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GIS Specialist

Alachua County

Gainesville,  Florida

Minimum Qualifications

Bachelor's degree in geographic information systems and one year of experience in a related field; or any equivalent combination of related training and experience. A valid Florida Driver License is required and a Motor Vehicle Record that meets the requirements of Alachua County policy # 6-7; Motor Vehicle Records will be reviewed prior to employment. If in the past 24-month period, the record shows more than 3 moving traffic violations, and/or a conviction/pending charge for driving under the influence, the minimum qualifications are not met for the position. Applicants within six months of meeting the minimum education/experience requirement may be considered for trainee status.

Position Summary
This is a professional, technical position responsible for carrying out the implementation and enhancement of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data, applications and processes based on specified requirements. The position maintains GIS data and metadata, prepares maps, performs quality assurance functions, and assists with the preparation of specifications for new GIS data/applications/processes.

This is an emergency essential classification. Upon declaration of a disaster and/or emergency, all employees in this classification are required to work.

An employee assigned to this classification analyzes source data and prepares related geographic information system materials requiring technical mastery of GIS techniques and principles.

Work is performed under the direction of a higher level supervisor and reviewed through conferences, reports and observation of results obtained.

CORE COMPETENCIES:

  • Customer Commitment – Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity – Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence – Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the perspectives to achieve organizational goals.
  • Success through Teamwork – Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.

ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS

  • Exudes a positive customer service focus.
  • Advocates building organizational culture through aligning decisions with core values including: integrity, honesty, respect, diversity, innovation, accountability and communication.
  • Proficiently uses Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software to maintain GIS layers, perform basic GIS analysis, and plans, documents, analyzes, and develops GIS projects as assigned.
  • Prepares and produces maps using ArcGIS software following customer requirements.
  • Collects and maintains a database of County information for data and graphics presentation purposes from a variety of sources, including the Property Appraiser, Federal Census Bureau, etc.
  • Operates, as required, motor vehicles (including departmental motor vehicles) in order to conduct field tests, inspections, and investigations to obtain data for use in determining code compliance, sources of, and methods for, controlling County-wide environmental pollutants.
  • Assists in the preparation and maintenance of street system maps, databases and comprehensive plans.
  • Provides technical graphics, mapping and addressing advice and expertise to other County staff members and the general public as required.
  • Interacts regularly with other Alachua County agencies and other local governments.
  • Coordinates with others on GIS projects.
  • Interprets surveys, legal descriptions, and right-of-way maps.
  • Performs the duties listed, as well as those assigned, with professionalism and a sense of urgency.

NOTE: These examples are intended only as illustrations of the various kinds of work performed in positions allocated to this class. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

  • Knowledge of legal descriptions.
  • Knowledge of coordinate geometry and state plane coordinates.
  • Knowledge, understanding, and utilization of ESRI's tools including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, geo-processing extensions, mobile applications (such as ArcCollector) and spatial analysis techniques.
  • Knowledge of system operations and operator support for a mainframe computer system.
  • Some knowledge of applicable policies, laws and regulations affecting County activities.
  • Skill in the use of the following work related tools and standard office equipment: personal computer including word processing, database and computer aided design software, calculator, telephone, copy machine and fax machine.
  • Ability to work with map projects applying cartographic techniques, generating map prints in various sizes and configurations using plotters, and producing maps.
  • Ability to digitize geographic maps and have knowledge of the operation of a GIS computer system.
  • Ability to effectively communicate verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to plan, organize and prioritize work projects.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand. The employee is occasionally required to walk and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl.

The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This is a disaster essential classification and work assignments will involve a variety of work schedules including compulsory work periods in special, emergency, and/or disaster situations.

While performing the essential duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to risk of electrical shock.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet.



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