Job Detail

Organization: Merrimack Valley Planning Commission
Title: GIS Technician
Location: Haverhill, MA, USA

Posted: 2021-06-10
Application Deadline: 2021-07-02

Position Description:

The purpose of this position is to develop, support, and maintain GIS data and GIS projects at the Merrimack Valley Planning Commission (MVPC). The Geographic Information System (GIS) Technician contributes to the upkeep of the agency’s GIS data and projects associated with the GIS program.

The GIS Technician works closely with the GIS/IT Program Manager and GIS Analysts to complete project work. In addition, the GIS Technician interfaces regularly with the other MVPC staff, municipal officials, and the public.

Essential Functions:
• Develops spatial and tabular data of a varied nature for analysis and mapping in support of MVPC’s internal GIS project needs as well as Merrimack Valley member community project needs.
• Creates maps from digital data for other MVPC programs, Merrimack Valley member communities, and the public.
• Works in conjunction with GIS/IT Program Manager and GIS Analyst to develop data standards and data management framework.
• Develops data and organizes datasets in support of the agency’s Parcel Mapping services. Assists in updating Municipal Information Mapping Access Program (MIMAP) as needed.
• Aids municipal and agency staff in the use of GIS resources such as MIMAP and Eagleview/Pictometry through the development of user videos and trainings.
• Assists GIS program and agency staff with IT issues and maintenance of computers, plotters and printers, as necessary.
• Prepares reports summarizing work conducted, data collected, methods used, and findings, complete with charts, graphs, and maps when necessary.
• Other duties include occasional field visits for data collection or verification as well as attending seminars and conventions to keep abreast of changes in the GIS field.

Examples of daily tasks include:
• Digitize mapping information to update and maintain mapping layers; verify digitized data for accuracy. Interpret detailed plans, photographs, maps, and legal descriptions to update GIS layers, GIS data, and map products.
• Design, create, maintain, and automate map products.
• Performs spatial analysis and data manipulation to generate maps and reports.
• Plan and sequence processing steps involved in the development of mapping products.
• Responds to help desk tickets and inquires related to GIS.
• Assists in resolving and troubleshooting GIS or IT-related problems and requests.
• Training others how to use Esri GIS software or GIS solutions.

Qualification Requirements:
Knowledge: A working knowledge of general planning activities, practices, techniques, and instruments used in planning. General knowledge of drafting, mapping, statistics, and analysis as applied to economic development, environment, transportation, and community planning studies. Familiarity with ESRI software. Working knowledge of relational databases a plus. Experience with Microsoft Office software (Word, Excel, PowerPoint) and working in a Microsoft Windows environment.

Ability: Collect, analyze, interpret and apply data pertaining to planning problems of varying complexity. Execute tasks with high attention to detail. Ability to work cooperatively with others as well as to work with autonomy to complete tasks. Ability to carry out written and oral instructions.

Skill: Excellent analytical skills. Strong organizational skills. Strong technical skills. Skill in all of the above-listed technologies, tools, and equipment.

The GIS Technician reports to the GIS/IT Program Manager and works under the direct supervision of the GIS/IT Manager and GIS Analyst. The GIS/IT Manager organizes and prioritizes the workplan and the GIS Technician executes tasks accordingly. Once priorities are established, the GIS Technician works with latitude for independent judgment and action.

Job Environment:
Work is generally performed under typical office and computer room conditions with some flexibility to work from home is permitted. Expectation to operates computers, plotters, printers, telephone, and other standard office equipment. Some work is performed in the field. Essential functions are regularly performed at moderate noise levels without exposure to adverse environmental conditions. Attends occasional technical conferences and meetings.

Has frequent contact with MVPC employees. Has occasional contact with federal, state, and local agencies and occasional contact with other town/school departments.

Recommended Minimum Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree in Geography or Computer Science with related coursework in GIS, geography, cartography, surveying, land sciences, or related subject area required; plus a minimum of 2 years experience using ERSI ArcGIS in a GIS intensive environment desired, or a Master’s Degree and a minimum of 1 year experience, or any equivalent combination of education and experience.

Physical Requirements:
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation. Must be able to communicate verbally. Correctable vision for driving; close vision for working with small numbers and details. Requires the ability to operate, maneuver and/or control the actions of equipment, machinery, tools, and/or materials used in performing essential functions.

Special Requirements:
Must have a valid Driver’s License.

Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. For additional information please contact [email protected] Applicants should submit resume and cover letter via email to [email protected] by July 2, 2021.

The Merrimack Valley Planning Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

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