Geographic Information System Specialist*

GISS decorative banner: photos depicting GISS position. GISS Position Description: The Geographic Information System Specialist is responsible for providing timely and accurate spatial information to the Situation Unit Leader about the incident to be used by all facets of the IMT.

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The Geographic Information System Specialist (GISS) is responsible for providing timely and accurate spatial information about the incident to be used by all facets of the Incident Management Team (IMT) and the national coordination system. The GISS reports to the Situation Unit Leader (SITL) or other assigned supervisor, and works in the Planning functional area.

The GISS will operate according to the Geographic Information System Standard Operating Procedures on Incidents, PMS 936, and should review the publication annually.

The Forest Service and Department of Interior are enabled by Administratively Determined Pay Plans (AD Pay Plans) to hire persons for temporary duration for the following reasons:

  1. To cope with a sudden and unexpected emergency caused by a fire, or extreme fire potential, flood, storm, or any other all-hazard emergency that threatens damage to federally protected property, has the potential to cause loss of life, serious injury, public health risk, or damage to natural or cultural resources unless brought under immediate control.
  2. To provide emergency assistance to States under formalized agreements.
  3. To meet mission assignments issued by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) Incident Business Committee (IBC) reviews positions annually and establishes pay rate classifications for each position.

For more information on the AD Pay Plans, go to https://www.nwcg.gov/committees/incident-business-committee

Date: 
Apr 2020

Incident Position Description (IPD) approved.


Date: 
Jan 2006

Position Created.

 

Page Last Modified / Reviewed: 
2020-08-04
Primary Committee: 
Data Management Committee
Steward: 
Geospatial Subcommittee
Key Stakeholder (s): 
Incident Planning Subcommittee

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