GIS Tech

Lyon County

Emporia, Kansas

This non-exempt position is responsible for day-to-day maintenance, upkeep, and editing of the geo-informational systems of the GIS division of the Appraisers and Planning/Zoning/Flood Plain Management (P/Z/FPM) office.


  • Assist in maintaining the GIS ArcInfo Geo Databases for Lyon County
  • Assist the Lyon County Appraiser and staff with GIS data integration with Orion
  • Review and update ownership changes related to property transfers
  • Review and update zoning changes
  • Assist property owners by explaining their tract parcel description(s), how agricultural parcels are measured for valuation purposes, or how parcel sizes are determined for the valuation process.
  • Provide maps to staff and others, as needed
  • Continue to gain knowledge of the proper application of the various job responsibilities
  • Duty to maintain a positive work atmosphere by acting and communicating in a manner so that employee gets along with customers, citizens, coworkers, and management.
  • Being pleasant, respectful and civil with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
  • Maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
  • Obligation to be reliable, responsible, dependable, and fulfill duties.
  • Must show up for work on a regular and predictable basis as scheduled


  • Perform other duties as needed or upon request of the department head or appropriate personnel
  • Assist the P/Z/FPM office with GeoPermits and workflows
  • Assist the P/Z/FPM office with clerical tasks
  • Make changes in agricultural use delineation and update soil types
  • Maintain NG911 mapping according to state statutes and directives.
  • Perform mapping tasks necessary to complete property splits, combinations, zoning changes, and other mapping changes.
  • Maintain and update map files on mobile field tablets
  • Technical witness for Lyon County Attorneys Department concerning drug cases which occurred within 1000 feet of a school
  • Maintain database files for office staff
  • Able to answer basic questions regarding Zoning and Floodplain questions from the public or give direction when the P/Z/FPM Director is not in the office.


A. Requires valid drivers license

B. EXPERIENCE: Background in GIS or mapping preferred but not required. Experience working with and reading deeds and legal descriptions is also preferred. This position requires a working knowledge of ESRI software products, including but not limited to ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro.

C. EDUCATION: High school diploma, GED or equivalent required. A college degree is preferred but not required.

D. KNOWLEDGE: Understand legal descriptions and GIS mapping systems. Capable of reading and interpreting maps. Understand shape files, map files, other data formats, and additional methods of digital data exchanges.


  • Ability to read and interpret deeds, maps, other legal documents (ordinances, road records, court records), and mass appraisal-generated reports
  • Ability to effectively communicate with property owners on both a verbal and written basis
  • Must have the ability to receive, interpret, and follow verbal and written instructions. Required to read, write, and speak English with the ability to speak a foreign language helpful.
  • Ability to problem solve and work through difficult situations, at times on your own, to find a resolution, including technical data setup and transfers
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with others as well as independently
  • Ability to learn and adapt to new technologies through extensive continuing education.


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Category GIS Technician