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Reference # : 17-05027 Title : GIS Technician 1
Location : Vancouver, WA
Position Type : Contract
Experience Level : Start Date / End Date : 01/01/2018 / 01/05/2019  
Description
GIS Technician 1

SCA Crosswalk: Cartographic Technician


Position Overview: Assist scientists, technologists, or related professionals in building, maintaining, modifying, or using geographic information systems (GIS) databases. May also perform some custom application development, provide user support, produce databases or coordinate projects.

Education, Experience, Job Training:
? Bachelor?s degree in a related field, such as computer science, geography, or landscape architecture with a strong emphasis in computer assisted spatial analysis (Highly Desirable)
? Entry level - 2 years experience (or 4 years experience without a degree) (Required)

Typical Tasks may include but are not limited to:
? Design or coordinate the development of integrated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) spatial or non-spatial databases.
? Design or prepare graphic representations of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data using GIS hardware or software applications.
? Enter data into Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases using techniques such as coordinate geometry, keyboard entry of tabular data, manual digitizing of maps, scanning or automatic conversion to vectors, and conversion of other sources of digital data.
? Maintain or modify existing Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
? Perform geospatial data building, modeling, or analysis using advanced spatial analysis, data manipulation, or cartography software.
? Analyze Geographic Information Systems (GIS) data to identify spatial relationships or display results of analyses using maps, graphs, or tabular data.
? Interpret aerial or ortho photographs.
? Review existing or incoming data for currency, accuracy, usefulness, quality, or completeness of documentation.
? Provide technical support to users or clients regarding the maintenance, development or operation of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) databases.
? Select cartographic elements needed for effective presentation of information

Specific Tasks:
? Maintains databases and ensures data quality through the use of automated and manual techniques to enter, edit, and process datasets
? Creates and maintains metadata of newly created data sets to track the source, scale, currency and other pertinent geographic information, as well as any modifications to the data set
? Designs and prepares publication quality cartographic products using industry standards
? Involved in coding and preparation of GIS projects. Prepare data for conversion and editing
? Develops records and data management processes, procedures, and tools for client (BPA survey, mapping, and photogrammetry groups) and providing guidance for managing these records and systems

Skill:
? Written and oral communication skills; interpersonal skills useful in establishing and maintaining effective working relationships
? Ability to organize and prioritize assignments (Required)
? Knowledge of ESRI?s ArcGIS software (Required)
? Proficient user knowledge of MS Office (Required)
? Working knowledge of image processing, remote sensing and GPS (Preferred)
? Ability to maintain and modify geo-processing models and scripts; maintain geographic and relational data bases; implement complex geographic analysis (Preferred)

Typical Work Activities may include any of the following:
? Interacting With Computers ? Using computers and computer systems (including hardware and software) to program, write software, set up functions, enter data, or process information.
? Processing Information ? Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating, auditing, or verifying information or data.
? Communicating with Management, Peers, or Co-Workers ? Providing information to management, co-workers, and peers by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
? Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge ? Keeping up-to-date technically and applying new knowledge to your job.
? Documenting/Recording Information ? Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.
? Getting Information ? Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
? Analyzing Data or Information ? Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
? Making Decisions and Solving Problems ? Analyzing information and evaluating results to choose the best solution and solve problems.
? Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events ? Identifying information by categorizing, estimating, recognizing differences or similarities, and detecting changes in circumstances or events.

Knowledge ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Geography ? Knowledge of principles and methods for describing the features of land, sea, and air masses, including their physical characteristics, locations, interrelationships, and distribution of plant, animal, and human life.
? Computers and Electronics ? Knowledge of electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
? Engineering and Technology ? Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
? Mathematics ? Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
? Design ? Knowledge of design techniques, tools, and principles involved in production of precision technical plans, blueprints, drawings, and models.
? Production and Processing ? Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
? Customer and Personal Service ? Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.

Skills ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Active Learning ? Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
? Reading Comprehension ? Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
? Writing ? Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
? Critical Thinking ? Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
? Mathematics ? Using mathematics to solve problems.
? Troubleshooting ? Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
? Active Listening ? Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
? Technology Design ? Generating or adapting equipment and technology to serve user needs.
? Complex Problem Solving ? Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
? Learning Strategies ? Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Abilities ? The specific position may require any or all of the following:
? Problem Sensitivity ? Ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
? Inductive Reasoning ? Ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
? Information Ordering ? Ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
? Mathematical Reasoning ? Ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
? Written Comprehension ? Ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
? Deductive Reasoning ? Ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
? Category Flexibility ? Ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
? Flexibility of Closure ? Ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
? Number Facility ? Ability to add, subtract, multiply, or divide quickly and correctly.

Work Styles:
? Attention to Detail ? Position requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
? Dependability ? Position requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
? Integrity/Initiative ? Position requires being honest & ethical; willingness to take on responsibilities & challenges
? Achievement/Effort ? Position requires establishing and maintaining personally challenging achievement goals and exerting effort toward mastering tasks.
? Analytical Thinking ? Position requires analyzing information and using logic to address work-related issues and problems.
? Adaptability/Flexibility ? Position requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
? Cooperation ? Position requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.

SCA Crosswalk: Cartographic Technician