West Coast Regional Geospatial Coordinator; Lynker/NOAA

Lynker seeks an exceptional individual to provide remote sensing and geospatial coordination and technical support for the West Coast region. The successful candidate will support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management’s (OCM) core mission to enhance sustainable, healthy coastal communities. The preferred locations are Oakland, CA or Seattle, WA, however, other locations may be negotiated.

The successful candidate will serve as the West Coast regional geospatial coordinator assisting in the development and implementation of regional activities, coordinating and directly providing geospatial technical assistance in the region, and participating in other GIS and remote sensing projects. Regular travel throughout the region is required.

Core responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Identify needs as expressed by regional partners and communicate those requirements to inform the development of NOAA OCM products and services
  • Provide hands on geospatial technical assistance to partners including data discovery, analysis, and application of complex geospatial data sets and processes 
  • Support product development including NOAA products such as Coastal Change Analysis Program land cover and trend information; coastal hazards and inundation; sea-level rise visualization tools; topographic and bathymetric data; MarineCadastre.gov; Digital Coast; and the creation and analysis of      geospatial data and maps
  • Respond to geospatial technical assistance requests and coordinate and share information with other staff members across the region and OCM
  • Develop case studies of applications of NOAA data, tools, or training to address specific coastal management outcomes and provide technical assistance in transferring these to other partners
  • Develop contextual maps, such as ESRI’s story maps, that will be hosted on the Digital Coast website
  • Represent NOAA OCM’s technical work in relevant geospatial and regional work groups . This includes participating in regional geospatial work groups; assisting with coordination of state and federal mapping and application efforts; developing geospatial tools, information, and regional data coordination;  and providing hands-on technical assistance
  • Track, coordinate, and engage with relevant geospatial activities in the region with a focus on helping coastal states and communities make informed decisions on the use of their lands and waters
  • Identify relationship-building opportunities and develop partnerships in coordination with OCM’s West Coast staff and other National Ocean Service and NOAA regional programs
  • Provide technical support for  Coastal Geospatial Services Contract (CGSC) task orders as needed to support regional geospatial initiatives
  • Regular travel throughout the region is required as well as to Charleston, South Carolina. 


  • M.S. in geography, remote sensing, GIS, coastal management, or related field, plus a minimum of two years related experience OR a B.S. and minimum of six years related experience
  • In depth knowledge of the region and its coastal and marine issues
  • Self-starter with ability to work in a small team environment without direct day-to-day, on-site supervision
  • Ability to understand coastal management issues and use geospatial technologies to help address issues
  • Strong communication and organizational skills as well as excellent interpersonal skills
  • Demonstrated ability to build relationships with management, colleagues, and external partners
  • Three years’ experience using geospatial analysis tools such as ERDAS, ESRI ArcGIS, eCognition, Global Mapper or similar
  • Experience in development and analysis of land cover data, geospatial imagery, and/or elevation data
  • Ability to pass a National Agency Check (NACI) and maintain it throughout the duration of employment


  • Knowledge of coastal and marine programs and organizations in the region and within NOAA
  • Experience working with state and federal agencies, tribes, academia, and nongovernmental organizations
  • Demonstrated interpersonal, communication, and facilitation skills 

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