Planner/GIS Technican

Description :



Class Title:   PLANNER/GIS TECHNICIAN                  Cost Code: #10-04

Department: Community Development                      Grade No. GS-8

Division:                                                                       Status: Classified



Performs a variety of routine and complex administrative, technical and professional work in the current and/or long range planning programs of the City related to the development and implementation of land use and related municipal plans and policies. 


Works under the general supervision of the Community Development Director and/or Building Inspector


May exercise supervision over assistant or specialty planners on a given project as assigned. May also supervise support staff, part-time or temporary employees or volunteers, as assigned.


  • Develops short and long range plans; gathers, interprets, and prepares data for studies, reports and recommendations; coordinates department activities with other departments and agencies as needed.
  • Monitors planning activities of neighboring jurisdictions; coordinates work with other affected agencies; assists in the development of regional plans, as assigned.
  • Provides technical and professional advice; makes presentations to supervisors, boards, commissions, civic groups and the general public. Provides information on land use applications, ordinances, codes, plans and related planning programs, services or regulations to architects, engineers, developers, contractors, owners, community groups and interested persons.
  • Prepares a variety of studies, reports and related information for decision-making purposes.
  • Reviews development and related land use permit applications, site plans, variance applications, etc.; examines applications for compliance with established plans and ordinances, and applicable local, state, or Federal regulations; solicits input from appropriate staff, schedules hearings and actions, monitors through the approval process, enforces compliance with regulations; prepares reports and related data as required, utilizing computer programs, models and simulators.
  • Assists in the development and implementation of long-range growth management, land use, economic development, utility, housing, transportation, facilities, solid waste or other plans and codes to meet the City's needs and any inter-governmental agreements or requirements.
  • Conducts minor environmental studies, evaluates environmental information and recommends mitigation measures to reduce adverse impacts of development.
  • Conducts technical research studies and prepares statistical reports and recommendations for drafting or revising local legislation and long-range comprehensive plans, projecting trends, monitoring socio-economic data, etc.
  • Updates a variety of maps. Prepares graphics and maps for a variety of reports, plans, grant applications, publications or meetings. Assists in maintaining the database of information for planning purposes.
  • Inputs, updates and maintains the City's GIS database and maps according to department policies and procedures using ESRI GIS software; assists in cleaning up data and making corrections in response to changes and additional data sets integrated into GIS.
  • Updates the digital data layers and creates corresponding maps; compiles geographic data from a variety of sources; scans, rectifies, and digitizes data; builds topology, enters data attributes, checks for errors, and verifies accuracy; makes required corrections; edits and refines GIS data, and updates database; performs quality control checks to assure integrity of GIS data and applications.
  • Produces effective maps as directed; determines and executes the appropriate sequence of data processing tasks; uses established GIS to generate and utilize spatial overlays and models; prepares maps, plans, charts and other graphics as directed.
  • Assists in reviewing and approving sign permit applications. .Reviews business license applications for compliance with zoning, sign and related regulations.
  • Serves when assigned as a member of a planning task force composed of City, County or State groups. May also coordinate various department activities with appointed and/or elected policy boards.
  •   Coordinates and manages short and long range planning consultant contracts, as assigned.
  •   Attends professional development workshops and conferences to keep abreast of trends and developments in the field of municipal planning.


The above information on this position description has been designed to indicate the general nature and level of work performed by employees within this classification. It is not designed to contain or be interpreted as a comprehensive inventory of all duties and responsibilities required of all employees assigned to this job. Performs other duties as assigned.


Education and Experience:

  • BA or BS Degree in Planning, Land-use Planning, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or closely-related field (Masters may be substituted for one (1) year of experience);  and
  • Three (3) years experience in planning, two (2) years of which were in municipal government. One additional year of experience is preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of zoning laws and comprehensive plans including their formation, process of adoption,   and enforcement.
  • Extensive knowledge of land use and development regulations, planning concepts and principles, such as land use law, housing legislation, policy development, and analysis.
  • Working knowledge of Personal Computers and database systems, and GIS applications.
  • Skill in the area of drafting and designing.
  • Skill in the operation of the listed tools and equipment.
  • Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing with architects, contractors,      developers, owners, supervisors, employees, co-workers, and the general public.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships.
  • Basic knowledge of:  Principles of land planning, surveying, mapping, global positioning systems and usage of aerial photography and satellite imaging; principles and practices of geographic information systems, including data compilation techniques, ESRI, ARCINFO software applications, graphics applications and overlays, and spatial models for computer analysis.
  • Basic Knowledge of the principles and capabilities of computer systems, including networked environments and peripheral devices; GIS database systems integration.
  • Basic knowledge of quality assurance procedures and documentation of data sets; basic hardware and software troubleshooting techniques.
  • Ability to: prepare neat and precise maps from plans, sketches, verbal descriptions,  and specifications; maintain a high level of attention to detail for  quality control purposes
  • Ability to maintain effective  documentation and system backups of maps and data; assist in providing data and maps for detailed operation analysis
  • Ability to apply results of an analysis to ensure accuracy and completion of maps and related data profiles; effectively communicate in verbal and written form.
  • Skills in: Reading, understanding, developing, manipulating, and analyzing geographic information in a variety of data formats and projections.
  • Skills in performing accurate data entry and mathematical calculations; computer cartographic design, layout, and production for a variety of different subject matter; understanding and working with data from multiple public and private sources
  • Skills in maintaining accurate and interrelated database records; interpreting technical instructions and analyzing complex variables.


  • Valid New Mexico Driver's  License.
  • AICP (American Institute of Certified  Planners) certification preferred.
  • Must successfully pass pre-employment drug screening.
  • Must successfully complete post-offer employment medical examination.


Fax, Personal Computer, including word processing; duplicating machine, Xerox, telephone, calculator, filing cabinets, stapler, printer, reference books, office supplies and chemicals including correction fluids and glue, various graphic design tools, vehicle.


  • Work is performed mostly indoors. Some outdoor work is required in the inspection of various land use developments and construction sites.
  • Hand-eye coordination is necessary to operate computers and various pieces of office equipment.
  • Occasionally required to stand or sit, walk, required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl while performing the duties.
  • Occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms while performing the duties.
  • Must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

The physical demands described above are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Normal work performed on weekdays. Some overtime work may be involved.
  • Occasionally works in outside weather conditions and exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, or airborne particles while performing the duties of this job.
  • The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet in the office and moderate in the field.
  • Duties may require overnight travel in-state and/or out-of-state.

The work environment characteristics described above are representative of those an employee may encounter while performing the essential functions of this job.

Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions when notified of said disability.


Formal application, rating of education and experience; oral interview and reference check; job-related tests may be requested.

This Position Description does not constitute an employment agreement between the employer and employee and is subject to change by the employer as the needs of the employer and requirements of the job change.

Contact :

Job Advertisement


The City of Truth or Consequences has an opening for the position of PLANNER/GIS TECHNICIAN in the COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT.

Requirements: BA or BS Degree in Planning, Land-use Planning, Urban Planning, Engineering, Architecture, or closely related field (Masters may be substituted for one (1) year of experience); three (3) years' experience in planning, two (2) years of which were in municipal government. One additional year of experience is preferred.

Grade GS-8 Pay rate commensurate with qualification and experience, plus benefits                         

Application and Job Description are available from Human Resources Office,

505 Sims Street T or C., NM, 87901, tel.#575-894-6673 ext. 314 fax #575-894-0363.

Deadline for applications to be returned to the City’s HR Office is 5:00 PM,

Until filled. E.O.E.


May 19, 2017   -   Sentinel
May 24, 2017   -   Herald

Workforce Solutions – (05/19/17 – until filled) 
City’s Website – (05/19/17 – until filled) 
NM Municipal League Classified – (05/19/17 – until filled)

Deadline for Applying : Open until filled