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GIS Technician I, II or Analyst

Montrose County

Montrose,  Colorado
GIS AnalystGIS Technician

General Statement of Duties: Performs work in the processing, integration, and maintenance of automated mapping, and attribute standards and procedures for the production of geobase maps and data using a geographic information system (GIS). Assists in the preparation of GIS databases and related cartographic services, and provides graphics and mapping services to other County Departments and the public.

Supervision Received: Works under the supervision of the Program Manager - GIS and performs a variety of routine work within established policies, procedures and receives detailed instructions on new projects and assignments.

Supervision Exercised: This position has no supervisory responsibilities.

Essential Functions: Any one position may not include all of the duties listed nor do the listed examples include all duties which may be found in positions of this class.

  • Ensures the accuracy, currency, completeness, and usefulness of data.
  • Meets information requirements of data users that is not unnecessarily complicated or complex, allowing for ease of data retrieval and incorporates flexibility for future data expansion.
  • Performs simple to complex data analysis.
  • Stays current with software innovations and updates. Continues training in utilized software applications ArcGIS (ArcEditor, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox), Eagle (Assessor’s database), Word, Excel and Access.
  • Stays current with changes in State Statutes regarding land and tax issues, State Senate and House bills regarding land and tax issues. Attends advanced title classes and any other classes deemed necessary by Assessor to keep abreast of new and changing laws.
  • Processes incoming subdivision plats and deed splits. Maps legal descriptions to determine parcel acreage, parcel ownership, and parcel boundaries. Updates Assessor’s information via
  • Eagle database. Produces plat maps (for public viewing as required by statute) when changes are made. Responds to queries by Assessor/County personnel regarding parcel/ownership information. Assists Assessor with the tracking and mapping of all oil, gas and mineral accounts within the County.
  • Provides custom maps upon request and responds to data queries by the public or other county departments.
  • Researches various sources of information necessary for determination of property legal descriptions or ownership. Stays current with data collection, storage and retrieval methods of various departments and other agencies.
  • Assists with county-wide addressing. This includes determining and adding new addresses, identifying and changing non-conforming addresses, and collaborating with other local/regional jurisdictions. Follows established procedures and standards for these tasks.
  • Cross-trains with other GIS personnel to facilitate the completion of projects and necessary tasks. Works with other GIS personnel to improve the GIS department’s overall efficiency.
  • Designs and performs simple to complex data analysis and models. Helps coordinate GIS integration with County departments and local governments. Writes, edits, installs, and verifies
  • Python scripts for accessing, maintaining, linking, and populating databases.
  • Utilizes Trimble Pathfinder Office to postprocess and convert GPS data files into shapefiles.
  • Assists in maintaining data and services associated with the County’s ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online, Pictometry, and ArcGIS Portal, including creation and maintenance of REST services, online map viewers, and SDE.
  • Regular and predictable attendance is required.


Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

Education: A Bachelors degree from an accredited college or university in GIS, Geography or a closely related field. Masters degree in GIS will substitute for one (1) year of experience.


  • GIS Technician I: One (1) to Two (2) years GIS work experience preferred.
  • GIS Technician II: A minimum of two years (2) year of experience.
  • GIS Analyst: A minimum of three (3) years GIS work experience

Required Knowledge: Knowledge and training in the procedures and standards used in the production of a geographic information system (GIS). Knowledge of common road systems, addressing systems, and a high level of familiarity with the public land survey system (PLSS). Knowledge and training in the procedures and standards used in the production of a geographic information system (GIS). Knowledge of data analysis techniques using GIS-related software and methods. An understanding of scripting/coding with Python in an ArcGIS environment. Knowledge and understanding of database design and implementation. Comprehensive knowledge of the principles and techniques of cartography, surveying, and digital mapping. Understanding of projections and coordinate systems. Familiarity with a variety of equipment, including but not limited to mobile devices, GPS units, scanners, and plotters.

Language Skills: Must have the ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and the skill to organize materials and present information clearly and concisely in verbal and written form. Must be able to read, understand, and interpret complex documents. Must understand and follow verbal and written instructions. Must have proficient knowledge of the English language, proper grammar, punctuation and spelling in other oral and written communication and have understanding of current technical report and business correspondence writing techniques and methods. Must be able to read, comprehend and apply laws, rules, regulations, policies and standard operating procedures required for this position, as well as, technical reports, procedure documents and manuals. Must be able to make effective and persuasive presentation on complex topics to a wide variety of audiences.

Interpersonal Skills: Must have the ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with fellow employees, representatives of other agencies and organizations and members of the community. Must have a strong customer focus orientation and have the ability provide information, answering questions and taking messages. Must be able to accept interruptions in a polite and effective manner. Must have the ability to be an effective team member and maintain sensitive and confidential information. Must maintain appropriate professional boundaries in relationships with customer/clients and the general public.

Mathematical Skills: Must have the ability to work with moderate to complex mathematical concepts such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division in all units of measure, using whole numbers, fractions, percentages, decimals, proportions, rates and ratios. Must be able to analyze technical data and apply it to practical situations.

Reasoning Skills: Must be able to apply principles of logic and reasoning or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems and work independently with minimal direction. Must be able to prioritize work and simultaneously manage multiple responsibilities at times under pressure of tight deadlines and emotional situations. Must have the skill to solve problems involving concrete and abstract variables in a variety of situations within established guidelines.

Computer Skills: Must be able to effectively use modern office technology and equipment, including computers, calculators, telephone, copiers with scanning and faxing capabilities. Must have fundamental experience with word processing, database manipulation, spread sheets, email, and the knowledge to save and retrieve documents from a variety of destinations and sources. Proficient in the use of ESRI’s ArcGIS software, word processing, database and spreadsheet software applications including Eagle (Assessor’s database), Word, Excel, and Access. Experience with database software such as Oracle, MS SQL, or MS Access. Analyzing and model building experience. Knowledge of other engineering and GIS software is helpful.

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 essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee frequently is required to sit and stand for long periods of time; use hands and fingers to handle or feel; and reach with hands or arms. The employee is required to stand, walk, climb or balance, twist, stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Must be able to respond to the customers’ needs and perform tasks requiring extensive hand and eye coordination. Dexterity of hands and fingers to operate a computer keyboard, mouse and other devices and objects. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move objects up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this position include close vision, distance vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus. Physical ability and mobility to drive a motor vehicle to and from field and meetings as required. Ability to work extended shifts and attend training and meetings outside of regularly scheduled hours and the ability to work in stressful situations.

Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. This job operates in a professional office environment. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets and fax machines. Ability to tolerate and be productive in a quiet to moderate noise level in the work place. Employee will have periodic exposure to hazards in the field such as driving and inclement weather and potential hostile clientele.

Special Requirements: Must possess and maintain a valid Colorado Driver’s License with a satisfactory driving record.

Other Duties: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.


Bachelors or better in Geography.

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