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GIS Technician

Escambia County

Escambia County,  Florida
GIS Technician

This class is responsible for plotting maps, creating and working with GIS databases, and providing GIS data to others.

Home to more than 300,000 residents in northwest Florida, Escambia County is the westernmost and one of the oldest counties in the state. The mission of Escambia County government is to provide efficient, responsive services that enhance our quality of life, meet common needs and promote a safe and healthy community. With nearly 1,800 employees, we pride ourselves on being the perfect climate for everything - building a business, raising a family and enjoying recreational pursuits. Picture perfect white sand beaches and clear, emerald Gulf waters draw millions of vacationers to Escambia each year, especially to Pensacola Beach, named the #4 Top U.S. Beach in 2020 by Tripadvisor.

Examples of Duties:

  • Creates and maintains GIS maps, layers and databases, which may include: constructing, editing, and inputting geographic data and associated attribute information into County base map layers; designing and generating map viewing and printing templates, including exporting maps into various formats and printing maps utilizing plotters; operating global positioning system (GPS) equipment to locate real world features for addition to the GIS database
  • Coordinates the collection, updating, and maintenance of GIS data and information in assigned area of responsibility; validates accuracy and integrity of information received
  • Responds to requests for information from internal departments, County Staff, external agencies, and/or the general public regarding map and data requests; enters permits into applicable financial tracking software for the sale of maps and data
  • Analyzes and compares geographic information utilizing aerial photographic interpretation and geographic database processing methods
  • Maintains a variety of forms and reports related to GIS requests for service and/or other applicable activities
  • Trains users on the appropriate use and operation of GIS applications; provides end-users with GIS technical support issues
  • Participates in coordinating and facilitating GIS mapping initiatives and data collection solutions
  • Participates in the approval or denial of addresses, subdivision names, and street names as a member of the Development Review Committee
  • Develops basic programming codes, expressions, and routines to simplify tasks within the GIS software framework
  • Performs other duties of a similar nature or level


Training and Experience:
Associate Degree or two-year technical certificate in a related field and one to two year of experience in GIS related work; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above.

Licenses and Certifications:

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, and Other Characteristics (KSAOs):

Knowledge of:

  • GIS principles, practices, and structures
  • database principles
  • customer service principles
  • map scales and projections
  • cartographic design and mapping principles
  • advanced mathematical principles
  • Auto CADD principles
  • drafting technology

Skilled in:

  • providing customer service
  • using a computer and related software applications
  • utilizing GPS equipment
  • utilizing standard office equipment
  • preparing maps
  • maintaining databases
  • performing mathematical calculations
  • communication, interpersonal skills as applied to interaction with coworkers, supervisor, the general public, etc. sufficient to exchange or convey information and to receive work direction.

County-wide Employee Responsibilities:
All Escambia County BCC employees must serve the public and fellow employees with honesty and integrity in full accord with the letter and spirit of Escambia County BCC's Employee Code of Ethics, gift, and conflict of interest policies.

All Escambia County BCC employees must establish and maintain effective working relationships with the general public, co-workers, elected and appointed officials and members of diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, political affiliation, familial status, sexual orientation, pregnancy, or gender identity and expression.

Emergency Management Responsibilities:
Note: During emergency conditions, the incumbent of this position will automatically be considered emergency service workers. This employee is subject to being called to work in the event of a disaster, such as a hurricane, or other emergency situation and are expected to perform emergency service duties, as assigned.

Physical Requirements:
Positions in this class typically require: balancing, stooping, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, fingering, grasping, talking, hearing, seeing and repetitive motions.
Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently, and/or negligible amount of force constantly to move objects. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for Sedentary Work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated for Light Work.
Incumbents may be subjected to extreme temperatures.

Benefits/Compensation Package:
· Medical / Dental / Vision plans
· Prescription coverage
· Employee health clinic
· Employee fitness centers
· Employer-sponsored retirement plan or an investment plan
· Deferred Compensation Plan
· Flexible Spending Account(s)
· Employee Assistance Program
· Annual/Sick Leave or Paid Time Off (PTO)
· Group Life Insurance

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