Planner/GIS Specialist

Town of Abingdon

Abingdon, VA United States

Essential Duties and Responsibilities of the Position

  1. Interprets and stays updated on modern principles and practices of urban planning.
  2. Interprets and stays updated on basic engineering and construction practices.
  3. Attend meetings with developers, contractors, and the general public.
  4. Read and interpret plans and specifications.
  5. Presents concise oral and written reports to the various boards, councils and at educational events.
  6. Conduct site visits to investigate issues or to collect data in the field with the ability to walk long distances, climb, bend, and work under adverse temperatures and weather conditions.
  7. Operate ArcGIS software, computer equipment and network, including electronic files management.
  8. Assess and maintain hardware capabilities to meet software needs.
  9. Retrieve, edit and publish ArcGIS database and maps. Able to quickly and efficiently make maps and provide analysis.
  10. Manage the Town’s community development, engineering, public works, tourism and park department’s data layers. 
  11. Notify Washington County Virginia GIS department and United States Postal Service of Address Changes or Creations.
  12. Investigate, research, and respond to discrepancies and inquiries or concerns; able to understand and research both land records and planning and zoning records (plat maps, parcel maps, site plans, zoning categories, etc.) for research and to ensure accuracy of the data.
  13. Develop training classes, guide manuals, and videos for users and staff.  Assist field personnel with mobile application/device issues and field collection standards/techniques.
  14. Drive to and from town work sites. Perform additional duties as required. Be available for emergency call-outs.
  15. Using Survey 123, Manage, Update, Edit or Create Town Surveys and Applications.
  16. Upload and manipulate and/or Render Pix4d data and make available to all Town Departments and Pubic through ArcGIS and other resources.

Working Conditions

Following are particular working conditions that are associated with this position:

  1. Standard office environment
  2. Outdoor environments including, but not limited to, construction sites and public facilities.
  3. Operation of motor vehicle
  4. Overnight travel on occasion


Conditions of Exposure

  1. Occasional exposure to inclement weather


Required Licenses and Certifications

  1. Valid driver’s license


Minimum Skills / Qualifications                                                                                                                               

  1. Bachelor’s Degree in Urban or Regional Planning, Geography, GIS or related field


Experience Level
Entry (0-1 year)
AICP Level
Land Use and Development Regulation and Zoning
Salary Range
$47,000 - $62,000

Contact Information

Mayana Rice
133 West Main Street
P.O. Box 789
Abingdon, VA
United States
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