Water GIS Specialist

City of Aurora | Aurora, CO

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Posted Date 12/30/2019

City of Aurora, Colorado
It is an exciting time to work for the City of Aurora, we're growing and looking for dedicated and collaborative individuals to join our team of talented and valued employees. Excellent organizations have a set of principles, or core values, that are used to implement their mission and vision. Those values represent the touchstone for the organization, guiding the decisions of the individuals and the organization. At the City of Aurora, we demonstrate our excellence by modeling the CORE 4 Values of:  Integrity, Respect, Professionalism, and Customer Service, and we welcome all who share these values to apply.

Why Work for Aurora?

  • Make a difference in the lives of real people every day
  • Diverse community
  • Competitive total compensation package
  • Well-Funded General Employees Retirement Plan
  • Light rail station minutes away
  • On-site fitness center and overall employee well-being programs
  • Internal educational programs to assist with career advancement
  • Access to innovation workspaces

Aurora Water Department
Aurora Water is responsible for the operation and maintenance of the drinking water, sanitary sewer and storm drainage systems, treatment of drinking water and non-potable reclaimed wastewater for irrigation, billing and collection, public outreach and water conservation, acquisition and development of future water rights, major capital projects programs, and quality control for regulatory compliance and public health.

The GIS Specialist position will be responsible for a variety of GIS tasks related to supporting the diverse needs of the Aurora Water Department, including data collection and interpretation, data analysis, data/database management, cartography, and continued support of mobile and web GIS technologies.



The GIS Specialist position is responsible for creating and maintaining systems of record to track potable, raw, reclaimed, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure. The position is also responsible for creating maps and GIS based solutions. The GIS Specialist position performs duties and responsibilities which may include, but are not limited to, any combination of the following tasks: 

  • Creating new assets and tracking their associated attributes in a versioned enterprise geodatabase (ArcSDE) and Computerized Maintenance Management System (CMMS) using AutoCAD files and engineering drawings.
  • Overseeing and conducting research to find and verify GIS data from source documents to maintain water department GIS and CMMS data.
  • Supporting asset management activities.
  • Providing training and technical assistance in the use of GIS data, software, and mobile applications to department staff.
  • Exhibiting excellent customer service skills with demonstrated professional demeanor.
  • Preparing maps for various department divisions using proper cartographic principals.
  • Utilizing ESRI ArcGIS Online/Portal applications such as web maps, web apps, dashboards, story maps and other applications to meet the needs of various department divisions.
  • Processing and sharing data for department GIS applications (system models, asset management, master planning etc.) and fulfilling external data requests as needed. 
  • Identifying and solving technical problems independently.
  • Devising new approaches and alternative solutions to existing workflows.
  • The ability to brainstorm with others, thrive in a collaborative and productive team environment, multi-task and quickly adapt to change.
  • Performing GIS analysis to support decision making. 
  • Assisting with field data collection as needed.
  • Keeping current on the latest GIS trends in technology and procedures and making recommendations for implementation in Aurora.
  • Writing user-friendly content that meets the needs of the target audience including technical standard operating procedures for the team and non-technical procedures for internal customers
  • Performing additional related duties as assigned.

More information can be found about Aurora Water here:  https://www.auroragov.org/LivingHere/Water

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  • Associates Degree in GIS, cartography, drafting or related field
  • A GIS Certification and Bachelor's Degree in a related field is preferred

  • At least 2 years of professional level GIS experience with ESRI products.
  • Knowledge of the utility industry and ability to interpret engineering drawings preferred.
  • Experience with programming, network systems, web services, and INFOR Public Sector are considered a plus.
An equivalent combination of education, training, and experience that demonstrates required knowledge, skills, and abilities may be considered.

  • Working knowledge of ESRI ArcGIS software, cartographic design, public utilities, and experience reading/interpreting Engineering design drawings.
  • Demonstrable competence with: ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Collector, Survey 123, ArcGIS Pro, Microsoft Suite, and GPS technologies.
  • Knowledge of related software (AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat, INFOR Public Sector, FME, Innovyze, and SQL) considered a plus.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with other employees and citizens, communicate effectively both verbally and in writing
  • Analyze and compile technical information and reports; make presentations
  • Interpret and apply applicable laws, ordinances, and policies

  • Strong interpersonal, customer service, analytical, and project management skills.
Licenses, Certifications or Equipment Required:
  • Colorado driver's license with a good driving history.  This position may require occasional use of personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.).

***Attach a work sample of a GIS project that used analysis tools, Model Builder, ArcGIS Pro, or ArcGIS Online.***



Physical Demands: 

  • Sedentary physical work requiring the ability to lift a maximum of 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting, carrying, walking, and standing
  • Vision sufficient to read computer screens, printouts, and related documents
  • Dexterity to operate a computer system and other related equipment
  • Speech communication and hearing to maintain communication with employees and citizens
  • Endurance sufficient to sit and work at a computer for long periods of time
Work Environment: 
  • Works in a clean, comfortable environment
 Equipment Used: 
  • Uses standard office equipment to include personal & enterprise computer systems
  • This position may require the incumbent to occasionally use personal equipment (e.g. vehicle, cell phone, tools, etc.) in the course of their employment

Core Values:
  • Quality
  • User Focus
  • Collaboration
  • Creativity
  • Responsibility
  • Provide information and tools to empower informed decisions
For Veterans points:  Please show all of your employment history, including military service and related documentation (DD214) on the application.
The City of Aurora is an equal opportunity employer.  We are required by state and federal agencies to keep certain statistical records on applicants.  It will not be used in any way to discriminate against you because of your sex, race, age, sexual orientation, creed, national origin, disability or military status, gender identity, unless related to a bona fide occupational qualification as defined by the Colorado Civil Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunity Commission.
If you need assistance in completing this application, please feel free to contact our office at:  303-739-7225 or visit us at 15151 E Alameda Pkwy., Suite 3500, Aurora, CO 80012.

Despite the changes in Colorado law, the City of Aurora maintains a drug free workplace.  A positive test of marijuana is grounds for disqualification and ineligibility for employment with the city for one year or termination once hired.
Drug Testing, Thorough Criminal Background Check, and Employment References:
As a condition of employment, all applicants selected for employment with the City of Aurora must undergo a thorough criminal background check and drug screening. Employment references will be conducted on finalists for City of Aurora vacancies.



The city provides the following 10 paid holidays to all regular and introductory employees:
  • New Year's Day
  • Martin Luther King Day
  • Presidents' Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Independence Day
  • Labor Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Thanksgiving Holiday (day after Thanksgiving)
  • Christmas Day
Personal Leave
The city provides twenty-four (24) hours of personal leave to full-time employees each January 1 following the completion of one year of continuous service and 2080 worked hours (excluding over-time).   A pro-rated portion of personal leave is provided after the first six (6) months of continuous service and again at twelve (12) months continuous service.
Annual Leave
Employees accrue annual leave after the successful completion of their Introductory Period. Accruals for Annual Leave for full-time regular employees are:
0-2 years of service 12 days
2-4 years of service 13 days
4 years of service 14 days
6 years of service 15 days
8 years of service 16 days
10 years of service 17 days
12 years of service 18 days
14 years of service 20 days
15 years of service 23 days
Part-time and full-time employees working less than forty hours per week shall accrue annual leave on a pro rated basis according to the number of hours worked.
Sick Leave
All regular employees excluding elected officials accrue Sick Leave upon their date of hire. All regular Career Service employees accrue 104 hours of Sick Leave for each 2080 hours of work. There is no maximum on the amount of sick leave that can be accrued.
Employee Leave Sharing Program
The City offers an Employee Leave Sharing Program in order to assist with income protection for full-time and part-time regular employees when an employee must be absent from work due to catastrophic medical hardship to the employee, spouse or child(ren).
City employees may voluntarily donate Annual, Personal and Sick Leave hours to a qualified employee.
Emergency Leave
Any regular or introductory employee may be allowed, at the discretion of the Department Director, up to 5 working days or 40 hours paid time off in the case of a death involving an employee's immediate family or in the case of a natural disaster involving the employee.
Civil Leave
Any regular or introductory employee who is summoned for jury duty or is subpoenaed in an official capacity during a regularly schedule work day will be given paid time off.
Military Leave
Any regular or introductory full-time employee who is a member of the National Guard or the Reserves will receive a maximum of 15 (eight-hour) paid days per calendar year.
Medical, Dental and Vision Coverage
The city offers four (4) medical plans; two (2) dental plans; and one (1) vision plan to regular employees (and their eligible dependents) to choose from. Medical, dental and vision coverage is effective the first day of the month following date of hire.
Life Insurance
Life insurance is provided to regular employees in the event of death at no cost. In addition, regular employees are covered by the Accidental Death and Dismemberment benefit, which provides for additional benefits in the event of accidental death or serious accidental injury. Eligibility for life insurance begins on the employee's date of hire.
Employees may elect additional life insurance coverage on themselves through the city's voluntary life insurance plan. Life insurance coverage is also available for dependents.
Flexible Spending Accounts
Regular employees may participate in the City's flexible spending accounts program. This program allows employees to increase their tax savings by making pre-tax deposits to a Health or Dependent Care Spending Account to pay for work-related dependent care expenses and certain unreimbursed health expenses.
All regular Career Service employees participate in the General Employees Retirement Plan ("GERP") which is a defined benefit pension plan. For 2013 participants will contribute 7% of their pre-tax earnings each pay period. The City of Aurora matches each employee's contributions. GERP credits interest on contributions while they remain with the Plan.
When employment with the City ends, participants may be eligible for a monthly retirement benefit, depending on their age and length of service. Alternatively, terminating participants may elect to receive a lump sum distribution of their contributions, interest and vested City contributions instead of a monthly benefit.
Long Term Disability
When a regular employee cannot work for a prolonged time because of serious injury or illness, you need help with more than your medical bills. Long Term Disability Insurance (LTD) can replace a portion of your salary while you are unable to work. Full-time regular Career Service employees are eligible for LTD after completing 6 months of continuous service. After a period of 90 days, you may receive up to 60% of your current base pay.
Deferred Compensation (IRS Section 457)
At an employee's option, participation in a Deferred Compensation program through the City of Aurora is available. Deferred Compensation provides pre-tax savings to employees who participate through automatic payroll deduction. It is a program that assists you in saving additional monies for your retirement. There are many investment choices offered by each of our Deferred Compensation providers. Your pre-tax dollar investment(s) grow each payday while interest accumulates.


Complete and thorough responses to the following questions are necessary in order to be considered for this vacancy and move to the next step in the recruitment process. Please choose a response that best describes your educational background.
  • High School/GED
  • Associates Degree in GIS, Cartography, Drafting, or directly related field
  • Bachelors Degree in GIS, Cartography, Drafting, or directly related field
  • Masters Degree inGIS, Cartography, Drafting, or directly related field
  • Associates Degree in an unrelated field
  • Bachelors Degree in an unrelated field
  • Masters Degree in an unrelated field
Do you have at least two (2) years of professional level GIS services?
  • Yes
  • No
If you answered YES to #2, please briefly the type of projects you have worked on,
Do you have experience with any of the following technologies: ESRI ArcGIS software, ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, Collector, Survey 123, ArcGIS Pro, Microsoft Suite, GPS technologies, AutoCAD, Adobe Acrobat, INFOR Public Sector, FME, Innovyze, SQL?
  • Yes
  • No
This position requires you to operate a vehicle for the City of Aurora. If selected, your Motor Vehicle Report will be obtained from State records. Any false or inaccurate information provided will result in disqualification. Has your driver's license been suspended, revoked, or reinstated in the past 3 years?
  • Yes
  • No
Please select the number of driving violations/tickets you have received in the past 3 years:
  • 1 to 3
  • 4 to 6
  • More than 6
  • None
Have you been involved in any driving accidents within the past 3 years?
  • Yes
  • No

* Required Question

Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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