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GIS Analyst 21-080

Charleston Water System

Charleston,  South Carolina
GIS Analyst


Under supervision of the Director of Asset Management & GIS, the Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst performs technical work associated with operation, maintenance, and administration of the GIS.

Essential Functions:

  • Research, evaluate, recommend, and implement technical and administrative solutions to achieve GIS objectives to forward CWS’s mission.
  • Perform ArcGIS geodatabase maintenance and related GIS quality assurance and quality control practices and procedures.
  • Assist with database administration (SDE with SQL Server), and maintaining multi-editor enterprise GIS database to ensure data accuracy.
  • Create, test, manage, optimize, and maintain published ArcGIS Server services for applications, maps, geocoding, geometry, and geoprocessing.
  • Using various tools, develop specific applications for use in GIS data entry, analysis, map and report production, and enhance existing programs to meet current requirements.
  • Imports GIS data into database and performs data updates for various layers.
  • Facilitate the acquisition and distribution of spatial data within the GIS, in addition to QA/QC of incoming/outgoing data.
  • Work closely with Engineering, Operations, Customer Service, and Management professionals to support their data needs and use of GIS.
  • Develop automation procedures using geoprocessing tools and Python.
  • Resolve problems related to CWS’s GIS environment, propose and implement innovative solutions which prevent problems from reoccurring.
  • Research the potential deployment of new technologies, systems and procedures to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of CWS’s GIS environment.
  • Assist with maintaining GIS software, including installation, upgrades and patches.
  • Provide 1st tier technical support as needed for field and office users on implemented Esri ArcGIS product stack including ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Enterprise, and Field applications.
  • Deliver GIS presentations to small and large audiences.
  • Provide additional leadership, vision and coordination of the CWS GIS; leads critical thinking about the complicated choices involved in the design and use of the GIS within CWS and its service area.
  • Travel to GIS events and meetings in the local and regional area, and national to represent CWS.
  • May be required to work during emergency conditions.
  • Regular attendance is required.
  • Job performance must conform to all CWS policies and procedures.
  • Specific knowledge of CWS Environmental Management System Policy and Procedures.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


Physical Requirements, Activities, and Working Conditions

  • Ability to understand complex written and oral instructions and communicate with others orally and in writing.
  • Ability to visually observe computer screens and hard copy drawings.
  • Ability to exert up to 50 pounds; Objects greater than 50 lbs require a two person operation.
  • Occasional field work to acquire additional GIS data, or to confirm accuracy of existing GIS data.
  • Ability to work individually or in groups.
  • Must be able to wear Personnel Protective Equipment (PPE) as defined in the Job Safety Analysis (JSA) to perform the required essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Planning, Computer Science, Engineering, GIS or related field with two (2) years experience OR an Associate’s Degree in a similar field with five (5) years of related experience.
  • Strong experience supporting and using ArcGIS Desktop (ArcGIS Map & Pro), ArcGIS Enterprise, Portal and ArcGIS Online products.
  • Experience maintaining data in an ESRI ArcGIS Enterprise versioned Geodatabase required.
  • Advanced knowledge of GIS software and familiarity with relational database design as it applies to GIS.
  • Knowledge of general mapping principles, spatial analysis, and cartography.
  • Knowledge and experience working with coordinate system transformations.
  • Experience programming and scripting with Python, SQL, Esri Model Builder.
  • General knowledge of the principles, theories and methods of database concepts related to the various types, classes, uses, and interrelationships of assets within a typical water and wastewater utility.
  • Practical knowledge and experience using AutoCAD software.
  • Experience creating and maintaining metadata for GIS databases.
  • Experience planning, managing, and controlling GIS projects.
  • Ability to provide training in the use of GIS applications.
  • Knowledge of asset information management systems; CMMS, CCTV, ERP, Decision Support
  • Knowledge of the principles of Effective Utility Management (EUM) and the ethic of continuous improvement.
  • Ability to read and comprehend technical papers, drawings, plans, policies, procedures, technical manuals, software help files, etc..
  • Experience in the preparation and presentation of projects, proposals, and concepts at a professional level.
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  • Creative thinking abilities and problem solving skills.

Licenses, Certifications, Registrations

  • Valid South Carolina Driver’s License, required.
  • Geographic Information Systems Professional Certification (GISP), strongly preferred.
  • Esri Desktop Associate or Professional, preferred.

Training Needs:

  • OSHA and Departmental safety training as required.
  • Skills Based Training.
  • Standard Operating Instruction (SOI) per department requirements.
  • ISO 14001 standards for department and company.

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