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ID
14-509-1324
Name
Geographic Information Systems Analyst (NQS)
Status
Published
Updated
11/7/2019 4:12:14 PM
Released
11/20/2017
Resource Category
Geographic Info Systems and Info Technology
Primary Core Capability
Planning
Secondary Core Capability
 
Resource Kind
Personnel
Overall Function
The Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst conducts analysis of GIS data and products, maintains, and manages GIS products and resources
Single resource
In conjunction with a NIMS typed team
NIMS Typed Team
GIS Map Support Team or GIS Field Data Collection Team
In conjunction with a NIMS typed unit
NIMS Typed Unit
 
Description Notes
Not Specified
Supporting Core Capabilities
None
Types
Type Description
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. Manages Type 2 Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analysts 2. Manages GIS resources across multiple nodes and locations 3. Provides coordination, oversight, and management 4. Serves as a leader in a GIS Map Support Team
Type 2The GIS Analyst: 1. Performs duties within a GIS section or team 2. Produces, maintains, and manages GIS products and resources 3. Conducts analysis of GIS data, including supporting data, for an incident 4. Has one or more of these technical specializations: a. Hazards United States (Hazus): Uses Hazus to perform in-depth analysis for flood, earthquake, wind, and storm surge b. CBRN (chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear): Performs in-depth analysis for CBRN incidents c. Wildland Fire: Performs in-depth analysis using fire behavior modeling prior to or during a wildland fire incident
Components
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 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Completion 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
Training1. Type 1 GIS Analyst qualifications focus on additional qualifications needed for specialization in Hazus, CBRNE, or Wildland Fire. 2. Introduction to the Hazus-MH 2.0 Storm Surge Model is available at www.fema.gov.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: 1. E/L 0190: ArcGIS for Emergency Managers AND Minimum of 84 hours of hazard-specific Hazus training tailored to the area of operations: 1. E/L 0170: Hazus Multi-Hazard for Hurricane 2. E/L 0172: Hazus Multi-Hazard for Flood 3. E/L 0174: Hazus Multi-Hazard for Earthquake 4. E/L 0176: Hazus Multi-Hazard for Floodplain Managers 5. E/L 0179: Application of Hazus Multi-Hazard for Disaster Operations 6. E/L 0190: ArcGIS for Emergency Managers 7. E/L 0296: Application of Hazus Multi-Hazard for Risk Assessment 8. E/L 0317: Comprehensive Data Management for Hazus Multi-Hazard 9. Virtual Course: Introduction to the Hazus-MH 2.0 Storm Surge Model OR 1. CBRNE specialization 2. CBRNE modeling 3. Plume and blast modeling OR 1. Wildland fire specialization 2. Wildland fire behavior modeling
Type 2Completion 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. E0313: Basic Hazus Multi-Hazard 4. IS-700: National Incident Management System, An Introduction 5. IS-703: National Incident Management System Resource Management 6. IS-775: Emergency Operations Center Management and Operations 7. IS-800: National Response Framework (NRF), An Introduction 8. IS-922: Applications of GIS for Emergency Management Formal or informal training consistent with GIS industry-standard certification or educational programs, including: 1. Geospatial database management 2. Editing and managing GIS resources 3. Creating and executing GIS queries 4. Use of scripting applications 5. Acquisition and use of remote sensing products
ExperienceReference maps include street maps, parcel maps, maps with addresses, and local area maps showing hazards. Categorical and thematic maps, such as statistical maps, flood maps, and maps created from analyses, have information to support decision-making.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2, PLUS: Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for Hazus Specialization: 1. Generates and uses Hazus-MH (multi-hazard) models, including earthquake, flood, hurricane, and storm surge models 2. Applies Hazus-MH models to create maps, conduct analyses, and produce reports for use in situational awareness and decision-making OR Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for CBRNE Specialization: 1. Conducts infrastructure analysis 2. Uses and performs CBRNE hazard modeling 3. Uses plume and blast modeling tools and methods 4. Serves as leader in conducting spatial analysis and production for all Consequence Management Area Assignments OR Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities for Wildland Fire Specialization: 1. Uses wildland fire behavior modeling tools and methods and has knowledge of wildland fire operations 2. Applies wildland fire data to create maps, conduct analyses, and produce reports for use in 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) Type 1 Geographic Information Systems Analyst, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Experience managing people or project teams in a public safety or emergency management environment 3. Experience supporting multiple field deployments
Type 2Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 1. Uses common location reference systems, including United States National Grid (USNG), latitude/longitude, and other appropriate location languages in support of disaster operations 2. Creates reference, paper, thematic, and categorical maps 3. Manages data sets with different projections and creates GIS products 4. Prepares data for use in GIS software, and joins and edits GIS data and boundaries 5. Opens, manipulates, and analyzes attribute tables and raster-based data of GIS data 6. Creates maps from GPS point data or address lists and digitizes paper maps 7. Queries map information, based on attribute or location of feature(s) and creates a report from GIS data 8. Creates buffers, clips, intersects, unions, merges, and dissolves of GIS features 9. Publishes maps in multiple forms, including bulk printing, map books, and paper files 10. Evaluates different map types and data sources to understand limitations and presents the most useful information Experience: 1. Successful completion of the NQS PTB for the NIMS Type 2 Geographic Information Systems Analyst, or equivalent AHJ documentation 2. Practical GIS experience working in or supporting a public safety or emergency management agency
Physical/Medical FitnessThe NIMS Guideline for the NQS defines Physical/Medical Fitness levels for NQS positions.
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Light
CurrencyNot Specified
Component Types
Type Criteria
Type 1Same as Type 2
Type 2Functions 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 1Same as Type 2
Type 21. Completion of GIS industry-standard certification program or equivalent 2. Maintains currency in the use and application of the latest GIS technology and certifications used in the industry
Composition and Ordering Specifications
Specification
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
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Notes
References
Reference
FEMA, National Qualification System (NQS) Position Task Book for Geographic Information Systems Analyst, latest edition adopted
FEMA, NIMS 508: Geographic Information Systems Map Support Team
FEMA, NIMS 508: Geographic Information Systems Field Data Collection Team
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