5068 Geospatial Information Technician


TITLE Geospatial Information Technician




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Department Head of Geography, Geology & Planning

MAJOR ADMINISTRATOR Dean, College of Natural & Applied Sciences


The Geospatial Information Technician operates and maintains geospatial software, hardware, and databases to produce geospatial deliverables in support of the department of Geography, Geology and Planning research and teaching. Sixty percent of this position’s time will be spent at the Center for Resource Planning and Management and forty percent of the time will be spent at the Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning.


Education: A Bachelor's degree in Geography, Cartography, or Geospatial Sciences or a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science or Computer Information Systems with supporting course work in geography, cartography, and/or geospatial sciences is required.

Experience: Experience in map production, geovisualization, and geographic information sciences employing ESRI ArcGIS and image analysis software (ENVI, Erdas Imagine) is required.

Skills: Strong oral and written communication skills are required. Basic cartographic and geographic information skills are required. Effective interpersonal skills are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Other: Must possess stereo vision acuity.


1. Supports the Center for Resources Planning and Management’s research activities by performing geospatial database development and maintenance and producing product deliverables.

2. Supports the educational component of the Center’s mission by providing both formal and informal one-on-one mentoring for Missouri State University Planning students working on planning practicum (PLN 472/672) and planning internship (PLN 599) projects through the Center.

3. Supports the Department of Geology, Geography, and Planning by maintaining and supporting in-house data searches of departmental geospatial databases, including the Satellite Data Server for Earth’s Systems Science Education and Research and supporting academic instruction and faculty research (both funded and unfunded) by creating geospatial deliverables focused on geographical, geological, and planning objectives.

4. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

5. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development courses, and attending training and/or courses as required by the Department Head.

6. Contributes to the overall success of the Center for Resource Planning and Management and the Department of Geography, Geology, and Planning teaching and research by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Geospatial Information Technician is supervised by the Department Head of Geography and the Director of the Center for Resource Planning and Management, as appropriate.




Factor 1: Educational/Experience Requirements of the Job

Level 6 - 1182 Points: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a Level 6 as indicated by the Equivalencies Chart, when permitted by the Minimum Acceptable Qualifications.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 299 Points: Little or no supervisory responsibility for the work of others.

Factor 3: Skill, Complexity, and Technical Mastery

Level 5 - 1600 Points: Knowledge of information technology methods and procedures applicable to several types of work processes. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out work assignments where the objectives are clearly identified and can be accomplished by adapting precedents and established practices.

Factor 4: Budgetary Control

Level 1 - 193 Points: Jobs at this level involve no budgetary control except for the normal responsibilities associated with monitoring and reporting everyday expenses.

Factor 5: Work Environment and Physical Demands

Level 1 - 25 Points: The work environment has only everyday discomforts associated with an office or commercial vehicle. The work area is adequately lighted, heated or cooled, and ventilated. Work is largely sedentary involving mostly sitting with occasional walking, standing, bending, or carrying of small items. No special physical demands are required of the work.

Factor 6: Work Impact and Effect

Level 2 - 1620 Points: Work products or services impact the accuracy, reliability, or acceptability of further processes or services. Work activities may be complex, but normally involve addressing conventional problems or situations with established methods to supply departments, programs, classes, or units with information, software, or equipment they use to perform their work. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures affect performance, create delays, and/or otherwise affect the welfare of programs or individuals. While improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures have significant effects, the effects are more often inconvenient rather than severe and impact relatively few people. Improperly performed work and/or equipment or software failures are normally correctable in the short-to-medium term with relatively minor costs and delays, but emergency repairs are typically unavailable.