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20-72 Geographic Information Specialist I

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Job Description Summary
Performs routine journey-level geographic information system work. Work involves assisting in daily activities within the Research and Distribution Center (RDC) group to organize, maintain, and expand Texas Natural Resources Information System (TNRIS) archives and access to the archives by helping to obtain, catalog, and distribute maps, aerial photographs, digital imagery, and reports to the public. Provides assistance to requests for geospatial data and data support along with maintaining and managing TNRIS data files (with a concentration historical aerial photography and historical map collections). Assists the Geographic Information System (GIS) community with digital access to TNRIS GIS data (including lidar and orthoimagery), creates custom maps and graphics using geospatial data, and facilitates the use of GIS applications. Guides and trains TNRIS interns during their tenure. Responsible for walk-in customers, RDC phone calls, and customer sales within TNRIS. Assists in the creation of reports on the usage of TNRIS printers, scanners, and copiers to the RDC team lead. Provides quarterly performance measure reports that summarize the usage and activities within the RDC group. Supports TNRIS activities for emergency management purposes as needed. Understands and provides support for each of the information programs within TNRIS and Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) divisions as required. Works under moderate supervision, with limited latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. Reports to the Manager of the Strategic Mapping Department.
Essential Job Functions
  • Assists with the production of custom graphics and maps for customers.
  • Creates geospatial indexes, catalogs, and databases representing the TNRIS historical archive to improve public and internal access to the historical archives.
  • Fulfills bulk geospatial data order requests from public.
  • Creates representations of historical maps, imagery, and datasets to support TNRIS projects and website.
  • Provides data management of digital historical imagery and historical maps.
  • Assists in creating and preparing geospatial datasets for public distribution.
  • Provides data and usage support for TNRIS datasets.
  • Serves as primary staff to facilitate requests to the TNRIS Historical Aerial Imagery and Maps Archive.
  • Assists and monitors public and consultant access to the historical archive.
  • Provides support for emergency management activities as assigned.
  • Performs related work as assigned.
  • Maintains confidential and sensitive information.
  • Ensures individual and team files (electronic and hard versions) are appropriately maintained and timely disposed of in accordance with the agency’s records retention procedures and schedule.
  • Maintains required certifications and licenses and meets the continuing education needs and requirements of the position to include, attending mandatory training courses.
  • May be required to operate a state or personal vehicle for business purposes.
  • Performs other duties as assigned. 
Minimum Qualifications
  • Graduation from an accredited four-year college or university with major coursework in computer science, computer information systems, geography, geographic information systems technology, management information systems, social sciences, or a related field.
  • Two years of experience with geographic information systems analysis and design work. 
  • Relevant education and experience may be substituted on a year-for-year basis.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience working for a state of Texas agency.
  • Experience working in an environmental planning or natural resources organization.
  • Experience creating professional custom maps utilizing public datasets.
  • Experience working with TNRIS datasets.
  • Experience digitizing historical imagery datasets.
  • Experience indexing and managing geospatial datasets.
  • Experience using geospatial software.
  • Experience in customer service and support for geospatial datasets.
  • Experience creating geospatial datasets.
  • Experience in customer service.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities (KSAs)
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal laws and regulations relevant to TNRIS; and of the principles and practices of public administration.
  • Knowledge of geo-referencing imagery.
  • Knowledge of terminology related to geographic information systems, including legal descriptions, cartography, engineering, construction plans, aerial photography, and orthophotography.
  • Skills in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skills in building cooperative partnerships with and providing services and products to internal and external customers.
  • Skills in using Microsoft Office programs such as Word, Excel and Access.
  • Skills in use of internet, email, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, and database software.
  • Skill in using Esri ArcMap suite, Carto, ERDAS, and Global Mapper.
  • Skills in managing geospatial datasets and geodatabases.
  • Skills in organization.
  • Ability to adhere to work schedules, follow procedures with respect to leave, and submit accurate timesheets by prescribed deadlines.
  • Ability to make mature, objective decisions and identify areas of potential problems.
  • Ability to perform effectively and willingly when changes occur in scope and nature of the work and work environment.
  • Ability to perform routine and non-routine work assignments accurately and on time with little or no supervision.
  • Ability to perform assigned duties and improve work habits and/or output.
  • Ability to complete assigned work on time, neatly, and with infrequent errors.
  • Ability to provide prompt, courteous, and accurate assistance and clear and concise communication to internal and external stakeholders both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to work and cooperate with others in a team environment.
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks.
  • Ability to stand/sit/move with no physical limitations or aids to perform activities such as retrieve/replace files in a large file system for boxes up to 30 lbs.
  • Ability and willingness to travel 5% of the time, primarily within the state of Texas.
  • Ability to operate a vehicle (state or personal) for state business and maintain a driver’s license and driving record that complies with state and agency requirements.
  • Ability to work days that may exceed 8 hours, including early mornings, nights, and weekends.
  • Ability to train others.
  • Ability to interpret policies, procedures, and regulations.
  • Ability to create custom maps utilizing public datasets.
  • Ability to develop, analyze and design system requirements and processes.
  • Ability to create professional quality cartographic maps.
  • Ability to create statistical reports and figures on geospatial data and data usage.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in person, on the phone, and in writing.
  • Ability to provide high-quality customer service, be flexible, and adapt work to fit into a dynamic and changing development environment.
  • Ability to build high-functioning working relationships, to collaborate and work with others, and function well as a member of a team.