Job Detail

Organization: City of Fresno
Title: Geographic Information System (GIS) Specialist (OPEN UNTIL FILLED)
Location: Fresno, CA USA

Posted: 2023-08-01
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

SALARY: $6,781-$8,184/mo.

Position Description


GIS Specialists perform under general supervision advanced technical work related to the analysis, use, development and maintenance of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The incumbents will work with key staff in various departments to perform a variety of complex GIS related work; including, GIS technical support, spatial data analysis, updating data and maps, and providing general mapping expertise.

We have a team of creative and innovative tech-savvy employees in the City of Fresno that are experts at transforming data into visual content that empowers more informed decision making. Every day they work hard to streamline systems that make our jobs easier and more efficient. This year the City of Fresno's GIS (Geographic Information Systems) teams collaborated with each other to create a StoryMap highlighting how the city uses GIS in its everyday workflow.

Check out their work:

One vacancy exists in the Information Services Department. Immediate and future vacancies will be filled from this eligible list for a period of three (3) months from the date the eligible list is created, with the option of extending that period for up to a maximum of two years at the City's discretion. If the examination process is suspended for this recruitment, the eligible list may be limited to three (3) months.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

BENEFITS: UNIT 3 Classification - The Fresno City Employees Association, Inc. (FCEA)

HEALTH INSURANCE: The City contributes toward monthly premiums for PPO medical, dental and vision for employee and dependents.
FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT: IRS 125 Plan for health and dependent care expenses.
DEFERRED COMPENSATION: Voluntary 457 plan with Fidelity Investments to increase your retirement savings.
VACATION LEAVE: Accrue 8-14.66 hours per month.
SICK LEAVE: Eight (8) hours per month, available after 90 days
SUPPLEMENTAL SICK- 40 hours per fiscal year. 80 hours lifetime maximum
HOLIDAYS: Ten (10) City-observed annual holidays plus birthday and two (2) personal days.
SHORT TERM DISABILITY: Provided through California SDI program.
BILINGUAL PREMIUM: PAY: $100 per month
HEALTH REIMBURSEMENT ARRANGEMENT: Eligible retirees can use remaining Sick Leave balance at 80% of hourly rate and other leave balances, if applicable, to reimburse medical insurance and qualified medical expenses, tax free.
RETIREMENT: City of Fresno Retirement Systems, one of the best funded public systems in the state. Reciprocity with other CA public agencies. Vested in Retirement benefits after 5 years of service. City employees do not participate in Social Security.
DROP (Deferred Retirement Option Program): an optional, voluntary program that allows an employee to deposit retirement benefits in a special savings account within the Retirement System while continuing to work for the City of Fresno for up to 10 years. Participation minimum is age 50 and vested. Benefits includes ownership of accumulated funds, compound interest earnings, and alternative distribution options.

Additional information regarding the City of Fresno benefits is available at

The Requirements

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and does not assure a place on the eligibility list:

Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in GIS(T), geography, engineering, land surveying, computer science or a closely related field. APPLICANTS MUST ATTACH A COPY OF THEIR BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR COLLEGE TRANSCRIPTS FOR VERIFICATION OF REQUIRED UNITS.


Three (3) years of increasingly responsible experience operating, implementing, and maintaining automated mapping and/or Geographic Information Systems (GIS). Additional qualifying experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis. Applicants must attach a copy of their bachelor's degree or college transcripts for verification of required units.


Five (5) years of experience as a GIS Technician with the City of Fresno.

You must attach to your online application proof of education.

Possession and continued maintenance of a valid California Driver's License may be required at time of appointment. Candidates considered for hire must provide proof of a valid driver's license and current copy of their driving record.

The selected eligible candidates certified will be required to successfully pass a Department interview and a Department of Justice fingerprint prior to employment with the City of Fresno.

How To Apply

APPLICANTS MUST COMPLETE AN ON-LINE APPLICATION. PLEASE VISIT WWW.FRESNO.GOV/JOBS TO APPLY. For information on how to complete an on-line application, please view "Instruction Guide" on the City's website, Personnel Services Career Opportunities page, or call (559) 621-6950 for assistance. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of a completed employment application.

ALL CORRESPONDENCE regarding this recruitment and exam process will be sent via e-mail. All applicants will acknowledge such understanding when they complete their on-line application. Verify we have your correct e-mail address before you submit your application. It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email frequently to ensure they receive all pertinent communication from the Personnel Services Department on a timely basis. Applicants will receive an automatically generated confirmation e-mail upon a successful application submittal. The e-mail is the only proof of submittal.

It is an applicant's responsibility to check their email account and to ensure it is set up to accept emails from the City of Fresno. Dependent upon your settings, notices from the City of Fresno may be directed to the "junk mail" or "spam" folders. It is the applicant's responsibility to check these folders as well.

Applications must be submitted by midnight on the filing deadline or they will not be accepted for any reason. FOR THIS RECRUITMENT, IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT PERMANENT FRESNO CITY EMPLOYEES APPLY THROUGH PEOPLESOFT SELF SERVICE.

Selection Process

Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications on or before the posted filing deadline in order to qualify for the examination and does not assure a place on the eligibility list. The selection process may consist of the following:

APPLICATION REVIEW - Qualifying Only: Applications which meet the minimum qualifications will be reviewed and a limited number of the most qualified candidates will be invited to the oral examination. Selection of the most qualified candidates will be based upon those applications demonstrating the greatest breadth and depth of applicable education, experience, skills and training. Therefore, applicants are urged to submit sufficiently detailed information in their application materials for evaluation.

ORAL EXAM - 100%: A panel of subject matter experts will conduct a job-related oral examination to evaluate a candidate's knowledge of principles and methods used to develop GIS mapping, AutoCAD, ARC/INFO and Arc View; ability to utilize GIS Technology, develop, implement, and modify computer systems, analyze, interpret and explain technical GIS policies and procedures, and maintain effective working relationships or other topics related to a candidate's training, experience and qualifications for the position of Geographic Information System Specialist. Candidates must achieve a passing score to qualify for the eligible list. The Oral Examination is to be determined.

The City reserves the right to amend any phase of the examination process should there be a limited number of successful candidates.

Veteran Preference Regulations

Qualified veterans who pass the examination may obtain five (5) additional points.
Candidates applying for veteran's preference are required to submit a copy of their DD214 with their application during the specified filing period. Evidence must be presented to indicate that the candidate was discharged honorably from the military service. Veterans, including City employees, must resubmit proof of honorable service for every examination for which veteran's preference credit is requested.

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Fresno is an equal opportunity employer. Should you need a special accommodation due to a qualifying disability, please contact the Personnel Service Department at (559) 621-6950 in advance of the examination.

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