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Recruitment #21-GG2-01



THE JOB: This position under general direction will provide advanced technical support and training in the use of Geographic Information Systems software, analyze moderately complex GIS problems and develop GIS applications; use various data sets for analytical purposes, perform programming tasks; develop, modify, and maintain GIS system application environments and interfaces; support the administration of ArcGIS Online and Arc Enterprise, may supervise lower level analysts and support staff; and perform other work as required. This position will support the GIS Needs of the emergency operations center during activation.

Employment Standards

THE REQUIREMENTS: Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain these would be:

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major coursework in GIS or computer science.
Two years of experience performing GIS programming for business applications, which included analysis and design of several systems or segments of major systems.

SPECIAL WORKING/CONDITIONS: 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.

Knowledge: Thorough knowledge of 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; principles and techniques of GIS database design and data models; GIS software concepts and terminology and operational characteristics and capabilities of relational database management systems. Working knowledge of principles and practices of computer programming for display and analysis of geospatial data in both desktop and web environments, including application development methods, tools, and utilities applicable to GIS; ArcGIS VBA scripting language using ArcObjects; methods and techniques used in the installation, troubleshooting and maintenance of software applications; basic database administration principles, methods, and techniques, including ArcSDE administration; and operating systems, hardware configurations, and software. Some knowledge of basic networking concepts; surveying, GPS, photogrammetry, remote sensing, and land use planning; and emergency management practices and terminology

Ability to: Understand, interpret and analyze user GIS requirements and develop routine desktop and web based mapping applications using various computer programming languages; conduct GIS user needs assessments and summarize findings in writing; represent the County with other agencies and user groups; support the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) GIS mapping needs during EOC activation; solve basic networking problems; prioritize multiple tasks; plan and organize work to complete projects efficiently; explain computing concepts to non-technical staff; provide training and technical assistance (one-on-one, small group, and formal presentations) 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; prepare clear and concise documentation, user procedures, reports of work performed, and other written materials; make sound independent decisions within established guidelines; work independently in local and/or remote locations; work cooperatively and effectively with other staff members, customers and vendors/contractors; independently install, troubleshoot, and upgrade GIS related applications, hardware and peripherals at the desktop level and detect, isolate and resolve GIS application problems; learn new software applications; provide good customer service; and communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.


- 22 days first year, increasing to 37 days after 15 years of service. Available for vacation and/or sick leave.
HOLIDAYS - 13 paid holidays per year.
BEREAVEMENT LEAVE - 3 days paid in California, 5 days paid out-of-state.
MEDICAL PLAN - The County contracts with CalPERS for a variety of medical plans. For most plans, County contributions pay a majority of the premiums for employees and eligible dependents.
DENTAL PLAN - County pays for employee and eligible dependent coverage.
VISION PLAN - County pays for employee coverage. Employee may purchase eligible dependent coverage.
RETIREMENT - Pension formula 2% at age 60 or 2% at age 62 as determined based on provisions of the CA Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013(PEPRA). Pension benefit determined by final average compensation of three years. County participates in Social Security.
LIFE INSURANCE - County paid $20,000 term policy. Employee may purchase additional life insurance.
DISABILITY INSURANCE - Employees in the General Representation Unit participate in the State Disability Insurance (SDI) program. This program is funded 100% by employee payroll deductions.
DEPENDENT-CARE PLAN - Employees who make contributions for child or dependent care may elect to have their contributions made utilizing “pre-tax dollars.”
H-CARE PLAN - Employees who pay a County medical premium may elect this pre-tax program.
HEALTH CARE FLEXIBLE SPENDING ALLOWANCE (HCFSA) - Employees may elect this pre-tax program to cover qualifying health care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION - A deferred compensation plan is available to employees

Note: The provisions of this bulletin do not constitute an expressed or implied contract.

Selection Plan

THE EXAMINATION: Your application will be reviewed to determine if you have met the education, experience, training and/or licensing requirements as stated on the job announcement. If you meet these criteria and are one of the best qualified, you may be required to compete in any combination of written, oral and/or performance examinations or a competitive evaluation of training and experience as described on your application. You must pass all components of the examination to be placed on the eligible list. The examination may be eliminated if there are ten or fewer qualified applicants. If the eligible list is established without the administration of the announced examination, the life of the eligible list will be six months and your overall score will be based upon an evaluation of your application. If during those six months it is necessary to administer another examination for this job class, you will be invited to take the examination to remain on the eligible list.

HOW TO APPLY: Apply Online Now!
  Click on the link below; or print out an application and mail/bring application to: Santa Cruz County Personnel Department, 701 Ocean Street, Room 510, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060.  For information, call (831) 454-2600.  Hearing Impaired TDD/TTY: 711.  Applications will meet the final filing date if received in one of the following ways:  1) in the Personnel Department by 5:00 p.m. on the final filing date, 2) submitted online before midnight of the final filing date. 

Women, minorities and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  If you have a disability that requires test accommodation, please call (831) 454-2600.


To comply with the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, Santa Cruz County verifies that all new employees are either U.S. citizens or persons authorized to work in the U.S.