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GIS Specialist V  ( ID # 13329 )

Lafayette, LA


Since 2009, Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) has been serving government clients with time-tested solutions that increase client effectiveness through the intelligent use of technology. CNT’s expertise includes software and application services, network services, and business process services. The company is headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with a regional office in Ft. Collins, Colorado, and client locations nationwide. Wholly owned by the Cherokee Nation, CNT is part of the Cherokee Nation Businesses family of companies.

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Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT) supports the U.S. Geologic Survey (USGS) across the United States. CNT is currently looking for a GIS Specialist Level V to assist the USGS, at their Lafayette, LA, site.

The GIS Specialist V level will provide scientific research and technical support for the research and supporting the USGS’s mission as they work for CNT.



  • Actively participate in the initiation, planning, coordinating, and reporting of scientific studies that advance terrestrial remote sensing through the analysis of data obtained from imaging optical and radar satellite and airborne sensors, and surface-based instruments
  • Analyze earth images from satellite and airborne platforms with various raster and spectral processing software guided by experience in remote sensing mapping of surface features
  • Coordinate and participate in field collections, field data post-processing and analyses of helicopter (canopy reflectance), ground-based (canopy structure), and laboratory (particularly leaf and aquatic spectral properties) data to calibrate and validate remote sensing studies.  Field activities include visual and photographic reconnaissance, water, sediment, and plant sample collections, and operation of handheld upwelling and downwelling radiometers on ground and from fixed-wing and helicopter platforms
  • Participate in the development of solutions for overcoming obstacles in applying remote sensing technologies to the mapping of landscape details and casual events of change (e.g., invasive establishment, acute stress [drought, flood extent and persistence and elevated salinity, toxins]), and long-term regeneration or degradation
  • Provide monthly summaries describing and quantifying work accomplishments delivered to CNT Program Manager and Site Lead with copies to Client Task Order Manager and COTR
  • Provide reports describing technical details of the method of data analyses, results of the analyses, and the relevance of the results with-respect-to the objectives of the research project



  • A master’s degree in the physics or geophysics
  • A minimum of seven (7) years’ experience in earth science remote sensing applied research
  • Professional knowledge of the theories, principles, and techniques of remote sensing; specific and working knowledge hyperspectral and polarimetric radar analyses and satellite optical and radar classification and mapping (such as sub-canopy flood mapping and optical-radar fusion classification; experience in the use of ERDAS/IMAGINE, ARC/INFO, PCI, SAS, Web based processors, for example SNAP, etc.
  • Familiarity of image processing, statistical and spatial statistical techniques and procedures used in image and temporal analysis and linkage of tabular, vector, and spatial data
  • Ability to manage a yearly budget and procure supplies, hardware, and software for laboratory and field activities
  • Understanding of windows based operating systems, server system administration, storage formats and media, and multi-platform analyses where these skills are necessary parts of the science of remote sensing
  • Pass a drug screen and federal background check

Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.

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