Geographic Information Systems Specialist I (#RI4101)
$28.38-$34.49 Hourly / $4,918.96-$5,979.03 Monthly / $59,027.61-$71,748.43 Yearly


Under immediate supervision, provides specialized technical support to geographic information systems programs; scans maps, archived materials and photographs; assembles and develops cartographic maps; learns to compile, store, and analyze data; and performs other related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the entry-level class in the Geographic Information Systems Specialist series, although employees are expected to have sufficient education and/or experience to perform many of the basic duties typical of the series while receiving the necessary supervision and training to assist them in developing full journey-level proficiency. This class is distinguished from the Geographic Information Systems Specialist II by the performance of the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including the development of maps and charts. Since this class is typically an entry-level class, employees may have only limited or no directly related work experience.


  • Performs routine technical duties in the development, implementation, operation and maintenance of the County's geographic information systems for an assigned department.
  • Designs, develops and assembles cartographic quality maps for use by County departments or sale to the public; scans existing maps, archives and aerial photographs; edits digital photos for better visual clarity.
  • Learns to research and compile data from County records and other sources including land/right-of-way/topography maps, roads, development plans, and related geographical instruments.
  • Learns to analyze collected data for entry into base layers; to ensure the integrity, quality and accuracy of information and data.
  • As assigned, conducts on-site inspections to identify and verify locations, markers and monuments.
  • Learns to interpret various documents including surveys and plats and to make parcel boundary line determinations using accepted principles and practices.
  • Learns to edit existing coverages and to assemble data into geographic information systems base coverages for each section.
  • Learns to set up, operate and to troubleshoot minor problems on the full range of geographic information systems input and output devices.
  • Performs related duties as assigned.


Note: Incumbents who, at the time that Classification Study #01-22 is adopted by the Board of Supervisors, occupy full-time Civil Service positions reclassified to this class by the study, shall be deemed to meet the requirements listed below.

Education: Completion of 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units at an accredited college with major course work in computer science, information systems, economics, engineering, architecture, environmental science, mathematics, business administration or a related field including at least 24 units in computer science.

Experience: One year of experience providing technical support in a geographical information systems environment.

Substitution #1: Possession of an approved information systems technology certificate, or completion of an approved information systems training course may substitute for all of part of the above-required education. A list of approved certificates and/or courses shall be maintained within the Human Resources Department.

Substitution #2: Additional qualifying experience may substitute for the above required education on a year-for-year basis.

Special Requirement: Applicants for positions in this class may be required to demonstrate proficiency in operating and configuring geographic information systems computer hardware, software, and/or peripheral equipment.


Operations, services and activities of geographic information systems programs; personal computer hardware and software components; mathematical principles; basic drawing and drafting methods and techniques; methods and techniques of assembling and compiling data; topographic and geographic concepts. principles and practices of customer service; operational characteristics of various computer software packages; principles and practices of record keeping; modern office procedures, methods and equipment.


Provide basic technical level support to geographic information systems programs; scan maps and photographs; learn operational characteristics of geographic information systems specialized hardware and software; learn methods and techniques of developing maps and charts from multiple layers of data; learn to operate geographic information system hardware and software; learn to read and interpret maps and data; learn to edit existing data coverages; communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing; establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Mobility-Frequent use of data entry devices; frequent sitting, standing or walking for long periods; occasional pushing/pulling, bending, squatting and crawling; driving; Lifting-Frequently 5-30 pounds; occasionally 70 pounds or less; Vision-Constant use of good overall vision; frequent reading/close-up work; occasional color, depth and peripheral vision; Dexterity-Frequent repetitive motion; frequent writing; frequent grasping, holding, and reaching; Hearing/Talking-Frequent talking/hearing in person and on the telephone; Emotional/Psychological-Frequent decision making and concentration; frequent public contact; occasional working alone, working nights and traveling; Environmental-Frequent exposure to noise.

San Joaquin County complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and, upon request, will consider reasonable accommodations to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential job functions.

CLASS: RI4101; EST: 11/14/2001;