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GIS Technician II

County of Sonoma

Santa Rosa,  California
GIS Technician

Using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and related software/hardware, GIS Technicians (GIS Techs) prepare, revise, maintain, and manipulate a variety of maps and spatial database records, documents, and reports. As requested by County departments and the general public, they explain and interpret maps; and provide technical customer service support, including installation and troubleshooting of software/software-related questions. Additionally, they consult with staff to execute designs that best serve business needs.

The ideal candidates for these positions have experience maintaining GIS data layers and metadata using ESRI ArcGIS software, and will have:

  • GIS experience relating to roads system, land use, zoning, flood plains, watershed areas, demographic analysis, special districts, open space, etc.
  • Effectively designed cartographic products, developed workflows/data automation tasks, and assisted users in visualizing business data in map form (digital or paper)
  • Experience providing GIS technical support to end-users, including installing and troubleshooting software, and answering software-related questions
  • Successfully responded to agency or public queries for information or data
  • Proven customer service skills, with the aptitude and patience for collaborating with a wide variety of clients, virtually and in-person
  • Used ArcGIS Desktop, Online, Parcel Fabric, Portal, Professional, etc.; enterprise geodatabases; and/or MS SQL database software

Depending upon experience, we are hiring GIS Techs at the I or II level. If you are interested in applying at the I level of this opportunity, you must apply to the separate recruitment currently being conducted for that level.

What We Offer

  • The County of Sonoma offers career growth and development, the opportunity to be a part of a challenging and rewarding work environment, and the satisfaction of knowing that you're working to better the community. You can also look forward to a competitive total compensation package, including*:
  • An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500 and ongoing education/training opportunities
  • Competitive vacation and sick leave accruals, 12 paid holidays, and an additional 8 floating holiday hours per year
  • Significant portion of health care premiums paid by the County and access to several health plan options
  • County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
  • Retirement fully integrated with Social Security
  • May be eligible for up to 8 weeks (320 hours) of Paid Parental Leave after 12 months of County employment
  • Eligibility for a salary increase after 1,040 hours (6 months when working full-time) for good work performance

*Salary is negotiable within the established range. Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice. Additional information can found in the Service Employees International Union Local 1021 Memorandum Of Understanding (SEIU MOU) and our Employee Benefits directory.


Extra-help employees relieve or augment permanent staff. Temporary, extra-help employees are not in the classified civil service and do not have property rights to permanently allocated positions. In addition, they do not receive most employee benefits such as: long-term disability insurance coverage; accrual of vacation; participation in the County retirement program; or eligibility to take promotional examinations. Temporary, extra-help employees are limited in their employment to a maximum of one calendar year. These employees must be off of work for three months before they can be re-employed on an extra help basis. Extra-help employees who meet the eligibility requirements may qualify for a County contribution toward medical coverage.

We are currently recruiting to fill two GIS Tech positions at either the I or II level. TPW is recruiting to fill a regular GIS Tech position and Permit Sonoma is recruiting to fill a temporary, extra-help position. This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help (temporary) positions as they occur during the active status of the list. County employees who wish to be considered for future positions should consider applying to this recruitment. The Civil Service title of this position is Geographic Information Technician II.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of educational course work and training which demonstrates possession of knowledge and abilities related to principles of GIS, cartography, and database technology as it relates to spatial analysis. Normally, coursework in geography, geographic information systems and related areas would provide this opportunity. An Associate of Arts degree in a relevant area is highly desirable.

Experience: Any combination of training and work experience that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, two years of work experience in creating maps and performing spatial analysis using geographic information systems software would provide this opportunity. Experience using graphics software may be required for some positions.

License: Possession of a valid driver’s license at the appropriate level including special endorsements, as required by the State of California, may be required depending upon assignment to perform the essential job functions of the position.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Considerable knowledge of: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); GIS software, such as Arc/Info and ArcView; principles and practices of digitizing, data conversion, data management and cartography.
  • Knowledge of: land use analysis or planning, zoning, ecology, public works, assessment, emergency operations and political boundaries, based on assignment; geometry and trigonometry; relational database technology and metadata creation; digital orthophotography; geodetic control and/or Global Positioning Systems (GPS); currently used spreadsheet, word processing, scanning, presentation, database and computer assisted drafting software
  • Ability to: effectively prepare maps using the commonly accepted practices of cartography; understand and use Geographic Information System (GIS) software; provide assistance on the use of GIS; develop GIS applications and interfaces between various systems; update and manage computer file systems; understand and conceptualize spatial data; install and perform software upgrades; maintain county map-related records; follow oral and written directions; perform basic mathematics and geometric calculations of plane and solid figures; establish and maintain effective relationships with county employees, contractors and the general public.

Selection Procedure & Some Helpful Tips When Applying

  • Your application information and your responses to the supplemental questions are evaluated and taken into consideration throughout the entire selection process.
  • You should list all employers and positions held within the last ten years in the work history section of your application and should be as thorough as possible when responding to the supplemental questions.
  • You may include history beyond ten years if related to the position for which you are applying.
  • If you held multiple positions with one employer, list out each position separately.
  • Failure to follow these instructions may impact your competitiveness in this process or may result in disqualification.

Please visit Getting-a-Job with the County of Sonoma to review more detailed information about the hiring process, including the application process, examination steps, and department selection process.

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