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GIS Analyst/Planner

City of Eugene

Eugene,  Oregon
GIS Analyst

General Statement of Duties

Join our team! We are looking for a positive, productive and collaborative Geographical Information Analyst/Planner with a strong background in managing data, who enjoys providing service to the community, and thrives in a team environment. The successful candidate will demonstrate adaptability to a dynamic and fast paced work environment, and be able to think and present information at multiple scales.

While this position works on both long-range and current planning, the position is housed with the Metro & Community Planning team. The focus of this team is to create a future vision for the community and put in place the tools and actions necessary to implement the vision, improving community livability and quality of life through managed growth.

This position involves a wide range of work related to community planning such as Envision Eugene, Eugene's collective vision for how we will grow while preserving what we love about our community including a new urban growth boundary, and other collaborative projects to further our community vision of a compact, connected, livable Eugene. Examples of tasks include: develops and maintains a GIS program for the Planning Division within the context of a larger established regional GIS; participates in advanced professional level, highly complex GIS and land use planning work such as supporting area and neighborhood planning, long-term growth planning, growth monitoring analysis, or land use permit review; provides information, GIS mapping services, and GIS assistance/training to planning project managers and other staff; conveys complex GIS and technical analysis to the general public in support of planning projects.

Examples of Duties Performed - Duties may include but are not limited to the following

  • Provides program development, program management, and GIS technical assistance to professional and technical planning staff; functions as a project manager on large and complex GIS projects; assigns and reviews the work of other GIS, planning or technical staff, and/or consultants and contractors when project lead.

  • Evaluates and strategically plans for future use of new GIS technologies and other related
  • technologies, including hardware evaluation, software and training needs, and developing plans, budgets, and establishing priorities for implementation.

  • Represents the Planning Division in various local and regional GIS coordinating groups and advocates for the Division's GIS data, hardware, software, and analysis needs.

  • Specifies, designs and/or develops GIS tools or models to meet planning division needs.

  • Maintains spatial and relational databases, conducts in-depth analysis of geospatial data, imagery analyses and interpretation, feature extraction, quality control, and other related functions using the ESRI GIS platform.

  • Designs cartographic layouts that include features such as charts, graphs, and tabular data.

  • Conducts or coordinates common GIS data tasks such as data digitizing, datum and coordinate system conversion, data spatial adjustment, image geo-referencing, data entry, attribute editing, spatial analysis, and integration of GPS data. Manages GIS data creation, storage, and documentation.

  • Acts as technical advisor to Division staff on questions or problems related to GIS and mapping.

  • Manages complex special projects or programs; coordinates project activities including research, community contact, data analysis, cartography/visualizations and final recommendations and presentations.

  • Performs complex GIS analysis regarding implementation of policies established by the comprehensive plan, zoning or other land use and development ordinances; such as related to area planning, urban reserves, and land use permit review.

  • Leads updates to Planning Division GIS data, including related to growth monitoring and updating the buildable lands inventory, comprehensive plan designations, and boundaries; familiarity with quality control and quality assurance tools for data validation.

  • Assists with development of and data input for modeling programs such as for growth scenario planning, growth monitoring and buildable lands inventories.

  • Coordinates and/or conducts training sessions in specialized GIS software use for planning and technical staff.

  • Performs related duties as assigned.


  • Ability to establish and maintain cooperative and positive working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.

  • Ability to develop program goals and priorities, budgets, analyze staff needs, and prepare and execute implementation plans.

  • Ability to communicate the results of analysis and other technical information clearly and concisely.

  • Strong skills in managing time and work load efficiently.

  • Ability to learn new concepts quickly, consider large amounts of detailed information, and adapt to a changing requirements and needs.

  • Demonstrated critical thinking skills regarding geographic data and the associated advantages or dis-advantages of the data and the most effective ways to analyze and visualize the data.

  • In-depth knowledge of GIS relative to its practical application in the urban planning, urban design or development. This assumes knowledge of modern principles and practices of urban planning, economics, and development.

  • Ability to consider spatial relationships and features across many scales ranging from a site specific development or neighborhood demographics to city-wide land uses or regional transportation factors.

  • In-depth understanding of geographic fundamentals including geographic relationships, data models, database theory and geoprocessing operations.

  • The ability to create compelling maps while also understanding the nuances of the underlying data or analysis and how to effectively employ cartographic design principals.

  • Demonstrated knowledge and expert experience with ESRI ArcGIS 10.x (ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro a plus), including Modelbuilder.

  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office products and Office 365 applications, especially using Excel and Access with ArcGIS.

Additional or Desired Qualifications and Skills

  • Intermediate to advanced experience in Python scripting with ESRI's ArcPy site package, Visual Basic for Applications (VBA) or other programming languages (e.g. R) for automating GIS tasks in ESRI environment.
  • Advanced skills in spatial databases, relational database design and use of Structured Query Language (SQL).
  • Basic to intermediate experience with enterprise database management software, such as MS SQL Server or ArcGIS Server (ArcGIS Enterprise would be a plus).
  • Project level experience with urban planning/scenario tools such as Envision Tomorrow, CommunityViz, INDEX, or GeoPlanner for ArcGIS or urban simulation models such as UrbanSim.
  • Knowledge of or experience using open source analysis tools such as QGIS or the Geospatial Modeling Environment (GME).
  • Ability to effectively implement the City's GIS vision and goals, and advocate for program needs at the city and regional levels.

Minimum Qualifications:
To view more detailed information on the duties, knowledge, and abilities that may be expected of this position, please see the links listed below.

Management Analyst 1

  • Six months recent professional related experience, or one year related responsible paraprofessional experience.
  • Training
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in geography, GIS, geodesign, urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, or other related field. A Master's degree in a related field is desirable.

Management Analyst 2

  • Two years of complex and responsible professional GIS and land use planning experience. One year of lead, supervisory or program management experience preferred.
  • Training
  • Equivalent to a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in geography, GIS, geodesign, urban and regional planning, architecture, landscape architecture, environmental science, or other related field. A Master's degree in a related field is desirable.
  • Note that any combination of experience and training that provides the required knowledge and abilities may be acceptable. The qualifications listed above are one example of a typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills expected for the job
  • Valid Oregon driver's license, or ability to obtain by date of hire; must pass driving records check and, if hired, maintain a driving record that meets the City's standard. Oregon law requires that an out-of-state license holder must obtain a valid Oregon license (with appropriate endorsements) within 30 days of becoming domiciled in the state (ORS 803.355).
  • Must pass background check.

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