Garrett Chavez

Garrett Chavez

GIS Projects



Microsoft Office 2010 User

Proficient is MS Excel regarding tabular data manipulation and calculation, document preparation and formatting in MS Word, and presentation development and research poster design in MS Powerpoint. 

AutoCAD 2013 User

Able to provide basic AutoCAD drawings for mechanical, architectural, and civil/survey applications. 

ArcGIS User

Proficient using ESRI's ArcGIS applications for GIS projects, and am able to properly manipulate and display spatial data ranging from demographic variables to environmental variables. 

Work History

Work History
Jul 2014 - Present

GIS Specialist

El Paso Electric Company
May 2009 - Jul 2014

Wildland Firefighter

US Bureau of Land Managment

I worked for three consecutive years with this fire management team, but only during the summer months (e.g., May through August) because of my responsibilities as a student at New Mexico State University.

Duties included being a crew-member/firefighter on Engine 3606, daily engine checks, tool care, physical fitness, positive attitude (professionalism), and maintaining fire apparatus readiness at all times.

Nov 2012 - May 2013

GIS Technician

Spatial Applications Research Center - NMSU Dept. of Geography

Duties include unsupervised use/application of ArcGIS software for ongoing applied geography projects that are individually funded through grants. I am responsible for strict/organized file management (e.g., administrative, GIS related files, etc.), detailed record keeping of data processing tasks, project reports, networking with other GIS professionals, professional written and oral communication, data collection via web and/or phone/written request, and metadata creation for files without, and files that are created. Mapping projects also require knowledge of map projections, datums, and coordinate systems for proper spatial data management and use; knowledge of printer settings and specific guidelines for final map production.

Aug 2012 - Aug 2012

Biological Technician

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Duties included treating Salt Cedar invasive species on both the San Andres NWR, and White Sands National Monument via chemical application. I assisted briefly with the collection of GIS data of the treated areas, but that responsibility wasn’t mine fully during this appointment.

Jun 2012 - Jul 2012

Biological Technician

US Fish & Wildlife Service

Duties included treating/ridding of invasive thistle species within the refuge boundaries via mechanical methods and chemical application. Simultaneous duties included collecting GIS data of treated areas on a Trimble GPS unit via ESRI’s ArcPad software in order to track and analyze the effectiveness of the treatment.

Sep 2008 - Jul 2012

Volunteer Firefighter/EMT-B

South Valley Fire Department

Duties include responding as a team to 911 EMS related calls and fire calls. SVFD is a full volunteer fire department and normally runs about 1200 calls per year, or approx. 100 calls per month. Other duties include normal station duties, firefighter safety, training/continuing education, public relations, fire apparatus maintenance, and maintaining professionalism when working with the public in emergency situations.