GIS Technician - contract




Our mission is to understand what we’re doing on, and to the Earth. This includes all of the economic and social trends that impact us. In order to see these details and work at scale, we leverage advanced computer vision and machine learning techniques. Critical to the success of this process are our data sources which are the lifeblood of our company.

Within the Content Organization at Orbital Insight, the Content Operations Team is charged with creating and maintaining foundational data layers for our products. We are hiring for a GIS Technician position, focused on Data Creation and Quality Assurance (QA). In this role, you will be responsible for curation of computer vision ground truth datasets and creation and QA of our library of areas of interest that we run all of our geospatial analytics on. You will be in charge of coordinating with the Program Manager of Content Creation on priorities, scope, feasibility, and timelines for data creation activities you are responsible for. You will also liaise with internal customers of this data including computer vision engineers, data scientists, solutions engineers, and product managers.

This is a hire for a 6 month contract position with a potential to convert into a full-time employee. This position can be remote but must be available during OI core hours of 9 AM to 6 PM PT.


  • Produce data sets including labeling areas of interest and marking ground truth labels for our CV algorithms as required
  • Responsible for managing and tracking the external data creation and maintenance tasks with our outsourced workforce
  • Oversee internal data quality for the AOI Catalog, following established quality control practices and standards
  • Run data production and quality assurance tasks to deliver quality data on schedule 
  • Coordinate with Data Scientists, Computer Vision Engineers, Software Engineers and Product Managers to support their data requirements
  • Qualifications

  • Experience working with geospatial data, especially imagery (satellite, aerial, UAV, and others), familiar with identifying objects of interest in remote sensing data
  • Experience with QGIS
  • Knowledge of GIS tools and standardsExperienced in working with structured and unstructured information including diverse data formats such as raster, vector, tabular, etc.
  • Ability to coordinate with different teams and stakeholders located across the globe
  • Have a strong attention to detail and analytical skills
  • Able to manage time and priorities effectively to meet deadlines
  • Experience managing multiple projects concurrently
  • US Citizenship required
  • Bachelor's Degree in Geography, Natural Resources, or a science/technology field with significant application in GIS, or an equivalent combination of GIS experience and knowledge
  • Preferred Skills

  • Experience with the Atlassian stack (JIRA, Confluence) preferred
  • Experience with multiple common GIS tools (ESRI, Google Earth)
  • Experience with Python 
  • Experience working with one or more data labeling tools (Labelbox, ScaleAI, Sagemaker, Figure Eight, Hive, etc)
  • Japanese language skills
  • Additional Information

    Orbital Insight is a fast growing provider of geospatial data and geo­-analytic services to commercial, nonprofit and public sector clients across the globe. Leveraging advancements in computer vision and cloud computing, Orbital Insight is turning millions of images into a big picture understanding of the world that is quantitatively grounded in observation, creating unprecedented transparency, and empowering global decision makers with new sources of objective, quantified socio­-economic insights.

    We are backed by marquee investors such as Google Ventures, Sequoia Capital, In­-Q­- Tel and Bloomberg Beta, Orbital Insight is rapidly expanding its commercial and public sector capabilities. Come join us if you are unafraid to try new approaches and relentlessly seek to push the state of the art, taking projects all the way from prototype to production-ready.

    At Orbital Insight, we believe that a diverse workforce that reflects the diversity of our planet is the way to achieve our mission: to understand what is happening on and to the Earth.  Orbital Insight is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender perception or identity, national origin, age, marital status, protected veteran status, or disability status. We do not accept unsolicited headhunter and agency resumes and will not pay any third-party agency or company that does not have a signed agreement with Orbital Insight.
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