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Sr. GIS Technician

Forsyth County

Winston-Salem,  North Carolina
GIS Technician

Forsyth County's Tax Administration has an opening for a Sr. GIS Technician. The successful candidate will maintain cadastral base map layers in the Tax Assessor GIS, in support of the proper assessment and collection of property taxes. Duties include detailed research and interpretation of documents from various sources in order to accurately determine land parcel characteristics and ownership, integration of changes into the existing GIS base map layers and Assessment system, and providing output of resulting data. GIS edits are performed following standard procedures with high accuracy, minimal errors, and within prescribed time frames. This person will be a lead worker and provide advice and assistance to the GIS Technicians in the performance of their work and task assignments. The chosen applicant will also perform higher level GIS editing, analysis, and support of more critical or complicated data layer maintenance. Special projects will also be completed. This person must be able to provide a significant level of knowledgeable assistance regarding GIS data to office staff, professionals, and the general public, with customer service a high priority.

Distinguishing Features:

A successful candidate should have the following knowledge, skills and abilities:

  • Ability to deal courteously and tactfully with the public.
  • Ability to maintain effective working relationships with other employees.
  • Ability to coordinate, monitor and evaluate the work of others.
  • Ability to follow oral and written instructions and to explain and assist others with those instruction.
  • Ability to compute areas from property descriptions and maps.
  • Ability to interpret deeds and transfer the pertinent data to maps.
  • Working knowledge of geographical areas and subdivisions in the county.
  • Considerable knowledge of terminology, methods and forms used in keeping records of land titles.
  • Considerable knowledge of standard practices, materials and equipment used in computerized land survey drafting and land data base operations.
    Minimum Education and Experience:
    Requires an Associate's degree with courses in math, geography, paralegal, drafting, or related area and four years experience in property mapping using ArcGIS or other comparable GIS software.
  • Prefer successful completion of IAAO Course 101 and 600, supplemented by coursework and seminars regarding the use of products by ESRI or other comparable organizations.
  • A higher education level may be considered as a substitution for all or part of the experience requirement.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists the public or employees in other governmental departments in finding property in tax records and in interpreting tax maps, appraisal cards, and other records.
  • Trains new workers in edit and entry procedures; trains all workers on system updates.
  • Writes production reports on employee's progress.
  • Assigns, prioritizes and monitors work; reviews completed work making sure that all required information is entered and correct.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating and implementing work assignments and/or special projects
  • Assists workers with problems or questions in preparing edit maps or entering data in the computer workstation.
  • Gathers pertinent data and related information to determine a ratio between the actual value of land as reflected by the revenue stamps and the tax value of particular land.
  • Performs neighborhood delineation, changes, maintenance, documentation, and appraisal support; includes creating or deleting identification numbers, modifying and/or calculating base pricing within neighborhoods, identifying split parcels for assignment to appropriate neighborhoods, and regeneration of corrected maps.
  • Processes and/or coordinates all mapping involving annexations, deeds, zoning petitions, road name changes, and microfilming of old map books.
  • Prepares instructional manuals as needed.
  • Prepares comprehensive map sets for the Tax department, other County departments, and special requests from the public.
  • Resolves problems and makes appropriate corrections.
  • Researches problems concerning property titles, acreage, and boundaries.
  • Performs initial project testing to develop procedures and guidelines to be followed by other cartographers.
  • Uses a graphic computer system to perform complex land survey drafting and special projects.
  • Performs complex cartography work within the computer mapping and appraisal sections.
  • Assists in planning, coordinating and implementing work assignments and/or special projects
  • Performs related property tax work as required


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