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GIS Technician

Clatsop County Oregon - Information Systems, 800 EXCHANGE STREET, ASTORIA, Oregon, United States of America Req #111

 Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Clatsop County occupies the northwest corner of Oregon bounded to the north by the Columbia River and to the west by the Pacific Ocean. Named for the Clatsop Indians, Clatsop County is rich in history, scenery and opportunity.

Applications are now being accepted for one GIS Technician to maintain geographical land information, produce map products, and perform GIS related duties through ArcGIS software for government and public use. This position is represented by AFSCME Local 2746 Courthouse Roads.

Mandatory Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in Geography, Cartography, Natural Resources, Computer Science, Planning, Environment Science or a related field.
  • Minimum of one year of GIS work experience.
  • Knowledge of basic cartographic principals and sources of mapping materials; principals of Geographic Information System including entry/updates, analysis, and map production.
  • A working knowledge of Windows, relational databases (SQL Server preferred). 
  • Ability to resolve and troubleshoot GIS-related problems.


Desired Qualifications
Communicate clearly and concisely, both verbally and in writing.

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with county staff and management, members of the public and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Business letter writing and basic report preparation techniques.
  • English usage, spelling, grammar and punctuation.
  • Working knowledge of:
  1. Methods and techniques of map compilation and cartographic principals.
  2. ESRI ArcGIS software programs with working knowledge of components, tools, function and techniques.
  3. Microsoft Office software.
  4. Map projections, coordinate systems and datums.
  5. ESRI data formats including shapefiles and geodatabases.

How to Apply

Online application is required. Visit, Career Opportunities, to submit by February 18, 2021. Include two work samples that showcase the use of GIS technology.

Applicants should review the complete job description

GIS Analyst

JOB # 2021-015

Do you specialize in making the non-spatial spatial? Do you enjoy leveraging the power of SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) to empower your maps? Can you automate your mapping world by writing Python scripts? Are you an expert in working with the ArcGIS Enterprise GIS environment to develop web maps and applications?  If so, Come Join our Team with the Department of Land Use and Transportation as a Geographic Information Systems Analyst!

The Operations and Maintenance division is looking for a highly skilled and self-motivated Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst that will provide professional-level support to end users of GIS data within the department. Incumbents in this role analyze a variety of statistics and spatial data to create diagrams, illustrations and maps. They also develop applications using GIS technology, which includes translating the application specifications into programs, and recommend program actions based on the results of geographic data analysis.

The Ideal Candidate
The ideal candidate will be an expert in data management, web map and app integrations using ESRI Enterprise GIS. Working with datasets from a standard SQL server to SDE SQL server in real time or near real time is required to meet the needs of the division. This often requires competency in reading, creating and maintaining queries, views, functions, triggers and stored procedures with SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS). Scripting GIS automation with Python is a must. 

The candidate ideally will also have previously worked with the full suite of linear referencing tools, from route creation to the maintenance of linear referenced events. Cityworks or other enterprise asset management system implementation experience and supporting map services utilizing the Javascript API framework application is also desirable. Additionally, candidates should have the ability to work interdependently, think creatively, and communicate effectively.

Experience in local government supporting road or transportation asset datasets is preferred, but not required. 

This recruitment may also be used for vacancies that will become available within the next six-month period. Please visit Washington County's home page to explore our diverse departments, offices and programs: Washington County Home.

Washington County values a culture of equity, diverse perspectives, and life experiences. Our organization embraces innovation, collaboration and work-life harmony.  We offer job stability, a comprehensive benefits package, and an opportunity to serve and support our diverse community. We are an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to diversity and an inclusive workforce. Women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


Duties may include:

  1. Performs complex spatial analysis and database queries; designs, creates, and maintains geodatabases; develops and maintains data layers and spatial data structures using GIS tools and relational databases; and converts data into alternative formats.
  2. Analyzes data to design and prepare a variety of maps, illustrations, web map applications, and other graphic representations that display layers representing spatial data.
  3. Uses various programming languages to modify existing software to increase functionality, automate processes, or build analysis tools; writes and maintains scripts; debugs application flow and design, documents and tests software modifications; and translates geographic and demographic data into formulas for data entry.
  4. Provides technical support on GIS software; serves as a technical resource for other staff on difficult GIS databases and application issues; and provides training to work groups using GIS applications and mapping.
  5. Assists in creating a positive and supportive work environment; enforces a safe workplace; establishes a culture of teamwork and communication; creates a workplace that promotes the organizational values of workplace diversity, equity and inclusion and actively promotes an environment respectful of living and working in a multicultural society.
  6. Participates in work and advisory groups to coordinate data use with other Washington County departments and external agencies.
  7. Coordinates and works with other GIS Analysts and information systems management to determine direction of GIS application development and implementation.
  8. Participates in forums and discussions with managers of information systems and other GIS Analysts to recommend computer software or hardware acquisitions.

Education and Experience:
A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:

  • A Bachelor's Degree in planning, urban studies, geography, architecture, cartography, computer science, surveying, or a related field; AND
  • Three (3) years of experience in geographic information systems design.

  • Must possess a valid driver's license in the State of Oregon and have an acceptable driving record.
Washington County organizes its positions into classifications. Classification descriptions are typically written broadly. To review these classifications, please use the following links: GIS Analyst.

Please be clear and specific in the applicable sections of the employment application about how your background is relevant. This information must also be consistent with your supplemental question responses. Please note: Answers to the supplemental questions are typically evaluated separately from your application. 

Department of Motor Vehicle Records (DMV) Requirement:
Driving a motorized vehicle is an essential function of this position. Successful applicants must possess a valid driver's license and an acceptable driving record. To review the Driver's License and Record Policy for Washington County and instructions for submitting appropriate DMV documentation, please use this link: Driver's License & Records Policy. SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION

Washington County is committed to using a Merit Based System in which recruiting, selecting, and advancing employees is based on their relative knowledge, skills, and abilities.

Selection Process:
1. An evaluation of training and experience of submitted application packets will be performed by Human Resources. Review of applications will occur the week of February 15, 2021.

2. A Subject Matter Expert (SME) Panel will perform an in-depth evaluation of experience and training taken from your employment application materials to include responses to supplemental questionnaire. This process will begin after February 22, 2021.
3. Our goal is to schedule oral panel interviews with candidates that successfully pass the Subject Matter Expert Review step as soon as feasibly possible.

4. Washington County will perform a DMV records check on the candidates that successfully pass the oral panel interviews and are selected for the position. 

Please note: candidates that are successful in the evaluation process may have their applications referred for additional vacancies in the same classification, or job family.

Veterans' Preference:                                                                                                     
If you are a Veteran and would like to be considered for a Veterans' preference for this recruitment, please review instructions using this link: Veterans Preference Points Instructions (Download PDF reader).

Accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act:
Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in the selection process for this recruitment.  To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources 503-846-8606, or e-mail at: at least 48 hours before any step in the recruitment and selection process for which you feel you need accommodation. 

Status of Your Application:
You will be advised by e-mail of your status at each step in the application process, from initial application to final employment disposition. Please note that Washington County communicates with all candidates via email. If you "opt out" or "unsubscribe" of email notification from notices in NEOGOV it will impact our ability to communicate with you about job postings.

Questions (?) Regarding This Recruitment
Jasmine Cardenas, Talent Acquisition Business Partner   


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Hydrographic Analyst  

Join Sanborn’s award-winning team! Sanborn is looking for a Hydrographic Analyst to work onsite with our federal government client in Portland, OR. The position will delineate new hydrography in Oregon and Washington where high quality LiDAR-based Digital Elevation Models (DEMs) are available. The new hydrography will be used to update the high resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD) and National Watershed Boundary Dataset (WBD). This position is located in Portland, OR.

The Hydrographic Analyst will develop new hydrography delineations using LiDAR-derived Digital Elevation Models (DEMs), imagery, and field collected data, which will be incorporated into the high-resolution National Hydrography Dataset (NHD).


•Bachelor’s degree or higher in the biological sciences, agriculture, natural resource management or related disciplines appropriate to the position.

•Three years of experience

•Master’s degree preferred in a natural resource science (Biology, Geology, Hydrology, Soil, Range, Forestry)



•Proficiency with the ESRI ArcGIS version 10.x or Pro software suite, including the spatial analyst extension.

•Demonstrated experience managing, processing, and analyzing raster datasets to model hydrography.

•Understanding of basic hydrologic science principles.

•Demonstrated programming experience with Python.

•Familiarity with the high-resolution National Hydrographic Dataset (NHD) requirements and data standards.

•Experience with performing geospatial statistical analysis.

•Experience designing and editing geodatabases with related tables to a state or national standard.

•Experience producing and/or maintaining editable feature services in ArcGIS web applications.

•Ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing.


•Familiarity with the physical geography of Oregon and Washington.

•Analytical Math skills



•Prepare LiDAR-derived DEMs (e.g., mosaicking, resampling, etc.) at the watershed or subwatershed scale for hydrography modeling.

•Hydro-flatten DEMs to adjust elevations where hydrographic waterbodies, areas, and double-line streams occur.

•Hydro-enforce DEMs where hydrography intersects roads, canals, and other anthropogenic features to ensure accurate hydrologic surface flow.

•Develop and execute Python scripts to model hydrography from prepared LiDAR-derived DEMs.

•Facilitate quality control/assessment reviews of initial delineations by hydrologists using web-based GIS applications.

•Adjust initial delineations and hydro-enforcements based on feedback from hydrologists.

•Manage data associated with hydrographic modeling. These data include interim raster products, final hydro-flattened/enforced DEMs, breaklines, channel initiation points, etc.



•Flow-line, waterbody, and 2d stream area spatial feature classes formatted following the high-resolution NHD data standards.

•Hydrologic DEMs and breakline features.

•Scripts and written documentation describing the entire modeling process.



The following forms and inquiries, or their equivalent, will be used to initiate the credentialing process:

•OPM Standard Form 85 or 85P


•National Criminal History Check (NCHC)

•Release to Obtain Credit Information

•PIV card application

 If selected to fill the position, a candidate would be required to pass a drug screen and satisfy the requirements of a National Criminal History Check (NCHC) to verify the identity of the individual applying for clearance and to determine the individual’s suitability for the position.

Applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Salary Range: 52K-66K annual

Sanborn offers a comprehensive health and wellness program which includes medical, dental, vision, 401k, holiday, PTO, EAP, disability and life insurance benefits.

TO APPLY: Visit our website: to apply for this position. Sanborn is a AA/Vet/Disability Equal Opportunity Employer.


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