Geospatial Services Technician
Under general supervision performs a variety of routine to moderately difficult technical duties in developing and supporting the TRWD Enterprise Geographic Information System (GIS) and survey support system. Utilize standard GIS and Survey technologies to research, capture, process, and verify the accuracy and completeness of geospatial data and performs related duties as assigned.
This position has a substantial emphasis on survey and will be expected to perform these duties in the field and on construction sites.
- Bachelor’s Degree in GIS, Geography, Computer Science, Survey, Geomatics, or related field.
- Competency with Esri ArcGIS software and Trimble equipment.
- Associates Degree in Computer Science, GIS, Survey, Geomatics, or related field, plus a minimum of two (2) years full-time hands-on experience in Esri ArcGIS software or survey grade GPS system may be substituted for Bachelor’s Degree.
- Valid Texas Driver License
- Has developed a proficiency in GIS, surveying and/or a particular field that permits them to carry out basic assignments with minimal assistance from the Geospatial Services senior staff and the Project Managers.
- Proficient in the use of Esri ArcGIS, Trimble, and Microsoft Office software.
Essential functions and responsibilities:
- Utilize ArcGIS software to visualize, manipulate, display, create, edit, query and analyze data stored in the TRWD Enterprise GIS.
- Ensures GIS/GPS data is accurate, useable, and current.
- Understand and utilize linear referencing concepts.
- Utilize third party GIS software and tools to support TRWD Enterprise GIS operations.
- Utilize Trimble GPS and total station equipment to collect, locate and transmit collected data to a geodatabase as well as specialized equipment for surveying, locating, mapping, data collection and processing.
- Responsible for fulfilling map and data requests from TRWD staff to include data acquisition, map book creation, data conversion and reports.
- Participate with the development of desktop, web and mobile GIS applications.
- Manage tasks and projects as assigned by Geospatial Services Manager and senior Geospatial Services Staff.
- Troubleshoot and repair of GIS hardware/software, survey equipment problems.
Nonessential functions, skills and experience:
- Capable of interpreting Plan & Profile drawings, As-Built drawings, Operations and Maintenance Manuals, and other Engineering related documents.
- Assist with GIS/GPS training and development of non-Geospatial Services departmental staff.
- Experience and working knowledge of Esri ArcGIS within a multi-user editing environment.
- Install GIS software as directed.
- Perform administrative duties such as copying, scanning, and typing.
- File and organize data and equipment within the department.
- Perform other duties as required.
Success factors/job competencies:
- Successful applicant will have a good knowledge of and be self-sufficient with Esri ArcGIS software and Trimble equipment, and have good analytical, problem solving, and communication skills.
- Self-starter, strong work ethic with attention to detail in the quality control and assurance of their work.
- Positive attitude with a team orientated focus.
- Ability to handle and prioritize multiple work demands, ability to collect and process survey data in a timely manner.
- Requires the ability to analyze problems such that accurate decisions can be made relative to data collection within an active construction site.
- Good verbal and written communication skills for coordinating with Water District staff from various departments.
- May require working long or unusual hours.
Physical demands and work environment:
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Physical demands: While performing duties of job, employee is required to stand; walk; sit; use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk or hear. Employee must be able lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
- Work environment: While performing the duties of this job, the employee may walk on difficult terrain, climb ladders, and enter into confined spaces. This position may require outdoor work in weather conditions prevalent at the time.
- Equipment Use: personal computer, printer, plotter, GPS devices, specialized equipment.