Pay Range 18 Breakdown

Hourly (40 hrs.)$20.7418$31.1126
Hourly (42 hrs.)$19.7541$29.6311
Hourly (56 hrs.)$14.8155$22.2233

GIS Specialist

Range: $43,142.87 - $64,714.30 (18)
Position Number: 98703


This position performs GIS and technical duties in the maintenance and support of the City’s Enterprise GIS Services. This position reports to the GIS Manager or the appropriate supervising manager.

Experience and skill set in utilizing ESRI’s suite of ArcGIS Desktop software(s).
Creation of maps and graphs, using GIS software and related equipment.
Ability to create and modify high-level geo-processing task and scripts.
Meet with users to define data needs, project requirements, required outputs, or to develop applications.
Conduct Research to locate and obtain existing databases.
Gather, analyze, and integrate spatial data from staff and determine how best the information can be displayed using GIS.
Compile geographic data from a variety of sources including censuses, field observation, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.
Analyze spatial data for geographic statistics to incorporate into documents and reports.
Design and update database, applying additional knowledge of spatial feature representations.
Enter new map data through use of a digitizer or by direct input of coordinate information using the principles of cartography including coordinate systems, longitude, latitude, elevation, topography, and map scales.
Analyze geographic relationships among varying types of data.
Prepare metadata and other documentation.
Operate and maintain GIS system hardware, software, plotter, digitizer, color printer, and video camera.
Move, copy, delete, and add files, drawings, and maps to output reports in hard copy or electronic transfer.
Present information to users and answer questions.
Retrieve stored maps.

High level of knowledge and experience in the utilization of ESRI’s core suite of GIS Desktop software(s) in the creation and manipulation of data.
Knowledge in the creation of geo-processing task utilizing Model Builder, Python or VB Script.
Ability to interpret and analyze data from various sources in order to create geocentric data.
Concepts of GIS best practices.
Skills in interpreting maps, plans and engineering drawings.
Skills in planning, organizing and prioritizing work.
High level of verbal and written communication skills.
Knowledge and experience troubleshooting PCs in a Windows Desktop environment.

SUPERVISORY CONTROLS: The GIS Manager assigns work in terms of general instructions. The supervisor spot-checks completed work for compliance with procedures, accuracy, and the nature and propriety of the final results.

GUIDELINES: Guidelines include city construction specifications, codes and ordinances, and state and federal mapping standards. These guidelines require judgment, selection, and interpretation in application.

COMPLEXITY: The work consists of varied technical GIS duties. Old and illegible plans and maps contribute to the complexity of the position.

SCOPE AND EFFECT: The purpose of this assignment is to analyze and maintain geographic data in support of the City’s Enterprise GIS Services. Successful performance helps ensure that infrastructure data is accurate.

PERSONAL CONTACTS: Contacts are typically with co-workers, other city employees, other local government officials, outside engineers, surveyors, architects, contractors, elected officials, utility personnel, and the general public.

PURPOSE OF CONTACTS: Contacts are typically to give or exchange information, resolve problems, and provide services.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work is typically performed while sitting, standing, or stooping. Some lifting may be required in a field environment.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work is typically performed in an office. Field data collection is needed periodically.


Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with completion of specialized training in the field of work and sufficient experience to understand the basic principles relevant to the major duties of the position. This is in addition to the basic skills typically associated with a GIS Specialist, with an Associate Degree in the related field with one to two years of experience.

The possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of North Carolina for the type of vehicle or equipment operated is required.