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GIS Editor

Dept of Environment Protection

New York,  New York
GIS Technician

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) protects public health and the environment by supplying clean drinking water, collecting and treating wastewater, and reducing air, noise, and hazardous materials pollution. DEP is the largest combined municipal water and wastewater utility in the country, with nearly 6,000 employees. We deliver 1.1 billion gallons of high quality drinking water per day to 8.5 million New York City residents and more than 1 million people in Upstate New York, and we collect and treat an average of 1.3 billion gallons of wastewater per day.

New York City has approximately 140,000 catch basins, 114,000 hydrants, 90,000 valves, 14 gatehouses, 3 reservoirs, 68 groundwater wells, a 100 million gallon underground storage tank and 7,000 miles each of both sanitary sewers and water mains. The responsibility of maintaining these vast networks falls under the Department of Environmental Protection’s Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations (BWSO).

Working in the Technology Management Office, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Data-Maintenance Unit, within the Bureau of Water and Sewer Operations, the selected candidate under general supervision, with latitude for independent initiative and judgment will perform the following tasks:

- Performs map digitization updates to the Bureaus Geographic Information System (GIS) for City-wide water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure;

- Interpretation of engineering construction drawings regarding capital improvement projects, engineering map changes and field investigations;

- Utilizes ESRI ArcGIS software to update asset features and/or attributes;

- Utilizes computerized data validation tools to ensure integrity/accuracy of GIS data input and functional integrity based on stated business rules for the water/sewer networks;

- Reviews work of other team members based on QA standards/policy prior to production update. This may include visual review as well as automated tools;

- Creates customized maps and reports from the Geographic Information System (GIS) on City-wide water distribution and wastewater collection infrastructure;

- Operates a computer workstation and large format printers for scheduled production of updated City-wide hardcopy infrastructure maps;

- Participates in the development of standardized methods of map creating and editing of GIS data;

- Attends staff meetings as required and performs related duties associated with the core responsibilities of the GIS Data-Maintenance unit.

Qualification Requirements

For Assignment Levels I – II
1. A four-year high school diploma or its educational equivalent approved by a state’s department of education or a recognized accrediting organization and two years of full-time satisfactory experience as an engineering technician; or

2. An Associate degree from an accredited college or technical institution with a specialization in engineering technology; or

3. A combination of education and experience which is equivalent to two years of satisfactory experience. To determine educational equivalency for experience, see “Special Note” below.

Special Note
One year of experience credit will be given for each 30 semester credits for college education leading to a degree from an accredited college in engineering technology. However, all candidates must have at least a high school diploma or its educational equivalent.

License Requirement For Certain Positions
For assignment to certain positions, the candidate must possess at the time of appointment or assignment a Motor Vehicle Driver License valid in the State of New York. This license must be maintained for the duration of employment.

For Assignment Levels III – IV
To be eligible for placement in Assignment Levels III and IV, individuals must have, after meeting the requirements for Assignment Levels I and II, either
1. At least one year of satisfactory service as an Engineering Technician with the City of New York; or

2. A Baccalaureate degree in engineering technology from an accredited college; or

3. After meeting the minimum requirements described for Assignment Level I, at least two additional years of full-time satisfactory experience performing engineering technician work; or

4. A satisfactory combination of education and experience equivalent to

Preferred Skills
1. Familiarity with water distribution and collection system features and processes.

2. Experience working with large, complex geodatabases.

3. Experience working with ESRI ArcGIS suite of applications and tools.

4. Ability to interpret complex engineering construction drawings and utilize computer based digital drafting software.

5. Experience performing complex QA (Quality Assurance) reviews of others work.

6. Organized with ability to handle multiple priorities and complex data sets.

7. Excellent written and oral communication skills.



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