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Exciting Opportunity – We Are Hiring!

The Mapping Network

Do you enjoy working on lakes?  Creating maps? We are currently seeking a hydrographer / geoscience professional for the position of a Hydrographic Surveyor / GIS Analyst in Kansas City, Missouri. This position requires a high-energy leader who has a passion for the geographic industry. This person will interact with other industry professionals throughout the United States.

About Us:

The Mapping Network is a business organized to perform hydrographic, sediment, and UAV surveys on land, lakes and river systems for a wide range of clients throughout the United States. We operate from our office in Kansas City, Missouri along with fifteen highly trained professional companies located around the country. We provide this service for a variety of client needs including generating bathymetry, sediment volume, dredging, topography, and water volume information.  

The Mapping Network works directly with engineers, dredging companies, lake associations, developers and government organizations. With over 1800 completed hydrography projects, our company and personnel have been leaders in the development of technology for over a decade.

Job Position:

Full-time Hydrographic Surveyor / GIS Analyst

Position Location:

Kansas City, MO with required travel

Job Summary:

The Hydrographic Surveyor / GIS Analyst will provide data collection and processing services on lakes, land and rivers throughout the US. Position resides in Kansas City, MO.

Position Reports to:

Company President

Overall Function:

This position will provide data collection and processing services on lakes, land and rivers throughout the US.  Some projects are local, most will require travel.

Overall Responsibilities:

  • Perform hydrographic, sediment, and UAV surveys on land, lakes and river systems
  • Generate bathymetry, sediment volume, dredging, topography, and water volume information
  • Develop Maps
  • Partner with the marketing team to lead a demand creation plan, including marketing and promotion, ongoing competitive analysis and market research, as needed.
  • Responsible for the continuous improvement and evolution of our services, including new program development. Monitors and responds to continued quality and trends
  • Manage project development and customer service

Key skills/attributes:

  • Highly Motivated and Self Driven
  • ArcGIS with 3D analyst
  • Hypack / Dredgepack
  • Professional Grade GPS data collection
  • Basic knowledge of Sonar
  • Basic knowledge of projections and elevation datums
  • Proficient in Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Adobe and Database Management
  • Attention to detail
  • Good verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Excellent overall writing skills
  • Good project management skills
  • Creative thinker
  • Business-minded
  • Client focused
  • Research skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Flexibility
  • Quick to adapt to change
  • Team player

Desired Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geoscience or Engineering related field
  • Basic understanding of boats
  • UAV/Drone flying and technical
  • Remote Sensing, LiDAR, Imagery

The Mapping Network is an Equal Opportunity Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please send resume and salary requirements to


Retention Pond Management

A hydrographic and sediment study was recently conducted on a retention pond to provide a information to help with proper management. It’s important to know how much sediment and other material accumulates in retention basins to insure that it’s functioning properly. The image below shows the sediment thickness found by the sediment probes and sonar technology. Sediment_InletPoint_001

Hydrography and UAV/Drone Survey for Water Capacity Analysis

The Mapping Network conducted a hydrographic and topography survey for several trout ponds.   They utilized Odom Sonar,  Trimble RTK GPS, and Hypack to create the bathymetry.  For the topography they used Trimble RTK GPS for control and a UAV / Drone to collect the images that produced the orthographic image and topography contours.  All data was then input into ArcGIS for final processing.

Watershed approach to management

The Mapping Network just completed a lake survey for a property owner association.  The lake has experienced significant sediment in the coves and main river inlet over the years.  The Mapping Network sampled the sediment structure and mapped the sludge thickness to help the client in the dredging bid process.  Part of the report included understanding sources of sediment and how activity within the watershed will ultimately affect the lake.   Below is a map showing the lake map (in blue) and it’s 2,017 acre watershed.

Watershed and lake map

The Mapping Network hydrography/bathymetry dredging project locations – Heat Map

Below is a heat map that show the locations of all our projects over the past few years.  These projects range from bathymetry, sediment studies for dredging projects, pre and post dredge surveys, water capacity studies, uav/drone land mapping and imagery, and 3d modeling.HeatMap

Lake Sediment – Volumetric Precision

The Mapping Network previously conducted a hydrographic survey to analyze the amount of sediment in a lake. After determining cost of sediment removal, the lake owner decided to dredge specific locations of sediment. The Mapping Network was able to perform volume calculations on the precise boundaries without any additional surveying. LoneStarRanchNorthPondSED_VOLUME_Fixed - Copy_001

Lake Management – Dredging Sediment With an Excavation Plan

The Mapping Network performed a dredging excavation analysis for a lake association on multiple coves with sediment issues. The Mapping Network first conducted a pre-dredge survey along with sediment probes of the coves. With this data, they were able to create models estimating the volume of material needed to excavate to a specific water depth.

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