Senior Geographical Information System Specialist

Posted Date: Jul 5, 2024

Location: Davenport, IA, US, 52807

Company: American Water Works Company Inc

Requisition ID:  106071 


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People are the heart of our business. As an American Water employee, you will be offered a competitive salary and health benefits package, along with opportunities to develop, grow, and evolve your career.  Our benefits packages focus on key areas such as health & wellness, emotional & well-being, and savings for current & future goals.


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About American Water
American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people across 14 regulated jurisdictions and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes for the benefit of customers, employees, investors and other stakeholders.

As one of the fastest growing utilities in the U.S., American Water expects to invest $30 to $34 billion in infrastructure repairs and replacement, system resiliency and regulated acquisitions over the next 10 years. The company has a long-standing history of executing its core operations, aligned with sustainable best practices, through its commitments to safety, affordability, customer service, protecting the environment, an inclusive workforce and strengthening communities.

American Water has been recognized on the 2023 Bloomberg Gender-Equality Indexfor the fifth consecutive year, ranked 18th on Barron’s 100 Most Sustainable U.S. Companies 2023 List, earned the U.S. Department of Homeland Security SAFETY Act designation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WaterSense® Excellence Award, among additional state, local and national recognitions.

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Primary Role

Responsible for using GIS to create and maintain spatial and attribute data as well as GNSS field data collection support.


Key Accountabilities

  • Use GIS to create and maintain spatial and attribute data following standard operating procedures and GIS editing best practices.
  • Responsible for obtaining quality GNSS data in the field for the purpose of supplementing and enhancing GIS and related systems of record. 
  • Responsible for mentoring and training GIS Specialists on GNSS Technology.
  • Responsible for assisting users and other GIS Specialists with GNSS equipment issues, as well as monitoring reporting metrics.
  • Responsible for proactively engaging with the business on introductory GIS training, to include training on all GIS products and tools made available to end users (e.g., web maps), as well as any initial and/or refresher GNSS training.
  • Adhere to and supports standard operating procedures and GNSS best practices.
  • Continue to develop expertise in GIS. Participate in workshops, training, or vendor presentations introducing new and evolving GIS and GNSS technology.
  • Assist in development of GIS standard practices and procedures. Participate in user committees within AW for sharing GIS expertise.
  • Proactively provides active feedback to state GIS lead, as well as providing and soliciting input and feedback from other team members.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to review and identify missing, incorrect, or questionable input source GIS data, as well as identify and repair quality issues within existing GIS data.
  • Ability to conduct thorough reviews and evaluations, render and implement timely decisions and recommendations.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. 
  • Ability to handle multiple projects and deadlines. 
  • Proficient level of understanding of water and wastewater network structures and can apply that knowledge to creating and maintaining American Water GIS data.
  • Solid foundation of GIS methodologies, ESRI software, geocoding techniques, data model formats, and data conversion practices. 
  • Knowledge of GIS workflows, including desktop mapping, editing, and web and database applications.
  • Proficient understanding of GNSS technology, workflows, and best practices.
  • Familiarity with working in a versioned geometric network environment.
  • Proficient level of understanding of how to interpret and process a variety of source GIS inputs, to include GNSS data, construction as-builts (CAD and PDF), field sketches/comments (web submitted, paper, and/or verbal), and tabular data.
  • Knowledge of Esri ArcGIS suite of Products, specifically ArcMap and/or ArcGIS Pro with a focus on creating and editing GIS data.
  • Knowledge of GNSS Technology, specifically EOS and/or Trimble products.


  • Associate’s degree or related experience.
  • Minimum 3 years’ experience with GNSS/GIS. 
  • Utility experience preferred.

Travel Requirements

  • Periodic local travel; occasional national travel (e.g., User's conference, etc.)

Work Environment

  • Indoor and outdoor environment.


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American Water is firmly committed to Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) and prohibits employment discrimination for employees and applicants based on his or her age, race, color, pregnancy, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, marital status, citizenship, or because they are an individual with a disability, protected veteran or other status protected by federal, state, and local laws.

Nearest Major Market: Davenport
Nearest Secondary Market: Moline