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GIS Technician

By November 22, 2022

Washington State Department of Transportation

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) is the steward of an integrated, multimodal transportation system that helps to ensure people and goods move safely and efficiently throughout the state. In addition to building, maintaining, and operating the state highway system, WSDOT operates the largest ferry system in the nation, manages the world’s longest floating bridge, and recently completed the world’s widest tunneling project.
The Opportunity
WSDOT is currently seeking a self-motivated and committed Transportation Planning Technician 2 to fill a Geographical Information System (GIS) Technician position located in Tumwater, WA. Under the direction of the GIS Data Products Supervisor, the GIS Technician is responsible for developing and maintaining GIS data sets and products used throughout the agency for project planning, budget development, design, maintenance, traffic congestion management, emergency response and more, essential to the achievement of WSDOT’s goals of Safety, Preservation, Mobility, Environment, Stewardship, and Economic Vitality. This position will be responsible for creating and editing GIS and tabular data to develop and/or maintain the statewide InterchangeIntersection data layer(s) and other GIS data layers as needed. Our top candidate must have excellent communication skills as this position will interact with customers to obtain needed information related to mapping content and criteria, and with technical staff to ensure data quality and standard processing is followed and completed. This is a great opportunity to apply and grow your skills working alongside WSDOT’s top-notch team of GIS professionals.
What to Expect
Among the varied range of responsibilities held within this role, the GIS Technician will:
Use ArcGIS desktop software to load target datasets and appropriate reference layers.
Perform on-screen digitizing and data entry to create and/or update the geometry and attributes of GIS data layer(s).
Process data appropriately to ensure geometric and attribute integrity and update enterprise GIS library datasets.
Track and regularly report status of progress toward completing updates on statewide datasets.
Contact business experts to collect materials and guidance needed to determine the needed and correct changes to make in the GIS dataset.
Review materials and confirm the appropriate code values and valid ranges for each attribute in the dataset.
Compare the source material to the standard or required code values to ensure the source information is sufficient to distinguish all codes values.
Compile and index a list of decision rules for how data edits should be done.
Prepare illustration graphics to clarify the editing rules.

To be considered for this opportunity, the following are required:
Competition of 2 college level semester courses focused on GIS concepts and applications of GIS technology OR one (1) year of on-the-job experience as a GIS technician.
Completion of a basic training course on Microsoft Excel of no less than 4 hours (as offered by academic or professional Microsoft training organizations).
Demonstrated ability to work independently and meet deliverable goals and deadlines once trained and familiarized with the tasks.

It is preferred that qualified candidates also have:
One (1) year of full-time experience working with GIS data collection, editing, and processing using ArcGIS or ArcPro.
One (1) year of experience working with standard office software applications i.e., Outlook, Excel, Word, Access.
Demonstrated interest in a career in the transportation industry or as a GIS professional.

Important Notes
This recruitment may also be used to fill additional positions per business needs.
This position offers flexible/hybrid remote work options.
Occasional same day travel to various locations in Thurston County such as other WSDOT or partner facilities may be required. In-state and out-of-state overnight travel to WSDOT Region Offices or a conference or training location may be occasionally required.
Washington Administrative Code (WAC) 357-16-197 mandates that all employees who work for executive cabinet agencies (which includes the Department of Transportation) must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Compliance with this mandate is a condition of employment with WSDOT. Exemption may be granted for religious or medical purposes; however, accommodations will be subject to approval based on the essential functions required of the position.
WSDOT does not use the E-Verify system. For more information, please visit www.uscis.gov

Work-Life Balance – We are committed to ensure that our staff experience the reward of public service, while also sustaining a routine that suits each individuals’ lifestyle. As such, there are a number of flexible schedule options available, including occasional telework for eligible positions.
Paid Leave – In addition to 12 paid holidays, full-time employees earn a minimum 14 paid vacation days per year!
Tuition Assistance – Permanent employees have several options for assistance with education expenses, including tuition reimbursement programs, government discounts at participating colleges throughout the state, and eligibility for federal student loan forgiveness.
Plan For Your Future – WSDOT offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes a variety of healthcare options. Employees also have their choice of state retirement programs, and much more. Go to State Benefits for more information.

Check out this video to learn more: Why WSDOT?

How to Apply
Applications for this recruitment will be accepted electronically. Your relevant experience may be evaluated to determine salary. Therefore, it is very important that the “Work Experience” portion of the application be completed in as much detail as possible.
In order to be considered for this opportunity, please include the following with your online application:
An attached Resume outlining (in reverse chronological order) your experience to date.
An attached Cover Letter that further explains your qualifications and indicates why you believe you are a viable candidate for this role.
Contact details for a minimum three (3) individuals who can attest to your work performance, technical skills, and job-related competencies. NOTE: This information may be entered in the “References” section of the online application; does not require an additional attachment.

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WSDOT is an equal opportunity employer. We value the importance of creating an environment in which all employees can feel respected, included and empowered to bring unique ideas to the agency. Our diversity and inclusion efforts include embracing different cultures, backgrounds and viewpoints while fostering growth and advancement in the workplace. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons of disability, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam era veterans, as well as people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons with disabilities needing assistance in the application process, or those needing this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the listed Recruiter.

Contact us
For inquiries about this posting, you may contact the assigned Recruiter, Robyn Lovely at LovelyR@wsdot.wa.gov. Please be sure to reference 22DOT-HQ-00546 in the subject line.

To apply for this job email your details to HQHR@wsdot.wa.gov

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