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Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst I

County of Nevada

Nevada City,  California
GIS Analyst

Under general supervision, performs a variety of technical and general assignments, which include, but are not limited to, developing and maintaining various GIS mapping layers; maintaining a versioned, replicated Enterprise GIS system; publishing map services and configuring a web application builder to consume services; performing spatial analysis and map production; managing, designing, and executing data integration or creating workflow specifications and systems in support of other county departments; conducting feasibility studies and integrating commercial software; installing, diagnosing, programing and developing custom applications for County GIS users; and performing related work as required.

The GIS Analyst class series is responsible for the design, development and implementation of computerized geographic applications for use by public and private organizations. The incumbent is expected to perform the intermediate to advanced range of analytical and programming duties with a minimum amount of supervision and direction. This position is distinguished from the IS Manager in that the incumbent does not have management responsibilities for the GIS staff, but will be required to provide guidance, training and lead direction to lower level staff.

This is the first working level in the GIS Analyst series. Incumbents initially work under closer supervision on assignments of narrower scope and limited complexity. As experience and proficiency are gained, there is greater independence of action and increased scope and complexity of assignments. GIS Analyst I is flexibly staffed with GIS Analyst II, and incumbents normally advance to the higher level based on departmental needs and upon demonstration of the required proficiency and skills, and satisfying the experience requirements.

Examples of Duties


  • Assists in developing requirements, design and maintenance of GIS mapping layers
  • Analyzes and produces maps for public, private and county departments
  • Assists with system administration duties such as system backup, file maintenance, and user accounts
  • Uses programming language such as python, Javascriptand SQL.
  • Programs new applications for use by in-house County staff as well as internet applications for County and public GIS users
  • Performs advanced geo-processing tasks
  • Supervises and assists with the preparation and maintenance of accurate records; creates correspondence, technical and/or narrative reports
  • Maintains databases, builds data files, coordinates and implements database integration with other departments
  • Performs GIS versioned editing and quality control checking
  • Knowledge and Skills Required

Knowledge of:

  • Principles and concepts of geography, cartography and computer mapping
  • Functions and applications of geographic information systems
  • Data base design principles and data base management software
  • Principles of a distributed computer environment
  • Standard office practices and procedures
  • Programming and scripting languages such as python, Javascript and SQL
  • GPS (Global Positioning Satellite) principles and equipment operation

Skill in:

  • Assisting in defining and managing pilot and long term projects and design applications
  • Researching sources of geographic data and collecting, interpreting and integrating cartographic data from a variety of sources to prepare maps
  • Coding and testing programs, including data input and output specifications
  • Analyzing user functions to develop information applications
  • Entering data into databases through application of coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning and automatic conversion to vectors, and conversion of other sources of digital data
  • Developing and producing reports using utility programs
  • Making revisions to existing programs and documentation to provide for systems modifications and conversions
  • Installing and integrating new software packages into existing programming systems, making modifications to correct errors and create documentation and user manuals
  • Training and assisting users with the understanding of system displays and reports and the capabilities of GIS processing applications
  • Installing, diagnosing, programming, and operating personal computers, servers and related peripheral hardware
  • Assisting in developing cartographic standards for symbology, projection, scale, and other mapping display features
  • Communicating effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work

Education and Experience Required
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in geographic information systems, planning, geography, physical science, forestry, information systems, computer science, cartography, or a closely related field, plus two years of experience participating in automated mapping and analysis. GIS, ArcGIS Desktop, and relational database experience is preferred.

Licenses and Certificates:
Possession of a valid California driver's license within 30 days of hire.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions:
Mobility to work in a standard office environment. Physical ability to sit or otherwise remain stationary for extended periods of time; standing, walking, crouching, stooping, squatting, bending and twisting may also be required during the course of work as well as lifting, pulling and/or pushing equipment and supplies. Sufficient manual dexterity and eye-hand coordination for use of office equipment including calculators, computers, and other related peripheral equipment such as digitizers, plotters, printers, telephones, copiers and fax machine.

Incumbent may occasionally drive to external locations for data collection and be subjected to hot or cold temperatures, inclement weather and driving hazards.

Some accommodations may be made for some physical demands for otherwise qualified individuals who require and request such accommodations.

Other Requirements:
This class description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Not all duties are necessarily performed by each incumbent. Incumbents may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related knowledge and skills.

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