Geographic Information Systems Specialist II (#RI4102)
$31.29-$38.03 Hourly / $5,423.78-$6,592.64 Monthly / $65,085.39-$79,111.70 Yearly


Under general supervision, provides specialized technical support to geographic information systems programs; compiles, stores, and analyzes data; assembles and develops cartographic maps; and performs other related work as required in accordance with Rule 3, Section 3 of the Civil Service Rules.


This is the full journey-level class in the Geographic Information Systems Specialist series. This class is distinguished from the Geographic Information Systems Specialist I in that the latter performs the more routine tasks and duties assigned to positions within the series including the development of maps and charts. Employees at this level receive only occasional instruction or assistance as new or unusual situations arise, and are fully aware of the operating procedures and policies of the work unit.


  • Performs technical duties in the development, implementation, operation and maintenance of the County's geographic information systems for an assigned department; compiles, stores, inventories and analyzes data.
  • 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.
  • Researches and compiles data from County records and other sources including legal descriptions, surveys, and land/right-of-way/topography maps, roads, development plans, and related geographical instruments; interprets various documents including surveys and plats and to make parcel boundary line determinations using accepted principles and practices.
  • Analyzes collected data for entry into base layers; ensures the integrity, quality and accuracy of information and data; conducts on-site inspections to identify and verify locations, markers and monuments.
  • Creates and edits existing or new coverages; plots and assembles data into geographic information systems base coverages for each section.
  • Sets up, operates and troubleshoots minor problems on the full range of geographic information systems input and output devices.


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.

Experience: One year as a Geographic Information Systems Specialist I in San Joaquin County. 

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: Two years of increasingly responsible experience providing technical support in a geographic 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: Two additional years of 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; drawing and drafting methods and techniques; operational characteristics of geographic information systems specialized hardware and software; methods and techniques of developing maps and charts from multiple layers of data; methods and techniques of assembling and compiling data; topographic and geographic concepts; principles and practices of customer service; principles and practices of record keeping; modern office procedures, methods and equipment.


Provide technical level support to geographic information systems programs; compile and analyze geographic information systems data; operate the full range of geographic information system hardware and software; read and interpret maps and data; read and interpret legal property descriptions and survey records; verify and edit existing data coverages; scan maps and photographs; 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, 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: RI4102; EST: 11/14/2001;