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GIS Specialist

Platteville, WI, USA
Description: SWWRPC seeks a qualified individual to lead the development and implementation of our GIS and related web-based applications. Duties include designing and maintaining spatial data layers and associated databases, data conversion, recommending workflows to create and maintain spatial data, and conducting land use and planning-related spatial analysis. The GIS Specialist will act as a major participant in the development and implementation of cartographic standards. The GIS Specialist will also take the lead in convening and facilitating the Southwest Wisconsin GIS Forum, a quarterly meeting of GIS and land records professionals. This position will also be responsible for website maintenance and possibly web development, depending upon qualifications.

Location: The GIS Specialist will work primarily from SWWRPC’s Platteville Office. Platteville is located 60 miles southwest of Madison, Wisconsin with a population of approximately 11,000. The city, nestled among rolling hills and surrounded by beautiful farm country, is home to the University of Wisconsin-Platteville.

Knowledge Required:
• Knowledge of the principles, practices, terminology, and trends in geographic information system design and usage for modern land based mapping.
• Knowledge of the principles and practices of geographic information systems or computerized forecast modeling.
• Knowledge of the concepts and structure of computer programming languages.
• Knowledge of demographics, statistics, and spatial analysis.
• Knowledge of cartographic design and best practices.
• Knowledge of land records management practices and land records modernization processes in Wisconsin.
• Knowledge of database management best practices.

Skills Required:
• Experience in digital drafting, geographic information system design, implementation and management.
• Extensive proficiency with ESRI suite of software products, specifically Python Scripting for ArcGIS (ArcPy), ArcGIS, ArcOnline, and Model Building.
• Experience with Microsoft Office products and Adobe Suite.
• Experience with RDBMS and GPS data collection.
• Proficiency with Internet/Intranet based GIS Solutions.
• Experience interpreting legal descriptions and familiarity with the Public Land Survey System.

Abilities Required:
• Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, with other employees and the general public.
• Ability to communicate, and translate as needed, technical information related to cartography and spatial analysis to policy makers and elected officials.
• Ability to work on several projects or issues simultaneously.
• Ability to work independently or in a team environment as needed.
• Ability to attend to details while fulfilling larger goals.

Minimum Qualifications:
• Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Planning, or GIS.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Master’s degree or GIS Certificate.
• Proficiency in graphic design.
• Familiarity with current issues facing small rural communities.
• Knowledge of state and local ordinances pertaining to land records in the State of Wisconsin.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
• Map production or other planning project support – 75%
• GIS maintenance / data formatting and updating – 20%
• Additional duties and administrative functions – 5%

Apply online here or via email to

PO Box 262, 20 South Court Street
Platteville, WI, 53818 USA


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