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Planning and GIS Analyst II – MAPC, Boston


The Metropolitan Area Planning Council seeks a Planning and GIS Analyst to work on cross-disciplinary mapping and analysis for local and regional planning projects, with a focus on land use planning as it relates to climate change mitigation, resiliency, and adaptation. This role entails synthesis of complex technical information into maps, charts, and data visualizations alongside clearly written, engaging, and accurate written narratives. This is a position for someone committed to advancing regional equity and sustainability through inclusive, empowering, and data-driven public processes. The ability to keep pace with deliverables on multiple projects within MAPC as well as to field and respond to data requests from the public in a timely manner is critical to success in this position.

 This is a unique opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, collaborative, and interdisciplinary team focused on using data and technology to support informed regional planning. The Data Services Department is recognized as a national leader in data dissemination, regional indicators, scenario modeling, spatial analysis, and open source interactive websites. This position is part of the department’s Analytical Services team and will report to the manager of that group.

 The work of Data Services and MAPC in general is guided by MetroFuture: Making a Greater Boston Region, the regional plan for sustainable and equitable development in Metro Boston adopted in 2008, and by the agency’s Strategic Plan, which was adopted in 2014. MAPC employs approximately 75 full-time employees located in downtown Boston in a family-friendly, transit-accessible, and bike-friendly office. We take pride in the diversity of our workforce and encourage all qualified persons to apply. For more information about MAPC, MetroFuture, and the Strategic Plan, visit www.mapc.org/about-mapc and www.mapc.org/metrofuture.                                                                                                                      


  • Provide GIS mapping, spatial analysis, data development, and technical support services for MAPC’s local and regional planning projects. Typical projects include coastal vulnerability analysis, GHG emissions inventories, active transportation network planning, zoning development capacity analysis, open space plans, and stormwater management planning.
  • Conduct GIS-based scenario modeling and site suitability analyses using Community Viz.
  • Tabulate and interpret land use, environmental, transportation, real estate, and other data to provide insights to inform MAPC projects, engage the public, and encourage data-driven decision making.
  • Manage and respond to data requests from the public, municipalities, and allied organizations.
  • Conduct workshops and provide tutorials for MAPC staff to improve agency-wide ability to access and interpret data as well as improve data and GIS literacy.
  • Build relationships with municipalities, other agencies, and allied organizations.
  • Assist Data Services Department staff in presentation of reports and other information, both oral and written.
  • Perform other duties as necessary.


  • A Bachelor’s degree in planning, geography, geographic information systems, public health, economics, or a related field and at least four years of relevant experience; or a Master’s degree in planning, geography, geographic information systems, public health, economics, or related field with at least two years of relevant experience.
  • A high proficiency with ESRI ArcGIS 10.x.
  • Programming experience with Python and/or R.
  • Demonstrated cartographic skills; expertise in the layout of readable, attractive, and meaningful maps.
  • Experience with creation and updates of spatial and tabular data.
  • Experience working with diverse data sets from federal, state, and local agencies, e.g. MassGIS, US Census, and American Community Survey.
  • Innovative, strategic and analytical capabilities; self-motivation, and a goal-oriented approach.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with internal staff and the general public (oral and written).
  • Aptitude for teaching in a peer-to-peer environment.
  • Commitment to advancing regional equity. Proficiency with discussing various types of diversity (racial, ethnic, linguistic, age, ability, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, immigration status, and more), as they relate to data interpretation and the formulation of inclusive, empowering public processes
  • Experience with Adobe InDesign, Illustrator, and Photoshop is preferred.
  • Experience with scenario modeling software such as Community Viz, Envision Tomorrow or comparable platforms is preferred.
  • Experience with CartoDB and/or Infogram is preferred.

Compensation and Benefits

This is a full time position. The starting salary ranges from $60,000 to $70,000 annually depending on qualifications and experience. MAPC offers excellent Massachusetts state employee benefits as well as a flexible, supportive, and family-friendly work environment.

How to Apply

A review of applications will begin immediately. The position is open until filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Those who are interviewed will be asked to submit three (3) references plus a writing sample or other relevant work product.

Apply online at www.mapc.org/jobs. Candidates must have legal authorization to work in the USA and a valid driver’s license and/or the ability to arrange transportation to meetings in different parts of the region.

MAPC is an EOE/AA employer

MAPC takes pride in the diversity of its workforce and encourages all qualified persons to apply.

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