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GIS Specialist



kigali, rwanda
Posted on Monday, May 15, 2023

About Zipline

Do you want to change the world? Zipline is on a mission to transform the way goods move. Our aim is to solve the world’s most urgent and complex access challenges by building, manufacturing and operating the first instant delivery and logistics system that serves all humans equally, wherever they are. From powering Rwanda’s national blood delivery network and Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution, to providing on-demand home delivery for Walmart, to enabling healthcare providers to bring care directly to U.S. homes, we are transforming the way things move for businesses, governments and consumers. The technology is complex but the idea is simple: a teleportation service that delivers what you need, when you need it. Through our technology that includes robotics and autonomy, we are decarbonizing delivery, decreasing road congestion, and reducing fossil fuel consumption and air pollution, while providing equitable access to billions of people and building a more resilient global supply chain.
Join Zipline and help us to make good on our promise to build an equitable and more resilient global supply chain for billions of people.

About You and The Role

We seek a specialist in Geospatial Information Systems to join the Zipline Maps team. The Maps team is responsible for producing the geospatial data that our drones need to navigate safely from a distribution center to each delivery site. We build and maintain systems for collecting and aggregating spatial data from a variety of sources, validating our flight routes over the latest information, and providing geospatial services to stakeholders across the company. We use these tools to measure and manage risk and ensure regulatory compliance in each jurisdiction.

What You'll Do

  • Use photogrammetric software to process UAV imagery and satellite data to generate DSM, orthomosaic, and point clouds
  • Source, post-processing, and organize other geospatial data such as obstacles and keep-out-zones that we use in our planning process
  • Perform quality control on geospatial datasets to ensure data meets accuracy requirements
  • Identify optimal approach paths for our aircraft to access a delivery site, balancing a variety of geospatial constraints

What You'll Bring

You will be required to have experience in some of these areas:

  • Strong working knowledge of GIS Tools such as ArcGIS, QGIS, PostGIS, SQL, and GDAL
  • Experience working with Digital Elevation Models, Orthophotography, and Lidar Point Clouds
  • Good understanding of projections/datum
  • Experience with remote sensing: able to identify and extract features from raster imagery using a combination of manual and automated means
  • Strong computer literacy: comfortable using command line tools, able to install the software.
  • Excellent data management skills: act as a data steward for a variety of spatial datasets that are used across multiple groups within the company.
  • Ability to prioritize multiple work streams, manage interruptions and stay productive
  • Strong detail-orientedness and problem-solving skills
  • Familiarity with git source code control

Strong candidates will also have:

  • Experience with remote sensing: able to identify and extract features from raster imagery using a combination of manual and automated means
  • Python programming experience

Level of experience:

  • 1 - 5 years of industry experience in GIS

What Else You Need to Know

Zipline is an equal opportunity employer and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion or religious creed, mental or physical disability, medical condition, genetic information, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, marital status, military or veteran status, citizenship, or other characteristics protected by state, federal or local law or our other policies.
We value diversity at Zipline and welcome applications from those who are traditionally underrepresented in tech. If you like the sound of this position but are not sure if you are the perfect fit, please apply!

Please Note

We have received reports stating that certain individuals are reaching out to people under false pretenses, claiming to be Zipline employees, affiliates, agents, or representatives. They may seek to gain access to your personal information or to acquire money from you by offering fictitious employment opportunities or by claiming that they are contacting you on Zipline’s behalf.

Genuine Zipline employees or representatives will never ask you for money or payment in exchange for employment opportunities or other related services. Any such offer of employment or any other service in exchange for fees that claims to be from us is deceitful and part of a fraud.

If you believe you have been targeted by a fraudulent party, we ask that you immediately get in touch with us via email at security@flyzipline.com upon receiving a suspicious offer or claim.