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About Coastal Geologic Services

CGS is committed to responsible stewardship of the Salish Sea by providing innovative coastal science, design, and management to help protect the resources of the Salish Sea/Puget Sound. We are a small, independent consulting firm that is a leader in coastal restoration in the region. CGS has been in business with steady growth for over 26 years. We provide a full range of services for coastal sites at many scales, and for a diverse client base including local, state, and federal government agencies, tribes, non-profits, private landowners, and associations. Focus areas include beach, bluff and estuary restoration and enhancement, gravel beach nourishment/soft shore protection, inlet processes, and climate change/SLR analysis, vulnerability, and adaptation.

We own our modern office located along a forested reach of Whatcom Creek in the vibrant downtown of Bellingham, WA, adjacent to an award-winning trail and park network, and within walking distance of Bellingham Bay. Bellingham boasts wonderful schools, an active and progressive community, access to the San Juan Islands and thousands of miles of marine shore, the Cascade Mountains, and many affordable cultural venues, restaurants, and breweries.

GIS Analyst/Coastal Scientist – Restoration and Sea Level Rise Resilience Focus

Updated July 22, 2021

Coastal Geologic Services (CGS) is accepting resumes for an entry to mid-level GIS analyst and coastal mapping scientist. We are open to different training and experience levels to hire the right person.

Required Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in geology or geography
  • Strong GIS skills
  • Experience with field data collection
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Fully authorized to work in the US and a valid US driver’s license
  • Reside in or be willing to relocate to the greater Bellingham, WA area

Preferred Qualifications

  • Coastal geology/coastal process experience
  • Master’s degree
  • Consulting experience
  • Project management experience
  • Familiarity with regulatory processes


This position’s responsibilities will include field data collection, geospatial analysis using ArcGIS, project tracking and reporting, and may include advanced geospatial analysis, permitting, and project management, depending on skill level. Geospatial work will include mapping with GPS systems, data collection on beaches and in boats, GIS data analysis, database management, along with map and report production. 

Salary and Benefits

Salary range $50k – $80k commensurate with qualifications and experience. Benefits include health and dental insurance, 401k, and comprehensive leave package.

Work Environment

These are full-time positions. Days and hours of work are typically Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 5 pm, with some flexibility. The positions are available as a hybrid work situation with some remote work and some in-office work requirements. Occasional fieldwork and travel may be necessary.

Physical Demands

These physical demands are representative of the physical requirements necessary for an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the essential functions of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; and talk or hear. The employee is required to drive a car to collect field data. While in the field, the employee must be able to work safely at all times. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to traverse unstable, uneven surfaces and terrain unassisted. This may include navigating through brush, mud, rock, standing or flowing water, and up/down grades; this list is not all inclusive. The employee must also have the ability to carry equipment up to 30 pounds in and out of work site.   

How to Apply

Please email detailed resume, cover letter, certifications, and a minimum of three references. Cover letter should address how the candidate’s specific experience makes them well suited for a small, independent firm and how their long-term career goals align with this position. Please email completed materials to by August 14, 2021. Interviews are starting. Positions are open until filled.

CGS is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, creed, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status. CGS will provide reasonable accommodation to all applicants and employees.