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Analyst - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Job ID: 5457
Business Unit: Metro-North Railroad
Location: New York, NY, United States
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Department: EAM Development
Date Posted: Feb 15, 2024





Analyst - Geographic Information Systems (GIS)


Operations Support


420 Lexington Avenue






Open until filled



This position is eligible for telework which is currently one day per week. New hires are eligible to apply 30 days after their effective date of hire.


MTA Metro-North Railroad is a dynamic organization, operating out of the jewel of New York City, Grand Central Terminal.  We provide service to over 86.5 million customers, traveling in and out of New York and Connecticut.  A subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, Metro-North Railroad is one of the busiest commuter railroads in the nation.  MTA Metro-North Railroad strives to provide a safe and reliable commute, excellent customer service, and rewarding opportunities to its employees.

Position Objective:

The GIS Analyst will support the Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) Geographic Information System (GIS) Program as the primary technical resource for GIS data development, cartography, GIS data QA/QC, field verification, maintaining company–wide Enterprise GIS data, and supporting Enterprise Asset Management efforts by determining the spatial location of infrastructure assets as required.


  • Develop GIS data (points, polylines, and polygons) with attribute entries in ESRI ArcGIS software as needed, including:
    • (a) Geo-referencing existing scanned or PDF maps and diagrams.
    • (b) Digitizing and geocoding data based on the most recent Ortho-imagery.
    • (c) Performing data conversion from As-Built CAD files to GIS.
    • (d) Produce GIS shapes by using tabular data.
    • (e) Collecting data by using a portable GPS device and coordinating with field staff.
    • (f) Developing metadata as needed.
  • Work as assigned to verify, correct, and update existing GIS asset data to support company-wide Enterprise Asset Management (EAM).
  • Prepare a variety of GIS maps as needed using ArcGIS software for internal and external users.
  • Compile information for GIS data collected. Assisting supervisor in importing data to the Enterprise GIS and EAM.
  • Work with supervisor to organize, maintain, and archive GIS data, drawings, charts, diagrams, and other related files to support EGIS web applications.
  • Support and assist with special projects and GIS-related duties as needed.

Required Qualifications:

Required Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong desktop ESRI ArcGIS user skills, including the ability to author and/or create clean data, provide a database deliverable, and map exports with GIS software.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist in the implementation of GIS web applications that rely on GIS databases.
  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint).
  • Organized and detail-oriented, with proven ability to manage tasks and move projects and initiatives forward.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, managers, and clients.
  • Ability to work independently and to effectively prioritize tasks.
  • Willing and able to work in outdoor conditions. Metro-North Right-of-Way Safety Online Training will be provided before any field work is required.

Required Education/Experience:

  • Associate degree in Geography, GIS, Planning, Engineering, Computer Science, Surveying, or related fields with a minimum of 3 years of progressively responsible experience in a GIS-based system; or Bachelor’s degree in Geography, GIS, Planning, Engineering, Computer Science, Surveying, or related fields and a minimum of 1 year of directly relevant experience; or
  • Master’s degree in Geography, GIS, Planning, Engineering, Computer Science, Surveying, or related fields with quantifiable internship experience.


The following is preferred but other satisfactory combinations of relevant experience, education, and/or technical credentials will be considered:

  • Experience in data warehousing and archiving practices.
  • Experience in conducting general troubleshooting for GIS software.
  • Working knowledge of SQL or Oracle.
  • Working Knowledge using ESRI field collection tool.

Other Information

This is a safety sensitive position subject to random toxicological testing.

Pursuant to the New York State Public Officers Law & the MTA Code of Ethics, all employees who hold a policymaking position must file an Annual Statement of Financial Disclosure (FDS) with the NYS Commission on Ethics and Lobbying in Government (the “Commission”).

Employees driving company vehicles must complete defensive driver training once every three years for current MNR drivers; or within 180 days of hire or transfer for an employee entering an authorized driving position.

Selection Criteria

Due to the competitive nature of the selection process, not all qualified candidates who meet the minimum requirements for the position are guaranteed an interview. To be selected for a position, one must meet the following criteria: (1) satisfy the minimum requirements listed in the job posting, (2) if applicable, successfully pass a written and practical exam, (3) satisfy a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), and (4) pass a verbal interview. Metro-North may also require the applicant to undergo a physical ability test, and, if the Company extends a conditional offer, may require him or her to undergo a medical examination, which may include toxicological testing. Failure to pass any step within the hiring process will result in the disqualification of your application.


Additional Criteria for Current Employees: Current Metro-North employees must be in active service to be eligible for consideration. Agreement Employees applying for a position outside of their present craft are required to have worked in your current union for at least one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline to be eligible to apply for a posted position and have completed the agreed upon formal training commitment, including on-the-job training or lock-in requirement, if applicable (for example Signal Trainee, Foreman-In-Training, etc.). If you are transferring to another craft, you may be required to forfeit your seniority in your present union. Non-agreement employees must have worked in their current position for a minimum of one (1) year preceding the Application Deadline. Along with a background investigation (including but not limited to, employment, education, and criminal history), employees are also subject to an internal investigation, which includes an evaluation not limited to discipline records and performance assessments.


We offer a competitive salary and a comprehensive benefits package. If interested, please apply online at


How To Apply:

Qualified applicants can submit an online application by clicking on the 'APPLY NOW' button from either the CAREERS HOME page or the JOB DESCRIPTION page.


For instructions on completing the online application, go to the MTA intranet site and click on the PeopleSoft Information hyperlink. From there select the User Guides hyperlink to gain access to the "Viewing/Applying for Jobs Online" guide under the Recruiting section of the page.


Equal Employment Opportunity

MTA and its subsidiary and affiliated agencies are Equal Opportunity Employers, including with respect to veteran status and individuals with disabilities.

The MTA encourages qualified applicants from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and abilities, including military service members, to apply.



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