GIS Technician

City of Urbandale

Government-Civil Service | Full Time | Onsite | Urbandale

Posted: 5/6/24

Job Description

Under the general direction of the Assistant Director of Engineering, performs work relating to the maintenance of the Engineering and Public Works Department’s Geographic Information Systems. Assists in the development, coordination and training of city staff related to various components of the Department’s GIS: maps, data sets, applications, information files, etc.

Deadline to Apply 5/22/24


3600 86th Street

Essential Job Functions

Routine Job Duties/Responsibilities
Maintains and updates base mapping layers related to the geographic information system (GIS) and asset/work management system (Cartegraph) of the Engineering and Public Works Department.
Coordinates Engineering and Public Works Department’s GIS system with the Technology Department.
Collects data using Global Position System (GPS) to locate City infrastructure systems such as sanitary sewer, storm sewer, signs and fiber optics.
Performs quality control on GIS data including researching, interpreting, and validating sources of information in order to identify and correct errors or omissions in data and to keep data in compliance with City and Regional GIS data standards.
Imports, exports, and converts data from various formats and sources for use in GIS and related systems such as AutoCAD or MicroStation.
Catalogs and files construction plans, plat books, maps, from work orders and field inspection notes. Scans all construction plans for archive. Maintains databases of electronic scanned files, maps, and aerial photographs.
Creates special maps on an as-needed basis such as for the annual snow and ice manual and annual pavement management report.
Assists with maintaining and updating information on the City website related to construction projects, including creating webmaps for project progress.
Creates webmaps for collection of data and project documentation for field inspectors.
Coordinates, trains, and instructs department staff in operation of the GIS software, Cartegraph software, and GPS equipment.
Integrates GIS with other computer applications.
Set up cartography and database standards with use of best practices for efficiently maintaining data while maximizing performance.
Performs other related duties and responsibilities as assigned.
Periodic Job Duties/Responsibilities
Responsible for assisting with locating and marking City infrastructure through the Iowa One Call system.
Assists in review of right-of-way work applications/ plan sets and enforces the right-of-way ordinance.
Assists in designing Capital Improvements Projects under supervision involving CAD drafting for preparation of construction plans and quantities.
Assists with the City’s annual sidewalk program.
Gathers and provides information to contractors, developers, consultants, property owners, city employees/departments, and the public, including as-built drawings, aerial photographs, easements, right-of-way information, and utility locations and responds to inquiries concerning same. Responsible for the inspection and construction administration of engineering projects that may include paving (driveways and sidewalks), sanitary sewer, storm sewer, grading including inspection and monitoring of erosion control/ storm water pollution prevention plans, and water main to ensure compliance with construction specifications and approved plans.


One (1) year of experience using Geographic Information System and AA degree in Geographical Information Systems, Technology, Geography or a related field required or combination of education and equivalent experience in Geographic Information System or related field.

Other Formal Training



1 year

About the Company

City of Urbandale

Travel Required


Resume Required


Contact Person

Beth Lauck

Deadline to Apply 5/22/24

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