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The PSC is Hiring a GIS Specialist

preservation-admin , November 9, 2021

GIS Specialist


The Preservation Society of Charleston (PSC) seeks a creative and motivated individual to join our growing team as GIS Specialist. As a member of the Advocacy Department, you will support our community outreach and research initiatives using GIS databases and tools to narrate the importance of the Lowcountry’s historic resources and cultural history to inform government decision-making. Of special importance will be supporting our new strategic initiatives focused on growth, tourism management, and flooding.

The GIS Specialist will create geospatial analyses to inform PSC advocacy positions and engage stakeholders in shaping the future of their communities. Utilizing skills in ArcGIS Pro and Story Maps, you will be responsible for creating interactive and informative maps accessible to the Charleston community. The ideal candidate will be a committed team member and have strong communication skills.


Founded in 1920, the Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest grassroots preservation organization in the nation. The PSC is a non-profit, membership organization which recognizes and protects the Lowcountry’s historic places, while also serving as a leading advocate for citizens concerned about preserving Charleston’s distinctive character, quality of life, and diverse neighborhoods. For more information about the PSC, please visit

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Develop and maintain GIS geospatial data using ESRI desktop.
  • Digitize, create, maintain and update maps and other representations of data for public use and field work activity, including documentation of historic resources.
  • Efficiently convert data between standard spatial data formats including but not limited to ESRI geodatabase feature classes, stand-alone tables, spreadsheets, and various raster data formats.
  • Use ArcGIS Pro technology to study proposed projects against a variety of factors—including zoning, existing conditions, projected growth and traffic patterns.
  • Develop and maintains ArcGIS Online web maps.
  • Utilize data to advance strategic advocacy campaigns through outreach and education.
  • Manage and create new data layers to construct a transparent narrative of our past, present, and future development patterns.
  • Import GIS data into database and perform data updates for various layers.
  • Research potential deployment of new technologies, systems and procedures to galvanize community engagement and inform policy.
  • Deliver GIS presentations to small and large audiences.
  • Support PSC Communications staff in developing online resources to display GIS data and effectively communicate related advocacy messaging.

Qualification and Skills

  • Proficient with Esri ArcGIS Pro with extensions 3D Analyst, Spatial Analyst, and Community Analyst
  • Minimum 3 years GIS-related work experience
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel/Access
  • Project management experience including serving as point of contact with consultants
  • Programming languages T-SQL, Python, and VBA are a plus

PSC Full-Time Employee Benefits

  • 15 days annual paid vacation leave
  • 6 days annual paid sick leave
  • 11 annual paid holidays
  • Up to 3% company matching SIMPLE-IRA retirement fund (after first year of employment)
  • Health, dental and vision insurance plans at group rates
  • Professional development opportunities
  • Parking at PSC office included

Salary Range

$55,000 – $65,000 based on experience

All qualified candidates should apply by submitting a cover letter, resume, and two writing or relevant work samples via email to Victoria Bock, Manager of Operations and Communications, at with “GIS Specialist” in the subject heading. No telephone calls, please. Applications will be accepted through December 31, 2021 and we will be in touch regarding the status of your applications shortly after the new year.

The Preservation Society is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, veteran status, or disability. The Preservation Society actively seeks opportunities to include members of these groups in its programs and activities.

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