Job Opportunity @Fairfax County Park Authority


The Fairfax County Park Authority seeks an individual to fill the role of GIS Technician to assist with GIS dataset creation, verification, documentation and management. The Fairfax County Park Authority is the primary parks and recreation provider in Fairfax County, VA which is located just outside of Washington, DC. The Park Authority is the county’s largest landowner and owns over 23,000 acres of property and manages over 420 parks. The GIS Technician will join the Planning & Development Division of the Park Authority and will report to the agency’s Senior GIS Analyst. This is a limited-term exempt position that will be scheduled to work 900 hours per calendar year. Compensation will be $22 to $23 per hour depending on qualifications.

The Fairfax County Park Authority is currently undertaking a comprehensive update of its existing geospatial data for the agency as well as its data for other local parks and recreation providers. This includes the need to create, update and document detailed geospatial data on physical assets (e.g. ballfields, playgrounds, trails), cultural and natural resources (e.g. wildlife, vegetation, archaeology), land records (e.g. easements, agreements) and programming (e.g. classes, marketing). Applicants should be mature, self-motivated, highly organized, and comfortable working under limited supervision.

Responsibilities of the GIS Technician include:

 Creation of new GIS database layers and data;
 Verification of and updates to existing GIS database layers and data;
 Development and design of datasets including database schema;
 Quality control checks on GIS data layers to ensure they meet specifications;
 Creation of metadata and data dictionary entries for new and existing datasets;
 Communication with internal & external staff to verify completeness and accuracy of GIS data;
 Collection of GIS data in the field using tablets and GNSS devices;
 Creation of simple web mapping applications to aid in dataset verification and quality control;  Other tasks as assigned

This is an exempt part-time position and does not offer health benefits or paid leave. Schedule is flexible during typical business hours Monday through Friday. Work will occur in an office setting but periodic visits to parks in the area to collect data in the field are anticipated.

Minimum Qualifications:

 Any combination of education, experience, and training equivalent to the following: Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s degree in geography, GIS, geospatial science or a related field

 Knowledge and experience with Desktop GIS (ArcGIS Pro, ArcMap, ArcCatalog)
 Knowledge and experience with Web GIS (ArcGIS Online)
 Experience creating, editing and managing GIS data
 Experience creating metadata and data dictionaries
 Knowledge and experience with the Microsoft Office suite of programs
 Ability to work well independently and with little supervision
 Able to handle multiple tasks concurrently
 Excellent verbal and written communication skills
 Experience using hand-held GPS units  Ability to lift at least 25 lbs.
 Ability to walk or hike up to one mile to verify park features using GPS device  Valid US driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications

 Knowledge and experience with designing, creating and managing geodatabase schema including designing geodatabase fields, domains and subtypes
 Knowledge and experience with designing, creating and managing geodatabase items including feature classes, tables, feature datasets, relationship
classes and topologies
 Experience with advanced GIS editing tools (such as vertex modification, feature construction and attribute assistant)
 Experience using topology rules to verify dataset integrity and quality
 Experience creating web mapping applications in ArcGIS Online through tools such as Web App


 Experience collecting GIS data using Collector for ArcGIS
 Experience working with high accuracy GNSS receivers

To Apply

Applicants should email their resume and a cover letter to
Please email your application no later than August 31st, 2017. Applications after this date will not be accepted.
Fairfax County is an EOE/AA employer