The McCook County Equalization office is looking for a GIS Technician. This position will support the operation, maintenance, and data integrity of county wide GIS application by posting, maintaining, and updating attributes. Duties will include reading and interpreting maps and other GIS data, entering the data into the GIS database, drawing maps using automated software and compiling reports for commissions and zone planners.

Responsibilities of the GIS Technician include:

  • Work with multiple departments to address the GIS needs of the county
  • Ensure accomplishments of county goals and objectives through effective time and work management
  • Estimate resource and scheduling needs to meet completion dates
  • Maintain GIS related maps
  • 911 addressing and maintenance
  • Assist with development and maintenance of GIS data resources to be utilized for public access of geographic data.
  • Gather, create, maintain, display and update GIS databases.
  • Assist with the data gathering, compilation, GPS, mapping, and data analysis.
  • Produce accurate maps and other representations of data for public use and field work activity
  • Go out in the field to visually locate items to resolve conflicting information and ensure the accuracy of data.
  • Record and document details of map updates, additions and/or deletions.
  • Compiling geographic information in the form of satellite images, geographical surveys, and aerial photographs.
  • Researching and verifying geographic data.
  • Entering new data into the GIS database.
  • Drawing maps using advanced computer software.
  • Ensuring maps are annotated and compiled with the correct information.
  • Compiling reports using all available GIS and GPS data sources.
  • Maintaining the GIS database and troubleshooting data issues.
  • Address customer requests as needed (GIS layers and other public records)
  • Support on going data development


To be qualified for this position, you'll need:

    • Knowledge and skill in using various computer applications including Microsoft Office products, Esri’s ArcGIS, GeoComm SD911
    • Understanding of Integrated GPS and GIS principals.
    • Advanced computer programming and data analysis skills.
    • Knowledge of modern cartographic standards and principles.
    • Advanced statistical, mathematical, and methodology skills.
    • Thorough knowledge of survey/land measurement, assessment, and real property descriptions.
    • General knowledge of county government functions and state statutes affecting county government
    • Ability to perform complex problem-solving operations.
    • Ability to prepare clear, concise, and accurate reports.
    • Ability to communicate effectively in meetings with the general public and other employees. Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing.
    • Ability to follow verbal and written instructions.
    • Ability to develop and maintain positive professional relationships with other employees, agencies of government, and the general public.
    • Demonstrated organizational skills.
    • Ability to train others.
    • Ability to travel overnight as needed
    • Possess (or ability to obtain) a valid South Dakota driver’s license.

We offer outstanding benefits including health insurance and participation in the SD Retirement Plan. 

Applications accepted until the position is filled.  


Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.