State of Minnesota

Research Analyst - GIS Data Analyst

Job description

What drives you?

At MnDOT, we are driven to find talented, innovative employees for Minnesota’s nationally recognized transportation system. We work to build the best team in the transportation industry to ensure that Minnesota thrives with a safe, sustainable and leading edge transportation system. You will be surrounded by a diverse community of experts, each driven by challenging work and motivated by the greater good. You will understand the impact of the work you are doing and be able to see the benefit you are providing to the citizens of Minnesota. You can set your sights high and use your strengths to grow within the organization. MnDOT offers superior health and retirement benefits as well as a solid commitment to work-life balance, which provides you the tools to thrive both at work and outside of work.

Job Details

Job Class: Research Analyst

Working Title: GIS Data Analyst

  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 10/06/2021
  • Closing Date: 10/12/2021
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Transportation Dept / Transportation-MAPE
  • Division/Unit:Modal Planning & Program Management Division / Transportation System Mgmt
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm
  • Days of Work: Monday - Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $20.40 - $29.50/hourly; $42,595 - $61,596/annually
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Connect 700 Program Eligible: Yes

Job Summary

You will update and edit the Geographic Information System (GIS) products using the Linear Reference System (LRS) by methods of spatial research and analysis. The LRS is based off ESRI’s Roads and Highways and associated Event Editor (EE) products. You will assist with the coordination of the capture, storage, maintenance, manipulation, and auditing of location data and assist with location integration services to ensure data accuracy, precision, and compliance. Research and analyze data to ensure integrity and standardization. You will will primarily be entering data into the GIS Linear Referencing System through our annual status update process.

** The Minnesota Department of Transportation does not sponsor applicants for work visas or Optional Practical Training Extensions for STEM Students. Individuals must be legally authorized to work in the US at the start of employment. **


Minimum Qualifications

A Bachelor’s degree in geography, environmental studies, GIS,math, statistics, data analytics, or a related field, OR one-year professional work experience in GIS and computer-generated cartography, OR two years technical/paraprofessional work experience in GIS and computer-generated cartography that demonstrates the following:

  • Working knowledge of spatial concepts, spatial data storage, integration, manipulation, viewing and analysis
  • Working knowledge of computers, computer generated products and related equipment to deliver GIS products and services
  • Knowledge of cartographic principles and techniques, including map projections and coordinate system
  • Knowledge and skill in creating, processing, analyzing, and managing GIS data and corresponding metadata
  • Skill in researching and interpreting USGS products, aerial photography, and other GIS information

Preferred Qualifications

  • Skill in capturing and converting GIS data
  • Working knowledge of Transportation Data and GIS linear reference application components and system
  • Ability to create route data, display route data events and calibrate routes with point location dataSkill in researching and interpreting road construction plans, route system resolutions and legal land descriptions
  • Experience editing spatial features and their attributes
  • Experience with Roads and Highways Extension and Event Editor or similar tools

Additional Requirements

**Successful candidate must pass past-employer reference checks and criminal history check**

It is our policy that all candidates submit to a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

  • SEMA4 Records Check
  • Criminal History Check
  • Employment Reference Check
  • Education/License Verification

Application Details

Why Work For Us

GREAT BENEFITS PACKAGE! The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.

Our differences make us stronger and leveraging them helps us create a workforce where everyone can thrive. The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity employer. We are committed to embedding diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility at our workplace. We do this by developing strong leaders and advocates, increasing cultural competence and understanding among all employees, and removing institutional barriers and attitudes that prevent employees from advancing as far as their talents will take them. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions), marital status, familial status, receipt of public assistance, membership or activity in a local human rights commission, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, or age.

How to Apply

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If you have questions about the position, contact Kay Pearson at or 651/366-3387.


Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) encourages participation in all its programs, services and activities and does not discriminate against qualified applicants with disabilities. Anyone who believes they may need a reasonable accommodation in order to fully participate in the job application, interview or selection processes may contact any agency official with whom applicant has contact in the processing of their employment application to request an accommodation. Applicants may also contact the MnDOT Affirmative Action office to request an accommodation by: E-mail:; or by calling Janet Miller at 651/366-4720; or using MN Relay 711.

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