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GIS Technician

City of Winter Haven

Winter Haven,  Florida
GIS Technician

Performs technical computer operations work involving the Geographic Information System (GIS); provides client services, special maps, and computer-automated mapping data structure, compilation, and retrieval assistance to City departments and residents.

Produces cartographic products, in digital or paper format as directed; meets with users to define data needs, project requirements, required outputs, or to develop applications; determines and executes the appropriate sequence of data processing tasks; uses established GIS software programs, commands, and compilation methods to generate and utilize spatial overlays and models. Creates frequently used maps such as, utility systems maps, and other maps; develops maps in accordance with technical guidelines and client needs, analyzing circumstances to select the appropriate procedure; develops routine to moderately complex command sets (scripts) using computer programming, GIS software, and hardware to produce needed digital and analog maps. Interprets aerial photography, subdivision plots, land records, and engineering drawings; analyzes survey data, source maps, and other records; develops analyses and presentation of data, applying knowledge of GIS and map projections; determines effective presentation of information and selects cartographic elements needed; displays results of analyses using maps, graphs, and tabular data.

Reviews existing and incoming data for quality and documentation; performs quality control checks to assure integrity of GIS data and application; monitors projects and requests, and maintains the project log to assure completion of projects on schedule. Compiles geographic data from a variety of sources including censuses, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps; scans, rectifies, and digitizes data; determines methods to analyze spatial relationships, including adjacency, containment, and proximity; builds topology, enters data attributes, checks for errors, and verifies accuracy; makes required corrections and edits/refines GIS data as necessary. Updates and builds system data; catalogs and maintains data entry and map update procedures; enters data into database using application of coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning, and conversion of digital data sources. Provides technical assistance and guidance on the operation and maintenance of the GIS and related systems; coordinates geometric and relational databases and spreadsheet programs. Prepares and maintains records, reports, and project files pertinent to work performed. Operates a City vehicle; travels to various locations throughout the City to perform work. This is not intended to be an all-inclusive listing of essential job functions. Other essential functions may be required.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals; write routine reports and correspondence; speak effectively before groups of customers and/or employees. Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, logarithms, and geometry; ability to calculate figures such as proportions, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply common sense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form; deal with problems involving
several concrete variables in standardized situations.

Knowledge of principles of surveying, mapping, global positioning systems and usage of aerial photography and satellite imaging; principles of cartographic technology and GIS application software; theory, principles and practices of geographic information systems, including computerized data compilation and conversion techniques, database management systems, graphics applications and overlays, and spatial models for computer analysis; principles and capabilities of computer systems, including networked environments and peripheral devices; GIS application software, structured query language, spatial and tabular databases, and file structures and commands; business and personal computers, and specialized software applications.

Ability to read, understand, develop, manipulate, and analyze geographic information in a variety of data formats and projections, including raster and vector data; perform accurate data entry and mathematical calculations. Skills in computer cartographic design, layout, and production for a variety of different subject matter; understanding and working with data from multiple public and private sources; maintaining accurate and interrelated database records, and identifying and reconciling errors; working within deadlines to complete projects and assignments; assessing, analyzing, identifying and recommending solutions to problems; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers.

Bachelor's Degree in Geography, GIS, Computer Science, Business Intelligence or other closely related field and two {2) years’ experience in GIS, preferably within a government organization; or an equivalent combination of education and experience that is determined to be directly related to the foregoing specific requirements may be substituted.

Special Requirements:
Must have a valid Florida driver's license and a good driving record as determined by the City of Winter Haven. Must have an absence of non-prescribed controlled substances in the applicant's system as verified by a laboratory approved by the City of Winter Haven.

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