Assistant GIS Specialist - Portland, OR

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Assistant GIS Specialist

SALARY:$59,072.00 - $79,164.80 Annually


OPENING DATE: 07/10/18


CLOSING DATE: 07/20/18 05:00 PM



The Assistant GIS Specialist performs a variety of entry-level, professional GIS tasks associated with the development, maintenance and distribution of Metro's Regional Land Information System (RLIS), as well as project-specific data compilation, research, analysis and visualization. The position will focus on providing support to Research Center staff, Metro departments, other jurisdictions and the general public with GIS products, analysis and research. This position reports to the Research Center Client Services manager.

At Metro, we hire a workforce representative of the communities we serve, understanding that a diverse workforce strengthens our organization. We value diversity and support a positive and welcoming environment where all of our employees can thrive.



An employee in this position must be able to perform all the essential job duties listed below with or without reasonable accommodation; however, this list is not intended to include all of the specific tasks which an employee in this position may be expected to perform.

Produce standard and custom maps and reports for Metro staff, partner agencies, and the public in a high-volume, team-oriented production environment.

Compile, inventory, organize, develop, and document quantitative and qualitative data from multiple sources.

Utilize Esri software to develop, edit, analyze and publish Metro's region-wide database (RLIS).

Assist in researching methodologies and data sources and compiling data for mapping and analysis.

Provide back-up assistance to other staff who supply maps, aerial photography and computer mapping services.

Effectively collaborate with other agency staff on projects.

Use a variety of techniques to visualize technical data and analysis results.

Update metadata, document procedures, and follow quality control routines.

Perform other related duties as assigned.

This position is represented by AFSCME Local 3580 and is classified as an Assistant GIS Specialist (click to read the full classification). Classification descriptions are typically written broadly and do not include the specific duties and responsibilities of the positions.



A bachelor's degree in geography, computer science, urban planning or a related field, with major course work in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), and one year of work experience in GIS and computer experience; or any combination of education and experience which provides the applicant with the knowledge, skills and abilities required to perform the job.


Experience working in a versioned SDE (spatial database engine) environment.

Experience analyzing data with an equity perspective (e.g., racial/ethnic demographic population segments).

Experience coding in Python or R.

Experience with machine learning or other "big data" analytics.

Knowledge, skills and abilities

Demonstrated experience using Esri software

Demonstrated experience producing visualizations of complicated data/information.

Working knowledge of cartographic practices, geographic principles, and mapping terms.

Experience with compiling and normalizing data from varied sources.

Familiarity with the structure and querying relational databases.

Basic knowledge of mathematics including statistics and quantitative and qualitative analyses.

Familiarity with basic project management practices will be given preference.

Strong technical writing skills.

Strong attention to detail.

Ability to work in an active environment and balance multiple, concurrent projects.

Ability to communicate verbally and in writing with a varied clientele.

Ability to fulfill Metro's employee values of public service, excellence, teamwork, respect, innovation and sustainability.



Online applications: Metro accepts job applications online. If you need assistance or accommodation with your application, or access to a computer, call 503-797-1570.

Accommodation: Reasonable accommodation is available to anyone whose specific disability prevents them from completing this application or participating in this process. To obtain confidential assistance please contact Human Resources (503) 797-1570.

Public Employees Retirement System (PERS): New employees will pay the employee portion of the PERS contribution.

Veterans' Preference: Under Oregon Law, qualified veterans may be eligible for veterans' preference when applying for Metro positions. If you are a veteran and would like to be considered for a veterans' preference for this job, please provide qualifying documents as instructed during the application process.

Criminal background check: Criminal background checks: In order to protect the well being of its employees, the public and agency assets, Metro may conduct criminal background checks on candidates selected for Metro positions. Criminal convictions do not necessarily preclude employment and will be considered on a case by case basis. A background check will only be conducted if you are selected as a finalist for a position. If selected as a finalist, you will be contacted by Human Resources prior to the initiation of a background check.

Equal employment opportunity:  All qualified persons will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, familial status, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability for which a reasonable accommodation can be made or any other status protected by law.  Assistance will be gladly provided upon request for any applicant with sensory or non-sensory disabilities.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer



600 NE Grand Ave 
Portland, OR 97232 
Position #2018-6009-RC-CS 


Assistant GIS Specialist Supplemental Questionnaire


*1.All applicants must submit a written or typed response to each of the following. The responses must be addressed individually and included with the application on a separate sheet(s). Please limit total response to 500 words or less. Your responses will be used as part of your application evaluation.

1) Describe your experience assisting non-technical clients with technical mapping and data analysis requests.

2) Please provide two or three examples of your experience providing analytical mapping and/or analysis support to large projects.

3) Please describe different types of visualization techniques you have used to display technical data.

4) Please describe the different software packages you've used to do your projects, and the strengths and weaknesses of each.


*2.Have you included your response with your application?


* Required Question