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GIS Technician

Bullhead City

Bullhead City,  Arizona
GIS Technician

Performs intermediate level technical work performing basic spatial and attribute data development, map production, and other tasks in support of the City Geographical Information System (GIS); some Global Positioning System (GPS) field data collection may also be performed.

EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE: High School Diploma or GED. College coursework in geography, GIS, Computer Science, planning, engineering, cadastral mapping or related field. One (1) year of technical experience involving geographical information system (GIS) operations, computerized mapping, field data collection, surveying, public interaction and personal computer operations.Or any equivalent combination of experience, education and training that provides the knowledge, skills and abilities to perform this work may be considered.

LICENSING & TRAINING: Valid Driver's License prior to Employment. Once hired, will need to complete the National Incident Managements System (NIMS) training through FEMA, based on assignment.

*Continued employment is contingent upon all required licenses and certificates being maintained in active status without suspension or revocation.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: (Essential functions, as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the following tasks, knowledge, skills, and other characteristics. This list of tasks is ILLUSTRATIVE ONLY, and not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class.)

  • Updates and maintains GIS databases and produces cartographic products; collects and maintains source data.
  • Edits graphic and attribute components of geographic databases; edits tabular data using relational database tools.
  • Performs automation of graphic data using digitizing or coordinate geometry techniques.
  • Creates plot command files and uses existing plotting macros to produce cartographic products; produces edit plots for quality review of data.
  • Writes basic documentation, recording procedures used in automating and editing data; records relevant notes pertaining to assignments.
  • Responds to demographic information requests; researches, compiles, and performs calculations to produce data, reports or maps on a variety of historical and projected demographic information.
  • Produces charts, graphics and spreadsheets displaying demographic and census data; assists with analysis and interpretation.
  • Assists with updating land use studies using development data and photo interpretation techniques.
  • Provides excellent customer service to both internal and external customers.
  • Performs research of county records for pertinent data that needs to be entered in the City’s GIS.
  • Participates in quality control checks of the database to determine data accuracy levels.
  • Participates in filling map and digital data requests from the public and other departments.
  • Assists in routine maintenance of GIS hardware and peripheral equipment.
  • Attends seminars and educational opportunities to keep updated on modern procedures and equipment, including both hardware and software.
  • Coordinates the compilation and updating of the GIS with other City departments, as it relates to address ranges, Basic Geographic Units (Grids), Response Information for computer aided dispatching and the Emergency Operation Center, and other graphical or database needs.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.
  • Represents the City with respect, confidence and trust that our colleagues and community place in us. Responsible for conducting ourselves with, and using our value statement of
  • PRIDE: Being Professional, Responsible, being and employee of Integrity, being Dedicated and striving for Excellence.


  • Principles, practices and methods of Geographical Information System (GIS).
  • ESRI family of products including ArcGIS desktop software (ArcView, ArcEditor and/or ArcInfo) 8.x or above.
  • GIS database design, concepts, conventions and management used within a comprehensive GIS environment.
  • GIS data conversion and maintenance.
  • Principles, practices, and techniques of mapping and computer-aided design/drafting.
    Cartographic principles.
  • Standard drafting tools, surveying equipment including level, theodolite and electronic distance measuring devices.


  • Effectively reading and interpreting graphs, charts, diagrams, air photos and maps.
  • Effectively utilizing digitizing, plotting and drafting techniques and procedures.
  • Communicating and maintaining professionalism with the public, co-workers, and work contacts.
  • Personal Computer, including word processing, spreadsheet, and database and computer-aided-design software and office equipment including but not limited to telephones, mobile radio, copier, fax machine etc.


  • Read and interpret survey notes, plan diagrams, specifications, legal descriptions, maps and other legal documents.
  • Ability to apply fundamental mathematical knowledge to analyze methods and procedures accurately and logically.
  • Identify, analyze and resolve problems applicable to GIS hardware and software.
  • To research county records pertinent to a GIS database.
    Understand, interpret and apply pertinent federal, state, county, city, and departmental laws, rules, regulations, codes, standards, policies, procedures and directives encountered in the performance of assignments.
  • Communicate ideas clearly, concisely and effectively, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with GIS committee members, GIS users, other county departments and their employees, other agencies, and the general public.
  • Work independently in completing assigned tasks and in maintaining records and other documentation accurately and legibly.
  • Perform the essential functions of the job specifications with or without a reasonable accommodation.
  • Comply with City of Bullhead City Personnel Policies and Procedures, and Department Regulation.
  • Properly drive a motor vehicle.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essentials functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. Specific vision abilities required abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, ability to read printed materials and computer screens, and the ability to adjust focus. Ability to hear and use professional speech to communicate in person or over the telephone. Work is performed mostly in office settings. Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate drafting instruments, computers and various pieces of office equipment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions which could be extreme heat or cold. The employee occasionally works near moving mechanical parts, precarious places and is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, fumes or airborne particles, toxic or caustic chemicals, risk of electrical shock, and vibration. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

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