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GPS/GIS Technician - City of Franklin
Posted on November 8th, 2016

GPS/GIS Technician  City of Franklin, TN - City of Franklin, TN  $18.93 an hourI. Purpose of Job 

To perform professional duties in support of the City’s Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program; field collection/verification of city assets through the use of a handheld Global Positioning System (GPS); performs GPS hardware/software maintenance, as well as: editing data, preparing maps and reports, performing analysis, developing tools, and supporting end users through troubleshooting and training. 

II. Essential Job Duties 

A. Uses GPS to Collect Field Data 
Perform GPS field verification of city assets as they correspond to as-built; ensure all attribute data is accurate. 

Perform GPS field collection of city assets where an as-built has not be received. 

Downloads field collection data and incorporates into the enterprise GIS database and reviews it for accuracy. 

Performs asset location and marking for TN One Call locate requests. 

B. Generates Maps, Graphics, and Reports 
Produces standard base maps for ready reproduction and distribution. 

Utilizes GIS to update maps, data, map books and related documents. 

Prepares detailed GIS based maps, graphs, charts, records and reports as requested; meets with departments to determine procedures and datasets for specific desired geographic analyses; analyzes existing data sources to extrude needed data. 

May greet and assist the general public, contractors, developers, and engineers in search of GIS information; queries data base to select data requested; generates files with requested data. 

Recommend effective uses of GIS technology for various City functions: explain recommendations to City staff. 

C. Maintains GIS System Hardware/Software 
Installs GIS software on user computers; applies patches, service packs and upgrades as needed. 

Installs and maintains GPS software on field collection hardware; applied patches; service packs and upgrades as needed. 

Utilizes and maintains large format scanners and plotters. 

D. Maintains GIS Related Data 
Coordinates with appropriate departments to develop and maintain base maps; digitizes features, geocodes addresses; maintains a shared, computerized database of maps and GIS related information. 

Ensures the accuracy, integrity and availability of GIS data. 

Provide assistance in researching, extracting and generating data for division or department operations including boundary issues, deeds and legal property descriptions. 

Maintains data sets using QA/QC methods, subtypes and domains. 

Imports and converts, as necessary, aerial photography and CAD drawings prepared by others. 

Reconciles data with Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software to ensure accuracy. 

E. Provides Technical Support to City departments 
Provides technical assistance to GIS users. Assists in training other employees in developing, utilizing, and applying GIS. 

As requested, assists in investigating the feasibility of implementing new technology or software to aid GIS users. 

III. Other Job Duties 

Performs other job duties as assigned, including but not limited to: 
Assists in providing varied information system support as needed. 

May assist with the installation and maintenance of workstations and peripherals related to GIS servers, personal computers, printers, scanners, and large format plotters. 

IV. Primary Job Challenges 

Primary challenges of this position include: 
Explaining technical requirement s to non-technical staff or the general public. 

Staying abreast of new trends and technology in GIS applications; attend seminars and workshops. 

Satisfying competing demands from different departments. 

V. Equipment Operated 

Computer keyboard, mouse, printers, copiers, scanners and GPS receivers. 

VI. Key Competencies Required 
Job Content Knowledge : Is knowledgeable of cartography, geographic analysis, engineering drafting/design, mapping practices as necessary in the completion of daily responsibilities. Is knowledgeable and skillful in the use of advanced PC workstations utilizing GIS and CAD applications, GPS survey equipment and associated hardware/software, including ArcGIS, Trimble GPS. Extensive knowledge of GIS software necessary to maintain topology and attribute information related to GIS data. Is capable of using zoning, land use, sewer and water maps. Is knowledgeable of OSHA and safety rules and procedures. Has knowledge of project management techniques. Must be able to work independently. Knows how to keep abreast of any changes in policy, methods, computer operations, equipment needs and policies, etc., as they pertain to departmental operations and activities. Is able to effectively communicate and interact with supervisors and all other groups involved in the activities of the department. Has comprehensive knowledge of the terminology, principles, and methods utilized within the department.Language Skills: Ability to read, analyze, and interpret common scientific and technical journals, financial reports, and legal documents. Ability to respond to common inquiries or complaints from customers, regulatory agencies, or members of the business community. Ability to write speeches and articles for publication that conform to prescribed style and format. Ability to effectively present information to top management, public groups, and/or boards of directors.Mathematical Skills: Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.Reasoning Ability: Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. In decision making, some choices are known while others may need to be identified. Some reliance on precedent. Ability to interpret a variety of complex instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form. 

Develops constructive and cooperative working relationships with others. Encourages others to express their ideas and opinions. Provides input into identifying and solving problems. Anticipates need of others for information about job tasks and work environment and provides it to them in a timely manner. Willingly assists others with job tasks when appropriate. VII. Physical Demands and Work Environment 

Physical Demands: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires the incumbent to: 
Frequently stand and walk. 

Frequently sit and use hands to finger, handle, or feel. 

Occasionally reach with hands and arms,climb or balance, and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. 

Frequently talk or hear. 

Occasionally lift up to 100 pounds. 

Work Environment: Performance of the essential duties of this job requires 
Frequent exposure to outdoor weather conditions 

Occasional exposure to risk of electrical shock 

The work environment is moderately noisy (examples: business office with computers and printers, light traffic). 

VIII. Qualifications 

Education and Experience: The required knowledge, skill, and abilities to satisfactorily perform job duties are normally acquired through attainment of a Bachelor’s’ degree in engineering technology, geography, geoscience, computer science or information technology with a minimum of one year of GIS experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this position. Proven basic competency in ESRI’s suite of software including ArcGIS for Desktop is required. 

Required Certifications/Licenses: 

A certificate of competency in a GIS based program 

SALARY: $18.93/ HR 

Apply by: November 21, 2016 

EOE/Drug Free Workplace

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Erik Sitz - December 20th, 2016 at 3:44 PM
I'm currently a Meteorology major at the University of Tennessee at Martin. I'm in my senior year, and have taken classes in Cartography, Remote Sensing, and currently enrolled in GIS. I plan on becoming GIS certified before I graduate so that I can better myself in the field. I know I'm not currently not qualified for this position, but I am currently working toward that and I'd like to be kept informed if that's possible. I'm willing to answer any questions that are necessary. Thank you!
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