GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS SPECIALIST 3
Under supervision of a higher level Geographic Information System
(GIS) Specialist or other supervisory official, performs
professional GIS work relating to the geographic analysis of
environmental parameters and or/other factors, image processing,
interpretation, and application of remote sensing data; performs
geographic data digitizing; operates all computer hardware and
software associated with the Geographic Information System; does
NOTE: The examples of work for this title are for illustrative
purposes only. A particular position using this title may not
perform all duties listed in this job specification. Conversely,
all duties performed on the job may not be listed.
EXAMPLES OF WORK:
Performs data acquisition, data reformatting and application of
GIS and image processing software (i.e. assigned classifications,
feature enhancement, area calculation) for application to agency
projects, activities, and issues.
Performs integration of satellite-acquired data with the agency
Geographic Information System for analysis of spatial
distributions and display of results as computer-generated maps
and/or photographic images as required.
Performs and coordinates, as required, data base development at
the technical level.
Performs data acquisition taking measures to ensure quality
control of conventional data capture; designs coding conventions
to ensure compatibility with geographic files; performs, and when
necessary, instructs users in data entry and editing procedures;
as required, coordinates the creation of SAS data bases from
reformatted data files.
Based on user requirements, writes, tests, fully documents, and
maintains statistical programs to perform complex statistical
routines and to generate reports, which may then be input to GIS
Performs regular disk backups and catalogs data tapes in library.
Operates the Geographic Information System and all associated
hardware and software to display the results of computer analysis
(which cannot be economically prepared with conventional
cartography) by applying cartographic principles in the
production of finished maps.
Performs geographic analysis of the spatial distribution of
environmental contaminants, which may affect the public health
and traffic generations, which may affect the public.
Uses and may be required to instruct staff and other agencies on
the use of image processing packages and other software on color
graphics digital computer systems to interpret remote sensing
data from satellites to solve problems in specific program areas.
Performs geographic data digitizing and conventional data capture
for specific assignments.
Procures data, prepares data for machine coding, edits to ensure
accuracy of machine-readable data, and verifies resulting data.
Uses mathematical analysis of computer color video-graphics to
ensure correct and effective use of color in the production of
maps and graphs. Performs application research to answer specific
Provides hardware and software support for the Geographic
Information System including training and assisting system users.
May conducts data file management including editing, merging,
deletion, and additions.
Designs the layout and features of all map, graph, and chart
output products from the Geographic Information System using both
computerized and manual cartographic techniques to produce maps.
Reorders support materials for Geographic Information System
Conducts research on modeling, computer graphic, and mathematical
mapping techniques made possible by the Geographic Information
System, and relates these directly to information needs.
Maintains highly specialized computer graphics and image
processing hardware, software, communications system. Notifies
supervisor of any problems. Performs emergency repairs to
hardware and/or schedules repairs.
Coordinates with agency staff to ensure goals are met.
Prepares technical reports and correspondence in the course of
Will be required to learn to utilize various types of electronic
and/or manual recording and computerized information systems used
by the agency, office, or related units.
Graduation from an accredited college with a Bachelor's
Two (2) years of experience with geographic information
systems including computer graphics and computer hardware
NOTE: A Master's degree in Geography, or Environmental
Science including or supplemented by the additional credits
indicated below may be substituted for one (1) year of the
NOTE: Applicants who do not possess the required education
may substitute experience as indicated below on a year-for-year
NOTE: A specific Bachelor's degree in Geography,
Environmental Science or related field with twelve (12) semester
hours in computer mapping/GIS which shall have included spatial
programming and digital image processing may be substituted for
one (1) year of the above experience.
Appointees will be required to possess a driver's license
valid in New Jersey only if the operation of a vehicle, rather
than employee mobility, is necessary to perform the essential
duties of the position.
KNOWLEDGE AND ABILITIES:
Knowledge of geography and its applications to geographic
Knowledge of cartography including mathematics of scale and
Knowledge of and proficiency in all phases of manual map, chart,
and graph preparation, including graphic display, layout and
design, and various techniques such as cribing, inking, leroy
lettering, and peel coat.
Knowledge of computerized data entry and formatting, data base
management, and data base utilization.
Knowledge of multivariable statistical methods.
Knowledge of specialized computer graphics hardware, such as
various plotters, vector scan terminals, raster graphics
displays, microcomputers, and their advantages and disadvantages
for production of specific map types.
Knowledge of geographic and statistical data output methodologies
and ability to interpret, explain, and apply data output.
Knowledge of all phases of computer map preparation,
digitization, data transmission, and data reformatting.
Knowledge of the capabilities, programming techniques, and
intricacies of general purpose computerized systems and
Ability to use computer operating systems including logon,
logoff, system editor, moving between directories, listing
directory contents, copying and deleting files, and listing
Ability to use modern graphic reproduction methods, including
slide preparation, diazo processing, PMT camera, photographic
enlargement and reduction, compugraphic lettering, and film
Ability to work with computer mapping and graphics software
packages analogous to the agency Geographic Information System.
Ability to understand techniques of computer image processing,
and map categorization of remote sensing data from aircraft and
Ability to use one or more statistical computer packages.
Ability to assess the specific data needs of various units and to
utilize appropriate computer mapping and geographic analysis
Ability to learn to program in the various computer languages
used by the agency.
Ability to use and operate various geographic information systems
and database software while conducting complex geographic
Ability to handle routine computer graphic hardware/software
problems under guidance from a supervisor.
Ability to transfer data from one operating system to another.
Ability to learn to utilize various types of electronic and/or
manual recording and information systems used by the agency,
office, or related units.
Ability to read, write, speak, understand, or communication
English sufficiently to perform the duties of this position.
American Sign Language or Braille may also be considered as
acceptable forms of communication.
Persons with mental or physical disabilities are eligible as long
as they can perform the essential functions of the job after
reasonable accommodation is made to their known limitations. If
the accommodation cannot be made because it would cause the
employer undue hardship, such persons may not be eligible.
This job specification is applicable to the following title code(s) which
are different work week or work month of the job class title:
This job specification is for state government use only.
Salary range is only applicable to state government.
Local salaries are established by individual local jurisdictions.