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Geographic Information Systems Specialist

B25

Basic Purpose

Positions in this family are responsible for managing and analyzing geographical information, and for developing and maintaining the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.  These individuals will be responsible for understanding program needs and responding accordingly.

Typical Functions

The functions performed within this job family will vary by level and organization, but may include the following:
• Analyzes spatial and attribute data using GIS software, displays data through the use of maps, reports, charts and tables using plotters and printers.
• Creates, maintains and updates databases using GIS, computer aided drafting, and other software; develops and maintains links between various databases.
• Manages multi-faceted GIS projects both independently and as a member of team(s).
• Customizes application software to provide GIS capabilities to agency personnel through easy to use, Windows-based interfaces to maximize their productivity.
• Conducts mapping research in the field and in the office to resolve conflicting information and ensure the accuracy of the data; verifies map information and makes changes as deemed appropriate according to needs of the project.
• Prepares technical presentations using the GIS interface and using graphics software to view and present images.
• Provides technical support and assists in training others in fundamentals of GIS and related subjects and skills.
• Regularly advise manager on status of projects and progress toward meeting all deadlines.

Level Descriptors

The Geographic Information Systems Specialist job family has three levels that are distinguished by the complexity and sophistication of work performed, the level of expertise required to perform the duties assigned, the degree of independence expected of the employee and the responsibility for providing leadership to others.

Level I:             Code:  B25A             Salary Band:  I

This is the basic level of this job family where employees are assigned duties and responsibilities to build their skills in the performance of GIS-related tasks.  Individuals will work under direct supervision, both independently and on teams, to meet the needs of projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities requirements at this level include knowledge of the symbols and terminology used in geographical information; of digitizing and data manipulation procedures for geographic information systems; of algebra, geometry, and trigonometry; of GIS software and its capabilities; and of database design.  Ability is required to gather mapping information in the field using current equipment; to read and use zone maps, quarter-section maps, plat maps, land use maps, single line maps, and aerial maps; to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing; and to establish and maintain effective, professional working relationships with others.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of a bachelor’s degree in geographic information systems (GIS), geography, geology, cartography, archaeology, anthropology, natural resources, computer science, engineering, environmental science or a closely related field; or an equivalent combination of education and experience, substituting one year of technical experience in GIS systems work for each year of the required education.

Level II:             Code:  B25B             Salary Band:  J

This is the career level of this job family where employees are assigned responsibilities at the full performance level and perform tasks under general supervision.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus the ability to work independently; to think analytically; and to make independent decisions.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level I plus one additional year of professional level experience in GIS work or a master’s degree in the above listed areas.

Level III:            Code:  B25C             Salary Band:  K

This is the specialist level where employees are routinely assigned independent responsibility at the advanced level involving multiple tasks and projects.  Employees at this level may be recognized as experts in the specialty.  The work generally performed with a high degree of technical and administrative freedom to plan, organize and conduct the tasks necessary for completion within broad program guidelines.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus the ability to perform long range planning; and to understand the needs of the programs that are served.

Education and Experience requirements at this level consist of those identified in Level II plus one additional year of professional level experience in GIS work.