GIS Specialist Trainee

Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians

Thermal, California

SUMMARY: This position is under the direct supervision of the Planning Director (“Director”), to perform entry level field duties as a Geographic Information System (“GIS”) Specialist Trainee. Under general supervision, the intern collects and integrates field-based data for various Tribal assets; creates and maintains geospatial data utilizing the Tribe’s GIS software and asset management system; collaborates with the Tribe’s Cultural Committee as well as staff from various departments within the Tribe; and assists with developing work plans and daily schedules to meet the goals for the project.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

1. Displays positive attendance and punctually in order to progress in job responsibilities of performing GIS Specialist duties. 

2. Creates and maintains spatial data in the Tribe’s GIS system.

3. Applies GIS techniques to develop internal and external reports.

4. Uses computer programs in conjunction with geographic data sets to organize and display information related to land into a format that is useful for consumers or researchers.

 5. Collects, updates, integrates, and documents geospatial data from the field to existing GIS data sets.

6. Communicates and collaborates with Tribal Cultural Committee and Departments to address and resolve GIS related services and/or issues.

7. Prepares and maintains comprehensive records and files. 8. Conducts technical research as required

9. Operates a variety of office equipment including calculator, copier, fax and computer.


1. This position has non-supervisory responsibilities.

QUALIFICATIONS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Knowledge of Quantitative data analysis. 

2. Knowledge of Basic principles of mathematics, geography, and cartography.

3. Knowledge of good communication and organizational skills. 

4. Knowledge of or ability to learn ArcGIS and MS Office applications (Excel, Word, Access etc.).

5. Ability to operate a computer, calculator, telephone, and other common office equipment

6. Ability to demonstrate analytical skills including critical thinking, analyze data, and research. 

7. Ability to use G.I.S. related software, mapping, spreadsheet and word processing programs

8. Ability to read and understand technical reports, maps, drawings and specifications.

9. Ability to prepare narrative reports, perform mathematical calculations and sort/file documents. 

10. Ability to maintain accurate records.

11. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

12. Ability to understand and carry out oral and written directions.

13. Ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines. 

14. Ability to demonstrate excellent teamwork and collaboration skills to engage with team members. 

15. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, management, utility representatives, contractors, architects, developers, outside agencies, and the public.


1. Must be a High School Graduate or equivalent. 2. Basic knowledge of mapping techniques and methods, a plus. 3. Must have basic computer skills.


1. Continuously throughout employment, must possess a valid California Class C Driver’s license and maintain insurability under the Tribe’s vehicle insurance policy.

2. Able to complete a course in Knowledge of ArcGIS Pro.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Walking and standing for extended periods of time, including outdoors.

2. Sitting for extended periods of time.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

1. Driving a vehicle to conduct work.

TMDCI Member/Indian Preference Policy:

Preference in filling vacancies is given to qualified Indian candidates pursuant to the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (24 U.S.C. 450, et seq.), 25 CFR 271.44 and other relevant laws (title 25, U.S. code, Section 472 & 473); in addition to the Tribe’s Tribal Employment Rights Ordinance (TERO). Tribal Member given preference must be qualified.

Notice of Drug Free Workplace Act Requirements:

The Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians are required to implement the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. §741). As such, it is unlawful for employees to manufacture, distribute, dispense, possess, or use a controlled substance on the job site. Employees that are reasonably suspected of violating this Act may be subject to drug testing as a condition of employment. A drug screening test will be given to all applicants prior to employment.

All work performed under this job classification is in support of essential governmental functions of the Torres Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indians.

Category GIS Analyst, GIS Developer