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Geographic Information System Programmer Analyst 1

State of West Virginia

Various Locations,  West Virginia
GIS AnalystGIS Developer

Continuous Recruitment, Statewide: The DOP anticipates several vacancies in the near future for this classification. This recruitment is not for a specific vacancy but to generate a pool of interested applicants. Expected vacancies are with the Division of Highways (DOH) but applicants for this posting will be available to any agency that develops a vacancy. Vacancies may be in any geographic area within West Virginia. Make sure you mark in your county selection any county you would be willing to work in or commute to so you can be placed on the proper register.
Note: If you have previously applied for a GIS Programmer Analyst 1 position please REAPPLY to this posting to be considered for future vacancies. Thank you.

Nature of Work:
Under general supervision, at the entry level, performs technical work in geographic information systems (GIS) and will follow one of two career paths: 1) GIS analysis; 2) application design and programming. One of the above mentioned career paths or tracts will be emphasized. Work will involve design and maintenance of data resources and operation of GIS software within the context of programs and policy directives. Work will also include GIS analysis, application development, user support, and other GIS related activities. Performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Characteristics:
This is entry level work where the incumbent is given less complex assignments and the work is reviewed regularly. However, as skills are demonstrated, the incumbent advances to less routine assignments and performing independently.

IMPORTANT: Your eligible score will be based on information provided in your application; therefore, make sure your application is detailed and complete. You may attach a resume and other documents; however, you should NEVER enter "See Resume" on the application. You MUST complete ALL parts of the application, including the Work Experience section. NOTE: Jobs on your application that do not have a salary amount will be considered volunteer and will NOT be counted as qualifying. Estimate salary if necessary.

Eligibility Length: This posting is for a Continuous recruitment because of an expected need for applicants. Applicants will be placed on a database of eligible applicants for 1 year. You will only be eligible for vacancies in counties you select. After 1 year applicants who remain interested in this job title MUST re-apply to be considered. The Division of Personnel cannot say with any certainty the location or number of future vacancies, only that the agency has expressed an anticipated hiring need. If an applicant wishes more specific information about future hiring plans please contact the hiring agency directly.

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As a condition of employment, an inquiry into job-related information will be completed which may include, but not limited to, criminal records, abuse registry records, driving records, employment history, and education and training. Failing to cooperate with this process, providing false and incomplete information, or discovery of disqualifying information will result in denial of or dismissal from employment or denial of transfer irrespective of when discovered.


Training: Bachelor's degree, including six semester hours in computer science or GIS from a regionally accredited college or university.

Note: Preference may be given to those with degrees in geography, cartography, geology, forestry, natural or earth sciences, environmental sciences, engineering, engineering technology, mathematics, computer science, planning or a related field.

Substitution: A professional diploma from National Geospatial-Intelligence College of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency may substitute for the training.

NOTICE: If you are claiming college or other post-high school education or license, you MUST attach or provide by mail a legible copy of your OFFICIAL education transcript, license or training record. YOU WILL NOT BE CONSIDERED FOR EMPLOYMENT UNTIL THIS VERIFICATION HAS BEEN RECEIVED. To avoid missing a job opportunity, it is important that you provide this verification as soon as possible. You only have to provide this verification one time. It is not required with every application. Attach documents to the online application, or mail to: Division of Personnel, 1900 Kanawha Blvd. E., Charleston, WV 25305.

Examples of Work:

  • Performs GIS analysis.
  • Analyzes user organization functional requirements and develop GIS application designs.
  • Writes and tests GIS application programs; prepares documentation of GIS application programs.
  • Prepares GIS application user manuals; trains user staff in the operation of GIS applications.
  • Provides user support for GIS application programs.
  • Performs GIS hardware and software operations; performs activities associated with implementation, operation, and enhancement of the GIS software.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of GIS software used by employing agency.
  • Knowledge of automated mapping and spatial information processing methods and techniques.
  • Knowledge of the capabilities of automated mapping and geographic information processing systems.
  • Knowledge of cartographic design and drafting principles and automated mapping.
  • Knowledge of GIS hardware and software components, data communication, and network methods and techniques.
  • Ability to support GIS application programs.
  • Ability to reason logically and to communicate effectively with system users to translate application concepts into system applications.
  • Ability to translate technical concepts and terminology in terms understandable to system users.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with user departments, administrative officials, and employees.

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