The GIS Specialist provides consultations and instruction for classes, teams, and individuals working on digital mapping projects. The person in this position should have experience working with digital mapping (both online mapping and desktop GIS) though coursework, research, and/or job experience.  This 30 hour per week, one year position, with the possibility of renewal, provides an excellent opportunity to develop consulting experience in an academic setting.


  • Advises, consults, develops and provides technical support and training to students and faculty from all academic disciplines in digital mapping, GIS questions, and web based maps.
  • Provides regular GIS consultations in the Data and Visualization Services Lab
  • Provides workshops and training sessions on digital mapping
  • Creates guides and tutorials on digital mapping tools and methods.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • None


It is the expectation that all Duke University Libraries staff members will demonstrate exceptional workplace behaviors in the execution of their specific position responsibilities. These behaviors are customer focus, collaboration, creative problem solving, continuous learning and a commitment to diversity. 


Required: BA/BS in a field utilizing GIS or relevant combination of education and  experience.

Preferred: MA/MS in a field utilizing GIS


Required:  Minimum of three years experience (acquired through work and/or academic experience) using GIS software in applied research. Demonstrated experience using GIS software in applied research.  Experience using ESRI ArcGIS software.

Preferred:  Familiarity with non-ESRI GIS platforms especially QGIS and R based mapping; experience developing web based GIS visualizations; experience with a variety of web based GIS platforms; experience with data and statistical software. Previous experience providing consultation, tutoring or instruction.

Working Conditions

  • Must be able to work in an environment in which exposure to materials containing dust and mold is possible
  • Normal office environment
  • Occasional weekend shifts required.

These statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee in this position. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills required of a person in this position.

Salary and Benefits

$21.30 per hour (minimum). Comprehensive benefits package upon eligibility includes vacation, 13 holidays, sick leave, health, dental, disability, life insurance, educational assistance, and tuition grants. This position is for 30 hours per week for 12 months.


Since its founding in 1924, Duke University has grown into one of the most prestigious private universities in the world and its medical center ranks annually among the top in the nation. The Duke University Libraries are the shared center of the university's intellectual life, connecting people and ideas. The Libraries consist of the Perkins Library, Bostock Library, Rubenstein Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Lilly Library, and Music Library, and the library at the Duke Marine Laboratory in Beaufort. Duke's library holdings of 6.2 million volumes are among the largest of private universities in the United States.              

Duke's hometown is Durham, North Carolina, a city with vibrant research, medical and arts communities, and numerous shops, restaurants and theaters. Durham is located in the Research Triangle, a growing metropolitan area of more than one million people that provides a wide range of cultural, recreational and educational opportunities. The Triangle is conveniently located just a few hours from the mountains and the coast, offers a moderate climate, and has been ranked among the best places to live and to do business.

Duke offers a comprehensive benefit packages which includes both traditional benefits such as health insurance, leave time and retirement, as well as wide ranging work/life and cultural benefits. Details can be found at:


Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.  An electronic resume, cover letter, and list of references should be submitted at:  Refer to requisition # 401303639.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s age, color, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status. The Duke University Libraries have a strong commitment to Affirmative Action and is actively seeking to increase the racial and ethnic diversity of our staff.