GIS Technician - ITS2

State of Minnesota Saint Paul, MN
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Join the 2,000+ professionals who are bringing strategic vision to state government as part of Minnesota's information technology agency. Work for Minnesota IT Services and be part of a cutting-edge organization that is emerging as a national leader in government IT. Our culture promotes collaboration, demands continuous improvement and encourages innovation in IT delivery. Be a part of something bigger than yourself, something to be inspired by; come to work for Minnesota IT Services.

Job Details

Job Class: Information Technology Specialist 2Working Title: GIS Technician

Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers

Date Posted: 06/12/2018

Closing Date: 06/26/2018

Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota IT Services

Division/Unit: Central

Work Shift/Work Hours: Day

Days of Work: Monday - Friday

Travel Required: No

Salary Range: $22.38 - $36.37/hourly; $46,729 - $75,941/annually

Classified Status: Unclassified

Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 - MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE

FLSA Status: Nonexempt

Connect 700 Program Eligible: No

Job Summary

As a GIS Technician, you will provide GIS services, support and training to business areas, projects, users and staff by assisting with the delivery, management and use of GIS data, tools, applications and other GIS services. This position conducts GIS programming and documentation tasks related to GIS application and data development, spatial analysis, database management and map production activities. Much of the work this position will provide will be focused on Next Generation 9-1-1 geospatial activities.

Responsibilities will include:

* Following pertinent standards, create and maintain geospatial data, metadata, tools, applications, and web services as needed to support business functions and projects

* Perform spatial analysis to assist business areas in understanding relationships in their data

* Conduct QA/QC tasks and reviews necessary to support the delivery of high quality GIS data, applications and services

* Assist with the development and maintenance of GIS web services and other web functionality

* Provide GIS technical support and training to business areas, projects, users and staff

* Diagnose and solve user issues with modern GIS software, data, and services

* Prepare data and procedures for testing existing and new MnGeo data, services and applications

* This is a full-time limited duration position with an anticipated end date of August 2020.


Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates must clearly demonstrate all of the following qualifications in their resume.

Position requires a minimum of two (2) years of professional work experience in an IT related field that includes:

* Experience with Esri GIS Software, including ArcGIS 10.x

* Basic programming experience

* Experience with ArcGIS Model Builder

* Familiarity with web publishing

* Experience with markup and schema languages such as HTML and XML

* Familiarity with geographic terminology, coordinate systems, map projections, map-based analysis, and principles of cartography

* Knowledge and experience with geocoding and spatial analysis

A Bachelor's degree in Information Technology or related substitutes for two years of experience, OR a related Associate's substitutes for one year.

Successful candidate must pass past-employer reference checks and a criminal history verification

It is the policy of the Minnesota IT Services that all employees submit to a background investigation prior to employment. The background check may consist of the following components:

* SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and past state employees only)

* Criminal History Check

* Employment Reference Check

* Social Security and Address Verification

* Education Verification

Minnesota IT Services will not sponsor applicants for work visas. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the US

Preferred Qualifications:

* Higher education coursework in Geography, GIS, and related science (ex: Geology, Hydrology, and Soils)

* Strong working knowledge of development tools such as: HTML, XML, JavaScript and Python

* Strong working knowledge and experience with geocoding and spatial analysis

* Basic familiarity with concepts of statistical significance

* Effective communication skills

* Knowledge and experience with 9-1-1 call centers, including police/fire/EMS dispatch and emergency response operations.

* Understanding of Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG9-1-1) terminology, concepts, and standards, especially as it relates to the use of GIS in NG9-1-1.

* Experience maintaining GIS data for a 9-1-1 center or closely related public safety entity.

* Knowledge of address standards (FGDC, NENA, etc.), geocoding, and verification techniques.

Application Details

Why Work For Us

The State of Minnesota IT Services offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, defined benefit pension plan, tax-deferred compensation plan (457), generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year. In addition, at the management's discretion, Minnesota IT Services offers flexible work scheduling, telework options, mentorship opportunities, employee recognition and reward programs, and paid training and development. Join Minnesota IT Services now and stay for a career!

How to Apply

Click "Apply" at the bottom of this page. If you are unable to apply online, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637.

For additional information about the application process, go to

To be considered for any Veteran's Status, you MUST indicate this on your application.

RECENTLY SEPARATED VETERANS (RSV): Effective July 1, 2009, legislation provides that the top five RSV applicants who apply and meet the qualifications for a vacancy shall be granted an interview. To qualify, you must meet the following: 1) have separated under honorable conditions from any branch of the armed forces of the United States; 2) have served on active duty for 181 consecutive days or more or for the full period ordered to active duty or have separated by reason of disability incurred while serving on active duty; 3) be a United States citizen or resident alien; and 4) have served in active military service at any time on or after September 11, 2001, as shown on your DD-214 form. To be considered under this legislation, you must: 1) meet all Minimum Qualifications identified in this posting; 2) meet all of the above RSV criteria; and 3) submit a copy of your DD-214 form by the closing date to: Failure to submit your DD-214 form will affect your consideration for an interview under this legislation.


If you have questions about the position, contact Jenny Hickey at


The State of Minnesota is an equal opportunity, affirmative action, and veteran-friendly employer. We are committed to providing culturally responsive services to all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota recognizes that a diverse workforce is essential and strongly encourages qualified women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans to apply.

It is the policy of Minnesota IT Services to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified candidates and employees. If you are an individual with a disability who needs assistance or cannot access the online job application system, please contact the job information line at 651.259.3637 or email Please indicate what assistance you need. To request an accommodation for an interview, please contact Jenny Hickey at or contact the hiring manager.

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