GIS Analyst 2

Marion County

Salem, Oregon

Responsible for creating and maintaining geographic information system (GIS) databases, translating geographic and demographic data, programming, testing, configuring, updating, documenting, monitoring, evaluating, and/or supporting GIS systems software. Works under general / limited supervision on basic and more complicated routine GIS analytical/programming/systems projects with project deadlines. Serves as technical consultant to computing professionals, users and departmental management.

Works under the general supervision of a higher-level professional employee who assigns work, establishes goals, and reviews work for conformance to technical standards and compliance with department goals and is considered the journey level in this series.

Supervision of other employees is not a responsibility of positions in this classification, although employees in this class may serve in a project lead capacity.

Typical Duties - Duties include, but are not limited to the following

GIS Development 

  • Analyzes spatial data and business processes and applies spatial analysis methods and cartographic design techniques to produce maps, reports, and other graphic representations. 
  • Coordinates and works with other GIS Analysts, programmers, and information system administrators in the development of GIS applications.  
  • Develops business solutions using configurable web and mobile GIS applications.
  • Develops applications to automate standard geo-processes, spatial analysis, and map products. 
  • Performs GIS application design, including data analysis, data modeling, and programming. 
  • Utilizes the county’s standard documentation and version control systems. 

GIS User Support

  • Provides customer service and support for GIS end-users to ensure effective and accurate operation of the system and derive its full benefits. 
  • Provide primary or secondary support via phone, electronic means, and in-person in a knowledgeable and positive manner. 
  • Provides assistance and trains end-users in system operations. 
  • Troubleshoot any aspect of the system including installation, network, and GIS servers. 
  • Analyze and fulfill requests for spatial data, maps, reports, and queries from the GIS system. 
  • Provides on-call GIS support for disaster response and emergency operations.

GIS Administration

  • Designs, creates, and maintains spatial datasets and geodatabases, and associated metadata.  
  • Maintains enterprise GIS datasets utilizing advanced editing tools to maintain spatial data integrity and complex relationships. 
  • Coordinates with other GIS Analysts to design and implement spatial data conversion projects.  
  • Develops and maintains data processing scripts and applications to import, transform, and export data stored in a variety of spatial formats.  
  • Maintains and administers applications and systems that comprise the county GIS.
  • Administers internal and online GIS servers, manages the content management system, including users, groups, and content.

Consulting & Training

  • Provide technical consultation on GIS technologies, including system design, application development and integration, GIS data development, and geodatabase design and implementation. 
  • Test new and updated GIS tools and technologies for their application to the county's business needs.   
  • Evaluate GIS project requests and works with staff to define scope and meet customer needs. 
  • Design and perform GIS training classes and field exercises for county personnel.
  • Assist other GIS team members or system owners to ensure industry best practices are applied, and to avoid reinventing methods as well as to continually build their ability to analyze and improve business processes.
  • Other duties as assigned. 

Bachelor's degree in geography, planning, computer science, landscape architecture, or related field; AND
Three years of experience in the application of Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI) software; OR
Any satisfactory combination of work, education, training, or experience relevant to the position, as determined by Marion County.
The finalist for this position will be required to pass a criminal history background check, including finger printing; however, conviction of a crime may not necessarily disqualify an individual for this position.
This assignment is represented by a union.
This is a full-time position, which is eligible for overtime.
Typical Work Schedule: Monday through Friday, days, with flexibility depending upon the needs of the department and program.

Considerable knowledge of applications programming techniques, systems maintenance and security; application development tools; principles and practices of data communication; computer hardware and systems software in supporting application systems; database management systems, principles and techniques; applicable computer programming languages. ESRI software and computer mapping techniques; data integrity control; legal descriptions pertaining to land ownership; cadastral principles; research methods to determine right of way and ownership history; principles of geographic mapping and cartography, mathematics, statistics and spatial data analysis.

Skill and abilities to establish controls and security measures; code, test and document applications; plan and coordinate program efforts to achieve data processing requirements and objectives; develop and implement data processing projects. Provide technical assistance or train others in the use of computer hardware and software; resolve user problems; communicate effectively with user divisions and technical staff; create and maintain databases; write computer programs for the creation of mapping products; digitize cartographic data. Operate and use personal computers and various other computer aided devices such as  digitizers, scanners and plotters; define programming sequencing necessary to produce maps; interpret legal documents and translate legal descriptions into the database; distinguish gradations of color; understand and respond to mapping requests from the public; read, understand and work with a variety of mapping data; organize and write worksite instructions and procedures; code, test, debug, maintain and install computer applications and modify applications according to worksite requirements; establish and maintain effective working relationships with coworkers, the public and other agencies.

Marion County is a qualifying public employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program.  Through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, full-time employees working at the County may qualify for forgiveness of the remaining balance on Direct Loans after 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan.  Questions about your loan eligibility should be directed to your loan servicer or the US Department of Education.

Applicants are eligible to use Veterans’ Preference when applying with Marion County in accordance with ORS 408.225, 408.230, and 408.235 and OAR 105-040-0010 and 105-040-0015.  Preference will be awarded only if the applicant meets the minimum requirements of the position and attaches the required documentation at the time of application.



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