GIS Planner – Strafford Regional Planning Commission

Strafford Regional Planning Commission seeks a qualified professional for the position of GIS Planner.  Working closely with dedicated planning staff, this position focuses on integrating GIS and technical skills into a planning environment. The successful candidate will deliver professional planning and technical expertise through services such as data management (development, collection and interpretation), creation of maps, and spatial analysis.

Required Education & Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography/GIS or a GIS focus within urban planning; regional planning; transportation and infrastructure planning; environmental sciences; resource economics; or closely related fields and 1-3 years of relevant experience, OR
  • Master’s degree in any of the above (or closely related) fields with 1+ years of experience 

Primary Responsibilities

  • Geographic Information Systems
    • Provide support on spatial data management (development, collection and interpretation), creation of maps, spatial analysis and technical support services for local and regional planning activities
    • Manage GIS online services (ArcGIS online, map gallery and MapGeo)
    • Understand geospatial modeling to provide support on implementing different methodologies and techniques (e.g., suitability analysis) that allow decision-making in urban and transportation planning
    • Maintain all spatial data up to date as they are released
    • Develop and maintain quality control procedures for data and maps
    • Operate, maintain, and troubleshoot GIS-related hardware and software
    • Assess and determine user needs for GIS software and databases and provide support to others in the development and application of GIS technologies
    • Assist with communication/visualization of data collection efforts
  • Transportation Planning
    • Collaborate with planning staff and clients as needed
    • Manage online transportation maps and applications
    • Assist in managing transportation project databases
    • Assist in producing transportation project reports
    • Assist with coordinating data collection efforts with community needs
  • General Purpose
    • Develop, implement, coordinate, and maintain internal technical standards
    • Prepare proposals and written reports utilizing data, incorporating research and analyzing and communicating results
    • Establish and maintain relationships with clients and colleagues in partner agencies and municipalities
    • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience with infrastructure, regional, transportation, or urban planning
  • Advanced knowledge of the practice of geographic information systems and cartography
  • Advanced knowledge of the principles of database design and management
  • Experience using data management and analytical tools (e.g., Excel, R, or other)
  • Experience using the ESRI GIS software (ArcMAP, ArcGIS Pro)
  • Experience using ArcGIS Online and other online mapping platforms
  • Strategic and analytical capabilities – a problem solver
  • Excellent communications skills, both oral and written
  • Team orientation and personal accountability

Additional Preferred Qualifications

  • Basic knowledge of fieldwork (data collection and participatory mapping)
  • Experience with Python, VB, or SQL programing/scripting
  • Experience with 3D modeling and analysis, network analysis
  • Experience with transportation-specific planning
  • Experience with TransCAD, Safety Analyst, Synchro, or Traffic Viewer Pro

Special Requirements

A valid driver’s license and reliable transportation is required; this position involves travel for daytime and evening meetings and field work. Some data collection work may involve working outside in variable weather conditions and lifting up to 30 pounds.

Application Submission

Please reply with a cover letter, resume, and three professional references. Submit materials to using the subject line GIS Planner.” As an alternative use the mailing address below. Position is open until filled

Attn: Shayna Sylvia
Strafford Regional Planning Commission
150 Wakefield Street, Suite 12
Rochester, NH 03867

Additional Information

Strafford Regional Planning Commission is an Equal Opportunity/affirmation Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, creed, age, sex, sexual orientation, and nation of origin. The Commission encourages minorities, women, and socially and economically disadvantaged applicants to apply.

Pay is commensurate with experience. For more information about the Commission, see