GIS Analyst

County of Sonoma

Sonoma County Water Agency seeks an experienced Geographic Information Systems professional to join their team as a GIS Analyst!

What Makes Sonoma County a Great Choice

In addition to generous starting pay, expansive opportunities for growth and development, being part of a challenging and rewarding work environment that offers continuous training and education, and the satisfaction of knowing that you are working to better the communities of our region, you can look forward to some excellent benefits*, including:A cash allowance of approximately $600 a month
An annual Staff Development/Wellness Benefit allowance up to $500
Eligibility for a 5% salary increase after 1,040 hours (approximately 6 months when working full-time) for good work performance; eligibility for a 5% salary increase every year thereafter for good work performance, until reaching the top of the salary range
Competitive vacation accruals, 11 holidays per year, and accommodating sick leave accruals
County paid premium contribution to several health plan options
County contribution to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement to help fund post-retirement employee health insurance/benefits
*Benefits described herein do not represent a contract and may be changed without notice.

When you join the County of Sonoma, you’ll also have the freedom to explore the beauty of our county; with its picturesque coastline, majestic redwoods, historic towns, fine dining, award winning wineries, and a wide variety of entertainment and cultural activities. Please visit and for additional information about the community.

About the Position

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Analyst leads Sonoma County Water Agency GIS-related projects; creates metadata and manages long-term mapping projects to support programs, initiatives, and enterprises; and provides mentoring and training to staff. This position creates and maintains a variety of maps and mapping-related documents and reports using geographic information systems; produces visual aids and graphics for presentation; provides spatial analysis; explains and interprets maps as requested by county departments and the general public.

The ideal candidate will have significant experience:Creating maps and performing spatial analysis for water and wastewater infrastructure
Utilizing Enterprise ESRI ArcGIS-software and Online services and SQL Server Management Studio
Building effective relationships to assist staff with projects
Providing technical assistance to staff related to Geographic Information Systems
Collecting field data utilizing GPS equipment

The Sonoma County Water Agency

The Sonoma County Water Agency is a special district formed by the California State Legislature in 1949 and is responsible for providing a safe and reliable water supply to its customers in Sonoma and Marin counties. The Agency also maintains flood control channels and provides sanitation services. The Agency employs approximately 220 employees and consists of five divisions including Engineering and Resource Planning, Environmental Resources and Public Affairs, Operations, Maintenance and Administrative Services. The Agency supports the concept of environmental sustainability, focusing on renewable power sources, and strives to be a leader in its water conservation and fishery restoration programs.

Note: Employees of the Sonoma County Water Agency are employees of a special district and are not subject to the provisions of the Civil Service Ordinance of the County of Sonoma.

This employment list may also be used to fill future full-time, part-time, or extra-help openings as they occur during the active status of the list. The Official title for this position is Senior Geographic Information Technician.


Minimum Qualifications

Education: Any combination of educational course work and training which demonstrates possession of knowledge and abilities related to principles of GIS, cartography, and database technology as it relates to spatial analysis. Normally, course work in geography, geographic information systems and related areas would provide this opportunity. An Associate of Arts degree in a relevant area is highly desirable.

Experience: Any combination of training and work experience that demonstrates possession of the required knowledge and abilities. Normally, one year of experience equivalent to that of a Geographic Information Technician II, including some experience using graphics software.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Considerable knowledge of: Geographic Information Systems (GIS); GIS software, such as Arc/Info and ArcView; principles and practices of digitizing, data conversion, data management and cartography; land use analysis or planning, zoning, ecology, public works, assessment, emergency operations and political boundaries, based on assignment.

Knowledge of: geometry and trigonometry; relational database technology and metadata creation; digital orthophotography; geodetic control and/or Global Positioning Systems (GPS); currently used spreadsheet, word processing, scanning, presentation, database and computer assisted drafting software; and the principles and techniques of leadership and training.

Ability to: provide lead direction and training to staff; coordinate projects; prioritize work; effectively prepare maps using the commonly accepted practices of cartography; understand and use Geographic Information System (GIS) software; update and manage computer file systems; understand and conceptualize spatial data; install and perform software upgrades; maintain county map-related records; follow oral and written directions; perform basic mathematics and geometric calculations of plane and solid figures; establish and maintain effective relationships with county employees, contractors and the general public.

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