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Job: GIS Analyst, City of Kent (Kent, WA)

GIS Analyst I

Job Description

Overall Job Objective

Job Title: GIS Analyst I
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 10/18/17 5:05 PM Pacific Time
Salary: $4,180.00 – $5,089.00 Monthly
$50,160.00 – $61,068.00 Annually
Job Type: Regular Full-time
Location: 220 4th Ave. S., Kent, Washington
The City of Kent is currently seeking a GIS Analyst I. The ideal candidate will be a tech-savvy individual who has experience in the creation of spatial data sets, along with database design and maintenance. Information regarding the work performed may be presented to various audiences, so strong communication and interpersonal skills are also necessary for success in this role.  If you enjoy gathering and analyzing geographic data for use in public works projects, this position may be perfect for you!

**A cover letter and resume are required with your online application in order for your application to be considered complete; incomplete applications will not be considered for this position.  Please note that you cannot attach documents to your online application after it has been submitted.  If you experience technical issues, please feel free to call our office at (253) 856-5270 and we will do our best to assist you.**

Interviews for this position are tentatively scheduled to be held on October 26 and/or 27.

Under the direction of the GIS Supervisor, or designee, perform technical work in the use of Geographic Information System (GIS) software and workstations.

The work involves GIS database design, end-user support, application development, user interface development, and integration between GIS and other application software.  The incumbent is responsible for performing a variety of technical duties related to GIS applications, infrastructure mapping, query, data transfer, map creation and input of data into the GIS. The incumbent is responsible for providing assistance to upper level GIS Analysts/Staff.

Work is performed under the supervision of the GIS Supervisor or designee in accordance with overall objectives and resources available. The employee and supervisor or designee work together to develop the deadlines, projects, and work to be completed.  The employee is responsible for the work, plans and carries out the assignment, resolves most conflicts that arise, coordinates work with others, and interprets policies on own initiative in terms of established objectives.  The employee keeps the supervisor or designee informed of progress, potential controversial matters or far reaching implications. Work is reviewed only in terms of feasibility, compatibility with other work, or effectiveness of results.

 Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Automate GIS tasks using GIS programming languages.

Utilize GIS concepts, geoprocessing functions and techniques, and spatial database management.

Design and implement metadata for GIS data.

Create and maintain technical and user documentation for GIS processes and applications.

Routinely generate summary reports for Public Works Operation Department on storm drainage, sewer, water, and street infrastructure.

Verify attribute data through consistent quality-control checks performing frequencies, statistics, and summaries.

Establish geographic relationships between new and existing data through proper projection and scale.

Read and interpret GIS files and export files in various formats

Operate computer hardware peripherals, such as plotters, operating systems, and associated software packages that form the City’s GIS

Verify integrity of spatial data by review of source data to include assessor’s maps, lot line revisions, and plat maps; compare with other vector map layers and/or ortho –imagery overlay; perform visual inspection of electronic map layers; and attribute new map layers.

Provide guidance, instruction, and interpretation to City employees concerning GIS software applications and data.

Present GIS Projects, Work Flows and Data to internal and external audiences.

Actively support the vision, mission, values, and goals of the department and the City.


Perform related duties as assigned.

 Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Geographic Information Systems, specifically ArcGIS 10.X or above Window operating system, MS Office, and Adobe
  • Existing and emerging GIS software included in current City software standards of ESRI ArcGIS.
  • Principles and practices of cartography, surveying, and mapping as well as interpretation of engineering plans and aerial photography
  • Documents such as policy manuals, technical computer manuals, procedures, and business periodicals; applicable laws, codes, regulations, and legal descriptions


  • Geographic Information Systems
  • The design, development, and maintenance of GIS database’s by researching, collecting, and inputting data
  • Using correct office practices, procedures, and equipment
  • Communicating effectively both orally and in writing
  • Interpersonal skills with a tactful, patient, and courteous manner


  • Perform GIS spatial analyses and assist in the design, development, and maintenance of the City’s GIS database
  • Perform GIS data quality control, including reviewing data for completeness and accuracy; identifying and correcting errors or omissions in the data
  • Read, review, and understand aerial photographs, assessor’s maps, and engineering plans
  • Show initiative in performing job functions and work in a team environment
  • Plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines
  • Work effectively on several projects concurrently and complete work with many interruptions
  • Communicate effectively, orally and in writing using correct English grammar, spelling, punctuation and vocabulary
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with those encountered in the course of work
  • Present GIS Projects, Work Flows and Data to internal and external audiences.
  • Maintain confidential and sensitive information
 Education, Experience and Other Requirements:
Education:  Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Geography, Computer Science, Planning, Engineering, or related field;

Experience:  Minimum of one (1) year of increasingly responsible GIS experience.

Or:  In place of the above requirements, the incumbent may possess any combination of relevant education and experience which would demonstrate the individual’s knowledge, skill, and ability to perform the essential duties and responsibilities listed above.


  • Valid Washington State Driver’s License, or the ability to obtain within thirty (30) days of employment
  • Must successfully pass the City’s pre-employment driver’s records check; successfully complete the City’s Defensive Driving Course; and maintain an excellent driving record
  • Must successfully pass a Washington State Patrol background inquiry

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