Job Detail

Organization: Montana State Library
Title: GIS Technician
Location: Helena, MT USA

Posted: 2019-11-19
Application Deadline: 2019-12-09

Position Description:

The Montana State Library is currently recruiting for 3 GIS Technicians.

Special Information:

Applications must be received by December 9, 2019 to be considered.

Please note that MSL is not able to sponsor a visa at this time so all candidates must be eligible to work in the United States when they apply.

Reasonable Accommodations:

Under state and federal law qualified applicants with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations. Modifications or adjustments may be provided to assist applicants to compete in the recruitment and selection process, to perform the essential duties of the job or to enjoy equal benefits and privileges of employment available to other employees. An applicant must request an accommodation when needed. If you need any such accommodation, contact the Montana State Library using the information provided above.


This position is a GIS Technician responsible for supporting the agency’s data development, information-sharing, and consulting and collaboration missions through the efficient and responsible management of the Montana Spatial Data Infrastructure, the Natural Resources Information System, the Water Information System, data discovery tools, and by providing mediated services. Primary duties include:

Create, modify, and maintain GIS databases that produce layered maps, tables, and reports

Use automated cartographic design, spatial analysis procedures, and GIS software to create maps.

Customize applications that create visual representations of geospatial data using analytical modeling, three-dimensional renderings, and plot creation.

Manage, update or maintain GIS layers and associated tabular data using a relational database system (RBDMS).

Identify or enhance existing relational database elements for tracking, storing, retrieving, displaying, and maintaining tabular data.

Maintain, modify, or update GIS software, technology, equipment, and systems.

Validate and ensure accuracy of file structures, layers, and tables by examining incoming data for issues, errors, and inconsistencies

Perform computer programming, scripting, data analysis, or software development for GIS applications

Conduct statistical and spatial analyses of tabular and geospatial data.

Provide data fulfillment requests, technical support, outreach, or training for the Montana State Library’s GIS data, services, and/or applications.

The position is a member of a team that includes other GIS Technicians and GIS Analysts who share these duties. These positions regularly provide support to staff providing other team functions such as database, website, and spatial server administration. Less frequent duties include software/hardware administration, providing input to the agency information technology plan, and assisting in the development and enforcement of best practices, standards and policies.

Application materials required initially for this position include the following:

Signed and completed State of Montana Employment Application and the answers to the supplemental questions. The online application may be found at Downloadable forms may be found at Information and forms for claiming employment preference may be found at that link also and all applicable forms must be included with the application.

Supplemental Questions (you will be evaluated both on your answer and your ability to communicate well in writing): In addition to filling out the online state job application, a complete application must include answers to each of the following supplemental questions. Consider the items emphasized in the job announcement both in your application and in the responses to the supplemental questions. Of particular importance in evaluating applicants – Experience with desktop and online GIS tools; programming or scripting language training or experience; experience working with GIS metadata and metadata tools; experience creating and editing geographic information datasets, and GIS project management experience. You will be evaluated both on your answer and your ability to communicate well in writing.

Supplemental Question #1 - Along with your application, please include a cover letter that describes how your education and experience fits the position and how the position fits the career goals you have set for yourself. Please limit your cover letter to one page.

Application and Selection Process:

Selection procedures used to evaluate an applicant's qualifications may include an evaluation of the State of Montana application and any required supplemental material, structured oral interview(s) including a performance examination, and reference checks. A résumé, transcripts, or other verification of status may be required for specific positions. Applicants will be notified when screening has been completed. This job posting is an advertisement for the solicitation of applicants for the position. It is not intended to represent a contract between the employer and the applicant selected.


Competencies: This position requires knowledge of the practical application of the principles, techniques and procedures, and equipment associated with geographic information systems: mapping, analysis, design, and production. The position requires an understanding of GIS metadata including Federal Geographic Data Committee and ISO metadata standards.

The successful applicant will be skilled in the use of desktop, and online GIS tools, preferably ArcGIS Desktop/ArcGIS Pro and ArcGIS Online. Knowledge of the tools available for producing and distributing metadata that meet standards. Knowledge and skill in the programming, scripting or markup languages such as ASP .NET, VB Script, SQL, Python, JavaScript is preferred. Knowledge and skill with a relational database management systems, hardware, software, operating systems, networks, security, and file systems, including troubleshooting and problem resolution methods and techniques are preferred.

The position requires general knowledge, skills, and abilities include excellent organizational and time management skills; the ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with a wide range of people; the ability to maintain effective working relations with MSL employees, other state employees, computer vendors, and the general public. Lastly, the successful applicant will possess the ability to listen to conflicting opinions, facts, and needs; facilitate consensus; balance technology advances with the related people issues and make compromises for the best interests of all involved.

Other experience and training that would be beneficial, but is not required, includes an understanding of MSL’s mission, values and goals and proficiency with Microsoft products such as Outlook, Excel, Word, and Access.


The knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the duties of this position are usually acquired through a combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Management, Geography, Environmental Science, GIS, Planning, or a closely related field or two years job-related work experience. Other combinations of education and experience that could provide such knowledge, skills, and abilities will be evaluated on an individual basis.


State employees working at least half-time are also provided paid health, dental, vision, and life insurance. Other benefits for eligible state employees include a credit union, a deferred compensation program, public employees' retirement program, 15 working days annual leave per year, 12 days sick leave per year, paid holidays, and up to 15 days military leave with full pay. Earned leave benefits may be used for maternity and parental (birth/adoption) leave and for immediate family illness care.

Immigration Reform and Control Act:

In accordance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act, the person selected must produce within three (3) days of hire, documentation that he/she is authorized to work in the United States. Examples of such documentation include a birth certificate or social security card along with a driver's license or other picture I.D., a passport or a green card.

Applicant Pool Statement: If another department vacancy occurs in this job title within six months, the same applicant pool may be used for the selection.

Training Assignment: Not Applicable

Job: Library

Salary: $ 45,264.00 - 56,580.00 Yearly

Benefits Package Eligibility: Health Insurance, Paid Leave & Holidays, Retirement Plan

Number of Openings: 3

Employee Status: Regular

Schedule: Full-Time

Shift: Day Job

Travel: Yes, 5 % of the Time

Primary Location: Helena

Agency: Montana State Library

Union: 000 - None

Bargaining Unit: 000 - None

Posting Date: Nov 19, 2019, 2:17:45 PM

Closing Date (based on your computer's timezone): Ongoing

Required Application Materials: Cover Letter, Supplemental Questions (Refer to Job Posting)

Contact Name: Marlys Stark | Contact Email: [email protected] | Contact Phone: 406-444-3384

The State of Montana has a decentralized human resources (HR) system. Each agency is responsible for its own recruitment and selection. Anyone who needs a reasonable accommodation in the application or hiring process should contact the agency's HR staff identified on the job listing or by dialing the Montana Relay at 711. Montana Job Service Offices also offer services including assistance with submitting an online application.

State government does not discriminate based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or medical conditions related to pregnancy or childbirth, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, marital status, creed, political beliefs or affiliation, veteran status, military service, retaliation, or any other factor not related to merit and qualifications of an employee or applicant.

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