GIS Technician Lead - Information Technology

The City of Columbia

Columbia, South Carolina


This position participates in the development, implementation, maintenance and use of the GIS system in multiple City departments; and performs related professional and technical work as required. The incumbent works within a general outline of work to be performed, and develops work methods and sequences under general supervision.


  • Assists in maintaining of the Enterprise ArcSDE enterprise geodatabases;
  • Assists in developing and maintaining GIS web applications for use by city departments and the public, publishing GIS web services, and assisting in maintaining GIS website;
  • Provides technical assistance to city departments, other government agencies, and the public; provides/coordinates training for City employees in GIS procedures and software;
  • Coordinates and participates in the development, implementation, maintenance and use of the GIS system in multiple City departments;
  • Analyzes GIS technology requirements of City departments; develops plans to implement new or modified technology to help meet departments’ needs;
  • Researches, evaluates, recommends and implements new GIS technologies, applications and hardware systems;
  • Maintains inventory of GIS system hardware and software;
  • Coordinates activities within the core GIS group, including orthophotography, topography, tax mapping, annexations, boundary changes, etc.;
  • Maintains quality control for information entered into the GIS system and for existing map products;
  • Researches, develops and establishes methodologies for map automation using the GIS;
  • Performs field data collection utilizing various GPS/mobile equipment;
  • Assists with the acquisition, quality control, accuracy checking and cataloging of all new orthophotography and topographic maps; directs and participates in the preparation, digitizing and editing of maps;
  • Provides general geographic and geodetic control information to the City, other agencies and the public as requested;
  • Provides weekday, after-hours and weekend primary support for GIS systems;
  • Receives and responds to inquiries, concerns and complaints in areas of responsibility;
  • Performs general administrative/clerical work as required, including but not limited to preparing reports and correspondence, entering and retrieving computer data, copying and filing documents, attending meetings, answering the telephone, etc.;
  • Assists in City Addressing in collaboration with Richland County Addressing Coordinator;
  • Develops and deploys mobile survey applications;
  • Attends training, seminars and conferences as appropriate to enhance job knowledge and skills; and
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor’s degree computer science, geography or closely related field;
  • Three (3) years of relevant prior experience;
  • Experience with GIS software, including ESRI’s ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online;
  • Valid South Carolina Class “D” Driver’s License.


The work is considered sedentary in nature and involves walking or standing some of the time and involves exerting up to 10 pounds of force on a recurring basis, 20 pounds occasionally, or routine keyboard operations.



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Category GIS Technician