Applicants must apply on-line at our website: www.westernvawater.org/careers
Starting salary $37,147 – $49,453
SUMMARY OF JOB
The role of Engineering / GIS Technician is to support the Authority’s planning and
asset management functions by providing field and office support for Geographic
Information System (GIS), Mapping, and Asset Management programs and other
activities managed by the Engineering Services Division. Specific duties include but are
not limited to: Updating and maintaining the Authority’s Asset System of Record, data
quality control, data acquisition, data maintenance, and data transformation, and
fulfilling data requests with a quick turn-around. The Engineering/GIS Technician
assists in preparation of maps, data summaries and other visualizations to clearly and
effectively communicate information to internal staff, the public, and other
stakeholders. An effective candidate for this position understands the importance of
GIS at the Authority and is motivated to help advance the state of practice.
An ideal candidate for this position will have superb working knowledge of Geographic
Information Systems (GIS) fundamentals and demonstrable proficiency in industry
standard GIS platforms such as ESRI products and platforms with demonstrable skills
in database management and program development.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
In order to perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each
essential duty satisfactorily. Assigned duties and responsibilities will include the
following, depending on qualifications. Reasonable accommodations may be made to
enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Performs basic field surveying for data collection using GPS equipment and asset
management software platforms.
Manipulates geographic data in spatial and tabular databases.
Reads and interprets record drawings, as-builts, plans, and specifications.
Performs quality control of work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to
specifications and internal standards.
Assists in training others in the use of GPS equipment and asset management
Coordinates, processes data, and prepares summary reports for hydraulic analysis
and hydrant flow tests.
Assists with field and office work to support engineering projects including water
and wastewater capital improvements.
Coordinates quality control, data validation, and input of data into mapping and
Integrates work order and as-built information into the Asset System of Record.
Examines work for exactness, neatness, and conformance to specifications.
Assists and trains system users with hardware, software and conversion of
Assist in the production of presentation quality maps, exhibits, graphics,
schematics, plots, and other technical documents.
Creates and processes field survey data for use in updating the asset registry.
Assists in creation of base maps and asset inventories for design projects from the
asset system of record.
Undertakes daily updates and quality control in the Authority’s asset management
databases and GIS for design project areas.
Provides assistance in improving and updating existing internal GIS standards,
templates, and workflows.
Able to develop standard operating procedures for documenting common workflows.
Assists with data collection, monitoring, and documentation of field activities, as
Imports and manipulates survey data to update the Asset System of Record.
Updates GIS mapping and databases.
Depending on qualifications and experience, may supervise entry-level technicians and
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or
abilities of an excellent candidate for this position.
Use Python / Ruby scripts to retrieve data sources for production and updating of
authoritative data in an enterprise geodatabase.
Design maps and visualizations, develop mapping software, and automate
Ability to automate data QA/QC whenever possible
Documentation of processes and workflows to help convey information to users of
different levels of expertise.
Develop web-based GIS applications using ArcGIS Online
Familiarity with asset management basics and geographical information systems
Strong working knowledge of cartographic principles and their application in the
Strong working knowledge of map coordinate systems and projects, and their
usage in GIS applications.
Strong computer skills, and experience with or ability to learn new GIS applications
and programming techniques for improving data processing workflows.
Proficiency in use of computers and various software programs such as Microsoft
Office suite, ESRI products and platforms, Innovyze geographic information/asset
management systems, SharePoint, etc.
Working knowledge of hand-held and RTK GPS receivers.
QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE
Minimum requirements: Bachelors or Associates degree from an accredited college or
university or certificate in GIS or related program from a recognized technical training
institution. Two (2) or more years related experience preferred or equivalent
combination of education and experience. Strong knowledge of cartographic principles
and their application in the digital realm.
Strong knowledge of map coordinate systems and projections, and their usage in
Basic knowledge of equipment, materials, methods and procedures used in water
and sewer related activities.
Skill in use of computers and various software programs including but not limited
to InfoNet Desktop, InfoNet Mobile, ArcMap, AutoCAD, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft
Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Access, and Microsoft Outlook preferred.
CERTIFICATE, LICENSE, REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS
Must possess a valid Virginia driver’s license or have the ability to obtain one within
60 days of employment date. No more than six (6) demerit points on driving record if
required to drive Water Authority vehicles.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS OF THE JOB
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by
an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to
perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to walk,
stand, and sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms;
talk and hear.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include ability to adjust focus. If
corrective lenses are noted on driver’s license, the lenses must be worn when
operating Authority vehicles.
Repetitive movement using equipment is involved.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stoop,
kneel, crouch, bend, climb, balance or crawl.
Employee must be able to stand for an extended amount of time at the jobsite.
Employee must be physically able to walk several miles during the day.
Employee must be physically able to regularly reach overhead.
Employee must regularly lift, carry and/or move up to 50 pounds and occasionally
100 pounds. Assistance is required on weight amounts above those listed. Failure
to do so could result in injury and denied Worker’s Compensation benefits.
WORK ENVIRONMENT ENCOUNTERED IN THIS JOB
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an
employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable
accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the
Employee will be regularly exposure to moderate or high noise level, extreme
outside weather conditions, uneven, steep, slippery terrain conditions, dusty
conditions and wet and/or humid conditions.
Employee will be subject to exposure to moving mechanical parts and heavy
Employees will be subject to roadway hazards, i.e. traffic.
Employee will be subject to outside hazards, i.e. poison ivy, bees, spiders, dirt,
Employee will be subject to confined areas, i.e. confined spaces, sewer manholes,
water vaults, wastewater pits, and/or protected trenches.
GENERAL STATEMENT AND SELECTION GUIDELINES
The above statements describe the general nature and level of work assigned to in
this job position. They should not be construed as an exhaustive list of all job duties
or tasks performed by personnel so classified.
The following will identify the selection guidelines for job placement:
Rating of education, experience, training and qualifications
Interview with WVWA management team
Applicant must pass a pre-employment physical and drug/alcohol test
A criminal background check and social security number verification will be
performed. The results must match information provided by the applicant on the
Job related test might be required and would be administered to all applicants
applying for the position