GIS Technician - 3346

Career Purpose

Working under general supervision, the GIS Technician maintains, displays and updates a comprehensive geographic information system. Duties may include design, complex technical review and development of GIS projects. This position works with individual map layers, coverages and linkages, base map design and database design and development.


  • Operates GIS workstation and utilize various software and hardware to update maps as new data is received relative to new subdivisions, developments, capital improvement projects, zoning requirements and other projects.
  • Produce special graphic layouts, combining various data form sources to produce complex plots using GIS software.
  • Research and interpret source records and documents. Examine engineering plans, aerial photograph, maps, as-built drawings, land grants, deeds and legal descriptions in order to enter data into digital format to create new layers or corrections to existing data; translate engineer’s technical data into GIS format.
  • Develop simple tools, scripts, models or extensions utilizing GIS software to reduce redundant work procedures.
  • Conducts mapping research, in the field and in the office, to resolve conflicting information and ensure the accuracy of the data.
  • Generate, print and distribute standard and custom products such as reports, maps, diagrams, exhibits and displays using computer GIS software and related printing and plotting equipment.
  • Develops reports against a variety of data sources. This includes the creation of queries for ad hoc reports used in conjunction with other desktop software.
  • Contributes to the efficiency and effectiveness of the unit’s service to its customer by offering suggestions and directing or participating as an active member of a team.
  • Attends training and upgrades knowledge of GPS surveying equipment, GIS software and related technologies.
  • Respond to requests for GIS information from the public, other agencies and city staff.
  • Determine effective presentation of information and select appropriate cartographic elements, including, map projection, scale, color, shading, symbols, and additional elements, such as images, graphs, tables, and overlays to produce neat, precise and well-balanced maps/drawings.
  • Review, monitor and verify GIS digital files and related databases for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with established formats and standards; May make field inspections to check on completed work.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of customer service, quality and team concepts.
  • Knowledge of mathematical calculations, statistical computation, algebra, geometric construction and the essentials of trigonometry.
  • Knowledge of GIS concepts to formulate and prepare drawings, maps and plans
  • Knowledge of cartography, coordinate systems, basic symbols and terminology for mapping
  • Knowledge of basic database principles
  • Knowledge of ESRI GIS applications such as ArcCatalog, ArcGIS, ArcMap and ArcView
  • Ability to operate microcomputers, related equipment and various microcomputer software in a Windows networking environment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
  • Ability to use good interpersonal skills to establish and maintain effective working relations with other employees, organizations and the public.
  • Ability to make oral and written presentations of operational data in a clear, concise and non-technical manner.
  • Ability to comprehend and make inferences from written material and oral direction.
  • Ability to produce written reports using clearly organized thoughts and proper sentence construction and grammar.
  • Ability to perform difficult computer aided drafting of maps, plats, sketches, plans, graphs, charts, and other related materials
  • Ability to make independent actions or decisions on technical issues.
  • Skill in determining and implementing best methods for making products; gathering, compiling and presenting information in a cartographic and tabular format; developing and implementing GIS projects; performing GIS analysis
  • Skill in Microsoft Office Professional
  • Skill in maintaining and organizing files that allows information to be retrieved quickly.

Experience and Training Guidelines

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying.  A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:


  • Two (2) years experience in GIS technical operating experience using GIS software and tools to convert and maintain geo-spatial information, produce standard and custom GIS mapping products, and develop simple GIS tools and extensions


  • Associate’s degree or equivalent course work at a technical or vocational school in geographic information systems, geography, planning, landscape architecture, civil engineering, computer science or a related field, or two years experience working with geographic information systems. Other combinations of experience and education that meet the minimum requirements may be substituted.

License or Certification:

  • Possession of, or ability to obtain, an appropriate valid Oklahoma Driver's License.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Frequent hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate various pieces of office equipment, often requiring repetitive hand-arm coordination and movements.
  • Frequently use manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer keyboard.
  • Frequently sits, remaining in the normal seated position
  • Frequently talking and listening, expressing or exchanging ideas and perceiving the nature of sounds by the ear.
  • Frequently required to stand or walk;
  • Frequently see details at a distance, up close and peripherally, including using depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus, use close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • Occasionally lifting or carrying objects weighing up to 20 pounds such as rolled paper.
  • Occasionally working with arms above shoulder level
  • Occasionally bending and stooping repeatedly or continually over time


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • The employee normally works in an office where the environment is frequently quiet. 
  • Office work environment is characterized by frequent interruptions.


The personal contacts are typically with employees of different departments, external agencies, or with the general public. The purpose of the contacts is to plan and coordinate work efforts; provide input and advice, and resolve problems or collect information. The persons contacted typically have mutual goals and basically cooperative attitudes.


First Application Review:

The first application review date will commence on June 28, 2021.  All application submitted after that date will be placed in a separate folder awaiting the outcome of the initial review.  Should none of the original applicants be selected, the second set will be available for review.



The duties listed in this description are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to the position. The job description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.  



As an employee with the City of Lawton, you will receive various benefits in addition to your base salary.  Some of those benefits are:

  • Paid Vacation Yearly (after 6 months of employment)
  • 12 or 13 Paid Holidays (7 or 8 hard holidays and 5 flex days)
  • 96 hours of sick leave per year
  • Partial premium payment for Health Insurance through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma
  • Health Saving Account (HSA) is available
  • Medical Flexible Spending Accounts available
  • Dental Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma is available
  • Vision Insurance coverage through Blue Cross Blue Shield utilizing the EYEMED network is available
  • Life Insurance and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance provided
  • Many other Employee paid optional supplemental benefits
  • Retirement through Oklahoma Municipal Retirement Fund (OkMRF)
    • 3.5% Employee Defined Contribution Plan - 3.5% City match
    • 7 years 100% vested
  • Voluntary 457 Plans available through ICMA Retirement Corporation or Nationwide

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Lawton affords equal employment opportunity to all individuals regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability status or genetic information. Persons selected for employment into any position must pass a drug test. Some positions may require passing an alcohol test. Previous employment and any additional experience will be subject to verification prior to employment processing. A driver’s license and driving record check will be conducted if driving is a job requirement. A post offer employment medical examination may be conducted prior to job placement.

Vacancy #
Closing Date
Career Type
$1,437.60 Bi-weekly
Hiring Organization
Geographic Information System

How To Apply ?

Application Instructions

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