PAY RANGE: EP13






            This is geographic information systems work at the trainee level.  Employees in this class learn the principles, practices and techniques required to design, maintain and produce geospatial data and maps.  Employees in this class complete a training program that may include attending training sessions, participating in projects and/or other tasks designed to familiarize them with geographical information systems, and the relational databases. Assignments vary in nature and increase in difficulty as the employee gains experience.  Work is performed under the direction of a technical superior with geographic information system knowledge and/or experience.


ALLOCATING FACTORS:  (The following conditions must be met for a position to be allocated to this class.)


1.    The position must be responsible for learning to design, maintain, and produce geographic data and graphics through an automated geographic information system the development and analysis of spatial data layers in a large spatial relational database system, this includes, but is not limited to, the maintenance and complex analysis of digital spatial data to support decision making.


2.    The position must be responsible for the compilation and maintenance of geospatial data for use in a geographic information system




            Designs, maintains, and produces geospatial data, maps, and applications utilizing an geographic information system for the purpose of geographic planning, analysis work, and operational support; learns how to develop and maintain  geospatial databases for the management of municipal assets and property data as well as other spatial data such as zoning and land use; actively acquires knowledge, abilities and competencies specified for performance at the Geographic Information Systems Specialist 1 level.

            Works with departmental GIS personnel in assessing their geospatial data needs; learns to evaluate the feasibility of meeting the specific needs of departmental personnel; works under the supervision of a technical superior to make recommendations for the most optimum means of addressing the department's geospatial data and application requirements.

            Performs first echelon data maintenance to correct system problems; confers with technical and business personnel to discuss potential improvements or enhancements to the system; utilizes cartographic and web based reference materials for use in map and application production; compiles and updates mapping data; learns to interpret cartographic data

            Works under a technical superior to utilize and operate geographic information system software and hardware to design, maintain, and produce geospatial data maps and applications.

            Performs related work as required.






·         the use and operation of geographic information system software such as ESRI or other industry recognized GIS Systems software

·         the basic methods, techniques and procedures utilized in the planning, design, maintenance, and production of geospatial data, maps and applications

·         the principles, practices and methods used in geospatial data analysis

·         Microsoft Office Suite products and the Windows operating system




·         communicate effectively, both orally and in writing

·         establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, representatives of outside agencies, and members of the public

·         translate business and technical requirements and specifications into functional GIS solutions

·         research methods and techniques related to collecting, analyzing, and evaluating geospatial related data

·         learn how to apply  geospatial principles and practices to the creation and maintenance of  geodatabases

·         compile spatial and non-spatial data from a variety of sources such as; census, field work, open data, existing maps, and other online sources

·         create, edit, and maintain appropriate technical business documents and metadata as needed

·         learn the installation and configuration of ArcGIS desktop

·         assess geographic information needs and ensure completion of requested services

·         leverage scripting languages for the automation of data maintenance



MINIMUM ACCEPTABLE TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE (The following statement represents the minimum training and experience standards which will be used to admit or reject applicants for tests.  Applications submitted by candidates for this class will be reviewed based on training and experience requirements as approved on 10/16.)




            Completion of a bachelor's degree program at an accredited college or university with major course work in geographic information systems, geography, spatial analytics, urban planning, computer science, management information systems, engineering, landscape architecture which has included coursework in GIS or a related field.




Any equivalent combination of education and experience determined to be acceptable by the Office of Human Resources, which has included the completion of a bachelor's degree at an accredited college or university.




            Ability to physically perform the duties and to work in the environmental conditions required of a position in this class.


                                                            Class Established CSC – 9/00, Ad. Board – 12/00

Spec. Revision: CSC – 8/06, Ad. Board – 11/06

Spec. Revision: CSC – 9/15, Ad. Board – 10/15

Latest Spec. Revision:

CSC – 8/16

Ad. Board – 10/16