GIS Specialist (Hybrid)

City of Aurora

Aurora, Colorado


Aurora Water is responsible for enhancing and protecting the quality of life for Aurora citizens by providing quality water, sewer, and stormwater services in a manner that balances social, environmental, and economic needs. Responsibilities and roles within the organization include: operation and maintenance of the water, sewer, and stormwater systems; water purification and reuse water treatment; utility financial monitoring, planning, customer billing, and revenue collection; infrastructure planning and engineering, inspections, and management of the capital improvement program; public information and water conservation; water resources planning, acquisition, and development; permitting, watershed protection, and water and wastewater regulatory compliance; and administration. 


The GIS Specialist position is responsible for creating and maintaining systems of record to track potable, raw, reclaimed, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. The position is also responsible for creating maps and GIS based solutions. The GIS Specialist position performs duties and responsibilities which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks:  

  • Creating new assets and tracking their associated attributes in a versioned enterprise geodatabase (ArcSDE) and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) using AutoCAD files and engineering drawings. 
  • Overseeing and conducting research to find and verify GIS data from source documents to maintain water department GIS and CMMS data. 
  • Supporting asset management activities. 
  • Providing training and technical assistance in the use of GIS data, software, and mobile applications to department staff. 
  • Exhibiting excellent customer service skills with demonstrated professional demeanor. 
  • Preparing maps for various department divisions using proper cartographic principals. 
  • Utilizing ESRI ArcGIS Online/Portal applications such as web maps, web apps, dashboards, story maps and other applications to meet the needs of various department divisions. 
  • Processing and sharing data for department GIS applications (system models, asset management, master planning etc.) and fulfilling external data requests as needed.  
  • Identifying and solving technical problems independently. 
  • Devising new approaches and alternative solutions to existing workflows. 
  • The ability to brainstorm with others, thrive in a collaborative and productive team environment, multi-task and quickly adapt to change. 
  • Performing GIS analysis to support decision making.  
  • Assisting with field data collection as needed. 
  • Keeping current on the latest GIS trends in technology and procedures and making recommendations for implementation in Aurora. 
  • Writing user-friendly content that meets the needs of the target audience including technical standard operating procedures for the team and non-technical procedures for internal customers. 
  • Performing additional related duties as assigned. 

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned at any time with or without notice.


An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered. 


  • High school diploma or GED required. 
  • GIS classes from an accredited university, leading to a GIS certification, required. 


  • At least 2 years of professional level GIS experience with ESRI products. 
  • Licenses and Certifications Required:   
  • GIS Certification from an accredited university 
  • Colorado driver's license with a good driving history.   

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Associates Degree in GIS, cartography, drafting or related field preferred 


  • Working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software, cartographic design, public utilities, and experience reading/interpreting Engineering design drawings. 
  • Knowledge of related software (AutoCAD, Bluebeam, INFOR Public Sector, FME, Aquanuity, and SQL) considered a plus. 
  • Knowledge of the utility industry and ability to interpret engineering drawings preferred. 


  • Demonstrable competence with: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Collector, Survey 123, ArcGIS Pro, Microsoft Suite, and GPS technologies. 
  • Experience with programming, network systems, web services, and INFOR Public Sector. 


  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and citizens, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing. 
  • Analyze and compile technical information and reports; make presentations. 
  • Strong interpersonal, customer service, analytical, and project management skills. 


Essential Personnel:  

When a local announcement of emergency or disaster is declared by the City, all City of Aurora employees may be required to work as essential personnel. 

Physical Demands:  

  • Sedentary physical work that involves moving no more than 10 pounds at a time with or without assistance. 
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, walking, and standing. 
  • Vision sufficient to read computer screens, printouts, and related documents. 
  • Dexterity to operate a computer system and other related equipment. 
  • Speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens. 
  • Endurance sufficient to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time. 

Work Environment: 

  • Works in a clean, comfortable environment. 
  • The work environment will occasionally include field visits to Aurora Water facilities (treatment facilities, pump stations, tanks, reservoirs, etc.) and linear assets (water pipes, wastewater pipes, and stormwater pipes, valves, ponds, and manholes). 

Equipment Used:  

  • Uses standard office equipment including personal computer. 
  • Uses common office software, advanced software, and on-premise and cloud databases. 

This position may require the incumbent to use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment. 

For Veterans preference:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.

Category GIS Analyst , GIS Developer