GIS Technician I.II

  • Mission Support Positions
  • La Mesa, CA
  • Salary: $63,456.00 - $89,292.00/annually
  • January 23, 2022

Website Helix Water District

OPEN UNTIL FILLED:  Applications received after January 23, 2022, will only be considered if the position is not filled.

HELIX WATER DISTICT, La Mesa, CA (located in East San Diego County) is seeking a GIS Technician to join our team.  Come work for an organization where people make a difference, leaders appreciate your contributions and talents, and where employees develop their skills and abilities while working toward their professional aspirations.  Do you want to work alongside others who are passionate about their technical professions and care about the quality of their work?  If so, we would love for you to consider joining our team!


GIS Technician I is the entry-level classification and is flexibly staffed with the journey-level GIS Technician II classification.  Typically, proficiency criteria for advancement to the II level are met within 18 to 36 months, depending upon an individual’s prior experience.

GIS Technician I: $5,288 – $6,749/monthly
GIS Technician II: $5,830 – $7,441/monthly


Overview of Responsibilities 

Uses GIS and related software to support and maintain the district’s GIS database and mapping applications.

Gathers, verifies, inputs, edits and maintains tabular and spatial data from a variety of digital and paper source documents; performs quality assurance checks on gathered data.

Generates custom GIS data queries and analyses as requested by district staff.

Creates high-quality mapping products using appropriate software applications and methods.

Uses CAD software for basic maintenance of facility and water system schematics and drawings.

Coordinates with district departments (i.e. engineering, construction, operations, customer service, etc.) to ensure the prompt and accurate capture of attributes and facility data in the GIS.

Archives, maintains, scans and converts paper and digital files, records, maps and drawings.

Provides backup support to other GIS staff in the performance of their duties; assists senior staff in testing GIS applications, software packages and utilities.

Provides training and assistance to all district staff on GIS functions and applications.

Assists with maintaining and expanding the content of the GIS knowledgebase and other critical documentation.

Maintains, supports, troubleshoots, and configures GIS field laptops and servers; coordinates with other GIS and information services staff.



Qualified candidates will have training and experience substantially equivalent to graduation from an accredited college with an Associate’s degree in geography or closely related field; and two years of geographical information systems (GIS) experience preferable in a public utility setting; or an equivalent combination of training and experience.

A valid Class C California driver’s license and the ability to maintain insurability under the district’s vehicle insurance policy.

Knowledge of:

Basic principles of GIS, coordinate systems, and techniques for analyzing, capturing, manipulating and converting tabular and spatial data from a variety of sources.

Knowledge of the latest versions of Esri ArcGIS Enterprise, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Pro.  Working experience with Esri ArcMap is acceptable.  AutoCAD is preferred but not required.

Principles, practices, terminology and techniques of using GIS and CAD applications.

Basic principles of algebra, geometry and trigonometry as applied to the computation of angles, areas, distances and traverses.

Advanced operation of Microsoft Windows operating systems, networks and desktop productivity applications such as Excel, Word and Access.

Ability to:

With great attention to detail, read and understand various maps, drawings, schematics and source documents relating to the district’s water system and landbase.  Transpose the information into the GIS using editing tools, utilities and documented data capture rules.

Understand, interpret, follow, explain and apply detailed technical oral and written instructions and documentation.

Utilize a variety of GIS, CAD and other related software packages and applications to carry out assigned responsibilities.

Troubleshoot and perform basic software and system maintenance on GIS-enabled field laptops, tablets and mobile phones.

Perform basic mathematical, geometrical, spatial and statistical computations and analyses.

Prepare accurate, purposeful and visually appealing GIS cartographic products.

Communicate effectively orally and in writing.

Prepare clear, concise, accurate and comprehensive documentation, technical materials and logs.

Establish and maintain effective working relationships with others encountered in the course of work.

Maintain confidentiality and security of sensitive information.

Work after normal working hours and occasionally on weekends or after-hours for system emergencies as situations arise.


Application Process 

To be considered for the GIS Technician I/II, please complete the online application and supplemental questionnaire and view a complete list of job responsibilities by visiting our career section at  Resumes are not accepted in lieu of the online application.


Applications received after January 23, 2022, will only be considered if the position is not filled.

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