GIS Support Specialist | Minnestar

Minnesota IT Services

Working Title: GIS Support Specialist
Job Class: Information Technology Specialist 2
Agency: Minnesota IT Services

  • Job ID: 76778
  • Location: St. Paul
  • Telework Eligible: Yes #LI-Hybrid
  • Full/Part Time: Full-Time
  • Regular/Temporary: Unlimited
  • Who May Apply: Open to all qualified job seekers
  • Date Posted: 05/16/2024
  • Closing Date: 05/22/2024
  • Hiring Agency/Seniority Unit: Minnesota IT Services
  • Division/Unit: Department of Natural Resources
  • Work Shift/Work Hours: Day
  • Days of Work: Monday – Friday
  • Travel Required: No
  • Salary Range: $26.56 – $43.20 / hourly; $55,457 – $90,201 / annually
  • Job Class Option: Geographic Info Systems Tech
  • Classified Status: Classified
  • Bargaining Unit/Union: 214 – MN Assoc of Professional Empl/MAPE
  • FLSA Status: Nonexempt
  • Designated in Connect 700 Program for Applicants with Disabilities: Yes

The work you’ll do is more than just a job.

At the State of Minnesota, employees play a critical role in developing policies, providing essential services, and working to improve the well-being and quality of life for all Minnesotans. The State of Minnesota is committed to equity and inclusion, and invests in employees by providing benefits, support resources, and training and development opportunities.

Join the 2,500+ professionals of Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) who connect Minnesotans to services that will improve their lives. This position serves our partners at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). MNIT DNR provides comprehensive IT operations and support services, custom application development, and dedicated support functions to an organization that manages and conserves the state’s natural resources in a way that creates a sustainable quality of life for all Minnesotans.

Job Summary

As a GIS Support Specialist with Minnesota IT Services (MNIT) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), you will provide Geographic Information System (GIS) technical assistance to DNR staff statewide, on-site GIS support to regional and field offices in a DNR Region to provide Regional Operations and DNR business unit project support when needed. You will participate in GIS Section and Professional Services projects as required, and will also support and augment the Regional GIS Support Specialist staff in other DNR Regions.


This position is currently eligible for full-time telework:

  •  Telework for Minnesota IT Services allows an employee to perform work from a telework location and an employee may be required to be in the office based on business needs and other dependencies in St Paul, Minnesota.
  • Only candidates located in Minnesota and bordering states (Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, or Wisconsin) are telework eligible.


Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must clearly demonstrate all of the following qualifications in their resume.


This position requires a minimum of two (2) years of GIS support experience with ESRI desktop software, ArcGIS Pro.

Experience must include:

Natural resource related applications of GIS, and troubleshooting GIS software and data issues.

  • ArcGIS Pro and Portal for ArcGIS experience, and creation of web maps and hosted feature layers.
  • Performing vector and raster GIS data analysis using spatial overlay, map algebra, and data relation tools.
  • Scripting languages such as Python for GIS procedure automation.
  • Ability to deliver effective verbal or written messages that facilitate a mutual understanding on both parties.
  • Customer service skills that include active listening, empathy, and problem-solving.

A bachelor’s degree in Information Technology or a related field substitutes for two (2) years of experience, OR a related associate’s degree substitutes for one (1) year.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience teaching and creating GIS support documentation.
  • Attention to detail and the ability to quickly master new technical procedures and technology.
  • Experience with mobile data collection software such as Collector for ArcGIS or Survey123 or Avenza Maps.
  • Familiarity with Garmin, Trimble, or similar Global Position System (GPS) units.
  • Experience with DNR GIS productivity tools such as Quick Layers and the MN DNR Toolbox tools.
  • Familiarity and experience with the Geospatial Data Resource Site (GDRS) and content.

Additional Requirements

It is the policy of Minnesota IT Services that a successful candidate must pass all legally required checks prior to employment which may consist of the following:

  • SEMA4 Records Check (applies to current and past state employees only)
  • Criminal History Check
  • Reference Check
  • Social Security and Address Verification
  • Education Verification
  • Other legally required checks

Minnesota IT Services will not sponsor applicants for work visas, including F-1 STEM OPT extensions. All applicants must be legally authorized to work in the United States.

Job Type: Full-time
Compensation: $26.56 - $43.20 / hourly - $55,457 - $90,201 / annually
Compensation Type: Hourly
Location: St Paul, MN - Telework
Posted by Karla Larson on May 19, 2024