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Specialist GIS Technician\Cartographer

Job Description:

The New Mexico Bureau of Geology & Mineral Resources (NMBGMR) is seeking a Specialist GIS Technician\Cartographer for our Geographic Information Systems (GIS) team within the Geologic Mapping Program. The Bureau is a research division of the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT) in Socorro, NM.

We are looking for a self-motivated individual that is passionate about geoscience and geologic maps, has experience with GIS, and an interest in cartographic concepts. Our GIS team collaborates with field geologists to produce scientifically accurate GIS data. Cartographic and graphic design principles are then used to create readable and pleasing geologic map products that maintain scientific integrity. Communication skills in a team environment are essential to accomplish these tasks, advance the program, and improve our mapping methods. Applicants should have the ability to problem-solve or discuss to come to a solution for issues related to complex GIS and geologic concepts.

Duties will include, but are not limited to:

  • utilizing GIS software (e.g. ArcGIS, Global Mapper, QGIS)
  • QA/QC of Geology and GIS data
  • developing layouts using graphic design software (e.g. Adobe Creative Cloud)
  • utilizing internet browsers for online research and access to geologic resources
  • utilizing office software such as word processing, spreadsheet, database, and presentation applications (e.g. Microsoft Office)
  • working with specialized hardware such as digitizing monitors, scanners, plotters, etc.
  • using Google Workspace including Gmail, Chat, Calendar, Drive (e.g. Docs, Sheets, etc.)
  • using Zoom for team meetings and collaboration on a regular basis

Skills desired:

  • working knowledge of the steps and processes involved in producing precise and accurate geologic maps, cross sections, correlations of map units, and occasionally geologic figures
  • basic technical and geologic editing
  • graphic design or cartographic production
  • understanding of relational geodatabases
  • familiarity with the USGS Geologic Map Schema (GeMS) map production standard
  • detail oriented (e.g. data entry, line editing of geologic reports, geologic review/editing, etc.)
  • quick learner who can help improve and adapt to new and ever evolving workflow methods

This position is supported by soft-money contracts, and the continuation of the position is contingent on renewed contract awards for subsequent years. However, this is a full time position including full benefits (annual leave, sick leave, insurance, etc.) and an NMT tuition waiver for three credits per semester.

Education Requirements:

A Bachelor's degree with an area of study in Geology or Earth Science is required. A Master’s degree with an area of study in Geology, Earth Science, or GIS is desired. GIS and graphic design software experience is preferred, but can be acquired through on-the-job training.

Additional Information:

The NMBGMR has acted as the state geologic survey since 1927. The bureau has been publishing geoscience research and information to inform the professional geologic community, the general public, and decision-makers about the diverse geology of New Mexico. The New Mexico Bureau of Geology has been a top awardee of the USGS STATEMAP contract for 29 years. To learn more about the NMBGMR, go to

To Apply:

Please visit the NMT Human Resources webpage ( for more information. This page provides the NMT employment application (to download), as well as HR contact information, the posted position description, and employee benefit package information.

You may email, fax, or hand deliver the completed application package (including a cover letter, the application, a resume/CV, transcripts, examples of your GIS experience—if possible—and any other pertinent documents) to the NMT Human Resources Department.

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Application details are available on the New Mexico Tech (NMT) jobs page.

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