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GIS Technician

Carteret County

Beaufort,  North Carolina
GIS Technician

An employee in this class is responsible for the design and production of land maps using the GIS database, and for implementing changes in tax maps following property transactions. Work includes entering data to update tax map database in the GIS system, developing new map products, assisting the public with locating information and maps. Work also includes taking information from surveys and deeds and translating them into the county's tax maps. Independent judgment and initiative are exercised within established system structure and standards. Work involves public contact and requires strong customer service skills, tact, courtesy, and teamwork to accomplish the duties. Accuracy and attention to detail in entering data is critical in performing the work. Work is performed under the general supervision of the Tax Administrator and evaluated through observation, periodic discussions, accuracy and quality of products produced and by feedback from the public.


  • Extracts, manipulates and maintains land records information in specialized mapping, GIS and other software; updates property ownership records initiated by the recording of legal documents; utilizes coordinate geometry to make changes and additions; enters coding for parcels, tracts and new subdivisions and other real property from deed descriptions; assigns number schemes (pin parcels) to match tax information, and files system changes for quick reference.
  • Updates legal boundaries such as city limits, fire districts, voting districts, utility service areas, etc.
  • Maintains parcels database/feature class.
  • Designs and creates maps as requested by property owners.
  • Digitizes information; uses aerial photos; enters numbers and codes and defines cross hairs and coordinates; registers map in GIS and to the digital table; follows menu to enter codes; verifies maps once completed on the table; tags the map; creates files for each update; etc.
  • Assists customers including property owners, contractors, builders, attorneys and the general public in locating land information and maps, and in interpreting tax maps and other records.
  • Converts data format to produce data base for tax billing.
  • Prints and copies aerial maps, GIS maps and tax maps.
  • May update departmental web site.
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Considerable knowledge of standard practices, techniques, materials and equipment used in computer aided mapping.
  • Considerable knowledge of state and county coordinate and coding systems and methods for assigning PIN numbers.
  • Ability to use GIS software to review, query, retrieve, and print property map information.
  • Ability to maintain data layers, to be creative in producing special map products and reports.
  • Ability to understand and use GIS software and relate software in response to requests for data.
  • Ability to read, compare, and interpret property maps, surveys, aerial photographs and records accurately.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with peers, supervisors, employees in other County departments and the general public.
  • Ability to deal tactfully and courteously with the public while handling requests for maps and map overlays, etc.

Graduation from a two-year college with a degree in drafting, engineering, or related field and moderate experience in GIS mapping; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

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