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Gis Coordinator


Under limited supervision, provides Geographic Information Systems (GIS) leadership by coordinating activities and providing oversight for GIS activities for all City departments. The GIS Coordinator role is responsible for providing technical expertise and supervision of day-to-day implementation and operation of the GIS in alignment with organizational objectives. The GIS Coordinator is responsible for coordinating GIS activities, working with and coordinating the work of GIS vendors, planning and organizing system development, and other GIS management activities.

This classification is assigned to the Turlock City Employees Association bargaining unit for labor relations purposes.


General supervision is provided by Information Technology Division Manager.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Manage resources of GIS and confer and coordinate with user organizations and GIS personnel to determine user needs.
  • Serve as Chairperson of the GIS Users Group.
  • Oversee and provide technical guidance regarding activity associated with implementation, operation, and enhancement of the GIS program.
  • Assist in the design, development, maintenance and implementation of the organizationís GIS web mapping applications.
  • Automate manual GIS processes using geoprocessing models, Model Builder, and Python scripting.
  • Consult with City departments regarding departmental GIS needs and requirements; including identifying, designing, and developing GIS applications.
  • Develop, edit and maintain geospatial datasets and databases.
  • Design data extraction, transformation and loading (ETL) automation workflows using a variety of tools and programming languages.
  • Administer Enterprise GIS System infrastructure and databases.
  • Develop new GIS databases, maintain and update current data, generate maps, tables, and queries and maintain base maps.
  • Coordinate GIS development with outside agencies.
  • Design and develop computer GIS applications in support of City and departmental goals; consult with department managers in utilizing specialized functions in the GIS program to achieve departmental goals.
  • Assure that GIS projects meet objectives by planning all project phases; work with user departments to develop project objectives and scope of work; analyze progress of GIS projects; recommend and coordinate corrective actions; report on performance and status of GIS projects.
  • Coordinate GIS efforts throughout the City in conjunction with City departments; integrate GIS data development processes between departments; develop and manage programs to provide GIS resources to departments; manage central GIS data repository including organization, maintenance, and quality control.
  • Represent the City at various meetings of technical organizations, and interagency projects and organizations as needed in conjunction with GIS.
  • Serve as a technical resource to City departments, including providing assistance and training in the use of GIS data and systems, troubleshooting, and providing support for GIS software, databases, and other related applications.
  • Monitor trends in GIS technology and recommend planning and operating improvements. Attend and participate in professional group meetings, seminars and trainings in order to stay abreast of new trends and innovations in the field of geographic information systems technology.
  • Maintains confidential information in accordance with legal standards and/or City regulations.
  • Perform related duties as assigned.


Knowledge of:

  • General principles and practices pertaining to GIG and desktop applications
  • Mapping and geographic information processing systems
  • ESRI software suite/spatial awareness
  • Automated mapping and spatial information processing methods and techniques
  • Effective public presentation techniques
  • Methodologies for project management including project tracking and project control
  • Database analysis and design
  • Complex GIS analysis techniques
  • Principles and methods of technical problem solving
  • Local, County, State, and Federal statues, laws, ordinances, and rules as they apply to mapping requirements

Ability to:

  • Translate technical concepts and terminology in terms understandable to elected officials and other department heads
  • Make decisions based on factual data, and to evaluate progress or success of computerized projects and systems
  • Compute rates, ratios, and percentages
  • Analyze, identify, and interpret technical and numerical information
  • Proficiently use ESRI software suite (version 10 and newer), including ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Enterprise and Portal, and implementing GIS web applications.
  • Proficiently use common GIS analysis tools, including Model Builder or Python scripting
  • Handle multiple projects and responsibilities simultaneously while meeting deadlines
  • Work independently and efficiently with minimal supervision.
  • Pay close attention to detail and carry tasks to completion.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.


Any combination of training and experience that would provide the knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skill and abilities is:


Bachelorís degree in Geography, Information Management, Computer Science or a related field, with emphasis in GIS. A Masterís degree is preferred.


Two (2) years of experience operating, implementing, and maintaining automated mapping and/or Geographic Information Systems.



Possession of an appropriate, valid California Driver's License at the time of appointment, to be maintained as a condition of continued employment.


Maintain the following physical abilities: See well enough to read instructions, read fine print, view computer screen, operate vehicle and related equipment; hear well enough to converse on the telephone and in person, assist the public and other staff; use hands and fingers for use of computer keyboard, copy machine, filing, writing, drive vehicles and answer telephone.

      For questions about City employment, please contact:

      Human Relations
      156 S. Broadway, Ste. 235
      Turlock, CA 95380-5454
      (209) 668-5150
      Monday - Friday, 8AM - 5PM

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