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Employer: City of Manhattan
Division: Public Works - Engineering
Job Title: GIS Technician
Salary: $18.93 Hourly

Job Description:

GIS TECHNICIAN              

(Regular Full-time   Non-Exempt)

Starting Salary Range:  $18.93 - $20.82                      Open Until Filled

To apply, please complete the online application.   @ https://goo.gl/BsFCSM


Assigned within the City of Manhattan’s Public Works Department.  Performs daily tasks related to the creation and maintenance of GIS data.


Knowledge of GIS data creation, digitizing, editing, and quality control; preferably in a utility application. (Daily)
Knowledge and ability to perform operations with Microsoft Windows operating systems, Microsoft Office, and Esri’s ArcGIS for Desktop. (Daily)
Knowledge of relational databases. (Daily)
Ability to summarize information from plans, maps, reports, and field notes. (Daily)
Knowledge and ability to perform data conversion between CAD and GIS formats. (Daily)
Good organizational skills and attention to detail. (Daily)
Ability to prepare and update files and records. (Daily)
Ability to communicate orally and in written form with the general public, and staff members, to answer public inquiries. (Frequently) 
Ability to perform multiple complex tasks to assist in developing GIS projects and applications, requiring independent judgment and decision-making. (Frequently)
Knowledge and ability to collect field data with handheld GPS or mobile device. (Occasionly)
Excellent presentation skills, such as developing materials and providing training assistance to GIS users. (Occasionally)
Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license. (Daily)


 This position reports to the GIS Coordinator, who in turn reports to the City Engineer.  The City Engineer reports to the Director of Public Works, who reports to the City Manager.

Working closely with Public Works staff, the GIS technician’s primary responsibility is the upkeep of core GIS data, including, but not limited to, water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure. Duties include upkeep of existing water, sewer, and stormwater data; translation of CAD drawings into a GIS format; data entry; preparation of infrastructure location maps for field and office use; quality assurance checks on existing data; handling address change requests and addressing of new developments.

Challenges inherent in this position include:  keeping GIS data up to date in a constantly changing environment; handling public inquiries and requests for information when trying to meet existing deadlines; keeping pace with a rapidly advancing technology environment.

Performance can be measured, in part, by the accuracy of maps and related attribute data, ability to keep information up to date; productivity of work, ability to learn new tasks, the effectiveness and efficiency of service rendered to the public; the professional appearance of visual-aid materials.


Assembles, stores, manipulates and displays geographically referenced information.
Provides maintenance and quality assurance on existing GIS data and maps.
Transforms digital information gathered from various sources and converts into formats compatible with existing GIS.
Generates maps using sophisticated methods to create topological modeling.
Responds to requests for information retrieval from GIS.
Addresses new developments and redevelopments, responds to requests for re-addressing and address inquiries.
Works with Public Works staff to complete sidewalk notices.
Performs spatial analyses with existing GIS data.
Produces graphics conveying the results of analysis which allow for decision making and planning.
Generates maps and other graphics to allow viewers to visualize and understand results of analyses or simulations of potential events.
Use of multiple databases during GIS maintenance.
Integrates data attributes to build and analyze new maps and geographic information.


The ability to operate a personal computer.  Considerable knowledge of the operation and structure of GIS and computer mapping. The ability to deal courteously, effectively, and promptly with the public and City Staff.  Basic knowledge of drafting practices and procedures.  Ability to establish and maintain complex office records and files.


A bachelor degree in geography, GIS, computer science, engineering, or related field from a four-year college or university is preferred; one year related experience working with ArcGIS for Desktop is required.

Required Knowledge: 

Proficient in the establishment and maintenance of geographic information systems, utility mapping and cartography.  An extensive understanding of relational databases.


Ability to analyze and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations.

Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals.

Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from co-workers and the general public.

Ability to apply mathematical concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.

Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Machines/Equipment Used:

Personal computer          Microfilm reader/printer

Xerox copier                   Oversize printer/scanner

Handheld GPS                Tablet

Physical/Mental Demands/Working Conditions

Must be able to cope with stress brought about by dealing with potentially irate and/or defensive customers.

Must be highly organized and able to perform in a very professional manner at all times.

Must be able to exercise independent judgment in evaluating completeness and accuracy of technical information

Must be able to logically analyze situations and resolve discrepancies and correct errors.

Sits for prolonged periods of time while working at a computer.

Will need to work in the field occasionally to collect relevant information.

Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.


Works under general supervision.  Works independently in fulfilling assigned duties and responsibilities.

Vacancy Number: 20870

Open Date: 7/24/2017 12:00:00 AM
Close Date: 8/23/2017 11:59:59 PM