GIS Technician – County of San Diego



The County of San Diego is currently accepting applications for Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Technician to fill a vacancy in the Department of Planning and Development Services; and to establish an eligibility list for one year.
GIS Technician is the first working level job class in the GIS class series.   GIS Technicians are responsible for entering and updating data used to create digital GIS database layers and maps.  For additional information on this job class, please click here.
Minimum Qualifications
1.  One year of progressively responsible GIS experience administering and operating GIS applications software to develop GIS data, digital maps, or other digital displays for land use or spatial analysis; OR;
2.  An associate’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university, or a certified foreign studies equivalency, in geography, earth sciences, civil engineering, urban planning, information technology, biology with an emphasis in GIS, computer science, or a closely related field; OR;
3. Successful completion of a college-level GIS certificate program.
NOTE: If applicants wish to use the college education requirement (#2) to qualify, then they must submit a copy of an official or unofficial transcript from an accredited U.S college or university, or a copy of a certified foreign studies equivalency at the time of application.  If applicants wish to qualify under the GIS Certificate requirement (#3), then they must attach a copy of this certificate at the time of application. These documents can be attached to the application during Step 1 or scanned and emailed to

The evaluation process for GIS Technician will  consist of an initial application screening for minimum qualifications; a written examination weighted 70%; and a rating of the supplemental application questions weighted 30%. 

The written examination is scheduled for Saturday, September 28, 2013.   Applicants will receive an e-mail invitation notification stating the exact time and location of the written examination.  This notice will be sent at least ten calendar days prior to the date of the exam.
Invitations to take the written examination will be determined by the responses you provide on the supplemental application questionnaire form using an automated evaluation system. If you are successful in the initial screening process and pass the exam, your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying. The written examination will consist of multiple-choice questions designed to measure the following areas:

  • Knowledge of GIS terminology, methods, techniques, and processes.
  • Knowledge of cartography.
  • Knowledge of modern computer software used in an office environment.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective customer service and interpersonal relations.
  • Written communications skills.

Upon successfully passing the written examination, applicants will be placed on an eligibility list for (12) twelve months.

IMPORTANT NOTES: Please ensure all information is complete and accurate as the responses you provide on the supplemental application form will be reviewed using an automated evaluation system.  If you are successful in the initial screening process your application will be reviewed individually to confirm that the information you provided is accurate and qualifying. 

The County of San Diego has discontinued letter notifications to candidates.  All notifications to job applicants will be conducted via electronic mail.    In order to receive timely notifications on the status of your application, please be sure that you have typed your e-mail address on the Master Profile Section in an accurate and complete manner.  Also, be sure to check your spam or junk email in box to see if you received such notifications.  

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable an individual with qualified disabilities to perform the essential functions of a job, on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Information

County of San Diego- Department of Human Resources located at County Operations Center, 5560 Overland Avenue, Suite 270, San Diego, CA 92123, USA Phone: (619) 236-2191; Email:; or Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday through Friday).

Enterprise GIS Manager – City of San Diego

Under the leadership of the Department of Information Technology, the Enterprise GIS Manager will plan, manage, coordinate, and lead the GIS activities of the City, including coordinating with the City’s managed services vendors, architecting the ESRI to SAP integration, creating and implementing the City’s GIS strategic plan, leading product upgrades to maintain supportable platforms, managing the City’s ESRI enterprise user license agreements, and managing direct-report GIS analyst staff and GIS analyst staff deployed in a variety of other City departments. The GIS Manager will apply best practices to the landscape, infrastructure, business processes, and tools, enforce the Department of IT technical standards and change management process.
The ideal candidate will possess the following qualifications:
  • A commitment to public service, fiscal responsibility, and innovation in government;
  • At least 5 years of ESRI GIS experience including new platform implementations and support of large and complex ESRI landscapes in a GIS lead or manager role.
  • A clear understanding of the technical requirements to support ESRI ArcGIS mobile, online, desktop, and server environments.
  • The ability to drive technical innovation and cost effective solutions for the City’s GIS landscapes.
  • The ability to monitor and manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent problem solving skills, with the ability to proactively identify problems and support creative and viable technology solutions
  • Exceptional communication and presentation skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proven leadership and management skills, and the ability to work independently while exercising good judgment.
  • Strong interpersonal leadership skills, with the ability to successfully interact with a wide variety of stakeholders.
  • Active and genuine commitment to managing diversity in the workplace and encouraging high performing teams.
Any combination of education and experience that demonstrates these qualifications may be qualifying. Possession of a Bachelor’s Degree in an Information Technology related area and five years of experience in implementation and support of ESRI platforms is preferred.
Management Compensation and Benefits:
The successful candidate will be eligible for participation in the City’s Flexible Benefits Plan that offers several optional benefit plans or a taxable cash option; $50,000 in City-paid life insurance; paid annual leave accruing at 22 days per year for the 1st through the 15th year of service. For further information, please contact the Risk Management Department at (619) 236-6600. Retirement benefits differ for this unclassified position depending on the candidate’s eligible status (new hire, rehire, etc.). For further information, visit SDCERS’ website at Some benefits currently offered to employees may be modified in the future.
Pre-Employment Requirements: 
Employment offers are conditional pending the results of all screening processes that are applicable to this job, which may include but are not limited to the following:  Proof of citizenship or legal right to work in the United States; completion of a pre-employment medical review/exam (which may include drug alcohol testing); reference checks; and a fingerprint check.  The fingerprints will be submitted to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and/or the California Department of Justice for a conviction record report.  Certain positions may require additional screening processes which may include a polygraph examination and/or background investigation.  All of these processes must be successfully completed before employment begins.  A positive test for alcohol, illegal drugs or inadequately explained prescription drugs, misrepresentation, falsification, or omission of pertinent facts in any step of the screening/selection process may be cause for disqualification and/or termination of employment. Nothing in this job posting constitutes an expressed or implied contract for employment with the City of San Diego.
Medical Evaluation: 
A City medical examination including drug screening and documentation of medical history may be conducted following a conditional offer of employment or promotion.  The individual must be able to perform the essential duties of the position with or without reasonable accommodation.  The City of San Diego is committed to a drug and alcohol free work place.
Selection Process:
To be considered for this position, please submit your:  1) current resume; 2) a letter of interest highlighting your relevant work experience and qualifications for this position; and 3) a list of three professional references via email to
Following the closing date (9/10/2013), resumes will be screened according to the qualifications outlined above and the most qualified candidates will be invited to an interview.
If you have any questions, please contact the City’s Human Resources Department at (619) 236-6313.

GIS/Graphics Specialist – T&B Planning, Tustin

T&B Planning’s Tustin, CA office is seeking GIS/Graphics Specialists.  Candidates will be considered for part-time, full-time, and on-call positions.  Job duties are required to be performed in Tustin CA; local candidates are strongly encouraged to apply.

GIS/Graphics Specialists work with supervision to research, prepare, revise, and edit graphics for planning and environmental documents, including general plans, specific plans, master plans, historic preservation plans, design guidelines, zoning ordinances, and environmental compliance documents using Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS software.  The GIS/Graphics Specialist also provides supportive mapping data and analysis upon request, in addition to other graphic support functions related to land use and environmental planning.  The GIS/Graphics Specialist may assist in preparing spreadsheets, tables, and calculation of statistical abstracts.

Minimum Credentials and Experience:

  • AA, BA or BS in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), computer science, civil engineering, graphic arts, planning, geography, cartography, landscape architecture and/or architecture; or
  • Graduate of a technical trade school with emphasis in graphic design; or
  • Minimum 1 year experience preparing graphics in a planning, environmental, architecture and/or landscape architecture environment; or
  • Possess a strong, in-depth portfolio of related graphics abilities in lieu of education or work experience.
  • Valid driver’s license.

Required Skills:

  • Strong competency using Adobe Suite, AutoCAD, and GIS software.
  • Previous graphics preparation experience in a land use planning, community design, and/or environmental analysis capacity preferred.
  • Excellent artistic and analytical abilities. Talent in composing colors, textures and text to convey, in an illustrated format, the objective of the intended images.
  • Ability to work independently and achieve objectives with limited supervision.
  • Familiarity with the Southern California area.
  • Ability to take oral and written direction and transform communicated ideas to graphic form.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing the images presented in graphic form.
  • Ability to focus on graphics preparation assignments for extended time periods.
  • Self-motivated, technically-minded, detail oriented.

Submit resumes with a cover letter and graphics samples to  Qualified candidates will be contacted for screening and potential in-person interview before September 15, 2013.  If you previously applied for a position with T&B Planning, please resubmit your resume. In the cover letter, clearly indicate if you are seeking part-time, full-time, or on-call employment and specify your minimum hourly or annual salary requirement.  Compensation is dependent upon experience. T&B Planning is an equal opportunity employer.

GIS Technician II – Epsilon Systems Solutions, Ridgecrest

Job Summary:

Under general supervision, performs moderately geographic information systems (GIS) analyses on natural resources data. Support ongoing GIS data development and sustainment projects.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Assists GIS Analyst and management team with the creation, update and correction of personal and distributed GIS databases, project tracking databases, and technical reports to support daily and ongoing project activities.
  • Performs digitizing, attributing spatial and tabular data, customer support including manipulation of raster and vector data using COTS and customized geoprocessing tools, GIS map creation to meet required standards, graphic and design work utilizing Adobe and Autodesk products, and some application development.  Performs moderately complex analysis of public works and environmental data in support of product development and new business opportunities.
  • Assists in planning, designing, developing documents and in analyzing moderately complex spatial and relational databases.
  • Applies basic software to manage spatial and related tabular data.
  • Assists in building routine databases by capturing map information with a coordinate digitizer.
  • Produces computer map products depicting contents of databases.
  • Assists in writing moderately complex software routines to facilitate analysis.
  • Locates sources of GIS data from Government, state agencies, and private companies.
  • Operates computer workstations, digitizers, printers, and plotters following directions.
  • Creates moderately complex user applications and interfaces using various programming languages.
  • Assists in analyzing image data using basic image processing software. Assists in preparing technical research.

Job Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum of two years experience in the application of GIS/GPS technology.
  • Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance for access to the base.
  • Reliable attendance is required.
Proficiency in the use and application of the following required software: Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, Access, and Outlook)
Knowledge of global positioning systems (GPS). Support ongoing GIS data development and sustainment projects.
General knowledge of ESRI software
General knowledge of relational databases, application programming and development support
Effective troubleshooting and analytical skills
Organizational and multi-tasking skills
Effective problem solving skills to determine causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Effective interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills
Ability to clearly and concisely communicate technical information
Ability to read, listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken and written words and sentences.

Epsilon Systems Solutions, Inc. and its subsidiaries are proud Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employers, M/F/D/V.

Apply here.

New TIGER/Line Shapefiles & Geodatabases

On Thursday, August 22, 2013, the 2013 TIGER/Line Shapefiles will be released along with a new product, the TIGER Geodatabases.

The TIGER/Line Shapefiles will include a coastline feature starting this year.  The coastline was delineated by the Census Bureau in the MAF/TIGER database based on water measurement class for display of statistical information only; its depiction and designation for statistical purposes does not constitute a determination of jurisdictional authority or rights of ownership or entitlement and it is not a legal land description.

The TIGER Geodatabases will include:

  • National Edges file (14.5 GB)
  • National Roads file (3.6 GB)
  • National Blocks file
  • National Linear Hydrography file
  • National Aeral Hydrography file
  • National Sub-State Geography file (includes state, county, incorporated place, census designated place, consolidated city, county subdivision, census tract, and block group geography)
  • National Nation-Level Geography file
  • National Legislative Areas file
  • National School Districts file
  • National American Indian Area Related file
  • National Rails file
  • National Address Ranges file
  • State-based files (one per state)

Please direct questions to or (301) 763-1128.

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Bureau of Transportation Statistics Webinar

Introducing BTS’ Geographic Information Services, Thursday, August 22, 2013, 1:30pm to 2:30pm (Eastern Time), .  BTS GIS Team member Derald Dudley will be presenting details about issues surrounding BTS’s Web Mapping development, the latest functionality of current web mapping applications, and applications under development.  Mr. Dudley will also talk about other efforts, by the BTS GIS Team, to further GIS within the US DOT.

Mr. Dudley has a bachelor’s degree in Geography from Towson University, a master’s degree in Computer Science from Hood College, was a Cartographer with the Marine Chart Division at NOAA from 1996 to 2001, and has been a Geographer with BTS from 2001 to the present.  His Presentation will provide information about Windows Foundation Services, REST Services, the Structurally Deficient Bridges application, the State Facts application, and future efforts.

To participate in the webinar, please visit and click on “Enter as Guest”, type your name, and enter the room.  A 1-800 number will be provided on the website.  Please make requests for special accommodations at least 3 days in advance.  Webinar is closed captioned.  For more information, contact or 1-800-853-1351.

Before accessing the webinar check your computer for compatibility by clicking on the link: .

The Longitude Problem

Many of us use our global coordinate system everyday.  Latitude and longitude are here for us to pinpoint our location on earth.  However, there was a time when latitude and longitude were not around … someone had to invent them.  Latitude came first, however, longitude was more difficult to determine.  Longitude was the conundrum that baffled some of the greatest and most eccentric experts of the 18th century – and captivated the British public during an era of unprecedented scientific and technical transformation.

In July 1714 an act of British parliament established a £20,000 prize, worth about £1.5 million today (2.3 million US), for the discovery of longitude at sea: determining a ship’s position east and west from a fixed meridian line.

Cambridge historian Professor Simon Schaffer said: “The problem of longitude could be a lethal one. The act of parliament established the Board of Longitude – think the X Factor, only much more money and much more important – that would reward anyone who could solve the problem of longitude.  The longitude story is a spectacular example of expert disagreement and public participation. As well as attracting the greatest scientific minds of the day, the board enticed people who belong to one of the most important traditions in British society; the extreme eccentric.”

Now, for the first time, the full story of attempts to solve the longitude problem – unravelling the lone genius myth popularised in film and literature – will be made freely available to everyone via Cambridge University’s Digital Library.  Here is a brief introduction to the Board of Longitude:

Treasures of the Longitude archive, available to view in high-resolution for the first time, include accounts of bitter rivalries, wild proposals and first encounters between Europeans and Pacific peoples. This includes logbooks of Captain Cook’s voyages of discovery, the naming of Australia and even a letter from Captain Bligh of HMS Bounty, who writes to apologise for the loss of a timekeeper after his ship was ‘pirated from my command’.

The hugely significant archive preserves detailed minutes from the first recorded meeting in 1737 right through to the Board of Longitude’s dissolution in 1828.

As the schemes for longitude needed to be tested on long voyages, the archive includes much detail on Britain’s maritime interests, explorations and encounters with other cultures. It also played a major role in plans for voyages by James Cook and successors into the Pacific in the 1770s – and into the Arctic in the opening decades of the 19th century. The archive includes four eyewitness accounts of Cook’s Second Voyage and contains the first Western maps and descriptions of many Pacific places and peoples.

The Board’s work continued long after longitude was effectively solved and its many interests and long duration makes the archive a hugely important primary source on the development of science and technology in the 18th and early 19th centuries. It also provides valuable insight into the social history of the era with thousands of names featuring in its files; from Isaac Newton, to eccentric inventors who berated the Board for not following up on their ideas.

Indeed, the archive contains two volumes of ‘impractical’ schemes submitted in the hope of finding a reward. They were later bound and prefaced with title pages such as ‘wild proposals resulting from dreams’. They came via a diverse cross-section of society, from prisoners seeking release in return for their ‘solutions’ to citizens like Mr William Lester, who proposed solar experiments to find longitude that involved igniting points on a globe with a lens. The board underlined his statement that if the globe is correct and properly adjusted ‘you will set fire to London’.

The Longitude collection has much to tell us about the effects of scientific discovery on society and many of its themes and concerns are still relevant today.

… Something to think about while you Google your next address!