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GIS Technician/ Public Utilities

Athens Clarke County

Athens,  Georgia
GIS Technician

Purpose of Job
The purpose of this job is to perform technical functions associated with the Public Utilities Department's Geographic Information System (GIS) needs. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to preparing maps for PUD's water and sanitary sewer system; producing and updating GIS layers; performing research; performing computer maintenance functions; performing computer water modeling functions; preparing correspondence, reports, and
documentation; and performing additional tasks, as assigned.

WORK SCHEDULE: Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. May occasionally work outside of normal business hours.
Regular and predictable attendance is required.
Must work cooperatively with others.
When requirements include vehicle operation, responsible for the safety, readiness and operation of the vehicle and must abide by ACC's safe driving policy.

Minimum Training & Experience Required to Perform Essential Job Functions:
Associates degree in drafting, cartography, computer graphics, geography, landscape architecture, planning/land use, or related field required; one year of experience with GIS database design, implementation, and/or the production and maintenance of GIS data layers; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position.

Must possess a valid driver's license.

Essential Duties, Responsibilities:
The following duties are normal for this job. These are not to be construed as exclusive or all-inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.

  • Prepare site location maps for water and sanitary sewer information requests; meet with appropriate staff to receive and collect input for the preparation of maps. Obtain GPS data for inclusion in ACC GIS database layers. Prepare and maintain web based map displays of the Public Utilities water mains and sewer lines.
  • Prepare graphics for PowerPoint presentations for Hearings Board, Historic Preservation Commission, Mayor and Commission and Planning Commission meetings.
  • Prepare large format and reduction copies of plats.
  • Provide scanned final plats on CD to the Courthouse.
  • Assist with posting notices and agenda items for Plans Review, Planning Commission, Historic Preservation Commission, and Hearings Board on the Athens-Clarke County website.
  • Assist with mapping projects and/or the production of graphics and visual aids used by Department and other government agencies in public meetings, studies, reports, and grants.
  • Assist in the production and maintenance of the County's GIS; creates digital databases; maintains and updates GIS layers.
  • Assist with fieldwork, inventory, upkeep and maintenance of supplies.
  • Assist with maintenance and organization of all maps, supplies, and equipment.
  • Maintain and updates procedural guidelines for the Division, as directed.
  • Participate in the selection of consultants for specific projects requiring GIS expertise.
  • Answer departmental telephones and take messages as needed, greet the public and department visitors providing direction and instruction.
  • Provide miscellaneous services such as running errands, delivering packages, cleaning the truck, filing, and faxing.
  • Perform other related duties as required.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the policies, procedures, and activities of the Department as they pertain to the performance of duties relating to the position.
  • Knowledge of the terminology used within the Department.
  • Ability to compile, organize, prepare and maintain an assortment of records, reports and information in an effective manner and according to departmental and/or governmental regulations.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with supervisors and other staff members.
  • Ability to use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations.
  • Ability to handle required mathematical calculations.
  • Ability to utilize and understand computer applications and techniques as necessary in the completion of daily assignments.
  • Ability to plan, organize and/or prioritize daily assignments and work activities.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply regulations and procedures of the department.
  • Knowledge of cartographic principles, methods and practices;
  • Knowledge of Athens-Clarke County policies and procedures, and of departmental procedures and methods as required in the performance of duties.
  • Knowledge and skill to operate various equipment and machinery including a computer, printer, plotter, scanner, copier, drafting equipment, audio/visual equipment, calculator, and telephone.
  • Skill in operating Geographic Information System software, and in utilizing various word processing, database, spreadsheet, graphics, drafting/mapping, and/or other software programs relevant to the position.
  • Ability to comprehend and apply policies and procedures of the department.


PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: Must be physically able to operate a variety of machinery and equipment including a computer, printer, plotter, scanner, copier, drafting equipment, audio/visual equipment, calculator, telephone, etc.. Must be able to use body members to work, move or carry objects or materials. This position requires: walking, standing, bending, stooping, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, feeling, seeing, talking, hearing, and repetitive motions. Must be able to exert up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds force frequently. Physical demand requirements are at levels of those for light work.

DATA CONCEPTION: Requires the ability to compare and/or judge the readily observable functional, structural, or compositional characteristics (whether similar to or divergent from obvious standards) of data, people, or things.

INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to hear, speak and/or signal people to convey or exchange information. Includes giving and receiving assignments and/or directions to co-workers and assistants or from supervisors.

LANGUAGE ABILITY: Requires the ability to read a variety of reports, photos, ordinances, memos and maps, informational documentation, directions, instructions, methods and procedures. Requires the ability to prepare letters, reports, charts, maps, tables, and spreadsheets using prescribed formats and conforming to all rules of punctuation, grammar, diction, and style. Requires the ability to speak to people with poise, voice control, and confidence.

INTELLIGENCE: Requires the ability to learn and understand basic principles and techniques; to acquire and be able to expound on knowledge of topics related to primary occupation; and to make independent judgment in the absence of management.

VERBAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to record and deliver information, to explain procedures, and to follow oral and written instructions. Must be able to communicate effectively and efficiently in a variety of administrative, and technical or professional languages.

NUMERICAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to utilize mathematical formulas; add and subtract totals; multiply and divide; interpret graphs.

FORM/SPATIAL APTITUDE: Requires the ability to inspect items for proper length, width, and shape, visually with a variety of machinery and equipment including a computer, printer, plotter, scanner, copier, drafting equipment, audio/visual equipment, calculator, telephone, etc.

MOTOR COORDINATION: Requires the ability to coordinate hands, fingers, and eyes accurately in using graphic arts and drafting equipment, computers and blue line machines. Requires the ability to use the keyboard, lift, bend, push, and pull objects or materials using body parts as the position necessitates.

MANUAL DEXTERITY: Requires the ability to handle a variety of items such as automated equipment, computer supplies, drafting equipment, office supplies. Must have the ability to use one hand for twisting or turning motion while coordinating other hand with different activities. Must have minimal levels of eye/hand/foot coordination.

COLOR DISCRIMINATION: Requires the ability to differentiate between colors and shades of color.

INTERPERSONAL TEMPERAMENT: Requires the ability to deal with people beyond giving and receiving instructions. Must be adaptable to performing under moderate stress when confronted with an emergency and deadlines.

PHYSICAL COMMUNICATION: Requires the ability to talk and/or hear: (Talking - expressing or exchanging ideas by means of spoken words). (Hearing - perceiving nature of sounds by ear).

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