Remote Sensing Consultant

Posted Date 3 weeks ago(2/9/2024 2:34 PM)
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NV5 is a global technology solutions and consulting services company with a workforce of over 4,500 professionals in more than 100 offices worldwide.  NV5’s continued growth has been spurred through strategic investments in firms with unique capabilities to help current and future customers solve the world’s toughest problems.  The NV5 family brings together talent across a wide range of markets and fields, including Professional Engineers, Professional Land Surveyors, Architects, Photogrammetrists, GIS Professionals, Software Developers, IT, Project Management Professionals, and more.


At NV5 Geospatial, We are a collaboration of intelligent, innovative thinkers who care for each other, our communities, and the environment.  We value both heart and head, the diversity of our people, and their experiences because that is how we continue to grow as a leader in our industry and expand our individual and collective potential.


Role:  Remote Sensing Consultant


Role Summary:  We are seeking a highly skilled Remote Sensing Consultant with expertise in assessing utility companies' remote sensing programs and providing recommendations for program enhancements and growth. The ideal candidate will possess a deep technical understanding of remote sensing principles, products, and applications, coupled with a comprehensive knowledge of utility company operations.


Work Environment:

  • Location is flexible:  NV5 Portland, OR office or work from home considered
  • Travel < 25% of the time




Technical Expertise:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in remote sensing techniques, including data acquisition and processing.
  • Provide guidance on the selection and implementation of appropriate remote sensing tools and technologies for utility-specific applications.

Assessment of Utility Companies’ Remote Sensing Programs:

  • Conduct comprehensive evaluations of utility companies' existing remote sensing programs.
  • Analyze data collection methodologies, technologies employed, and data processing techniques.
  • Identify strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities within current programs.
  • Develop actionable recommendations for program improvements to enhance efficiency, accuracy, and cost-effectiveness.
  • Conduct Return on Investment analyses for remote sensing.

Understanding of Enterprise Utility Companies:

  • Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of utility company operations, infrastructure, regulations, and challenges.
  • Collaborate with utility company stakeholders to align remote sensing solutions with organizational goals and objectives.

Remote Sensing Sales Support:

  • Architect innovative remote sensing solutions tailored to the specific needs of prospective utility clients.
  • Set clear technical expectations with potential clients regarding the capabilities and limitations of remote sensing technologies.
  • Develop detailed Level of Effort (LOE) estimates for proposed remote sensing projects.
  • Conduct product demonstrations and presentations to showcase the value proposition of remote sensing solutions.
  • Provide ongoing technical support to clients throughout the pre-sales process.



Competencies & Skills:

  • Ability to work well both independently and within a team/hybrid environment.
  • Ability to apply creative solutions and strong problem-solving skills.
  • Strong business acumen.
  • Maintains excellent data management and file organization practices.
  • Provides oversight of tasking to ensure benchmarks and priorities are met.
  • Demonstrates efficiency, accuracy in tasks, and organization.
  • Strong creative aptitude and ability to contribute to the development of the unique workflow methods.


  • Bachelor's degree or higher in Remote Sensing, Geospatial Science, Environmental Science, Engineering, or a related field.
  • Proven experience in remote sensing, preferably within the utility sector.
  • Strong technical proficiency in remote sensing processes, products, and applications.
  • In-depth knowledge of utility company operations and industry-specific challenges.
  • Excellent analytical skills with the ability to interpret complex data sets and generate actionable insights.
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, with the ability to convey technical concepts to non-technical stakeholders.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and collaboratively in a fast-paced environment.

Experience/Skills Preferred (in addition to requirements):

  • Experience building remote sensing business cases and seeking funding at electric utilities.
  • Familiarity with the following:
    • CapX versus OpX program spending at utilities
    • Utility vegetation management programs, regulations, and challenges
    • Utility engineering greenfield, make-ready, and as-built surveys and siting 
    • Right-of-way maintenance and asset inspections
    • Utility GIS, OMS, and ADMS systems
    • NESC and GO 95 Regulations
    • Rate Cases, Utility Grants, and Utility Regulatory Agencies and Regulations (FAC/CIP/Etc.

NV5 offers a competitive compensation and benefits package including medical, dental, life insurance, PTO, 401(k) and professional development/advancement opportunities.


NV5 provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws. NV5 complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.







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