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GIS Specialist

City of Ankeny

Ankeny,  Iowa

Interested individuals should apply online and attach a resume and detailed cover letter expressing interest no later than December 6, 2020. Post offer drug screen and background check required.

To advance in the hiring process, you must pass a civil service exam to be administered to all qualified applicants - dates TBD. Additional information will be emailed following submittal of your application.

Principal Duties and Responsibilities

  • Administer the city's GIS content management system.
  • Develop and maintain GIS web maps.
  • Develop and maintain GIS web applications.
  • Develop and maintain desktop GIS maps.
  • Develop and maintain printed maps.
  • Geospatial data entry.
  • Deploy and update GIS client software.
  • Deploy and update GNSS hardware.
  • Develop, document and maintain standard operating procedures for data collection and content management.
  • Provide ESRI software support to city staff.
  • Assist in the administration of the city's database management systems.
  • Assist in the administration of the city's GIS server.
  • Assist in the designing of the city's spatiotemporal relational database.
  • Assist in the extraction, transformation, and loading of data from other databases into the GIS.

Entry Requirements and Skills

  • Graduation from a technical school, accredited college or university with a minimum associate's degree and three years' work experience in supporting GIS.
  • Knowledge of standard office procedures and equipment and ability to operate a computer.
  • Ability to understand and carry out oral and written instructions; interpret trade and technical journals, as well as departmental policies and routines.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relations with fellow workers, vendors, and the public.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing in the English language.
  • Proficiency in GIS technologies such as ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcReader, ArcGIS Pro, QGIS, ArcGIS Enterprise Server, and GeoServer.
  • Proficiency in SQL and Python programming.
  • Desire proficiency in development technologies such as Git, Flyway, Docker, SSMS, Azure Data Studio, Visual Studio, and psql.

Working Conditions

  • Works in office and non-office environments.
  • Performs physical labor moving and installing computer equipment and networking components.
  • Musts keep regular and reliable attendance at work.


  • Must be sighted.
  • Must be able to hear a normal conversation.
  • Must be able to speak clearly at normal rate of conversation.
  • Must be able to lift computers, monitors, printers, and related computer components.

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