GIS Technician (Seasonal)

Application Deadline


Boston , Massachusetts

The Department of Conservation and Recreation seeks qualified applicants for the position of Seasonal GIS Technician - Greening the Gateway Cities Program.

A cover letter and resume must be submitted as part of the application process and attached “as relevant” to the requisition.


This position is responsible for maintaining, modifying and checking accuracy of the Geographic Information System (GIS) inventory data and associated databases in conjunction with Greening the Gateway Cities Program (GGCP). The Seasonal GIS Technician is responsible for carrying out the following activities statewide where the Bureau of Forestry has Urban & Community Forestry responsibilities in Gateway Cities:

Specific Duties Include:

  • Coordinates the collection, processing and dissemination of geospatial data for use in the Greening the Gateway Cities Program.
  • Sets up and operates EDP (electronic data processing) equipment such as computers, ruggedized laptops, and tablets or other wireless devices, in order to enter updated information such as changes, additions and deletions into the system.
  • Researches hardware and software for use in collection and processing of inventory data.
  • Trains GGCP staff in the use of forest inventory hardware and software.
  • Trains GGCP staff in the use of GIS software.
  • Maintains and further develops the GGCP tree planting activity database and its integration with GIS.
  • Determines proper coding of data for entry into the computer system.
  • Checks for discrepancies between source documents and keyed data by visually checking items to determine the accuracy of the information and to ensure compliance with established standards and procedures.
  • Utilizes aerial photographs, other remote sensing media and field reconnaissance to prepare a variety of map products.
  • Prepares reports, valuations and makes recommendations relating to tree planting activities.
  • Maintains records of GGCP activities.
  • Uses measuring and surveying equipment including lasers, portable data recorders, GPS units and related software for the collection of field data.
  • Utilizes the current versions of Microsoft Office and other software in the aforementioned activities including the preparation of correspondence, reports and other documents.


Qualifications Required at Hire  (knowledge, skills, abilities)

  • Knowledge of the principles and techniques of geographic information systems.
  • Knowledge of the terminology and standard abbreviations used in connection with geographic information systems.
  • Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedures.
  • Ability to work accurately with names, numbers, codes and/or symbols.
  • Ability to perform arithmetic computations with speed and accuracy.
  • Ability to work independently.
  • Ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Ability to maintain harmonious working relationships with others.
  • Ability to assemble items of information in accordance with established procedure.
  • Ability to prepare and use charts, graphs and tables.
  • Ability to give oral instructions in a precise and understandable manner.
  • Ability to communicate effectively in both an oral and written manner.
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely.
  • Ability to use microcomputers for word processing and database management.
  • Ability to deal tactfully with others.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment.
  • Ability to use proper grammar, punctuation and spelling.
  • Ability to read and interpret documents, such as reports, topographic maps and land survey plans.
  • Skilled in the use of geospatial technology.
  • Ability to analyze data sets using accepted statistical methods.
  • Ability to prepare general and technical reports.
  • Ability to work independently.

 This requisition will remain open until filled; however, first consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Official Title: Seasonal GIS Technician - Greening the Gateway Cities Program

Primary Location: United States-Massachusetts- 251 Causeway St, Boston

Organization: Department of Conservation & Recreation

Schedule: Long Term Seasonal - tentative start date - Dec 9, 2019 - ending March 28, 2020

Shift: Day

Job Posting:  

Number of Openings: 1

Bargaining Unit:   NAGE, Bargaining Unit 1

Salary Range:  $1,448.22 - $1,911.84 bi-weekly


 First consideration will be given to those applicants that apply within the first 14 days.

Minimum Entrance Requirements:

Applicants must have (A) at least two years of full-time, or equivalent part-time, clerical experience in the operation of electronic data processing data entry equipment or statistical machines such as key punch, key to disk, key to tape and verifiers, or (B) any equivalent combination of the required experience and the substitutions below. 


I. A certificate or diploma as evidence of completion of a course of study in business or electronic data processing or computer programming may be substituted for a maximum of one year of the required experience.* 

II. An Associate's Degree in business or electronic data processing or computer programming may be substituted for the required experience.* 

*Education toward such a certificate, diploma or degree will be prorated on the basis of the proportion of the requirements actually completed. 

Special Requirements:  None.

An Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer.  Females, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Official Title: Edp Entry Operator III

Primary Location

: United States-Massachusetts-Boston - 251 Causeway Street


: Information Systems and Technology


: Department of Conservation & Recreation


: Full-time


: Day

Job Posting

: Oct 29, 2019, 9:54:55 AM

Number of Openings

: 1


: 37,653.72 - 49,707.84 Yearly
If you have Diversity, Affirmative Action or Equal Employment Opportunity questions or need a Reasonable Accommodation, please contact Diversity Officer / ADA Coordinator: Agatha Summons-Maguire - 617-626-1282
Bargaining Unit: 01-NAGE - Clerical/Administrative
Confidential: No