Napier calls GIS folk

Helping Napier City Council find where it laid its drains is one of the tasks of the city's GIS administrator. Its works asset department has a vacancy within its five-strong IT team, reporting to the team manager.

Title: GIS administrator, Napier City Council

Function: Manage council assets using GIS systems, capture and maintain data and application development

Description: A "jack of all trades" within the IT team of the Works Asset Department

Dosh: $45,000 to $55,000 (agency estimates)

Helping Napier City Council find where it laid its drains is one of the tasks of the city’s GIS administrator. Its works asset department has a vacancy within its five-strong IT team, reporting to the team manager.

Asset IT manager Derek Wood says with council staff switching jobs more often it is important these facts are captured, rather than being kept in people’s heads. Other councils have been known to “lose” their drains, he says.

The department is responsible for managing council infra-structural assets, including roading, water supply, sewers, stormwater, reserves and sports-grounds. Its IT team is involved in application development, data capture and data maintenance projects, which the GIS administrator will be involved in.

“The person we appoint will be responsible for running our geographic information system [GIS], which means they will be a jack-of-all-trades.” Building custom applications to run within the GIS system will be expected, along with looking at the strategic direction of GIS within the council.

Analysis of council assets and services will be important, even analysing items made of dirt or water pressure at certain elevations.

Wood expects the successful candidate is presently doing a similar job in a GIS department. “Someone who has got project management skills, hasn’t taken a narrow career path, has more applied skills than theory and has used it in conjunction with managing assets,” he says.

A background in engineering, surveying and data capturing is also expected, along with an ability to relate to council asset managers. Qualifications sought include MAP basic, Delphi, Microsoft Visual basic, Java, HTML and SQL. The post will include web work.

“One person will not know it all. We’ll get someone with a little exposure to all and a lot of exposure to one of them. Then, when we want to do something in HTML, they have a good grasp of what it’s about and how they can integrate it into the system we have,” says Wood.

Wood says the post is another rung in the ladder, most likely leading to IT manager.

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