Geographical Information Systems Specialist I

City of Sacramento , California

Job Information 


Information Technology

Entry Level


$64,132.39 - $90,617.38 Annually

Application Deadline 


09/18/2020 11:59 PM PDT

Recruitment Type 

Open Competitive



To perform a variety of professional analytical work in the analysis, design, implementation, and maintenance of an automated geographical information system.

Geographic Information Systems Specialist I is the first working-level class in the series. Incumbents in this class perform difficult professional analytical work related to an automated geographical information system. Assignments are generally limited in scope and within the design and procedural framework established by higher-level employees. However, as experience is acquired, the employee is expected to perform with increasing independence.

Geographic Information Systems Specialist II is the journey-level class in the series. Work in this class is distinguished from Geographic Information Systems Specialist I by the greater complexity of assignments received and the greater independence with which the incumbent is expected to operate. Positions are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from Geographic Information Systems Specialist I. When filled from the outside, significant prior automated geographical information system experience is required.

Geographic Information Systems Specialist III is the advanced journey-level class in the series. Work in this class is distinguished from Geographic Information Systems Specialist II by serving as a principal City-wide specialist responsible for analyzing, designing, and implementing the automated geographic information system. Positions in this class are responsible for the most complex and varied research projects, and independently design, test, deploy, and integrate complex disparate spatial databases and computer applications for City program operation and policy analysis. Positions are flexibly staffed and are normally filled by advancement from Geographic Information Systems Specialist II.

General supervision is provided by a higher-level position. Responsibilities may include direct and indirect supervision of lower-level positions.


Depending upon assignment, typical duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Develop geographic information systems layers/data elements consistent with the existing standards.
  • Coordinate the maintenance and scheduling of the geographical information system base map in conjunction with all other land based systems and/or files in the City.
  • Evaluate and recommend acquisition of computer hardware and software necessary to implement the geographical information system.
  • Plan and coordinate the administration and maintenance scheduling of all layers defined in the geographical information system in conjunction with all other land based systems and/or files in the City.
  • Perform digitizing and drafting as required.
  • Train users in the use of GIS and related software, workstations, printers and plotters, digitizing tablets and tables, and GIS networking systems.
  • Develop and document GIS procedures.
  • Develop prototype GIS products and cartographic quality maps.
  • Supervise, train, and evaluate subordinates.
  • Other related duties may also be performed; not all duties listed are necessarily performed by each individual holding this classification



Geographic Information Systems Specialist I

Knowledge of:

  • Principles of geography and cartography.
  • Principles, procedures, techniques, nomenclature, and operation of GIS workstations.
  • Techniques of digitizing, drafting, and automated mapping.
  • Principles and characteristics of automated geographic information systems.
  • Principles of supervision and training.

Ability to:
  • Perform technical research in geographic information systems.
  • Produce maps which satisfy departmental user requirements.
  • Operate GIS workstations, related peripherals, and communications networks.
  • Perform digitizing and drafting using GIS software and digitizing equipment.
  • Develop and maintain user documentation.
  • Troubleshoot and perform routine maintenance on GIS workstations, related peripherals, and communications networks.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with departmental staff, other City departments, and vendors.
  • Lift and move computer hardware weighing up to 50 pounds. Lifting restrictions may be accommodated on a case-by-case basis.


Any combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and skills is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

A Bachelor's Degree from an accredited college or university with major course work in Geographical Information Systems, Geography, Information Systems, Civil Engineering, or a closely related field.


Two years of experience in operating, maintaining, and implementing automated mapping and/or GIS systems -OR- One year of experience as a City of Sacramento Information Technology Trainee.

An AA degree plus two years of additional experience can be substituted for the higher education requirement.

Should the combination of experience/education you are using to qualify for this position include education, then proof of said education in the form of college transcripts, certificates, and degrees must be submitted to the City of Sacramento Employment Office in person, as an attachment(s) to the online application, faxed to (916) 596-1556, or emailed to by the final filing deadline. If submitting in person or via fax/email, please include your name and Job #017026-20-IT on your documents. Unofficial documents and/or copies are acceptable.
An applicant with a college degree obtained outside the United States must have education records evaluated by a credentials evaluation service. This evaluation must be submitted by the final filing deadline.


Driver License:
Possession of a valid California Class C Driver License at the time of appointment. Individuals who do not meet this requirement due to a physical disability will be considered for accommodation on a case-by-case basis.

Employees must complete twelve (12) months of probation at a satisfactory performance level prior to gaining permanent status.



Please note, the City of Sacramento's preferred method of communication with applicants is via e-mail. As such, please ensure you verify the e-mail address on your application, and check your e-mail frequently, including your spam and junk folders. All e-mail notifications can also be accessed through the applicant inbox.

1. Application:
 (Pass/Fail) – All applicants must complete and submit online a City of Sacramento employment application by the final filing deadline;

  • Employment applications must be submitted online; paper applications will not be accepted.
  • Employment applications will be considered incomplete and will be disqualified:
    • If applicants do not list current and/or past job-related experience in the "Work Experience" section. Note: Qualifying experience is based on 40 hours per week (pro-rated if less than 40 hours/week).
    • If "see resume" is noted in the "Work Experience" section; a resume will not substitute for the information required in the "Work Experience" section.
  • Proof of education such as, but not limited to, university/college transcripts and degrees must be submitted online with your application, emailed to, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by fax or mail by the final filing deadline.
  • If you're requesting Veteran's credit, a copy of your DD214 must be submitted online with your application, delivered in person, or sent to the Employment Office by email/fax or mailed by the final filing deadline. Information regarding the use of Veteran's credit can be found in the Civil Service Board rules under rule 4.9C

2. Screening Committee: (Pass/Fail)– Human Resources will evaluate employment applications for the minimum qualifications stated on the job announcement.

3. Training and Experience Test: (Weighted 100%) – The Supplemental Questionnaire located at the end of the application is the Training and Experience Exam. Only the applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will become candidates and their supplemental questionnaire will be rated and scored. This exam will evaluate the relevance, level, and progression of a candidate's education, training and experience. Therefore, your responses to the supplemental questionnaire should be thorough and complete because the exam score will determine your ranking on the eligible list for this job. When completing the supplemental questionnaire, please note:
  • Responses to the supplemental questionnaire must be submitted online; paper questionnaires will not be accepted.
  • Incomplete supplemental questionnaires will not pass the review process; omitted information cannot be considered or assumed.
  • A resume will not substitute for the information required in the supplemental questionnaire.

4. Eligibility: Candidates who pass the Training and Experience Test will be placed on the eligible list. The hiring department may contact candidates for interview at any time during the life of the one-year list.

5. Conditional Hire: Upon receipt of a conditional offer, the selected candidate must complete and pass LiveScan/fingerprinting. If applicable, candidates may also need to pass a pre-employment medical exam, controlled substance and/or alcohol test, and possess any required licensure or certification prior to receiving a start date from the Department. Failure to meet these prerequisites will be grounds for withdrawal of your conditional offer of employment.
 For questions concerning this job announcement and the application process:
  • For technical support between 6 AM - 5 PM PT, contact Live Applicant Support at (855) 524-5627.
  • Visit the City of Sacramento Human Resources Department website at;
  • Send an email to;
  • Call the Human Resources Department at (916) 808-5726; or
  • Visit the Human Resources Department at Historic City Hall, 915 I Street, Plaza Level, Sacramento, CA 95814.


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