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Rail GIS and Property Specialist

By January 5, 2022
  • Full Time
  • Madison, WI
  • January 23, 2022

Wisconsin Department of Transportation

Join our team! WisDOT is currently seeking a Rail GIS and Property Specialist (IS Business Automation Senior) within the Division of Transportation Investment Management, Bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Railroads, and Harbors! This position is headquartered at the Hill Farms State Office Building in Madison, WI.

WisDOT is a great place to work! In addition to meaningful and rewarding work, we offer a competitive benefits package featuring:

Substantial leave time including at least 3.5 weeks of vacation to start, 9 paid holidays, and ample accrued sick time that rolls over each year.
Excellent and affordable health, vision, and dental benefits (health plan options start at just $36/month for single plans and $89/month for family plans after two months of employment)
A casual office atmosphere, flexible work schedules, and telework options depending on the position’s requirements
An exceptional pension plan with employer match and lifetime retirement payment, plus an optional tax advantaged 457 retirement savings plan
Well Wisconsin Wellness Program
A free and confidential employee assistance program that offers employees and their immediate family dependents a variety of tools, resources, and professional consultation services to support their health, goals, and overall well-being
In addition to our generous employee benefits, we strive for inclusivity and celebrate different religious holidays and cultural observances and provide flexibility for utilizing paid time off for such celebrations. For more information on WisDOT you can visit our website by clicking here.

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is an organization dedicated to creating transportation solutions through innovation and exceptional service. We are committed to fostering an environment rooted in Integrity, Diversity, Excellence, and Accountability.  Click here to learn more about how we apply these values in our work.

Position Summary
This position provides expert advice, analysis and oversight regarding the WisDOT Railroad and Harbors Section’s spatial and data systems as well as provides support to the section’s passenger rail, freight and safety programs. Responsibilities will be related to railroad corridor records, data and property management, including the review and management of permitted and agreement use activities, the development and management of railroad and crossing data including Geospatial Intelligence Systems (GIS) and GeoPortal/ArcGIS Online.

This position will be expected to recommend improvements and/or alternative ways to achieve objectives, design and implement program management strategies, and evaluate current practices and recommend appropriate modifications to improve effectiveness related to the data and document management of freight rail, rail safety and passenger rail programs. The position is relied upon for expert and up-to-date knowledge of all operating railroads in Wisconsin and the status of pending and past changes in the status and character of railroad lines, including line abandonments. A prime objective of this position is to maintain effective working relationships with railroad management, local government officials, other state agencies, state legislators and the general public, responding positively and effectively to their requests, providing accurate data and solving challenges and conflicts regarding the data and document management for the Railroads and Harbors Section programs.

Salary Information
This position is in schedule-range (07-34) with an annual salary of $56,160-$72,800, plus excellent benefits. A twelve-month probationary period is required. Pay for current state employees will be set in accordance with the Wisconsin State Compensation Plan.

Job Details
WisDOT does not sponsor work visas. Any appointment made will be contingent on the applicant being able to prove valid status to work in the United States.

Prior to any appointments for position(s) filled from this announcement, candidates may be subject to a comprehensive criminal background check which may include FBI fingerprinting.

Certain positions within this Department may allow remote/work from home flexibility for a portion of their work schedule, depending on the needs of the position and the work unit. This topic and any remote work flexibility that may be available will be discussed in more detail in the interview process. For positions that do allow remote work flexibility, although residency in the State of WI is not required for permanent positions, it is not anticipated that working outside of WI or bordering cities will be allowed as positions may at times need to report to office locations in WI on short notice.

All state employees are required to report their COVID vaccination status, whether vaccinated or not, and must provide supporting documentation if vaccinated. Newly hired employees will be required to submit this information within their first two weeks of employment. At this time, those who are unvaccinated are subject to weekly COVID-19 testing protocols.

Qualified applicants will have experience with all the following:

•    Applying Microsoft Excel features such as pivot tables, charts, database connections, complex/nested formulas, etc.
•    Performing business-related activities as part of automated systems’ development (activities may include requirements gathering and management, data design & system analysis, system testing & training)
•    Utilizing ArcGIS or similar spatial tools and applications.
•    Communicating complex or technical information to non-technical audiences.
•    Managing database systems (i.e. Oracle, Microsoft Access)

In addition to having all the above, well qualified applicants will have one or more of the following:

•    Experience designing and developing data visualization results as part of information dashboards, including graphs, charts, and maps.
•    Experience with spatial analysis techniques using ArcGIS
•    Experience with railroad or other corridor data management, mapping, and documentation.

To apply for this job email your details to Allison.Huiras@dot.wi.gov

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