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GIS Technician, Cultural Surveys Hawai'i, Inc.

06 Jun 2019 8:08 AM | Christine Chaplin (Administrator)

Cultural Surveys Hawai‘i, Inc. (CSH) is an island-based company offering expertise in all aspects of archaeological, cultural, and historical research throughout the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. CSH has nearly 40 years’ experience providing quality cultural resource management services that fulfill state and federal regulatory requirements and facilitate land-use planning. CSH has offices on O‘ahu, Maui, Kaua‘i, and Hawai‘i. Please refer to our website at www.culturalsurveys.com.

GIS Technician—Position Description

Under the direction of a Project Manager and a Project Director, the GIS Technician is responsible for providing GIS support to the various components of cultural resource management conducted by CSH.

The position involves:

  • Georeferencing of historic maps and aerial photographs, with overlays of various GIS data layers to support historic background research

  • Preparation of GPS equipment for archaeological field crews.  Post-processing of field-collected GPS data and GIS map production

  • Creation/maintenance of cultural resources GIS data, including digitizing hard-copy data sources and entry of tabular data

  • Production of high-quality maps for inclusion in technical reports for submission to the State Historic Preservation or other agencies for review and presentation to project-related stakeholders

  • Incorporating client-provided architectural/engineering plans and data (typically in CAD format) for GIS analyses


An undergraduate degree in Anthropology/Archaeology, Geography, or related field and/or post-graduate GIS Certificate.  Experience with ESRI ArcGIS software, including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro, and ArcGIS Online web mapping. Experience with hand-held (Garmin) GPS and mapping-grade (Trimble) GPS units is preferred. Candidate must be detail oriented with good communication, organizational, and multitasking skills, with high standards for cartographic design. Previous experience working with Hawai‘i cultural resources data and historic maps is greatly preferred.


CSH is looking for a permanent, full-time employee, averaging 40 hours per week. Compensation is commensurate with past experience, skills, education, and productivity. Pay packages include medical and dental insurance, a 401(k) program, a paid time off program, and a company profit sharing program.

To Apply

If interested, please submit a résumé, three references (with phone and email contacts), and if available, digital examples of maps or other works produced in GIS (for example, technical/academic report figures, ArcGIS Online web maps, poster maps, etc.) to CSH, attention Matt McDermott: mmcdermott@culturalsurveys.com or info@culturalsurveys.com.

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