Career – Geospatial Data Analyst

Airspace Link, Inc.

Hello!

Airspace Link, Inc. is hiring a Geospatial Data Analyst to manage and improve the processes used to capture, transform, and analyze geospatial data. Our data is core to our vision of managing waypoint-driven commercial drone logistics and beyond visual line of sight operations. Yes, the jetsonian future is finally upon us and we need help creating the future of unmanned aerial vehicles.

This is a role for someone with experience manipulating, modeling and analyzing large and diverse datasets with the know-how to coax data diamonds out of the rough. You’ll be in good company as the position will be working with an innovative group of fellow Data experts on the Airspace Link Data Team and will report to the VP of Operations.

The Airspace Link team is headquartered out of Detroit, MI and, most importantly for you, is where most of our fun loving crew works and where all the data action is. While we do recognize the best person for the job may live somewhere else, we believe you’ll be most successful working side by side with the core team. Preference will be given to Detroit based candidates.

We strongly encourage candidates of all different backgrounds and identities to apply. Each new hire is an opportunity for us to bring in a different perspective, and we are eager to further diversify our company. Airspace Link is committed to building an inclusive, supportive place for you to do the best and most rewarding work of your career.

About the Job

The most important job for geospatial data at Airspace Link is to provide the foundation for which we drive our products. In other words, our product and service offerings are only as strong as the data from which they’re derived. Nobody wants to buy flaky.

This means thinking carefully about the processes we employ to merge sundry datasets together and being clever in analysis and assessment of the output. Automation will also play a key role in the success of this position as we are building national datasets that may be difficult or too time consuming to manipulate manually.

Here are some examples of what you might be working on:

  • Engage with GIS professionals within Federal, State and Local Government organizations to qualify and quantify geospatial data to be used for internal analysis and processing.
  • Work with our operation and sales teams to meet the needs of project delivery.
  • Coordinate a data processing pipeline that achieves the desired output.
  • Utilize desktop and server-based tools to author and/or publish new or derived datasets that can be used for sales engagements, one-off projects, or long-term integration into our business workflows.
  • Propose and execute on new approaches to aggregating and analyzing the data that creates business efficiency, reportability, and metric quantification.

Much of the work will be both reactive: interfacing with clients, setting up an integration point for software engineering, or onboarding a new geographic region AND proactive: automating processes, building flexible models, setting up logic driven data services. However, we’ll also be looking to you clearly define how the data works best for us, not how we are stuck working on the data. We want you to find the insights that don’t appear on the surface to answer questions we didn’t know we had [yet].

About You

Everyone at Airspace Link is here to do the best work of their career, so we work on systemic problems and try to avoid individual blame.

We’re looking for a clear analytical thinker. Someone who can visualize the end from the beginning and spot interesting tidbits along the way.

At the same time, you must be willing to own the processing pipeline. The only way to continue to get shiny things out is to keep turning the crank. Unless you’re specifically raising the alarm to signal otherwise, we’ll expect that you have what you need and are able to do what needs to be done.  You’re someone who thrives on a high level of autonomy and responds with a high level of accountability.

While trying not to be too prescriptive, you’ll be expected to have expertise in:

  • Esri’s ArcgGIS suite
  • ArcGIS model builder
  • ArcGIS Online
  • <Insert Esri tool here, see the trend?>

 

You may not be a developer in the classical sense, but you will be expected to step up to the plate with enough engineering chops to build some well-crafted scripts. This may require working in:

  • Jupyter Notebook
  • Python (ArcPy / GeoPandas)
  • JavaScript (Node)
  • REST APIs
  • Other domain specific programming SDKs

 

We value people who can take a stand yet commit even when they disagree. We subject ideas to rigorous debate, but we remember that we’re here for the same purpose: to do good work together. Charging the trust battery is part of the work.

About Our Pay & Benefits

Let’s get real for a moment. Airspace Link, by all definitions, is a startup. Some may view this as a professional risk. Others may view this as a unique opportunity in an emerging industry to get a fresh start with a huge potential upside. We hope you’re the latter.

We aim to be competitive but won’t be making any headlines. We offer a full health benefit package that is tiered depending on your tenure with Airspace Link. In other words, our benefits move from good, to better, to best.

We support a life well lived away from work. None of our benefits are about trapping people at the office or cajoling them into endless overtime. Just the opposite. We’re all about reasonable working hours, ample vacation time, fitness, wellness, and healthy living.

How to Apply?

Please send an application tailored to this position that speaks to us. Introduce yourself as a colleague. Show us the future. We’d like to hear about some of the things you’ve been working on or are interested in. We value good communication, and solid writing is part of that. We hope to see a well-constructed cover letter along with your resume/CV.

Have some cool maps you’d like to share or snappy data services or scripts that show off your skills? Include them as well! We’d love to check out your handy work.

There’s no prize for being first, so take your time. We’ve hired candidates on the strength of their writing alone, so don’t overlook this simple request.

In case this job gets crawled and posted somewhere unexpected, you may or may not have an “apply now” button, but ultimately you should end up apply here: Geospatial Data Analyst

 

Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Your friends at Airspace Link

Role

Geospatial Data Analyst

Location

Detroit, MI, US

Job Type

Engineering

Education

Bachelors Equivalent