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GIS Specialist

City of Augusta

Augusta,  Georgia
GIS Developer

Performs tasks related to the collection of data relevant to maintenance of the Geographic Information System (GIS), including the use of various hardware and software systems and providing technical support and assistance to other users of the technology. Works within the guidelines of Information Technology standard operating procedures, technical manuals, user specifications, and federal, state, county, and departmental policies and procedures. Works with co-workers, vendors, computer service personnel, employees, and government agencies to develop and support information systems.


  • Uses GIS systems to edit, collect and process geographic data for inclusion in Augusta's Enterprise Geodatabase.
  • Performs Quality Assurance on data collected for inclusion in a GIS database, including work performed by others.
  • Develops and supports internal and external clients with mapping, documentation and procedural manuals.
  • Performs troubleshooting and problem-solving activities related to GIS/GPS data, software and hardware.
  • Performs installation and upgrade of GIS applications, trains users, and provides technical support and maintains application security.


  • Education: High School Diploma or G.E.D. Prefer AA/AS in GIS, MIS, Computer Science, Geography, Business Administration, or a related occupational field of study.
  • Experience: Two (2) years in geodatabase editing and design, experience with multiuser databases and GIS fundamentals.


  • Considerable editing knowledge of GIS technology, system applications and methodology
  • Familiarity editing in a multi-user database environment
  • Proficiency in acquiring and maintaining skill sets on new and evolving GIS/GPS technologies
    Knowledge of surveying and mapping techniques
  • Knowledge of technology principles, concepts, techniques, and fundamentals of information processing
  • Familiarity with local, state, and federal legal requirements and County and departmental policies and procedures
  • Proficiency in database integration, report generation tools, application systems, interpersonal relations, general business principles, and adaptability to change.
  • Familiarity of local area networks, network software and technical concepts.
  • Mastery of troubleshooting, problem solving, training, organization, and operation of application systems
  • Good communication skills, both oral and written
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a team or independently
  • Certification: Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) preferred but not required
  • Licensing: Possession of a valid driver's license with good driving history. If State license is other than Georgia or South Carolina, applicant must obtain a license in Georgia or South Carolina within 30 days of employment. *This position requires driving a county vehicle*

This position does require staff call up in emergency situations.


  • Data Utilization: Requires the ability to evaluate, audit, deduce, and/or assess data using established criteria. Includes exercising discretion in determining actual or probable consequences and in referencing such evaluation to identify and select alternatives.
  • Human Interaction: Requires the ability to work with and apply principles of persuasion and/or influence over others to coordinate programs or activities of a project, and resolve typical problems associated with the responsibilities of the job.
  • Equipment: Requires the ability to operate, maneuver, and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools and/or materials requiring complex and/or rapid adjustments.
  • Verbal: Requires the ability to utilize a wide variety of reference, descriptive, advisory and/or design data and information.
  • Math: Requires the ability to perform addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division; the ability to calculate decimals and percentages; the ability to utilize principles of fractions; and the ability to interpret graphs.
  • Functional Reasoning: Requires the ability to apply principles of influence systems, such as motivation, incentive, and leadership, and to exercise independent judgment to apply facts and principles for developing approaches and techniques to resolve problems.
  • Situational Reasoning: Requires the ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity in situations involving the evaluation of information against sensory, judgmental, or subjective criteria, as opposed to that which is clearly measurable or verifiable.
  • Physical Abilities: Tasks require the ability to exert light physical effort in sedentary to light work, but which may involve some lifting, carrying, pushing and/or pulling of objects and materials of light weight (5-10 pounds). Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or work station.
  • Sensory Requirements: Some tasks require the ability to perceive and discriminate visual cues or signals. Some tasks require the ability to communicate orally.
  • Environmental Factors: Essential functions are regularly performed without exposure to adverse environmental conditions.

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