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GIS Technician

City of Whitewater

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Location: Whitewater,WI
Type: Full Time
Posted: 01/31/2020
Deadline to Apply: 02/16/2020
Payrate: $18.27 - $23.23 Hourly
More Information: GIS Technician


This position is responsible for assisting the Neighborhood Services Manager and the Public Works Director with the development and maintenance of the City’s GIS and associated data.  Under general supervision, creates and maintains Geographic Information System (GIS) geodatabase, including assembling source materials, verifying accuracy of data, digitizing and entering attribute data; and performs related work as required.


This list of duties and responsibilities is not all inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties and responsibilities, as management may deem necessary.

  • On-going spatial data design, analysis, development, integration and maintenance of geodatabase architectures, maps and other GIS reports and information products (water, streets, sewer, storm sewer, Official City Map, zoning) using ESRI GIS Software (ArcGIS Desktop and Online.)
  • Assist other departments, outside vendors and the public with obtaining various parcel information by researching and compiling parcel materials and maps.
  • Prepare maps and attribute data for inclusion in the Geographic Information System geodatabase by researching and verifying the accuracy of materials and data sources and coding map manuscripts with attribute data.
  • Collects field data and maintains updates of Geographical Information System databases (GIS).
  • Prepares manual and GIS generated drawings or maps as needed.
  • Develops and maintains GIS layers for the City GIS system.
  • Updates reference manuals (project file, property survey, benchmark, construction projects, etc).
  • Prepares and provides public work infrastructure data for public and developers.
  • Updates the PASER / WISLER program within GIS.
  • Ability to read and interpret engineering plans, specifications, contract documents and apply accordingly.
  • Maintains the data for all Inspections of illicit discharges & stormwater outlets
  • Assists outlying Public Works offices in streamlining the reporting process.
  • Assists with code enforcement
  •  Stay current with trends in technology and IT/GIS processes, and applies knowledge as appropriate to operations, planning and design
  • Develop complex analytical geospatial and forecast modeling
  • Train other department staff in the basic steps required to digitize and code maps for the GIS database.
  • Oversees seasonal GIS employee(s), interns, and other seasonal public works employees as assigned.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

  • Equivalent to associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree preferred, in drafting Computer-Aided-Design (CAD), GIS, engineering technology, civil engineering or a closely related field
  • Minimum of two years related experience or any equivalent combination of education, experience and training that provides required knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Language Skills

  • Ability to compare, count, differentiate, measure, copy, record and transcribe data and information.
  • Ability to express ideas clearly and concisely, orally and in writing to groups and to individuals.
  • Ability to communicate technical data and information to citizens in a clear and persuasive manner.
  • Ability to speak in a public.
  • Ability to persuade, convince, and or/train others.  Ability to advise and interpret how to apply policies, procedures and standards to specific situations.
  • Ability to utilize a variety of advisory data and information such as code manuals, City ordinances, directories, State statues, procedures, guidelines and on-routine correspondence.

Knowledge of

  • Principles of land planning, surveying, mapping, global positioning systems and usage of aerial photography and satellite imaging;
  • Theory, principles and practices of geographic information systems, including computerized data compilation and conversion techniques, database management systems, graphics applications and overlays, and spatial models for computer analysis;
  • Principles and capabilities of computer systems, including networked environments and peripheral devices;
  • Database systems integration, quality assurance procedures, and documentation of data sets;
  • System access and security guidelines and procedures;
  • Hardware and software troubleshooting techniques:  ESRI GIS Software, specifically ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online.

Reasoning Ability

  • Ability to exercise judgment, decisiveness and creativity when required in the evaluation of information.
  • Ability to interpret data results and correlate those to project needs.
  • Ability to work well under pressure and handle stressful situations, to organize work and set priorities, managing time and resources to meet deadlines and changing demands within the entire operation of administrative services, perform duties with minimum supervision.

Other Qualifications

  • Ability to work well with employees and to effectively meet and deal with the public.
  • Ability to work effectively in cooperation with fellow employees as a member of the public works staff team.
  • Valid Wisconsin driver’s license.
  • Proficiency in computer operation and working knowledge of modern office practices and procedures including operation of Microsoft Office.
  • Skill in First Aid and CPR, certification preferred.
  • Ability to work and remain motivated in an independent work environment.