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Geographic Information System Analyst

Placer County

Auburn,  California
GIS Analyst

Placer County is comprised of over 1,400 square miles of beautiful and diverse geography, ranging from the residential and commercial areas of South Placer, through the historic foothill areas of Auburn, Foresthill, and Colfax, and to the County's jewel of the North Lake Tahoe basin. Placer is a great place to live, work, play and learn. For more information about Placer County, please visit

The Department of Public Works is seeking an experienced GIS Analyst to join the Environmental Utilities team which includes a multi-disciplinary group of engineers, environmental professionals, and operations staff.

Environmental Utilities is primarily responsible for wastewater and solid waste services in the unincorporated areas of Placer County. Other mission areas include groundwater sustainability planning, recycled water integrated use, and watershed forest management.

The successful candidate will be responsible for developing and implementing a wide array of desktop and mobile GIS applications to support these endeavors with an emphasis on asset and fieldwork management. This is a unique opportunity for a candidate that is interested in being on the ground floor as the County transitions to a single enterprise GIS environment centered on ESRI software. Keys to success will include the ability to collaborate with a broad group of stakeholders, manage multiple projects, and be innovative when faced with challenges. Experience with underground utility construction and field data collection applications is preferred. Successful candidates may also be called upon to support the County’s Emergency Operations Center during activations.

Placer County offers a comprehensive benefits package to employees. The following information represents benefits currently available to permanent Placer County employees and may be subject to change. Applicants should inquire as to the most current benefit package during hiring interviews or by contacting the Human Resources Department.

Performs professional duties related to planning, customizing, organizing and maintaining the geographic information system (databases and associated hardware and software); generates and analyzes spatial data and provides input/recommendations in order to support a variety of County projects; produces a wide variety of reports and maps, prepares data, analysis, maps, and mapping applications for various County departments and the general public; and performs a variety of technical tasks relative to assigned area of responsibility.


This is the journey-level class in the Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst series.

Positions in this class are distinguished from Geographic Information System (GIS) Analyst I by independently working on larger, more complex assignments and performing the full range of duties. Positions in this class are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from the entry level.

Geographic Information System Analyst series describes positions with professional/analytical responsibilities where the primary duties include the analysis of spatial data and the planning, design, and/or organization of GIS databases, software, and hardware. This class series is distinguished from the Information Technology Analyst class series in that incumbents in the Information Technology Analyst class series perform a variety of professional, technical and analytical duties in the operation of enterprise, client/server and desktop computer systems and networks. The duties include work in the areas of user and systems requirements and analysis, applications development and maintenance, computer systems support, network design and maintenance, and data/database analysis/administration, while incumbents in this series perform specific, analytical GIS functions more than 50% of the time.

Incumbents at this level work under direction from an assigned supervisor, receiving occasional supervision while working toward a definite objective that requires use of a wide range of procedures and involves planning and/or determining specific procedures or equipment required in order to meet assigned objectives and solve non-routine problems. Only unusual matters are referred to a supervisor. Incumbents may exercise functional or direct supervision over technical and/or para-professional staff. Incumbents may exercise functional supervision over other professional staff on a project basis.

Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following.

  • Conducts complex spatial/surface analysis using a variety of GIS software tools; utilizes multiple databases and GIS software to perform spatial analysis for special projects working with a team of users, from the County and other organizations, involving a major policy area or concern.
  • Analyzes GIS needs of assigned department and implements GIS projects and applications, databases, and related products for County departments and outside agencies; prepares and coordinates project scopes, procedure flow-charts, and schedules with customers and programmers.
  • Performs GIS database management and administration tasks; troubleshoots and resolves database problems; monitors and tunes database applications; verifies the integrity of data within the database.
  • Designs and modifies database structures, tables, and files.
  • Builds and maintains web-based applications for the County internal and external websites.
  • Interacts with clients to determine their business requirements and writes computer programs and/or scripting in order to automate GIS processes.
  • Troubleshoots hardware and software problems; provides or recommends appropriate solutions and keeps current on the latest computer hardware and software available.
  • Evaluates operations and makes strategic recommendations about the GIS program direction and GIS project priorities. Develops operating standards and procedures.
  • Creates and edits geospatial data, using GPS and digitizing techniques; creates and edits maps, integrating a range of data formats, and using state-of-the-art technology.
  • Attends training meetings to enhance knowledge of GIS system use; applies and documents new techniques as they are implemented.
  • Provides after hours technology support as assigned.
  • Provides technical and functional supervision of contractors/vendors.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.

Work is typically performed in an indoor office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and not direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Work environments may occasionally involve working around machinery with moving parts or stationery equipment.

It is the responsibility of applicants to identify in their application materials how they meet the minimum qualifications listed below.

Experience and Training

  • Any combination of experience and training that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Experience: Two years of professional level experience comparable to Geographic Information System Analyst I with Placer County.
  • Training: Equivalent to completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in geographic information systems, planning, cartography, geography, civil engineering or a closely related field.
  • Additional relevant technical experience that demonstrates the ability to perform analytical duties may substitute for the required education on a year for year basis.
  • Possession of one or more approved geographic information system or other relevant certificates and/or completion of other approved technology-related training may substitute for some or all of the required education.

License or Certificate: May need to possess a valid driver’s license as required by the position. Proof of adequate vehicle insurance and medical clearance may also be required.

Knowledge of:

  • Automated drafting and mapping tools and programs including ESRI-based GIS software,
  • AutoCAD software and their applications, and related programming languages.
  • Principles and practices of geographic information systems, cartography and engineering drafting including map projections and scales.
  • Principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry related to the computation of distances, angles, and areas.
  • Relational database management systems and principles.
  • Data maintenance and conversion techniques.
  • Basic GIS analysis techniques.
  • A variety of information technology issues.
  • Principles and techniques of software and systems quality assurance and control.
  • Principles and practices of technical problem solving.
  • Structured analysis and database concepts.
  • Principles and practices of effective customer service.
  • Principles and practices of record keeping.
  • Modern office procedures, methods and equipment.
  • Complex relational database management systems and principles.
  • GIS analysis techniques.

Ability to:

  • Perform complex analytical tabular, spatial queries and analysis.
  • Integrate complex disparate spatial and tabular databases.
  • Identify and interpret technical and numerical information.
  • Gather and evaluate information in order to reason logically, draw valid conclusions, identify solutions to problems, take appropriate actions and/or make appropriate recommendations.
  • Effectively manage multiple projects and priorities.
  • Research, design, implement and maintain GIS databases and related hardware and software technology solutions, including new technology, in order to improve County processes or services.
  • Generate and analyze complex spatial data and provide input/recommendations in order to support a variety of County projects.
  • Communicate technical information to a wide variety of users.
  • Interpret and explain pertinent County and Department policies and procedures.
  • Recognize that changes made on a local level can affect services and equipment at the system wide level and take appropriate precautions.
  • Plan, organize, prioritize and coordinate work for self and others to ensure that deadlines are met.
  • Work independently and as a cooperative, contributing member of a team.
  • Learn to generate and analyze spatial data and provide input/recommendations in order to support a variety of County projects.
  • Interpret and apply technical information pertaining to computer and network systems.
  • Adapt quickly to changes in policies, procedures, assignments and work locations.
  • Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered during the course of the work.
  • Prepare and maintain documentation for procedures, processes, and tables related to area of assignment.
  • Mobility – frequent standing or sitting for extended periods; frequent walking; frequent to occasional twisting; occasional pushing/pulling, bending, kneeling, squatting, climbing and crawling.
  • Lifting – frequent lifting up to 20 pounds, occasional lifting up to 80 pounds.
  • Vision – constant use of good overall vision for reading/close up work; frequent use of color perception and eye/hand coordination; occasional use of depth perception and peripheral vision.
  • Dexterity – frequent repetitive motion from writing and using a computer keyboard; frequent grasping, holding and reaching.
  • Hearing/Talking - frequent hearing/talking to others on the telephone and in person.

Training & Experience Rating (100%)

Based upon responses to the supplemental questionnaire, the applicant’s education, training, and experience will be evaluated using a pre-determined formula. Scores from this evaluation will determine applicant ranking and placement on the eligible list.

Prior to the date of hire, applicants must undergo a fingerprint test by the Department of Justice, pass a medical examination (which may include a drug screening and possibly a psychological evaluation), sign a constitutional oath, and submit proof of U.S. citizenship or legal right to remain and work in the U.S. For some positions, applicants may also be required to submit proof of age, undergo a background investigation (which may include a voice stress analysis and/or a polygraph), and/or be bonded. Additionally, positions in law enforcement classifications and those supporting law enforcement functions will be required to complete a conviction history questionnaire prior to or during the interview process. Applicants for positions with access to Medi-Cal billing software or who are licensed providers must clear the Federal Exclusion List, credentialing, and social security verification. Failure to clear these requirements may result in an employment offer being withdrawn.

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