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GIS Technician

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission

Montgomery County,  Maryland
GIS Technician

Under direct supervision, the Geospatial Analyst will work to assist the Planning and Land Acquisition Sections of the Park Planning and Development Division with the creation of static and dynamic maps to support and manage park assets and amenities department wide. The Geospatial Analyst will also support data collection and mapping work related to the park inventory, leases, agreements, and land records.

Primary Duties to Include

  • Perform regular maintenance and periodic updates of GIS datasets hosted on PGATLAS.
  • Perform updates and maintenance to park geospatial datasets. Datasets includes park locations, trails, athletic fields, playgrounds, and park facilities and community centers.
  • Investigate, research, and respond to discrepancies and inquiries or concerns with park GIS datasets.
  • Perform research on land records to ensure accuracy of the data.
  • Assist with implementing and maintaining parks asset management data
  • Perform spatial analysis tasks to create static and dynamic geospatial products to support department staff with mapping and dataset development needs.
  • Conducts research to located and validate GIS data from sources, such as digitizing maps, land records, survey documents, deeds, aerial imagery, field data collection, CAD data, and GPS coordinates

Additional Duties to Include

  • May conduct site visits to create a photo inventory of park conditions and facilities.
  • Performs updates to the geometry and attributes of GIS datasets
  • Collaborates with external M-NCPPC GIS personnel
  • Support Smart Parks/IOT initiatives and tasks
  • Performs related task as required

Required and Preferred Skills:

  • Experience working in ArcGIS 10.X, AGOL, QGIS, Carto, and PowerBI
  • Experience using SQL to perform spatial queries and analysis
  • Using Python and R to perform data wrangling tasks; to automate geo-processing tasks, and to perform data analysis tasks is a plus
  • Experience working with Microsoft Excel to cleaning, manipulating and organizing data
  • Experience working with and reading civil engineering drawings, surveys, historic documents, and records plats
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent analytical, quantitative, and problem-solving abilities
  • Ability to work independently or with a team

Preferred Qualifications:

Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Geographical Information Systems, Urban Planning or Environmental Science; other degrees are acceptable if they include applied GIS coursework.
This classification is an entry-level GIS position, however previous work experience is preferred; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or a Certificate of General Educational Development (GED).
  • Four (4) years of progressively responsible experience in computer aided design/drafting and GIS mapping work.
  • An equivalent combination of education and experience may be substituted, which together total 4 years.


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