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Geospatial Software Development Engineer III,  Lakewood, CO, US  ID# 16328

The National Geospatial Program provides leadership for United States Geological Survey (USGS)  geospatial coordination, production and service activities. The Program engages partners to develop standards and produce consistent and accurate data through its Geospatial Liaison Network. Operational support is provided by the National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC). These and other Program activities that are essential to the National Spatial Data Infrastructure (NSDI) are managed as a unified portfolio that benefits geospatial information users throughout the Nation. The NGTOC provides essential support for the USGS and the Nation in the acquisition and management of trusted geospatial data, products, and services, through world-class geospatial technical expertise and customer service. The NGTOC supports The National Map (TNM) and The National Hydrology Dataset (NHD) among other related efforts.

Job Description:
We are looking for a qualified individual to provide software engineering support to National Geospatial Technical Operations Center (NGTOC).

Design solutions, implementation and oversee the data processing at scale in AWS cloud and on premises environment. The architected solutions will be scalable, highly available, performant and re-usable for any data processing pipelines and workflow in place to fulfill the mission of the NGTOC and NGP to be able to serve the public with geospatial data and services.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Includes the following:

  • Develop custom tools and scripts for ingestion and manipulation of various types of data.
  • Implement PL/pgSQL database functions to process spatial queries.
  • Development of new tools, applications, and services.
  • Preparation and maintenance of all related software documentation.
  • Write PhP front end query services
  • Communication of pertinent technical information to team and customers.
  • Collaborate with GIS analysts, make recommendations and design solutions to GIS problems
  • Designs, modifies, develops, writes and implements software programming applications.
  • Supports and/or installs software applications/operating systems.
  • Participates in the testing process through test review and analysis, test witnessing and certification of software.
  • Supports and/or installs software applications/operating systems.
  • Perform GIS Analysis and Map Services Development including cache generation, base map services, overlay services, status/aggregation services, and cartographic rendering/visualization;
  • Provide GIS service maintenance, new development, and technical support for the delivery of the The National Map (TNM) data and information.
  • Provide the USGS with recommendations of new solutions to enhance TNM GIS dynamic and cached map services, and TNM Server/Web Services/APIs; Explore and implement new map content, symbols, product packaging as defined by government product leads.
  • Create, enhance, maintain metadata for products and web services.
  • Modify configuration parameters to be in compliance with product specifications, and to test new product capabilities.
  • Develop, enhance, maintain data model schemas, and the databases created from these schemas.
  • Ability to perform Database Design, Data modeling, or Object modeling.
  • Assist with the development of product specifications for USGS geospatial products.
  • Ensure that all development and programming tasks and deliverables conform to established USGS and government security standards and measures.
  • Assist in the development, documentation, and testing of disaster recovery procedures as it regards GIS development activities.
  • Prepares or converts metadata for data produced within the NGPO.
  • Works with data producers in other parts of the USGS and in organizations outside this agency to fully document the data to be published by USGS in compliance with the federal Content Standard for Digital Geospatial Metadata (CSDGM), ISO metadata, and other standards as appropriate.
  • Develops draft, pilot ISO metadata profiles for vector (such as Hydrography) and raster (such as Elevation) data
  • Experience with spatial database administration
  • Maintain and upgrade currently implemented TNM(ESRI and OSS) data and map services on premises and in the cloud;
  • Remain current on latest cloud technologies;
  • Explore and research new technologies and strategies for delivery systems;
  • Perform GIS Analysis and Map Services Development including cache generation, base map services, overlay services, status/aggregation services, cartographic rendering/visualization, vector tiles, and Meta Raster Format (MRF) services
  • Adhere to new ESRI and Open Source Software (OSS) best practices;
  • Perform server/web services development including server configuration, metrics, service checkers, notifiers, stress-testing and automation scripts;
  • Perform applied research to evaluate new technologies and techniques, caching strategies, cloud optimization and approach, and ESRI and OSS software;
  • Participate in the design, development, implementation, and performance assessment / improvement of geodatabases (ESRI and OSS) and geospatial servicesMaintain and improve Elevation services (EL-A09):
  • Enhance Elevation Tools based on 3DEP
  • Data services.Create custom widgets for elevation profile, spot height and retire older tools (Retire old Bulk PQS – pending replacement
  • Maintain Raster Conversion Tools
  • Enhance bare earth application. Add Elevation Index service to the application and custom LiDAR widgets.
  • Maintain and enhance LiDAR Visualization and Indexing (Entwine), analysis and export.
  • Design, develop and maintain a download limiter solution for LAZ free access.

Free access to LAZ data is desirable for small quantities and basic users.

  • Build Vector Tiled Base Maps (PM-A04):
  • Develop new designs and production processes for Vector Tiles generation and dissemination in AWS Cloud.
  • Establish vector tile refresh plan.
  • Maintain Arctic SDI and North America Map effort, in coordination with stakeholders.
  • Provide standard products and services in support of emergency management activities (PM-A06):
  • Application deployment and maintenance for response viewer
  • Deploy ESRI developed widgets (through EEAP) contractors shall provide enterprise support for NGTOC mission areas (EN-A05)
  • Improve data processing in the AWS Cloud.
  • Complete migration of on premises applications and APIs to the AWS Cloud.
  • Improve development and release cycle of map services in the cloud environment.
  • Improve development release cycle management (DevOps – Gitlab CI, automation, etc)
  • Continue to develop and enhance cloud applications staging processes and infrastructure
  • Maintain and enhance existing applications and retire legacy applications asdirected by the program.
  • Maintain Delivery Drupal web pages.
  • Maintain and enhance notification system to keep users informed on changes to services and new products
  • Collaborate on USGS and DOI Map Services, APIs and Apps with external partners.
  • Develop Metrics Dashboard enabling visualization of usage and trends of TNM

        Products and Services

    • Cloud metrics for download;
    • Cloud metrics for cloud applications;
    • Cloud metrics for cloud services.
    • Cloud metrics for cloud infrastructure.
  • Maintain Staged Data download and products offered through TNM Downloader and TNM Access API.  #LI-BB1