GIS Specialist

City of Oceanside | Oceanside, CA

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Posted Date 3/11/2019

A GIS Specialist manages assigned projects related to GIS operations including interpreting work requisitions, analyzing geographic data, developing computer applications to assist employees in the use of spatial data, prioritizing and assigning work and training employees on work methods; maintains and enhances geographic information system data sets, according to evolving needs and resources including digitizing, editing, research, creation, calculation and editing of attributes and merging of data from different sources; performs a variety of complex systems analysis in the design, implementation, maintenance, and upgrades of geographic information system web applications and supporting software applications; programs new web applications or enhances existing web applications; provides various web applications development support in response to staff needs, including set-up and configuration, and trouble-shooting user problems; maintains existing web applications by modifying programs or implementing new applications; tests modified applications for possible errors and resolves as needed; creates and maintains GIS database metadata to support enterprise GIS efforts throughout the City; determines methods of integrating and interfacing between existing programs (such as GIS, Asset Management System, and Land Development Systems) to meet user needs; participates in testing, prototyping, documenting and training of the applications and software; reviews, categorizes and compiles a variety of data; creates, maintains and conducts Quality Assurance/Quality Control of geographic data sets using a variety of software and source data; creates final map products using a variety of GIS software for various departments and City Council meetings and/or reports; produces specialized maps for various City departments as necessary; conducts Global Positioning System (GPS) surveying and data post-processing for GIS database development efforts; Develops internal and external web-based GIS applications within the ESRI framework, utilizing the ESRI JavaScript API, ArcGIS Server, and ESRI web services; writes well-documented Python scripts to perform GIS analysis and automate GIS processes; utilizes a variety of city's systems to find and collect data for use in everyday work such as: Document Management System, Asset Management System, and manual files; performs research and analysis of geographic and tabular data from public and private sources for integration to the city's enterprise GIS and other enterprise systems; assists in creating and maintaining GIS website and portal, optimizing the web architecture for ease of navigation, editing and updating content, and conducting quality checks for consistency; prepares user documentation including flowcharts, user guides, and training materials; trains and instructs users in the use of applications; leads lower level staff on problem and/or process identification, definition, and solution development; recommends improvements, modifications, and automated solutions; analyzes application issues; takes corrective action to resolve problems; performs advanced technical troubleshooting and leads multiple discipline team for complex problem resolution; develops and customizes GIS applications; responds to public inquiries in a courteous manner; provides information within the area of assignment; resolves complaints in an efficient and timely manner; attends and participates in professional group meetings; stays abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of geographic information systems; and performs related duties as required.



Experience: A minimum of two years of increasingly responsible professional and technical/analytical GIS experience including experience using GIS software, computer-aided design, and GIS equipment and programs.

Training: Associates Degree or equivalent coursework in geography, GIS, computer science or a related field.



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Job Category
Local Government
Career Level
Mid Level

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