Duties Description Organization Summary: The New York State Park System has over 200 parks and historic sites including facilities such as Niagara Falls, Jones Beach, Letchworth and Green Lakes. Over 78 million people visited state parks in 2021. The State Park System
also contains outstanding examples of the State’s natural, cultural and scenic resources.
The Planning and Analysis Bureau (Planning Bureau) assists OPRHP's various regions, parks, sites, and bureaus in establishing a course of action to acquire, plan, develop,
maintain, and be proper stewards of our recreational, natural, historic, cultural, and open space resources in a professional manner for the betterment of the State of New York and its citizens. The Planning Bureau has four (4) sections: 1) Environmental Analysis, 2) Planning and Programs, 3) Statistics and Resource Analysis (GIS), and 4)Real Property.
The GIS Unit in the Statistics and Resource Analysis Section primarily focuses on GIS database development and maintenance, cartography, and analysis and technically
supporting the GIS needs of the agency. Projects include trail, infrastructure, and utility GPS mapping as well as mobile applications such as the NY State Parks Explorer App
and ArcGIS Online. ArcGIS Online is used extensively for data collection, surveys, and mapping applications for both internal and external use. Authoritative data includes park boundaries, trails, infrastructure, and utilities as well as the state funded
snowmobile trail system.
OPRHP has a comprehensive GIS database that contains spatial and attribute data for trails within parks. A critical component of the NY State Parks Explorer App, this database must be kept up to date. Additionally, few trails have been assessed for
accessibility for all abilities. In order to plan for trail improvements, maintenance, and accessibility enhancements, the characteristics, conditions, and uses the trails need to
be inventoried and updated.
Under supervision of GIS Bureau staff, primary duties include GIS database development and maintenance and GPS field work. The Trails and Accessibility GIS Specialist will work with regional and park staff to keep the attribute and spatial data of
the trails updated. Park trails will also be assessed for accessibility. The specialist will follow the NY State Parks guidelines for trail conditions assessment and receive
accessibility training via the Universal Trail Assessment Process (UTAP), High-Efficiency Trail Assessment Process (HETAP) or a similar method which follow the ABA Access Board accessible guidelines for trails. Condition assessments will also be
conducted to provide managers with information on what trail improvements are necessary in order to enhance visitor enjoyment of the trail systems while protecting natural resources. Accessibility assessments will allow staff to consider trails for access improvements.
Extensive field work and travel all over the state will be required.
Additional Comments Qualifications:
-Potential candidates will have a BS or BA in natural resources, planning, forestry, environmental science, geography or GIS or closely related field.
-Proficiency and 1 – 3 years of experience with ArcGIS Desktop 10.x; ArcGIS Pro
Preferred Skills and Experience:
-Familiarity with Trimble GPS units (such as the GeoXT) and Pathfinder Office.
-Familiarity with ESRI tools and skills such as Spatial Analyst, cartographic representations, python scripting, model builder
-Familiarity with sustainable recreation trail concepts as well as universal accessibility standards, UTAP and HETAP
-Familiarity with ArcGIS Online is desirable
-Familiarity with MS Office365 – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, Teams
-GIS Internship experience (unpaid or for college credit is acceptable)
-Strong organizational, time management and interpersonal skills
-Valid driver’s license
Some positions may require additional credentials or a background check to verify your identity.