experience and job fit in comparison to all other applicants for this position. It is imperative that you provide adequate detail on your application and cover letter to describe how you meet and/or exceed the requirements for this position. “See Resume” or “See Attached” will not substitute for the completed and detailed on-line application.

Comparative analysis factors to be assessed:

Technical Competence – Technical experience as it relates to the duties outlined in this job announcement.

Depth and Breadth of Experience – Experience that covers multiple areas outlined in this job announcement; varied and not one dimensional; and demonstrate progressively higher level of responsibility with a wide range.

Job Fit – Experience evaluated to determine how well your experience aligns with and meets the business needs of this position. Current/recent experience is preferred.

Upload additional pages if necessary to detail your experience and accomplishments. Failure to include adequate information or follow instructions by the deadline for application may result in your application not being accepted for this position and may affect your inclusion in future steps in the assessment process.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The State of Colorado believes that equity, diversity, and inclusion drive our success, and we encourage candidates from all identities, backgrounds, and abilities to apply. The State of Colorado is an equal opportunity employer committed to building inclusive, innovative work environments with employees who reflect our communities and enthusiastically serve them. Therefore, in all aspects of the employment process, we provide employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, medical condition related to pregnancy, creed, ancestry, national origin, marital status, genetic information, or military status (with preference given to military veterans), or any other protected status in accordance with applicable law.

The Department of Natural Resources is committed to the full inclusion of all qualified individuals. As part of this commitment, our agency will assist individuals who have a disability with any reasonable accommodation requests related to employment, including completing the application process, interviewing, completing any pre-employment testing, participating in the employee selection process, and/or to perform essential job functions where the requested accommodation does not impose an undue hardship. If you have a disability and require reasonable accommodation to ensure you have a positive experience applying or interviewing for this position, please direct your inquiries to our ADAAA Coordinator, Anna Kargobai-Murray, at anna.kargobai-murray.

ADAAA Accommodations

Any person with a disability as defined by the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA) may be provided a reasonable accommodation upon request to enable the person to complete an employment assessment. To request an accommodation, please contact Anna Kargobai-Murray at at least five business days before the date that any accommodation will be required to allow us to evaluate your request and prepare for the accommodation. You may be asked to provide additional information, including medical documentation, regarding functional limitations and type of accommodation needed. Please ensure that you have this information available well in advance of the assessment date.


The Department of Natural Resources participates in E-Verify in accordance with the program’s Right to Work for all newly-hired employees. Employees are queried through the electronic system established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify identity and employment eligibility. You may complete section 1 of the I-9 form upon your acceptance of a job offer letter, but no later than your first day of employment and in addition, on your first day, but no later than the third day, you will are required to submit original documents to verify your eligibility to work in the U.S. Learn more about E-Verify, including your rights and responsibilities at

Toll–Free Applicant Support - Technical Help

If you experience technical difficulty with the NEOGOV system (e.g. uploading or attaching documents to your online application) call NEOGOV at 855-524-5627, Mon-Fri between 6 am and 6 pm (Pacific Time). The Human Resources Office will be unable to assist with technical issues. Helpful hints: If you are having difficulty uploading or attaching documents to your application, ensure your documents are PDF or Microsoft Word files and close the document before you attempt to upload it.