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Classification Description

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Classification Description

This is a description of a staff position at the University of Wyoming, not a job opening announcement. Current job openings can be found at the Prospective Employees page. The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed. They are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all responsibilities required.

GIS Technician

Reports to: Designated Supervisor

UW Job Code: 5273

UW Job Family: 51

SOC Code: 19-4061

Pay Grade: 20

Date: February 21, 2008

Job Purpose:

Perform skilled precision data population, management, and analysis to assist in the development of comprehensive Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

Minimum Qualifications


Associate's Degree


4 years work-related experience

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Knowledge of:

  • Advanced facility mapping and surveying techniques.
  • Advanced data gathering methods.
  • Digital cartography methods, concepts and practices.
  • Reading interpreting, maintaining, and modifying geospatial data utilizing GIS, CAD, and/or database applications.
  • Personal computer usage including operation of GIS applications.
  • Records management concepts and methods.
  • Time management concepts and techniques.
  • Troubleshooting computer software applications for GIS and GPS mapping applications.
  • Current technological developments or trends in GIS. 

Skills and Abilities to:

  • Work with and under direction from other staff.
  • Schedule project work to meet frequent deadlines.
  • Ability to work with detailed information and produce accurate results.
  • Work as a team member and foster a cooperative and collaborative team environment.
  • Follow detailed written and oral instructions.
  • Maintain complete and accurate records; prepare and interpret detailed maps and drawings.
  • Communicate ideas and concepts clearly and concisely.

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities

Essential Functions:

Create, manage, edit, analyze and display geospatial data. This involves communicating, planning, and collaborating among all departments regarding the development, maintenance, integration, and utilization of GIS data to reduce data redundancy, and promote efficient data sharing. Create accurate grid references utilizing appropriate GIS software, coordinate geometry, and graphics to correspond with the information and/or design drawings, legal surveys, and maps to update information for infrastructure mapping.

Implement and provide constructive feedback for the enhancement of GIS standards and quality control methods for populating and maintaining the spatial databases. Develop best practices for converting CAD documents to GIS format, enter data from various media types, produce digital data from hard copy documents, and symbolize spatial data for viewing and map production. Collaborate with campus units, contractors, consultants, and outside vendors to ensure the accuracy and timeliness of information produced, including data deliverables which meet minimum geospatial data standards. 

Audit, update, document, and organize property, facility, and utility data in the form of records, maps, and drawings. Supervise and assist in field verifying and site survey field work of property, facility, utility, and topographic data. Create and maintain digital drawings from the various GIS datasets. Provide production services including GIS map printing and the reproduction of cartographic representations for various projects.

Assist with design of web-based GIS application development to ensure the use of UW campus-wide GIS applications.

Conduct field surveys and inspections to update property files and building floor plans. Interpret and prepare data such as field notes, plats, legal descriptions; take measurements using various tools and electronic devices; calculate square footages, update topographic features, verify use/occupancy of space, take photos, and address information for use in analyzing data and updating maps. 

Working Conditions:

No major sources of discomfort, standard office environment. Occasional travel to land sites and facilities.

Authorized by Classification/Compensation, Human Resources

Employees may be requested to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Participating in the University's hazardous waste minimization program is part of the job of each employee who uses (or may come in contact with) hazardous materials. Fair Labor Standards Act (exempt/non-exempt) is designated by position. University of Wyoming actively supports Americans with Disabilities Act and will consider reasonable accommodations.

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