YAKIMA COUNTY, WASHINGTON

CLASS SPECIFICATION

CLASS TITLE: GIS Technician

BAND:

B

GRADE:

2

SUBGRADE:

1

CLASS CODE:

3221

DEPARTMENT:

Varies

ACCOUNTABLE TO:

Varies

 

OVERTIME STATUS:

Non-Exempt

JOB SUMMARY:

Incumbents are responsible for creating and maintaining databases and geographic files using GIS (Geographic Information System) software and for assisting the public and staff with requests for maps and geographical information.

DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS:

The GIS Technician classification is the first level of a two-level Geographic Information System classification series. The GIS Technician classification is distinguished from the GIS Analyst classification by the technical aspect of the duties and by the analystís responsibility for development, management and planning of GIS applications.

DUTY

NO.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES: (These duties are a representative sample; position assignments may vary.)

BAND/

GRADE

1.

Uses geographical programs and UNIX programs to create applications for the analysis of information including creation of AML programs to generate and print maps.

B2

2.

Checks and maintains plotters, printers, other machines and supplies.

A1

3.

Prepares statistical information by using SAS programs and creating tables or maps that demonstrate results.

B2

4.

Digitizes mapping information for the production of maps, graphs and charts; and updates and maintains mapping layers.

B2

5.

Assists the public and staff with requests for maps and geographical information.

A1

6.

Invoices clients for end products such as the production of maps and statistical analysis.

A1

7.

Creates and updates data disks that contain geographic and demographic information for other agencies which includes; using ARC INFO and ARC VIEW software for map production and to answer inquiries and questions.

A1

8.

Updates and maintains the GIS database and geographic files using coordinate geometry and quality control checking methods to include: reviewing and preparing map and geographic materials for entry into the GIS database; and updating parcel datasets.

A1

9.

Performs other duties as required.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Knowledge of: (position requirements at entry):

Knowledge of:

  • Principles, practices, concepts and techniques of geographic mapping and cartography;
  • Statistical analysis, spatial data analysis and methods and techniques of collections, compilation and analysis of data;
  • Basic companion disciplines such as geometry, urban planning, transportation, engineering, and resource assessment;
  • Mathematics pertinent to surveying and drafting;
  • Legal descriptions; and
  • Customer service techniques.
   

Skills (position requirements at entry):

Skill in:

  • Using personal computers and related software applications; and using office equipment such as: printers, plotters, calculators, fax machines, telephones and scanners;
  • Understanding and interpreting surveys;
  • Constructing cadastral maps;
  • Researching and determining right-of-way and ownership history;
  • Reviewing and cross-checking of spatial attribute relationships in digital products;
  • Designing and producing graphically oriented maps;
  • Using the UNIX system; writing and modifying AML programs; and using SAS to write programs and produce results for reports;
  • Using coordinate geometry for maintaining mapping layers;
  • Establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships with County and other officials, at all organizational levels and with the public; and
  • Communications, oral and written, sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

Training and Experience (position requirements at entry):

Associateís Degree or technical school degree with emphasis in GIS coursework or an equivalent combination of education and experience which provides knowledge, skills and abilities sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

Licensing Requirements (position requirements at entry):

None required.

Physical Requirements:

Positions in this class typically require: reaching, fingering, grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.

Sedentary Work: Exerting up to 10 pounds of force occasionally and/or a negligible amount of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull or otherwise move objects, including the human body. Sedentary work involves sitting most of the time. Jobs are sedentary if walking and standing are required only occasionally and all other sedentary criteria are met.

Classification History:

Draft prepared by Fox Lawson & Associates LLC

Date: 5/98 Revised: 1/1/99