GIS Technician - EXAM

City of Columbus

Columbus, Ohio

Under general supervision, is responsible for revising, updating, and maintaining the geographic information system (GIS) databases that are specific to individual departments and/or divisions, but which are available through the Citywide GIS for general use; performs related duties as required.

Examples of Work
(Any one position may not include all of the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all of the duties that may be performed.)

  • Operates computer workstation to update maps as new data is received related to new subdivisions, capital improvements projects, zoning requirements, utility information, and other projects;
  • Creates and prepares maps and graphics for departmental and public presentations, using GIS software;
  • Maintains and updates GIS databases using off-the-shelf GIS software and related software applications;
  • Collects, prepares, and digitizes spatial data into GIS format;
  • Conducts data collection in the field to include the use of global positioning system (GPS) equipment;
  • Creates and maintains links between map files/attributes and various databases;
  • Reads and interprets source documents such as civil engineering plans, plot maps, planning and zoning maps, and legal descriptions;
  • Conducts mapping research, in the field and the office, to resolve conflicting information, ensure accuracy of the data, and respond to questions and concerns;
  • Enters departmental/divisional GIS database information into the Citywide GIS database for use in other departments/divisions, outside agencies, and the general public;
  • Maintains proficiency with GIS technology through continuing education in order to stay current with developments and trends in the field;
  • Attends meetings involving GIS projects.

Minimum Qualifications

Two (2) years of experience using GIS software such as Esri ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap, ArcCatalog, ArcToolbox).  Substitution(s):  Significant coursework (24 quarter hours or 16 semester hours) in geographic information systems or coursework which includes the use of GIS software may substitute for the required experience.

Test/Job Contact Information

The names of the applicants passing this administration of this exam will be used to create a NEW, OPEN COMPETITIVE, eligible list, and will replace the names on the current list.  If you are interested in having your name included on the new eligible list, you will need to apply for this exam within the filing period and successfully complete all phases of the testing process.   Questions regarding this process can be directed to the Test Center at 614-645-7439.

The examination process will consist of a computerized exam weighted 100% covering reading comprehension, logic and reasoning, information ordering, problem sensitivity, name/number comparison, and GIS Principles.

The exam is expected to be administered in August.  Approved applicants will be notified by mail/email of their scheduled test date and time.

All applicants must complete all phases of the testing process in order to receive a final score. The names of all candidates who pass this examination will remain on the eligible list for two years, unless the eligible list is replaced prior to or extended beyond the two years.  If a candidate's name is certified and the candidate is to be considered for employment, the hiring process will include one or more interviews, a criminal background check, and a pre-employment drug test.

The certification process will be:  Fixed Band
The City of Columbus is an Equal Opportunity Employer



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Category GIS Technician