GIS Technician II/I

City of Salinas

Salinas, California

Summary of Duties: Under general supervision, the GIS Technician performs a wide range of work relating to Geographic Information Systems including computerized mapping, data entry, cartographic layout, and general system maintenance. Collects, compiles, and organizes data creating spatial analysis for distribution.

Distinguishing Characteristics: This an entry level job in the GIS series. Incumbent will perform routine computer mapping, data entry, and map production that follows set procedures and standards. Work is performed under general supervision and close evaluation.

Essential Job Functions

GIS Technician I:

  • Develops, drafts, and organizes spatial data, spatial data analysis tasks, and various mapping requests; creates, designs, and curates a large amount of spatial data and disbursing it in a clear, understandable, and functional way; creates maps according to specifications on a project by project basis.
  • Builds, creates, develops, and presents maps and other geographic information on paper or computer, via PDF, or on the web; ensures clarity, accuracy, and attention to detail; maintains computerizes map coverages using aerial photography, subdivision maps, assessor parcel maps, field surveys, and boundary descriptions.
  • Performs geospatial and imagery analysis; processes drone data and disseminates appropriate information in functional and technical forms; provides feedback and recommendations based on footage recovered and images taken.
  • Gathers, complies, and represents data from tables, internal sources including databases and servers, and external sources including internet, Google earth, and others; provides GIS map creation based on data and performs maintenance and management work on geospatial data.
  • Attends and participates in various meetings; maintains and engages with a wide range of individuals from other departments and City offices; provides expertise, knowledge, and clarity for mapping, and geographic systems concerns or needs.
  • Maintains GIS and other systems with correct data and information; ensures accuracy, strong attention to detail, and consistent updating and maintenance.
  • Supports various City communication productions, drawing attention to the mapping specifications, questions, and needs of the City.
  • Performs various queries and quality assurance checks for data bases and data tables; understands and is able to use SQL effectively.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

GIS Technician II All of the above, and the following:

  • Corresponds and collaborates with vendors and other contractors regarding products, services, and other resources the division may need.
  • Troubleshoots basic problems in ArcServer environment
  • Creates basic Geocortex applications for web or mobile.

Typical Decisions: The incumbent will make consistent mapping, data handling, data delivery, and, GIS maintenance decisions.   Decisions made will be under supervision and within set standards and policies.

Knowledge of
GIS Technician I:

  • GIS technologies including ESRI suite, interpretation of vague requests, and new technologies.
  • Basic concepts, terminology, methods, principles, and practices of geographic information systems
  • Applicable Federal, State, and local regulations and laws; codes and ordinances.
  • Basic GIS procedures including digitizing, data entry, editing, and project production.
  • Topographic and construction surveying.
  • Cartography, map scale, and graphic presentation.
  • Professional software literacy including design software like Auto CAD
  • SQL query statements
  • GIS Technician II  All of the above, and the following:
  • Advanced concepts, terminology, methods, principles, and practices of geographic information systems
  • AGOL, ESRI specialty apps (Operations Dashboard, Story Maps, etc.) and application development
  • Basic concepts for coding using any of the following: Python, Visual Basic, SQL, XML, JSON, Microsoft Access expressions and Excel Formulas, CSS and HTML  

Skill in: 

GIS Technician I:

  • Applying methods, techniques, and the operation of computers and printing devices.
  • Translating customer requests into methods and procedures.
  • Reading and understanding maps, geographic information, and aerial photography.
  • Managing multiple projects at one time.
  • Communicating verbally and in writing.
  • Operating GIS data collection computer and producing maps with information collected.
  • Understanding regulations, laws, ordinances, and codes
  • GIS Technician II  All of the above, plus:
  • Providing business requirements analysis, geospatial data analysis, data standards development
  • Data migration and implementation activities, ArcGIS Server-based database design, data quality process development
  • Supporting the Innovation Team, GIS program, Open Data and other large-scale initiatives by understanding automating FTL and data standardization techniques
  • Basic coding expertise in Python and SQL
  • Geocortex workflows


  • GIS Technician I:  High School diploma or GED
  • GIS Technician II: High School diploma, related ESRI certified training desirable 


  • GIS Technician I: One year of experience with ArcGIS and MS office products 
  • GIS Technician II: Two years GIS Technician I experience with ArcGIS, AGOL, and Geocortex

Licenses and Certifications: A valid State of California Driver’s License; Employee must complete SB1343 Sexual Harassment Prevention Training within six months or appointment and every two years thereafter.

Physical Demands and Working Conditions: Physical, mental, and emotional stamina to perform the duties and responsibilities of the position; manual dexterity sufficient to write, use telephone, computer, business machines, and consistently stand or walk up to four hours per day as required. Vision sufficient to read fine print and display monitors; hearing sufficient to conduct conversations occasionally over the noise from groups of people, in-person, and using the telephone; speaking ability in understandable voice with sufficient volume to be heard in normal conversational distance, occasionally in crowds of people and for addressing groups; physical ability to push, pull, squat, twist, turn, bend, stoop, and reach overhead; physical mobility sufficient to move about the work environment, walk on uneven surfaces and occasionally leap, jump, run for short distances; physical strength to lift twenty pounds from the floor; physical stamina sufficient to stand, walk and/or sit for prolonged periods of time; mental acuity to collect, interpret and analyze data, reason, define problems, establish facts, draw valid conclusions, make valid judgments and decisions.

Working environment is shared between an office and outside.  Work outdoors under adverse condition in heat, wind, cold, and rain. Work in an around potential hazardous substances including pesticides, herbicides, and motor fuel. Must drive a vehicle and travel for meetings, seminars, and classes.

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed and are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties and skills which may be required.

Veteran’s Preference: A veteran is defined in accordance with California Government Code 18540.4. In order to exercise this preference, the veteran must submit the City’s Veteran’s Preference Application (Download PDF reader) and provide a copy of the DD-214 form at time of application as proof of military status. Failure to submit the required forms will be deemed a waiver of veteran's preference. Military veterans shall be given preference in initial appointment to City service. Further details can be obtained from the Human Resources Department, at 831-758-7254.

Public Employee Disaster Service Worker: In accordance with Government Code Section 3100, all City of Salinas employees are required to perform assigned disaster service worker duties in the event of an emergency or a disaster.



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