Airspace Link, Inc. is hiring a Geospatial Data Analyst to manage and improve the processes used to capture, transform, and analyze geospatial data within our organization. Our data is core to our vision of managing waypoint-driven commercial drone logistics and beyond visual line of sight operations. Yes, the 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 large and diverse datasets with the know-how to coax data diamonds out of the rough. This is the first offering of this type within our organization and will report to the CTO.

Airspace Link is headquartered out of Detroit, MI with a remote office in northern Utah. We’d love for candidates to be centered in these geographic regions but understand that the best person for the job may live somewhere else. In short, the right remote candidates are considered.

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 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 wrangle 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.

- Coordinate a data processing pipeline that achieves the desired output; leveraging programming languages and other automation tools to transform GIS data.

- Utilize desktop and server-based GIS 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 new approaches to aggregating and analyzing geospatial data that creates business efficiency, reportability, and metric quantification.

- Maintain a statistical understanding of why specific geospatial operations are beneficial in some instances, but not in others.

Some of the keywords that may make you tingly: Esri, Raster Analysis, Python, R, Aggregation, Jupyter, Node, Spatial Indexing, Cost Surface, Corridor, Risk Analysis, Data Projection, Data Normalization. If you don’t know what some of these are, or have no experience working with spatial datasets, Airspace Link may not be the place for you.

An ideal candidate will have a strong base doing geo-analytical work, can tackle repetitive problems using programming languages, and can carry a conversation about the statistical pros and cons of dot distribution operations within arbitrary geographies (for example).

We hate dictating the approach to solving problems, but we expect all candidates to have some experience dealing with Esri ArcGIS Desktop tools or at a minimum be able to describe the tools you've used to do geospatial ETL and aggregation operations on large datasets.

A lot of the work will be reactive: dealing with a client, setting up an integration point for software engineering, or on-boarding a new geographic region. 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 putting not so shiny things in. 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.  Someone who thrives on a high level of autonomy and responds with a high level of accountability.

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: do go 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 of you may look on our status like you would at grabbing the last Walmart shopping cart that you just watched someone sneeze all over. 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 value good communication and solid writing is part of that. We hope to see a well-constructed cover letter along with your professional history. A stock cover letter won’t do. Tell us why you want this job. Seriously. No, seriously.

In case this job gets crawled and posted somewhere unexpected, you can either use the apply now link that may be available, or if all else fails, you may try submitting to hello [at] airspacelink [dot] com

We look forward to hearing from you!

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