GIS Technician
City of Las Cruces, NM - Las Cruces, NM

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Maintains and updates Geographic Information System (GIS) database, and provides assistance in data compilation and retrieval of maps and data for City departments and citizens.

Position involves competing demands, performing multiple tasks, working to deadlines, occasional work beyond normal business hours, and responding to customer issues. Safety sensitive position subject to drug and alcohol testing according to city policy.

Work is performed in a standard office environment; occasional field work may be required. Light physical demands. Frequent use of a personal computer.


This initial posting will be used to fill a full-time, regular, non-exempt position in our Parks and Recreation Department; however, it may be used to fill other GIS Technician vacancies in other Departments.

Duties and Responsibilities:

· Inputs, updates and maintains the City's GIS database and maps according to department policies and procedures using ESRI GIS software; assists in cleaning up data and making corrections in response to changes and additional data sets integrated into GIS.

· Updates the digital data layers and creates corresponding maps; compiles geographic data from a variety of sources; scans, rectifies, and digitizes data; builds topology, enters data attributes, checks for errors, and verifies accuracy; makes required corrections; edits and refines GIS data, and updates database; performs quality control checks to assure integrity of GIS data and applications;

· Produces effective maps as directed; determines and executes the appropriate sequence of data processing tasks; uses established GIS to generate and utilize spatial overlays and models; prepares maps, plans, charts and other graphics as directed.

· Provides assistance to departments, clients and general public in obtaining information; researches and compiles materials and maps; produces digital copies of City data as requested; responds to requests for information; provides technical information to citizens and City staff as authorized.

Minimum Qualifications:

Equivalent to a high school diploma AND two (2) years of GIS systems and software experience. A combination of education, experience, and training may be applied in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy. Experience using ArcGIS (ArcInfo, ArcEditor, and ArcView) is preferred; experience with MapInfo, Intergraph, or AutoCAD will be considered.

Valid driver’s license is required. Position requires an acceptable driving record in accordance with City of Las Cruces policy.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Basic Knowledge of: Principles of land planning, surveying, mapping, global positioning systems and usage of aerial photography and satellite imaging; principles and practices of geographic information systems, including data compilation techniques, ESRI, ARCINFO software applications, graphics applications and overlays, and spatial models for computer analysis; principles and capabilities of computer systems, including networked environments and peripheral devices; GIS database systems integration, quality assurance procedures, and documentation of data sets; basic hardware and software troubleshooting techniques; City policies and procedures.
Ability to: prepare neat and precise maps from plans, sketches, verbal descriptions, and specifications; maintain a high level of attention to detail for quality control purposes; maintain effective documentation and system backups of maps and data; assist in providing data and maps for detailed operation analysis; apply results of analysis to insure accuracy and completion of map and related data profiles; effectively communicate in verbal and written forms; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers; operate a motor vehicle and navigate across even and uneven surfaces.
Skills in: Reading, understanding, developing, manipulating, and analyzing geographic information in a variety of data formats and projections; performing accurate data entry and mathematical calculations; computer cartographic design, layout, and production for a variety of different subject matter; understanding and working with data from multiple public and private sources; maintaining accurate and interrelated database records; interpreting technical instructions and analyzing complex variables.

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