GIS/IT Technician

Website WRLConservancy Western Reserve Land Conservancy

Western Reserve Land Conservancy has an immediate opening for a GIS/IT Technician. This full-time position reports to the Director of GIS/IT and will be located at our Conservation Center in Moreland Hills, Ohio.

Western Reserve Land Conservancy provides people with essential natural assets through land conservation and restoration. Headquartered in Moreland Hills, Ohio, we are the largest land conservancy in Ohio and nationally accredited by the Land Trust Alliance. Serving an area of 20 counties from the Pennsylvania line to the Sandusky Bay, the Land Conservancy has permanently conserved more acreage than Cleveland Metroparks and the Cuyahoga Valley National Park combined. We work with private and public landowners, farming families, neighborhood development corporations, corporations, county park systems, local residents and many more to help create communities nourished by vibrant natural lands, working farms and healthy cities. Thriving Communities, our urban revitalization program, is nationally recognized for thought leadership on removing blight; creating land banks statewide to find productive uses for vacant properties; and revitalizing communities through greening strategies. Our mission is funded through a combination of program revenue, government grants, and philanthropic gifts from individuals, foundations and corporations.


Western Reserve Land Conservancy’s region includes natural, working and urban landscapes.  Within that context, the GIS/IT Technician (“Technician”) is the primary map maker in the GIS Group. The Technician helps to update and maintain GIS databases used in conservation planning, land protection, stewardship, Thriving Communities program (TC), and development activities. The Technician provides support to the GIS/IT Director for GIS projects and consultancy services.  While the primary role of the Technician is GIS map making and GIS data maintenance, the Technician will also learn how to provide desktop support for employees to resolve an array of basic information technology issues.


Map Making
The Technician provides most of the standard and special map making efforts. This includes map making as needed internally for land protection, stewardship, TC and development efforts. The TC program and Conservation Department are the primary customers for map making, although this person will also be supporting other departments’ requests for maps and/or posters. Typical map requests include aerial and parcel location maps as well as special map requests for reports and grants.  The Technician will also help to identify any map template and script improvements that can facilitate efficient map production and work with the Director of GIS to implement those improvements.

Project/Consultancy Support
This position works closely with the Director of GIS/IT to support the organization’s Project/Consultancy Support program, which may include an expansion of urban property inventories, creation of web and/or mobile apps for partner organization, and other external support efforts.

Conservation Planning & Reporting
The Technician provides technical support to the Land Conservancy’s approach to conservation planning and special conservation planning projects throughout our region as opportunities arise. In addition, the

Technician helps create reports on the state of the Land Conservancy’s conservation efforts through mapping and analysis. The Technician will assist the Director of GIS/IT in developing the urban open space conservation plan.

Data Management, Creation and Reconciliation
The Technician supports the GIS team’s management of the Land Conservancy’s current GIS data consisting of relevant information collected from townships, counties, state and federal agencies, and other sources; creating new map layers for land protection, stewardship, and other efforts; and fixing issues with data layers as they are identified.

Urban Program Support
This position provides support for urban land protection projects as well as our work on property inventories, vacant land reuse strategies and other programs. This includes research, report writing and proofreading, the ability to manage databases, translate information into graphs and charts and other project support as needed.

IT Support
In addition to GIS, the Technician will provide desktop support for employees to resolve an array of common information technology issues. The Technician may also provide support for virtual meetings, perform basic website maintenance, and assist with other IT tasks and projects as needed.

Culture, Communication, and Continuous Improvement
Along with all staff members, the Technician is responsible for contributing to a positive organizational culture by providing strong communications, living the Land Conservancy values, demonstrating a willingness to collaborate, learn, and develop, and to assist with Land Conservancy activities, initiatives and programs as requested. The Technician is also responsible for performing in a manner that is professional, collaborative, timely, and of high quality.  This includes pursuing continuous learning about conservation, real estate, urban development, funding, people and program management, and related issues. Finally, the Technician serves as an integrator of the Thriving Communities program and the broader Land Conservancy team; and thus seeks to advance opportunities to coordinate and integrate activities, messaging, and resources strategically.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in GIS, Cartography, Geography or other closely related field which includes completion of a GIS certificate is required. Bachelor’s degree with 2 years of experience with GIS systems may serve as a suitable alternative to formal GIS education.
  • Prior work experience in GIS, including demonstrated experience with ESRI Arc GIS 10.x or later and extensions, along with cartographic principles and GIS analysis.
  • Understanding of data analysis techniques and familiarity with data development, management and maintenance is required.
  • Strong organizational and detail management skills, an ability to work independently, and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
  • Strong analytical, interpersonal, and teamwork skills.
  • Willingness and ability to collaborate with others to resolve information technology issues, read documents to gather technical information, and resolve computer software problems.

Interested individuals should send a resume and cover letter to Bob Kissling, Director of Human Resources, at

Western Reserve Land Conservancy is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to hiring staff members who represent the rich diversity of our community. All qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment and not be discriminated against based on race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, genetic information, protected veteran’s status, or other legally protected classification in the State of Ohio. 


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