Under supervision, to conduct mapping, spatial analysis, programming and support duties and to participate in the development, installation, integration, training, documentation, testing, and maintenance of the County+s Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) and database applications; to evaluate user requirements and develop technical solutions; and to do other work as required.
This is the entry level class in the GIS Analyst series. Incumbents perform routine computer mapping, data creation, and spatial analysis activities. Work is typically performed under direct supervision, although after initial training period incumbents may work independently to perform more routine tasks, while continuing to receive technical direction and assistance for new situations or more complex tasks. This is the first working level classification in the series. It is distinguished from the next higher class of GIS Analyst II in that incumbents of the former typically receive direct supervision, rely on higher-level staff for technical direction and to prioritize tasks, and exercise limited judgment on implementation issues. This class is distinguished from the GIS Technician series in that the former analyzes customer GIS needs and determines the best method of meeting those needs using the appropriate application of GIS layers in conjunction with databases to provide a full range of GIS services; the latter is focused on creating and maintaining map layers using automated GIS tools, but does not utilize GIS layers or databases for GIS analysis. Errors in providing user support and guidance may have significant impact on unit image.
Working knowledge of:
- GIS software concepts and terminology.
- Principles and practices of geospatial data creation, conversion, maintenance, and manipulation.
- Geospatial data sources, metadata documentation standards, and data sharing policies.
- Cartographic principles, including map design and production.
- Geospatial analysis techniques, including geo-processing, statistical tools and raster processing.
Some knowledge of:
- Principles and techniques of GIS database design and data models.
- Operational characteristics and capabilities of relational database management systems.
- Methods and techniques used in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of software applications.
- The basic principles of surveying, GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and land use planning.
- The basic principles of operating systems, hardware configurations, and software.
- Basic networking concepts.
- Provide training and technical assistance to county GIS users in the use of GIS software for mapping and analysis.
- Perform spatial analysis using GIS software.
- Prepare high quality cartographic maps based on customer requests.? Maintain plotters and other peripheral devices.
- Install, troubleshoot, and upgrade GIS applications and detect, isolate and resolve GIS application problems.
- Prepare clear and concise documentation, user procedures, reports of work performed, and other written materials.
- Make sound independent decisions within established guidelines.
- Plan and organize work and complete projects efficiently.
- Learn new software applications.
- Provide good customer service.
- Work cooperatively and effectively with other staff members, customers and vendors/contractors.
- Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
Education and Experience:
Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
Completion of at least two courses in a GIS programming language in use in Santa Cruz County.
One year of applications programming experience in GIS.
Two years of experience in computer mapping or GIS data creation.
Background Investigation: Some positions may require fingerprinting and/or background investigation.
Other Special Requirements: Availability to work irregular hours, which may include evenings, nights, weekends and holidays.
Previous Class Titles: Departmental Information Systems Analyst
Bargaining Unit: 41
Worker+s Comp Code: 0053
EEOC Code: 02
Occupational Unit Group: 25