EMA Planner - GIS

at Kennebec County in Augusta, Maine, United States

Job Description


Responsible for the Geographic Information System (GIS) program for Kennebec County Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and the County of Kennebec. Build rapport and establish collaborative relationships with a broad range of partners, including entities from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, academia, and municipal leaders to develop and promote GIS capabilities, technical support, and training countywide.

  • Develops, implements and manages GIS data for the Emergency Management Agency and County of Kennebec.
  • Locating, analyzing, and presenting spatial data in the form of tables, graphs and charts to stakeholders.
  • Performs analysis on a broad variety of geodatabases and business data as related to Public Safety applications, such as Computer-Aided Dispatch (CAD) and Enhanced 9-1-1, when requested.
  • Assist in the development and delivery of instructional and educational materials for both the public and governmental partners. Conduct presentations to civic organizations, agency partners, and public and private institutions on all-hazards, whole community GIS applications.
  • Serve as the County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) GIS Specialist during emergencies by displaying situational awareness incident mapping.
  • Work as a member of the EMA team in the performance of duties.
  • Be punctual for scheduled work and use time appropriately.
  • Perform required amount of work in a timely fashion with a minimum of errors.
  • Be neat and maintain a professional appearance.
  • Understand and work within Kennebec County Government Policies and Procedures.
  • Exercise high professional ethical standards. Maintain confidentiality. Exercise sound judgment and discretions when dealing with sensitive or other protected information encountered during course of work.
  • Performs other similar duties as assigned or required.
  • Bachelor’s degree in environmental science, atmospheric science, or other closely related field; AND at least
  • Two to three years of related technical professional experience developing and maintaining Geographic Information Systems.
  • Knowledge of spatial data concepts, cartographic principles, and mapping techniques.
  • Experience utilizing DHS or FEMA mapping systems such as HAZUS for hazard analysis and FEMA Risk Mapping, Assessment and Planning (Risk MAP) program.
  • Knowledge with U.S. EPA’s Computer-Aided Management of Emergency Operations (CAMEO) suite.
  • Skills in reading and interpreting engineering documents, surveys, topographic information, and aerial photography.
  • Skills in working with Lidar and with spatial data analysis software (e.g. ArcGIS, etc.).
  • Familiarity with FEMA Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps (DFIRM) used in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP).
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with all stakeholders.
  • Ability to remain objective in sensitive situations and maintain constructive working relationships while seeking conflict resolution.
  • Ability to analyze and evaluate department operation, applying judgment and discretion in resolving problems and interpreting policies and regulations. Collect, assimilate, and analyze data and information related to operations, equipment, and functions, and prepare appropriate recommendations.
  • Functional experience in and effective use of common office applications including Microsoft Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint, etc.
  • Ability to develop, prioritize, balance, and complete long- and short-term goals. Develop related departmental projects, objectives, and budget. Leverage resources and coordinate with internal and external partners to achieve goals.

The work environment characteristics described here are representative only. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Most work is performed under general office conditions, the noise level is usually quiet. Travel throughout Maine to attend meetings, training, and disaster exercises directly related to GIS, emergency management, hazardous material storage, and release, and commodity transportation. May be required to work outdoors in all weather conditions for training, disaster exercises, and real-world incident management.


The physical requirements described here represent those that must be met to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit and stand (at times for prolonged periods), communicate effectively and actively listen. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, climb, crouch, crawl, bend, push/pull/drag objects, and use hands repetitively to support emergency management functions and missions. The employee may occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.

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Job Posting: 1066696

Posted On: Apr 12, 2024

Updated On: Apr 26, 2024

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