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GIS Specialist

University of California, Davis

Parlier,  California
GIS AnalystGIS Developer

Under the direction of the Unit Supervisor, support the Utilities Division in maintaining Geographical Information System (GIS) capabilities. Acquire appropriate data sets from various internal and external resources in order to create and maintain metadata for all Utilities GIS data sets. Utilize Autodesk Map, Autodesk Land Desktop, ESRI ArcGIS, Archview, & Trimble Global Positioning (GPS) hardware and software to create and update GIS geo-datasets and files as appropriate to ensure that the most current data is readily available to Utilities and Operation & Maintenance staff. Assist to foster relationships, GIS data sharing initiatives and data acquisition with campus partner agencies, land surveyors, and internal and external engineers. Develop standardized map templates and other GIS mapping products and publications, and conduct spatial analysis and update of multiple data sets in support of Utilities Division programs and projects as needed.  


-Climb, crawl, stoop and bend in confined areas to retrieve information.
-Work in a noisy environment generated from computer equipment.
-This position is subject to Medical Surveillance procedures and review in accordance with Federal and State Laws and Regulations and University Policy.
-This position may, at times, require the incumbent to work with or be in areas where hazardous materials and/or infectious diseases are present. Specific hazards include but are not limited to: asbestos, PCB's, radioactive materials, industrial and laboratory chemicals, fuels and solvents, infectious materials, and wastes, biological hazards, and other materials labeled hazardous.


-Restricted vacation during peak periods.
-Primary work in an office environment.
-Valid CA driver's license required.
-Work occasional overtime.
-UC Davis is a smoke and tobacco free campus effective January 1, 2014. Smoking, the use of smokeless tobacco products, and the use of unregulated nicotine products (e-cigarettes) will be strictly prohibited on any UC Davis owned or leased property, indoors and outdoors, including parking lots and residential space.



  • Knowledge of principles and concepts of geography, cartography, and computer mapping; techniques of spatial analysis that involve geo-database files and proximity analysis; familiarity with various map products, including digital formats; familiarity with map projections and coordinate systems that relate to spatial analysis.
  • Extensive experience using either Autodesk Civil3D, Autodesk Map, or ESRI ArcGIS software suites and the techniques and methodologies associated with geographic information systems, including mapped and tabular data and coordinate systems. Knowledge and experience with the maintenance of software in a networked computer environment.
  • Experience creating high quality map products, working with graphical designs and other visual reproductions for presentation and distribution.
  • Knowledge of research methods and techniques, statistical procedures, general principles, concepts and terminology used in research in order to gather data for importation into GIS.
  • Skills to translate historic geographic data into ArcGIS or Autodesk Map geodata format.
  • Skills to comprehend, analyze and correctly use a variety of informational documents.
  • Skills to create presentation materials on complex issues in a variety of formats.
  • Strong written and verbal skills to communicate and work well with partner agencies to import new data and information into the program's geo-database and to provide information relative to projects, data, and methodology.


  • Knowledge of statistical analysis using a combination of GIS and Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to utilize and skills to interpret technical terminology for communication with professionals within a University environment and computer fields.
  • Skills to adapt and perform spatial analysis techniques and methods in complex problems involving mapped information.
  • Skills to collect, analyze, and integrate GPS survey points into master geodata sets.
  • Skills to gather, compile, analyze and interpret data, prepare research and statistical reports; analyze written and numerical data and perform research and statistical studies involving various types of digital spatial data.
  • Skills to reason logically and creatively to gather and interpret data dealing with complex problems and situations that may require the use of complex math or mathematical analysis.
  • Skills to use independent judgment in non-routine situations, such as analysis of data and development of strategy recommendations as it relates to geo-datasets.
  • Skills to develop and evaluate alternatives. Skill to establish and maintain project priorities and timelines.

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