GIS Technician – County of San Diego

Excellent Entry Level Career Opportunity GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS (GIS) TECHNICIAN

PER COUNTY RULES, THIS POSITION IS ELIGIBLE FOR APPOINTMENT AT STEP 1, $42,952.00 ANNUALLY. COUNTY EMPLOYEES ARE SUBJECT TO THE COUNTY PROMOTION RULE FOR STEP PLACEMENT IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMP ORD 1.3.5.

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 aaron.morgan@sdcounty.ca.gov.

EVALUATION PROCESS 
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: hrwebmaster.fgg@sdcounty.ca.gov; or Office Hours: 8:00 am to 5:00 pm (Monday through Friday).

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