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GIS Technician

Magic Valley Electric Cooperative

Mercedes,  Texas
GIS Technician

Position Summary

The position is responsible for the performance of various technical work in the development and support of a variety of land use databases. This position performs data conversion, and integration of external data sources, particularly GPS and Microstation format into ARC/INFO based GIS databases.

Working Conditions

General office and sedentary. Use of personal computing equipment, telephone, multi-functioning printer, photocopier, file cabinet, and calculator. Manual dexterity, repetitive motions, ability to lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally up to 20 pounds, ability to reach and bend, ability to analyze data and reason to interpret policies and employment laws. Ability to travel to and from meetings, training sessions or other business-related events. May be required to work after hours to include weekends and holidays.


  • Validates and loads data to maintain accuracy on the GIS databases.
  • Writes programs to help automate data collection and processing procedures to facilitate spatial analysis of existing data sets.
  • Performs system operator duties to guarantee reliable data backups on the operating system as well as the GIS databases.
  • Utilizes SQL commands to extract information needed by end-users or other software applications.
  • Maintains GIS hardware and software. Performs software upgrades.
  • Provides technical support to computer draftsmen and system analysts.
  • Coordinates with supervisor to plan, design and resolve issues of data exchange and integration with other systems.
  • May train workers to properly use GIS applications.
  • Performs data conversion from different external sources to populate and maintain GIS databases.
  • Monitors and corrects accuracy and reliability of GIS databases.
  • Observe all safety rules.
  • Performs other duties, tasks and special projects as assigned

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this classification. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities of personnel so classified.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician shall be required to perform any other duties assigned in order to fulfill the objectives of the Cooperative.


  • Member-Consumers: Responds to inquiries, provides advice and assistance, and promotes cooperative programs, plans, and services.
  • Hardware Support Technicians: Reports hardware problems to on-contract maintenance personnel.
  • General Public: Maintains relationships in all contacts with the general public.

License & Certification



- Associates degree in related field
- 3 years’ experience in related field
- Valid Texas Driver License
- Criminal background check
- Non-DOT drug test
- MS Office programs
- Knowledge on GIS system

Special Notes

Position requires high knowledge of computer software and hardware. This position is responsible for the operation of the Geographical Information System (GIS). A high level of abstract thinking is required to implement resolutions to complex problems related to spatial analysis and database relationship. In addition, this position will deliver information through means of Structured Query Language (SQL) commands. Knowledge of any CAD package is required to carry out conversions into GIS databases. Also, some programming experience with script languages is required to automate repetitive tasks at the operating system level (backups, import/export data, validation, etc). Fair understanding of Relational Database Managers (RDBMS) and table normalization is required as well.

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