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Stormwater GIS Technician

City of Charlottesville

Charlottesville,  Virginia
GIS Technician

The Stormwater Technician performs a range of technical tasks related to the development and implementation of the City's Water Resources Protection Program (WRPP) and Stormwater Utility. This position assists with implementation of the City's Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) permit, conducts inspections and other field work related to the City's stormwater management program and stormwater drainage system, and provides technical support in maintaining the City's stormwater Geographic Information System (GIS).

Work is performed under the supervision of the Stormwater Utility Administrator. Primarily and most frequently the work done here is performed independently, with diverse functional areas and more specialization and ability to train others.

Essential Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Collects, compiles, and analyzes data related to the MS4 permit;
  • Prepares written material, charts, graphs, and graphics related to the MS4 permit;
  • Conducts field work and inspections of stormwater drainage outfalls, illicit discharges, and stormwater management facilities related to MS4 permit requirements;
  • Conducts inspections of municipal facilities for compliance with MS4 permit requirements;
  • Assists in inspections of stormwater drainage systems;
  • Conducts construction and post construction inspections of stormwater drainage rehabilitation, stormwater retrofit, and other capitol stormwater construction projects;
  • Researches records of plats and property descriptions related to stormwater drainage easements;
  • Updates the stormwater GIS database upon completion of stormwater construction projects, field mapping, and inspections;
  • Completes field mapping of stormwater drainage infrastructure using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology;
  • Assists in tasks required to implement the WRPP and Stormwater Utility;
  • Performs related tasks as required.

Education, Experience and Skills:

Minimum Qualifications:
- High school diploma or GED required.
- At least one year of experience, OR an equivalent combination of education and experience, in environmental permitting, stormwater drainage and stormwater management facility construction, and/or in GIS and GPS is required. (If no work experience, two years of education may be substituted for one year of experience.)

Special Requirement:
- Possession of a valid appropriate driver's license issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Preferred Qualifications:
- Technical training in computer science with a specialization in GIS provided through a college or trade school preferred.

- Working knowledge in some or all of the following areas: Federal, state, and municipal stormwater regulations; Data management skills; Technical writing skills; Ability to communicate ideas effectively, both orally and in writing; Stormwater drainage construction methods, materials, and specifications; Conventional and innovative stormwater management principles, practices, and techniques; General knowledge of construction principles, practices, and techniques; GIS principles, practices, and techniques; GPS field mapping principles, practices, and techniques.

Physical Conditions & Work Contacts:
Work is primarily performed in a standard work environment. Exposure to conditions typical of active construction sites on an intermittent basis. The job may risk exposure to inclement weather, wet or humid conditions, uneven terrain, noise, fumes, dusts and pollen, animals/wildlife, and traffic.

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