GIS Technician and Airborne Sensor Operator

Bluesky Geospatial is looking to recruit a talented, hardworking individual to join its expanding business on a full-time basis at our head office in North Adams, MA. The successful individual will help us with our continuing provision of world class geospatial data and services to our wide customer base. In return we can offer opportunities to work on unique and exciting projects, be part of a dynamic team, and a stable platform upon which to develop your career.

The role is to work alongside the existing production and survey team to perform varied GIS analysis and mapping tasks, alongside operating our suite of aerial survey sensors in our survey aircraft. The role requires an individual with a keen desire to learn and grow their skills within a GIS and aerial survey role. The candidate should have a strong work ethic and a desire to develop a greater understanding of geospatial data. Full training on the airborne sensor operator aspects of the position is given. Prior experience is advantageous.

Bluesky is a leading aerial survey company and has an enviable reputation in the survey industry as a result of a high-profile portfolio.  Following many successful years, we need to further expand our team to meet the growing demand for our products and services. So, would you like to join our team, and be part of our success?


The purpose of the role is to work alongside the existing production and aerial survey operations team and assist with the delivery and fulfilment of high-quality aerial survey projects and ensuring that all opportunities are maximized, and the data is of the highest quality and to the required specification.


The responsibilities for the position of Airborne Operations Specialist include but are not limited to:

  • Performing GIS analysis on a wide range of projects large and small (experience of ArcGIS & QGIS would be advantageous)
  • Deriving mapping products and deliverables from GIS datasets
  • Spatial Database maintenance (experience of SQL, Post-GIS and Postgresql would be advantageous)
  • GIS data production related tasks, such as aerial image processing
  • Attribute towards in-house software development and research (experience of Python would be advantageous)
  • Liaise with project management with project progress and status.
  • Monitor weather conditions to identify appropriate weather windows for data capture.
  • Operate airborne camera and sensing systems, including Vexcel Eagle, Optech Galaxy, Leica CityMapper.
  • Ensure the sensor systems are calibrated at an operation level at all times in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Liaise with sensor manufacturers about maintenance and other issues.
  • Liaise with ATC and other departments for flight permissions.
  • Survey mission planning (sensor flight planning).
  • Assist sales with enquiries and quotes.
  • Coordinate with the rest of the survey team to ensure projects are completed in an accurate and timely manner.
  • Aid sensor installation into survey aircraft.
  • Field testing and calibration of instruments.
  • Co-ordinate survey missions to ensure maximum efficiency.
  • Assist with towing out and movement of aircraft from the hangar.


  • Must be eligible to work in the US and communicate fully in English.
  • An understanding of GIS, Aerial Survey and Remote Sensing.
  • Organisational and multi-tasking skills.
  • Analytical, numeracy and well-developed interpersonal skills.
  • Diplomacy and the ability to work to deadlines.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Desire and willingness to learn new software and processes.

At all times behave responsibly and professionally. Bluesky is a dynamic, friendly, and hardworking company with a “can do” attitude. Teamwork is promoted throughout the company and across departments and you are expected to embrace and promote these Bluesky ethics.

Desirable Qualifications: 

  • A degree in a Geographical, Remote Sensing or GIS related discipline.


Please email a CV and covering letter to: vacancies@bluesky-world.comApplications must include a Cover Letter.

Applications with no CV attached will be disregarded immediately.

Applicants MUST already be eligible to work in the US.

Equal Opportunities:

Bluesky is an Equal Opportunities Employer and is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all.