Tucson Water - GIS Section

Recruitment #2102-0734-001




The GIS section of Tucson Water is seeking GIS Technicians to participate in various GIS projects in support of the Water Department’s infrastructure by coordinating GIS data, and information that has specific department/division or City-wide implications. The GIS Technician is responsible for all aspects of GIS data entry and map production. GIS Technicians read and interpret source documents such as civil engineering plans, plat maps, legal descriptions, and enter required data into the GIS database.

General Description

Responsible for all aspects of GIS data entry and map production. Reads and interprets source documents such as civil engineering plans, plot maps and legal descriptions and enters required data into the GIS database.

Essential Functions

The essential duties include but are not limited to:

  • Updates and maintains GIS databases using ArcGIS and other GIS related software.
  • Assists in developing and implementing GIS applications for database maintenance and map output.
  • Generates various GIS products for engineering, planning and research projects.
  • Uses GIS applications to query, analyze, display and interpret department GIS databases.
  • Performs quality control of GIS attribute and spatial data. Converts paper and cad data into a GIS format.
  • Researches, reads, and interprets water engineering construction and related documents including as-built water plans, improvement plans, legal descriptions, and County Assessor records.
  • Provides customer service by answering phone calls, responding to e-mail, investigating discrepancies, and providing information and technical advice to customers and other city departments. 
  • Maintains Water Asset web-based database to track work orders, as-built plans and legal descriptions.  

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: Bachelor's Degree

Minimum Experience Qualification: Under 1 year of experience with GIS software and micro languages, knowledge of automated mapping and GIS including ESRI's ArcGIS software, GIS relational database issues, general database concepts, theory and principles of GIS software manipulation, usage requirements and analysis of system outputs and computer system operations.

An equivalent combination of education, training and experience, which provides the required knowledge, skills and abilities to perform the essential functions of this position may be considered.

Special Job Requirements


Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will possess the above minimum qualifications as well as relevant experience in  the areas listed below:

  • Proficiency in ArcGIS, MS-Windows, Naviline, WAM, Autodesk, CAD, and GIS-related computer applications
  • Experience researching and working with Construction Plans, Service Work Orders, Fire Hydrant/Fire Service Work Orders, Legal Descriptions, etc.
  • CAD experience 
  • Experience working with Tucson Water Standard Specifications and Details

Selection Plan

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Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the education and work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in a virtual Oral Board Interview.   

  • Virtual Oral Board Interviews will be held March 31, 2021 and April 1, 2021, if necessary

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:      

  • 10% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 90% of your virtual oral board interview   

This recruitment will establish a civil service list that may be utilized to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months.

Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the final score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List. If you qualify for preference points as outlined in the Employment Profile, you must upload your documentation as part of the application process or email it to The DD 214 must be a member 2 copy that indicates characterization of service. 

If you are in need of Americans with Disabilities Act-related accommodation during the testing process, please contact Jocelyn D. Maez at 520.837.2113 at least 48 hours prior to the evaluation.


Additionally, communication during this process will be sent via email to the email address on file, so please ensure your browser accepts emails from and check your email account regularly; this may include your junk box/spam filter.  Failure to respond or follow instructions may result in disqualification.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements


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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.