Geographic Information Systems


Jobs in this family design, coordinate, and implement the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases; create, maintain, or modify existing GIS databases; create data visualizations using GIS hardware or software applications; and perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.

Typical functions

The functions within this job family will vary by level, but may include the following:

  • Analyze spatial data.
  • Design, develop, and maintain databases and GIS applications.
  • Utilize specialized software to create maps applications.
  • Provide technical support to GIS software users.
  • Ensure adherence to security standards.

The work assigned to positions in this series ranges from capturing and storing geographic information to managing geographic projects and supervising staff.

Geographic Information Systems Technician

This is a first-level Geographic Information Systems (GIS) position responsible for assisting in capturing, manipulating, documenting, converting data, and displaying geographically referenced information from a variety of sources. The primary focus is on routine GIS data creation and maintenance. Uses queries and GIS applications to monitor and enhance data quality. Provides technical support to GIS users and responds to basic requests for map generation.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

Knowledge of basic mathematical and cartographic principles. Knowledge of database systems and their designs. Knowledge of spatial data analysis using standard GIS products.

Typical qualifications

Associate degree and 1-4 years of relevant experience. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade

Geographic Information Systems Specialist

This is a professional level position responsible for supporting an individual agency or an agency division. Plans, designs, develops, and implements applications to ensure data integrity, compatibility with existing systems, and compliance with standards, policies, and other guidelines. Provides technical support and guidance to GIS users and staff regarding GIS applications, data acquisitions and creations, data editing, GIS desktop software issues, and design, implementation, and management of geodatabases. Assists with assigned projects.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous level: Knowledge of GIS, data collection, and cloud technology concepts. Knowledge of GIS products and analytical tools.  Knowledge of types and relationships of spatial and non-spatial data. Knowledge of project management.

Typical qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 2 to 5 years of experience in GIS. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade

Geographic Information Systems Developer

Professional position serving as an expert in planning, designing, implementing, and maintaining GIS systems. Responsible for designing and developing web applications, and geodatabase design, implementation, and management. Accountable for providing consultative guidance and technical expertise for GIS and geodatabase administration, application development, and project management. Coordinates with other information technology areas.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous levels: Knowledge of multiple technology areas. Ability to manage projects. Skill in troubleshooting and resolving issues relating to GIS. Ability to perform multiple tasks.

Typical qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 4-7 years of experience in GIS. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade

Geographic Information Systems Supervisor

Positions at this level are responsible for supervising GIS professionals, specialists, and technicians. Positions are accountable for GIS projects, technology integration, and application development and maintenance. Uses spatial data to improve agency’s operation and services. Oversees development, enhancement, and maintenance of GIS applications. Recommends creation and modification of standards and procedures. Directs GIS projects including creating project plans, identifying resources, and developing timelines.  First-line supervisor recommends hiring and disciplinary action, evaluates performance, provides training and coaching of new employees, and assigns work.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous levels: Skill in project management. Skill in supervising multiple tasks. Ability to mentor, coach, and professionally develop staff.

Typical qualifications

Bachelor’s degree and 6-10 years of experience in GIS. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

Pay grade

Geographic Information Systems Manager

This is a managerial position accountable for integrating GIS technology in agencies, improving services and operations, and applying business solutions. Approves the creation and modification of standards and procedures. Responsible for project oversight, coordination of system architecture development for GIS infrastructure, GIS application portfolio management, and issue resolution. Responsible for assisting the Chief Information Officer (CIO) with strategic planning and direction.

Knowledge, skills & abilities

In addition to those identified in the previous levels: Skill in designing, overseeing, and managing projects. Skill in organizing and managing multiple tasks and/or projects. Skill in communicating with technical experts, clients, vendors, and staff.

Typical qualifications

Bachelor’s degree, 9 or more years of experience in GIS. (Substitutions may be allowed.)

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