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GIS Specialist I/II

City of Gaithersburg

Job detailsJob TypeFull-timeLocation31 S Summit Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877+ Leaflet | OpenStreetMap contributorsBenefitsPulled from the full job description401(k)401(k) 3% Match401(k) matchingAD&D insuranceDental insuranceDisability insuranceShow 8 more benefitsIndeed’s salary guideNot provided by employer$72.5K – $91.7K a year is Indeed’s estimated salary for this role in Gaithersburg, MD.Report inaccurate salaryFull Job Description


The City of Gaithersburg Department of Information Technology is seeking a talented full-time GIS Specialist I/II to create, maintain, and/or analyze data in support of the Citys Geographic Information Systems (GIS) program. The professional and technical duties include data analysis and visualization, map, app, and report creation, GIS project management, GIS user training, technical consultation, technical writing, and related work as required.

The Geographic Information Systems (GIS) division supports users in utilizing GIS data and software. GIS is used Citywide by departments to collect, organize, search, analyze, and visualize various geospatial-based information sets to aid better decision-making. The division provides GIS software licenses and services, GIS data purchases and subscriptions, GIS user support and training, and GIS map services and applications.

We are looking for a well-organized and self-motivated individual who knows how to manage competing deadlines on multiple simultaneous projects and can adapt when needed to re-prioritize. An ideal candidate will be technically qualified, able to operate with minimal direction, work in a team environment, handle a wide range of tasks, demonstrate attention to detail, communicate effectively with organizational stakeholders, and possess excellent professional relationship skills.

The hiring range starts at approximately $61,000 for the GIS Specialist I position up to approximately $85,000 for the GIS Specialist II position; starting salary is negotiable within the range and will be offered at a level consistent with the experience and qualifications of the candidate. We provide comprehensive insurance benefits (medical, dental, vision, long-term care, life), paid time off, generous retirement contributions, health and wellness programs, tools to assist with paying down student loan debt and managing student loans, training and professional growth opportunities, and excellent work/life balance.

Job Functions

What you will do with us:

Develop and maintain GIS data layers and geographic datasets for Citywide use; performs updates and edits.
Perform data analyses: research, organize, interpret, and derive information as needed; recommend possible solutions to problems.
Perform quality assurance (QA) and quality control (QC) on data layers and make corrections when necessary.
Create and update maps, related visual products, and reports.
Plan, coordinate, and perform GIS project tasks.
Provide technical consultation and train GIS user regarding the GIS software and GIS data.
Troubleshoot application issues with users and work with technical resources for issue resolution.
Streamline and automate GIS data and geoprocessing processes.
Develop, organize, and document GIS business procedures and processes.

If hired as a GIS Specialist II, you will perform tasks of more difficulty and complexity. In addition to the tasks listed above, the GIS Specialist II will do the following:

Analyze workflows and identify and recommend improvements.
Perform maintenance for GIS databases and servers and for Web-based GIS applications.

Key responsibilities are highlighted above; please click the job title to view the classification description for the GIS Specialist I or GIS Specialist II position.


What you will need to be considered:

Familiarity with ESRI ArcGIS Desktop.
Proficiency with ArcGIS Pro.
Proficiency with managing data layers, data quality, accessibility, and security.
Strong cartographic and analytical skills.
Experience automating tasks with Python or other programming tools.
Familiarity creating solutions with ArcGIS Online and its associated apps such as ArcGIS Experience Builder preferred.
Familiarity with ArcGIS Dashboard, ArcGIS Insights, or Microsoft Power BI preferred.
Experience installing and configuring ArcGIS Enterprise preferred.
Experience working with RDBMS preferred.
Familiarity with ArcGIS Parcel Fabric or Cadastral data preferred.
Familiarity with ArcGIS Utility network preferred.
Proven track record of successfully managing and delivering multiple, concurrent projects, activities, and tasks on time.
Excellent organizational, presentation, analytical, and written and verbal communication skills.
Demonstrated ability to cultivate effective working relationships within the organization and with external partners and stakeholders.

Education, Training & Experience
(Any acceptable equivalent combination of education, experience, and training that provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities is qualifying for the hiring level indicated):

GIS Specialist I

Graduate of a GIS certificate program or relevant Associates Degree from an accredited college or university with significant course work in Geographic Information Systems and at least 2 years of relevant experience performing routine to intermediate duties and assignments related to the uses and operations of GIS, including the entry, editing, and retrieval of geospatial data in GIS databases.

GIS Specialist II

Bachelor’s Degree in Geographic Information Systems, Geography, Earth Science, Computer Science or closely related field, and at least 5 years of professional experience performing difficult to complex duties and assignments related to developing systems utilizing GIS platforms or GIS modeling and spatial analysis.
Two or more years of responsible professional GIS experience and Associate’s Degree may substitute for a Bachelor’s Degree; Master’s Degree in GIS may substitute for one year of required full-time experience.)
Geographic Information Systems Professional (GISP) and ESRI technical certifications preferred.

Additional Information

Interested applicants must submit the following to be considered:

A complete online application

Resume (attached to the online application)

Letter of Interest (attached to the online application)

Your letter of interest should highlight why you are interested in the position, and your resume and letter should discuss past relevant experience and convey how that experience, in addition to your other special skills and abilities, make you uniquely qualified to serve in this position.

Review of applications will begin immediately, so prompt application is strongly encouraged. The position will remain open until filled; recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received or all hiring decisions have been made.

This is a full-time salaried “exempt” position requiring a minimum of 40 hours per week (not eligible for overtime compensation under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and the City’s personnel regulations). Direct deposit of paychecks is a condition of employment for all City of Gaithersburg employees. This position can accommodate a combination of in-person and remote work.

The successful candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation. The City has established an alcohol-free, drug-free, and smoke-free workplace which applies to any person employed by, conducting business with, or applying for a position with the City. Each employee, as a condition of their employment, may be required to participate in pre-employment and reasonable suspicion testing. Employees classified as safety sensitive are also subject to immediate post accident and random testing.

As part of the City’s efforts to prevent further spread and/or outbreak of COVID-19, upon hire successful candidates are required to certify their vaccination status. Employees who certify they are not fully vaccinated and those who decline to certify their vaccination status may be required to undergo weekly mandatory COVID-19 testing.

For more information about the position, please contact GIS Division Manager Yeon Kim at or 240-805-1065. Questions regarding the online application process may be directed to the Department of Human Resources at or 301-258-6327.

This recruitment will establish an eligibility list which will be used to fill the current vacancy and may be used to fill other openings in this classification which occur in the next 12 months.

The City of Gaithersburg offers its full-time employees a broad range of benefits to enhance their personal and professional lives. Employees are eligible on their first day of employment (unless otherwise specified). We provide employees with competitive compensation, comprehensive benefits, and an environment that supports a healthy work/life balance.


Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage employer pays 85% of premium in each tier
Multi-tiered coverage options (single, single + spouse, single + child, single + children, family)
Retirement Health Savings contribution (for non-participants in medical or dental plans)
Medical Insurance

CIGNA HealthCare Open Access Plan
Prescription Drug Plan
Wellness Initiatives
Dental Insurance

Sun Life Indemnity Plan
Use a dentist of choice or participating dentist for increased savings
Basic or Enhanced Plans offered
Vision Insurance

National Vision Administrators
Use a provider of choice or participating provider for increased savings


Eligible for immediate enrollment in all plans upon hire
401A – Employer contribution equivalent to 8% of employee’s annual base salary; fully vested after 5 years
401K Employer 3% matching contribution on the first 5% of employee’s annual base salary contributed by the employee; fully vested after 5 years
401A Supplemental Additional 5% employer contribution to eligible employees in the Public Works and Police Departments who have physically demanding jobs on a consistent basis; fully vested after 10 years
457-deferred compensation plan and Roth IRA (employee contributions only)


Vacation (12 24 days accrued annually; accrual rate based on years of service)
Sick Leave (13 days accrued annually; unlimited accrual)
Personal Leave (28 hours granted annually)
Holidays (11 holidays observed each year)


Long-Term Care Insurance (employer paid for base plan coverage); buy-up and spouse coverage available (employee paid)
Flexible Spending Accounts
Tools to assist with paying down student loan debt and managing student loans
Employer paid Basic Life and AD&D Insurance
Long-Term Disability & Workers’ Compensation Insurance
Multilingual Stipend ($2,080 per year for eligible employees)
Housing Stipend (Up to $3,600 per year for eligible employees)
Tuition Assistance (Up to $5,250 per year eligible after 1 year of service)
Healthy Lifestyle Incentives
Employee Assistance Program
First-Time Homebuyer Assistance
Ongoing Training/Personal Development Programs
Credit Union
Recreation & Leisure Opportunities & Discounts
Direct Deposit (required)
Click on the link below to view general information about the benefits available.

Summary of Employee Benefits (pdf)

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