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American Water GIS Analyst in Lexington, Kentucky

American Water is purpose-driven, people-powered, customer-obsessed and the trusted source of everything water. If you’re interested in having the freedom to innovate and do amazing things, with the purpose of making the world a better place, then join our team. Apply now or visit AW Careers to review all of our open positions.

Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Camden, NJ, the company employs over 7,000 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states. To learn more about American Water and additional career opportunities, visit

Primary Role

Responsible for gathering, converting, analyzing, and reporting of geographic information systems (GIS) data; preparing and updating maps and exhibits with GIS data sets; maintaining utility asset records; and using GIS data, applications, and tools to identify and solve problems for the engineering and operations departments. Read and interpret maps, and as-built drawings to locate, obtain, manipulate and understand digital land data, and manage data entered into a GIS database.

Key Accountabilities

  • Operate computer workstation to update maps as new data is received relative to new subdivisions, developments, capital improvement projects, zoning requirements, and other projects and coverages. Convert data collected from field operations into GIS database with proper and accurate spatial location. Assure consistency with company- wide standards and practices for data conversion, data maintenance and upgrades. (35%)

  • Generate and distribute timely standard reports, utility pipe network system and thematic maps. Maintain up-to-date asset data inventory and asset records for GIS-related assets and maintain linkages between databases for efficient and accurate reporting. Coordinate timing of updates and corrections with district personnel to ensure maps, databases and reports are accurate and up-to-date. (25%)

  • Utilize GIS for analysis of spatial data, perform routine analyses optimizing use of various company data sets, and perform limited research using government or other outside sources as directed by supervisor to support engineering and operations needs. Present results through clear, concise thematic maps with well-documented sources and metadata. (20%)

  • Continue to develop expertise in GIS. Participate in workshops, training, or vendor presentations introducing evolving GIS technology, new products and upgrades. (10%)

  • Assist in development of GIS standard practices and procedures. Participate on user committees within AW for sharing GIS expertise. Participate in pilot testing phase of upgrades and new product rollouts as needed and provide feedback for optimizing implementation efficiency. (10%)

  • Ability to perform these tasks while maintaining a culture of elevated safety through risk reduction for company crews and other teams.


  • Solid foundation of GIS methodologies, ESRI software, geocoding techniques, data model formats, and data conversion practices.

  • Knowledge of GIS workflows, including remote sensing, GPS, desktop mapping, web and database applications and GIS interoperability.

  • Ability to learn and understand the basic water and wastewater network structures as it applies to a network GIS configuration.

  • Detail oriented to conduct thorough analyses and evaluations, and implement timely decisions and recommendations.

  • Strong written and verbal communications skills, ability to coordinate and work with fast-paced team.

  • Thoroughly proficient computer skills.

  • Previous experience with operating UAV's and processing UAV data is a plus.

  • Familiarity with working in a versioned geometric network environment is preferred.


  • Prefer 1 year experience in analytical and development functions of integrated GIS applications.

  • Bachelors or equivalent experience.

    • /Military Training/Skills/Experience in lieu of stated requirements may be considered. /*

Travel Requirements

Periodic local travel; occasional national travel (e.g., User's conference, etc.)


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