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$39.21-$49.60 hourly / $6,796.00-$8,597.00 monthly / $81,556.80-$103,168.00 yearly


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.

Distinguishing Characteristics

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.

Typical Tasks

  • Develops and reviews requests for services from county staff and the general public and makes recommendations on how to proceed with projects.
  • Works with clients to understand mapping requests in order to produce cartographic products.
  • Uses GIS software to analyze geospatial data, validate conclusions and make recommendations.
  • Researches and compiles data from various sources, including land survey records, parcel and subdivision maps, thematic mapping, and topographic maps.
  • Maintains the County+s GIS data and aligns parcel based layers to changes in parcel configurations.
  • Supplies users with GIS software and installs software and upgrades.
  • Diagnoses GIS related software and hardware problems, and corrects if possible.
  • Develops and documents procedures that support the maintenance of the County's GIS data.
  • Meets with the public and provides information on GIS services.
  • Maintains the County+s map gallery and data download site.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

Employment Standards

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.

Ability to:

  • 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

CLASS: GG1; EST: 1/14/2017;