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GIS Technician

South Dakota State University

Brookings,  South Dakota
GIS Technician

The South Dakota State University (SDSU) Planning Department is currently recruiting for a GIS Technician with an emphasis on utility records, locates, and basic understanding of GIS mapping. Preferred experience includes applying GIS and database technology to produce in-depth analysis, advanced mapping, and graphic representation of metadata. This position offers an opportunity to learn and grow as an entry-level position into the GIS career path. Job Responsibilities:  The GIS Technician is responsible for coordinating utility locates, permitting for installations of underground utilities, permitting for excavation activities, and coordinating with maintenance staff to capture, document, and graphically represent campus utilities. The GIS Technician may also be required to manage small utility projects. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities: Knowledge of:  

    • AutoCAD Civil 3D, ArcGIS, and asset management software
    • Mapping and cartographic principles 
    • Database design and applications (Access applications and familiarity with SQL databases)
    • Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook)


 Skill & Ability to: 

  • Gather, compile and present information in a cartographic and tabular format
  • Develop and implement GIS projects
  • Perform GIS analysis
  • Comply with safety requirements of the position and actively promote safe work practices
  • Communicate effectively with coworkers, management, and university administration
  • Demonstrate strong interpersonal skills

Required License:  Valid driver’s license.  

Comments:  Experience writing macros, design and manage databases, construct queries to support central programming, access information, and produce analytical mapping graphics a plus. Position is classified as Building Engineer Assistant. South Dakota State University is a tobacco free environment. It is the policy of the university to maintain a drug-free environment and to thereby establish, promote, and maintain a safe and healthy working and learning environment for employees and students. This position is subject to the university’s Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy 4:14. Employment is contingent upon a successful background check. 

Benefits:  South Dakota State University offers an excellent comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, and vision coverage for the employee, spouse, and dependents; life insurance; long-term disability insurance; paid holidays; educational assistance; retirement plans; and a generous vacation accrual and sick day allowance. 

Department Description and Cultural Expectations The SDSU Planning Department guides the physical development of the campus by planning maintenance, infrastructure, and capital improvement projects. The primary goal of the planning department is to ensure a safe, functional, and aesthetically pleasing campus that serves the strategic goals of the university.

South Dakota State University is the state’s largest, most comprehensive university with more than 200 academic programs, an enrollment of approximately 12,000 students, and over $60 million annual research expenditures.

South Dakota State University offers a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation and the world. Its employees embrace the university’s core values of being people-centered, expanding knowledge through creativity, embracing organizational and personal integrity, commitment to diversity of thought, and excellence through continuous improvement. As the state’s 1862 Morrill Act land-grant institution, the work of the university is carried out on its main resident campus in Brookings, at sites in Sioux Falls, Pierre, Rapid City, Aberdeen and through Extension offices and Agricultural Experiment Station research sites across South Dakota. SDSU was recognized as one of 54 institutions in the United States as an Innovation and Economic Prosperity University by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities in 2014. The university’s total research expenditures are greater than $60 million. SDSU is the state’s first High Research Activity institution as classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Jackrabbits Athletics competes as a NCAA Division I member, with membership in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, the Summit League and the Big XII for wrestling.

  Brookings is home to approximately 24,000 residents and is located 60 miles north of Sioux Falls and 200 miles west of Minneapolis. rates Brookings as an ideal community for families, students, young professionals and retirees. It considers Brookings among the safest and most vibrant cities in South Dakota. The Brookings Public School District educates approximately 3,300 K-12 students and ranks among the state’s highest academic achieving school districts. The district includes three elementary schools, an intermediate school for fourth and fifth grade, one middle school and a high school. The city also boasts an abundance of attractions and activities, including the Children’s Museum of South Dakota, Dakota Nature Park, South Dakota Art Museum, McCrory Gardens, South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum, Outdoor Adventure Center and the Brookings Summer Arts Festival.

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