Living Atlas of the World - Senior GIS Engineer

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Esri is seeking a senior GIS engineer to help build layers, maps, and content that are used for ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. The Living Atlas is the largest geospatial data collection in the world, is widely used across the ArcGIS platform, and is fast becoming the backbone of web GIS.

In this role, you will work with a team to define new information products that inform policymakers, business leaders, and the public on environmental policy and climate topics. In that work, you will manage the flow of data from source to online release as layers and maps, dashboards, apps, and StoryMaps. These layers, maps, and apps power Esri products that help decision-makers in all walks of life see the spatial patterns that are affecting their world.

You will work with content development and product engineer leads who are designing and developing production solutions, applications, and blogs and creating geospatial learning opportunities. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a project team leading the development of complex, state-of-the-art content systems that support policymakers, business leaders, and the public.


  • Work with subject matter experts to document the questions that the information products need to answer.
  • Work with cross-functional teams to learn the existing processes that provide effective map services, feature layers, web maps, and information products
  • Review data deliverables to ensure they meet acceptance criteria and look for opportunities for improvement
  • Perform quality assurance (QA) tasks using QA checklists, improve QA processes when needed
  • Communicate with other teams to document and resolve issues
  • Create and maintain project plans, process documentation, and weekly status of progress
  • Maintain automation tools and work with the team to improve automation processes
  • Test and deploy web layers, maps, and application products to the Living Atlas of the World
  • Support software development teams as appropriate, with testing, feedback, sample data, and more
  • Present software demonstrations at both internal and external meetings
  • Transform and manipulate large tabular data sets such as data from the decennial census
  • Curate and audit Living Atlas nominations from high-profile customers, including federal agencies
  • Work with contributors to improve the quality of their Living Atlas items


  • 3+ years of professional experience working with ArcGIS Pro and Online, including one year of experience publishing feature layers and maps in ArcGIS Online or Enterprise
  • Prior education or experience in public policy, quantitative social science, or data science
  • A passion for geographic knowledge and spatial thinking
  • A strong drive and interest to learn and launch new content quickly and work in a fast-paced development environment
  • Ability to design workflows and track progress and decisions accurately and efficiently
  • Excellent verbal, written communication, and in-person collaboration skills
  • Disciplined, process-oriented mindset
  • Master’s degree in geography, cartography, or GIS-related field
  • Experience using Jupyter Notebooks and Python
  • Visa sponsorship is not available for this posting; applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S.

Recommended Qualifications

  • Geodatabase experience that includes basic data modeling and data loading in a production environment
  • Previous experience using maps as information products



Total Rewards

Esri’s competitive total rewards strategy includes industry-leading health and welfare benefits: medical, dental, vision, basic and supplemental life insurance for employees (and their families), 401(k) and profit-sharing programs, minimum accrual of 80 hours of vacation leave, twelve paid holidays throughout the calendar year, and opportunities for personal and professional growth. Base salary is one component of our total rewards strategy. Compensation decisions and the base range for this role take into account many factors including but not limited to skill sets; experience and training; licensure and certifications; and other business and organizational needs.

A reasonable estimate of the base salary range is
$85,280-$128,960 USD

About Esri

At Esri, diversity is more than just a word on a map. When employees of different experiences, perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures come together, we are more innovative and ultimately a better place to work. We believe in having a diverse workforce that is unified under our mission of creating positive global change. We understand that diversity, equity, and inclusion is not a destination but an ongoing process. We are committed to the continuation of learning, growing, and changing our workplace so every employee can contribute to their life’s best work. Our commitment to these principles extends to the global communities we serve by creating positive change with GIS technology. For more information on Esri’s Racial Equity and Social Justice initiatives, please visit our website here.

If you don’t meet all of the preferred qualifications for this position, we encourage you to still apply!

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