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GIS Technician I/II

Helix Water District

La Mesa,  California
GIS Technician

Helix Water District, La Mesa, CA is seeking a GIS Technician I/II to join our team. Helix Water District is a progressive industry leader sustained by the innovation and dedication of our talented employees. Our culture of customer focus, open communication, teamwork and valuing each employee's unique contributions is the backbone of our organization. Helix offers flexible schedules, a full benefits package and a unique culture that fosters an atmosphere of team spirit and encourages personal and professional growth. We'd love for you to consider joining our team!

Salary ranges for all full-time classifications are scheduled to increase by 6% effective July 1, 2023.  In addition, the district will provide cost-of-living adjustments between 2% - 4?fective July 1, 2024 and July 1, 2025, as well as a 2% salary adjustment effective July 1, 2024.

Excellent Benefits Package includes:

  • 100% employee premiums paid for all health benefits
  • CalPERS membership
  • 24 annual days of accrued leave and increases after 5 years of service to 29 annual days of accrued leave
  • 12 paid holidays per year, including 2 floating holidays
  • Up to $2,500 matching on 457 plan (Up to $3,500, effective July 1, 2023)
  • Up to $4,000 annually for qualifying courses after 1 year of service

GIS Technician I/II is a non-exempt, entry- to journey-level technical class. Under general supervision, performs a wide variety of routine to complex technical duties in developing, implementing and supporting the district's geographic information systems database; and performs related duties as assigned.

Overview of Responsibilities

Uses GIS and related software to support and maintain the district's GIS database and mapping applications.

Gathers, verifies, inputs, edits and maintains tabular and spatial data from a variety of digital and paper source documents; performs quality assurance checks on gathered data.

Generates custom GIS data queries and analyses as requested by district staff.

Creates high-quality mapping products using appropriate software applications and methods.

Uses CAD software for basic maintenance of facility and water system schematics and drawings.

Coordinates with district departments (i.e. engineering, construction, operations, customer service, etc.) to ensure the prompt and accurate capture of attributes and facility data in the GIS.

Archives, maintains, scans and converts paper and digital files, records, maps and drawings.

Provides backup support to other GIS staff in the performance of their duties; assists senior staff in testing GIS applications, software packages and utilities.

Provides training and assistance to all district staff on GIS functions and applications.

Assists with maintaining and expanding the content of the GIS knowledgebase and other critical documentation.

Maintains, supports, troubleshoots, and configures GIS field laptops and servers; coordinates with other GIS and information services staff.


Qualified candidates will have training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from an accredited college with an Associate's degree in geography or closely related field; and two years of geographical information systems (GIS) experience preferable in a public utility setting; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.
A valid Class C California driver's license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district's vehicle insurance policy.

Application Process

To be considered for the GIS Technician I/II, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.

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