Job Detail

Organization: Blaine County
Title: GIS Analyst I/II/III
Location: Hailey, ID USA

Posted: 2024-01-31
Application Deadline:

Position Description:

To Apply: Complete the Blaine County Application for Employment at https://www.co.blaine.id.us/FormCenter/Administrative-Services-16/Application-for-Employment-83. All required sections must be completed and include a cover letter and resume. Please direct questions to Human Resources at [email protected]. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Blaine County GIS Office Mission Statement:
Provide high quality geographic information for internal customers and the public.

General Statement of Duties:
The GIS Analyst position encompasses a wide variety of tasks and skill sets. This position designs, creates, modifies, or manages GIS software applications, creates hard copy maps for display, and provides technical support to other County GIS professionals. This is a technical position that demands an extensive background in information technology and also has a constant need for reeducation. Familiarity with a wide range of GIS software applications is a must. The qualified and successful GIS Analyst will not only be able to use these applications but be able to run and customize them to improve the current GIS program. Many County departments are relying on GIS technology in increasing amount and the GIS Analyst provides the necessary information and assistance.

Primary Job Responsibilities:

GIS Analyst I-
• Provides exceptional customer service to all customers at all times.
• Provides effective conflict resolution, as needed.
• Assists with the design GIS data structures, both geospatial and traditional database elements.
• Assists with data collection and input.
• Maintains GIS data standards through data input specifications and mapping standards. Assists with the development of GIS interfaces for data retrieval and map viewing.
• Implements GIS data base creation from scanned, digitized or downloaded sources.
• Assists with maintaining GIS data layers through updates and review procedures.
• Assists with GIS interface maintenance through ongoing review and revision.
• Maintains GIS department’s computer, including regular GIS software upgrades.
• Maintains custom programs for use with GIS models and data including web-based applications.
• Maintains, troubleshoots and updates existing applications and software.
• Life-long updating of GIS and non-GIS programming language skills.
• Establishes a working knowledge of the agency’s databases and software in order to handle data sharing, report and map generation between departments.
• Acts in tandem with the GIS staff as the geographic information expert for the County and provides oral and written updates and communications to County staff and the public.
• Coordinate to aid both GIS users and non-users in the development and application of geographical technology.
• Assists department heads to integrate GIS into department workflows.
• Responds to map and data requests spawned by county business.
• Answers phone; assists the public, takes and relays messages.
• Provides weekly project updates at GIS staff meetings
• Other duties as assigned by Blaine County GIS Manager.

GIS Analyst II- performs all of the previous including the following:
• Designs GIS data structures, both geospatial and traditional database elements.
• Develops GIS data standards for input, mapping and dissemination.
• Develops GIS interfaces for data retrieval and map viewing.
• Implement GIS data standards through data input specifications and mapping standards.
• Maintain GIS data layers through updates and review procedures.
• Maintain GIS interfaces through ongoing review and revision.
• Perform field data collection and train others on field data collection.
• Maintains extensive working knowledge of the agency’s databases and software in order to handle data sharing, report and map generation between departments.
• Enters, maintains, and coordinates addresses and other critical information in the Emergency Communication datasets including related data updates within the 911 dataset.
• Ensures data compliance with National Emergency Numbers Association standards.
• Works with the CAD Administrator to identify and resolve any discrepancies within the databases/systems.
• Collaborates with Emergency Communications Department leadership to modify Fire and Police response layers for redistricting purposes.
• Manages GIS parcel layer by mapping subdivisions, surveys, and updating existing parcels.
• Integrates survey data, legal descriptions, and property boundaries into the parcel fabric.
• Works with the Assessor’s office to confirm parcel layer data integrity.

GIS Analyst III- performs all of the previous including the following:
• Assists with the skill development of Analysts I and II.
• Develops and maintains custom programs for use with GIS models and data including web-based applications.
• Develops and implements scripts, tools and other custom programs that automate data updates and maintenance tasks to ensure updated and reliable GIS datasets.
• Responsible for the full lifecycle of GIS web applications.

Job Specifications:
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 primary job responsibilities.

Education and Work Experience:

GIS Analyst I-
• Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in computer science, geomatics, planning or a closely related field, from an accredited institution of higher learning.
• Two (2) or more years of progressive, related experience in design, development, programming, implementation, and maintenance of GIS databases.
• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work of a GIS Analyst I.

GIS Analyst II-
• Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in computer science, geomatics, planning or a closely related field, from an accredited institution of higher learning.
• Four (4) or more years of progressive, related experience in design, development, programming, implementation, and maintenance of GIS databases.
• GISP certification preferred but not required.
• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work of a GIS Analyst II.

GIS Analyst III-
• Bachelor’s Degree with major course work in computer science, geomatics, planning or a closely related field, from an accredited institution of higher learning.
• Six (6) or more years of progressive, related experience in design, development, programming, implementation, and maintenance of GIS databases.
• Hold current GISP certification.
• Any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the knowledge and abilities necessary to perform the work of a GIS Analyst.

Language Skills:
• Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations; write reports, business correspondence; sufficient communication and public relations skills to successfully interact with individuals of different abilities.
• Ability to address groups or general public in meetings.
• Ability to give training and informational seminars to staff and public.

Mathematical Skills:
• Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference, and fundamentals of plane and solid geometry and trigonometry; apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.

Reasoning Ability:
• Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of situational variables in situations where only limited standardization exists.
• Interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

Other Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
• Experience with current industry standard GIS software for desktop, enterprise, and AGOL including ESRI’s suite of products and their open source equivalents such as ArcGIS and QGIS.
• Efficient administration of industry standard relational databases and their spatial components.
• Working knowledge of enterprise IT technologies and operations including: Interoperability of networks and server systems, user account management, web server software and optimization.
• Experience with database packages such as PostgreSQL, MySQL, and Microsoft SQL Server.
• Experience with Client/Server applications in a networked environment.
• Experience working in a Service Oriented Architecture environment.
• Experience with cartographic skills such as map layout and design.
• Experience with computers, plotters, printers, and scanners.
• Knowledge of PLSS, Plats, Land Information Records and Boundary Information; to include COGO input of bearing, distance and curve information.
• Knowledge of specific programming languages, GIS software, and database management systems, such as Python, JavaScript, and SQL.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of organization, planning, records management and general administration.
• Knowledge of principles and practices of a GIS office.
• Knowledge of office and graphic design computer programs: word processors, spreadsheets, e-mail, presentation software, image and vector design software.
• Skills at dealing with the public.
• Skills in prioritizing multiple tasks and managing projects; establishing and maintaining effective working relations with co-workers and clients.
• Ability to research titles, deeds and other historic land records.
• Ability to work independently with little supervision or as part of a team.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with multiple interruptions.
• Ability to perform essential duties with efficiency and accuracy.
• Possess a valid Idaho Driver’s License.

Essential Physical Abilities:
• The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, and drive; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; talk and hear. The employee occasionally is required to climb, balance and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and must frequently lift and/or carry up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

Working Environment
• Work is primarily performed in an office environment where the physical demands require sitting for extended periods of time; frequent use of computers and standard office equipment; some travel will be required; may work under stress of deadlines; available after hours and on weekends.

Equal Opportunity Employer:
Blaine County is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). Qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

This job description indicates, in general, the nature and levels of work, knowledge, skills, abilities and other essential functions (as covered under the Americans with Disabilities Act) expected of the incumbent. It is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities required. Employee may be asked to perform other duties as required.

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