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Geographic Information Systems Supervisor (NQS)
11/7/2019 4:12:33 PM
Resource Category
Geographic Info Systems and Info Technology
Primary Core Capability
Secondary Core Capability
Resource Kind
Overall Function
The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Supervisor provides oversight for GIS activities of multiple GIS teams during expanding and complex incidents
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
GIS Map Support Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
Type Description
Type 1The GIS Supervisor: 1. Establishes or transitions into a unit or team under the Planning Section 2. Configures team to support operations as necessary 3. Provides oversight for GIS activities of multiple GIS teams during expanding and complex incidents 4. Manages the NIMS Type 1 GIS Analyst and coordinates staffing and resources to support mission-specific needs and activities
Component Notes  
EducationGIS-related education comes in a variety of formats, including GIS certificates, GIS degrees, and GIS on-the-job training.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of a formal GIS-related educational or certificate program or possession of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) focused on demonstrated knowledge and skills as the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) determines
TrainingIdentified equivalent trainings should meet or exceed course learning objectives.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Completion of the following: 1. IS-100: Introduction to the Incident Command System, ICS-100 2. IS-200: Basic Incident Command System for Initial Response, ICS-200 3. ICS-300: Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents 4. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-800: National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction 6. IS-922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management 7. E/L 0964: National Incident Management System Incident Command System All-Hazards Situation Unit Leader Course, or equivalent 8. E/G/L 0191: Emergency Operations Center/Incident Command System Interface
ExperienceNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Understands and uses common location reference systems, including United States National Grid (USNG), latitude/longitude, and other appropriate location languages in support of disaster operations 2. Helps acquire data for GIS software, including coordinating Memorandums of Understanding (MOU) for event imagery and other local data 3. Acquires and evaluates different map types and data sources to understand limitations and present the most useful information 4. Provides oversight, guidance, and direction for the use of predictive models such as Hazus Multi-Hazards, chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN), and Wildland Fire Behavior Modeling in producing maps, analysis, and reports for situational awareness and decision-making Experience: 1. Successful completion of the National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book (PTB) for the National Incident Management System (NIMS) Geographic Information Systems Supervisor, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Practical GIS experience 3. Experience in a management position in public safety, emergency management, or a GIS team, including familiarity with GIS industry-standard methods and processes to manage GIS resources and produce GIS products and services 4. Successful experience as a Type 1 GIS Analyst on a deployment, incident, or training exercise, including tabletops with previous experience
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Light
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Functions in this position during an operational incident, planned event, exercise, drill, or simulation at least once every three years
Professional and Technical Licenses and CertificationsNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 11. Completion of GIS industry-standard certification program as the AHJ determines 2. Maintains currency in the use and application of the latest GIS technology and certifications used in the industry
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Requestor specifies any additional qualifications necessary based on incident complexity and needs
Discuss logistics for deploying this position, such as working conditions, length of deployment, security, lodging, transportation, and meals, prior to deployment
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Geographic Information Systems Supervisor, latest edition adopted
FEMA, NIMS 508: Geographic Information Systems Map Support Team
FEMA, NIMS 509: Geographic Information Systems Analyst
FEMA, National Incident Management System (NIMS), October 2017
FEMA, NIMS Guideline for the NQS, November 2017
FEMA, National Response Framework, June 2016
U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Geospatial Concept of Operations (GeoCONOPS) v. 5.0, June 2013, or latest edition adopted