GIS Specialist Trainee (Hudson County Division of Planning)

Under the supervision of the Division of Planning Chief, the selected applicant will be a GIS Specialist working to analyze, visualize and report on geospatial information to support the work of several of the County’s departments. The GIS Specialist will work as part of the Division of Planning team, creating static maps, web maps and web mapping applications. The selected applicant will also work with GIS tools, with an emphasis on ArcGIS Desktop/Arc Pro and custom web map development. The selected applicant will serve as an experienced early-career GIS specialist within a team of planning professionals.

In addition, the day-to-day responsibilities include but are not limited to the following:

  • Examining and analyzing existing digital data for the purposes of performing Quality Control/Quality Assurance (QA/QC)
  • Managing tabular and spatial data across all County Departments and Divisions
  • Perform research to obtain and expand existing datasets
  • Build, manipulate, and update databases
  • Analyze and model relationships between geographic data sets
  • Learns and/or assists in research on modeling, computer graphic, and mathematical mapping techniques made possible by the GIS, and relates these directly to information needs
  • Web and mobile application design related to the County’s ArcGIS Online Interactive Mapping Initiative
  • Assisting Division of Planning staff with the creation and preparation of maps for inclusion in departmental reports
  • Coordinating with the Board of Elections for the digitization of all applicable election boundaries and the creation of election maps for public distribution
  • Coordinating with numerous County departments for the creation of digital data and the creation of maps
  • Coordinating with State officials on the systematic update of the County’s road dataset, this includes all roads within the County no matter their jurisdiction
  • Conducting field work when necessary in order to verify digital data and/or in order to aid the production of reports

Minimum Qualification Requirements:

  1. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in urban planning, geomatics, geography, public administration or related field.
  2. A minimum of 20 credits of coursework related to GIS including cartography, computer science, web development and/or geospatial analysis OR two years of satisfactory full-time professional experience working with ArcGIS Desktop and custom web map development.
    Required Skills and Knowledge:

    1. Demonstrated proficiency with Esri desktop products (version 10x) and/or ArcPro
    2. Demonstrated experience working with geospatial data and performing meaningful analyses
    3. Knowledge of cartography including mathematics of scale and projection transformation
    4. Knowledge of geospatial database management and utilization
    5. Experience working with ArcGIS Enterprise (Server, Portal, SDE DataStore, Web AppBuilder)
    6. Experience with building custom web mapping applications

Preferred Skills:

  • Demonstrated skills and experience with cartography and ability to utilize Adobe Illustrator/Photoshop to finish maps
  • Experience with MS SQL Server 2012 and later
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Online capabilities and GIS application development
  • Experience with Python and JavaScript
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously under tight deadlines
  • Experience with public speaking and giving presentations

Residency Requirement:
Appointee will be required to reside in New Jersey. If you do not reside in New Jersey, you have one year after the date you take your office, position or employment to relocate your residence to New Jersey. Candidates that reside in, or are willing to relocate to Hudson County is strongly preferred.

Appointees who successfully complete the 12-month training period will be eligible for advancement to the title of Geographic Information Systems Specialist 3 under Department of Personnel procedures.

The inability of an employee in this trainee title to attain a level of performance warranting advancement to a title listed above shall be considered as cause for separation.

How to Apply

Interested persons should submit a cover letter and a resume with references to Daryl Krasnuk – with a cc to

Deadline 05/01/2019