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DPS - THP - Geographic Information Specialist (HSOC)

at Texas Department of Motor Vehicles

Posted: 6/18/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 00010696
Categories: Other/General

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Perform complex (journey-level) geographic information system work.  Work involves input and manipulation of geographic information to create, maintain, display, update, and produce accurate maps and other representations of data.  May train others.  Work under general supervision, with moderate latitude for the use of initiative and independent judgment. 

The following Military Occupational Specialty codes are generally applicable to this position.  Applicants must fully complete the summary of experience to determine if minimum qualifications are met. 12Y, 25B, 35G,125D, 350G, 181X, 182X, 183X,680X, 681X, 781X, 0241,0261,1N1X1, 3E5X1.




1. Create and modify maps, graphs, or diagrams using geographic information software and related equipment.


2. Gather and compile geographic data from sources including censuses, field observations, satellite imagery, aerial photographs, and existing maps.


3. Digitize and maintain spatial databases of enforcement information on state highways, document procedures, validate data for accuracy and completeness, and produce maps of the relevant information.


4. Evaluate traffic safety information from outside sources to determine the quality of the data.


5. Translate data from outside sources and converts data to assist in analytical assessments related to crashes, traffic enforcement, and criminal arrests on state highways.


6. Import, create, reformat, and process data to produce spatial distribution maps for traffic safety and other initiatives.


7. Assist in the development of geographic information systems to produce maps or quantify information about the impact of features on parcel ownership.


8. Write programs and develop user interfaces, menus, and macro-level commands related to traffic safety initiatives.


9. Enter, correct, and debug database records.


10. May assist in designing and creating computer programs for geographical applications.


11. May train others.


12. Attends work regularly and observes approved work hours in accordance with agency leave and attendance policies.


13. Perform other duties as assigned.





Education – Graduation from an accredited four year college or university with a major course work in computer science, computer information systems, geography, geographic information technology, management information systems or a related field.


Experience – Minimum 3 years' work experience in a criminal justice, or government agency performing duties of, or relating to geographic work to create, maintain, display, update, and produce accurate maps and other representations of data. Experience in geographic information systems is preferred.


Substitution Note:  Additional work experience of the type described or other related education may be substituted for one another on a year-for-year basis.


Licensure and/or Certification – If driving is required, must possess a valid driver license from state of residence.


Regulatory Knowledge – Working knowledge of, or the ability to rapidly assimilate information related to TXDPS, State and Federal regulations, legislation, guidelines, policies and procedures. 


Leadership Skills –Must exhibit integrity; provide clear direction to subordinates; promote teamwork and be able to motivate others to accomplish goals.

Interpersonal Skills – Must demonstrate an ability to exercise poise, tact, diplomacy and an ability to establish and maintain positive, working/professional relationships with internal/external customers. Must demonstrate DPS' core values: Integrity, Excellence, Accountability, and Teamwork.

Organizational and Prioritization Skills – Must be organized, flexible, and able to effectively prioritize in a multi-demand and constantly changing environment; able to meet multiple and sometimes conflicting deadlines without sacrificing accuracy, timeliness or professionalism. 

Presentation/Communication Skills – Must be able to construct and deliver clear, concise, and professional presentations to a variety of audiences and/or individuals. Must have the ability to speak, read, and write English with proper spelling and grammar. Must be proficient in producing accurate maps and other representations of data.


Research and Comprehension – Must demonstrate an ability to quickly and efficiently access relevant information, determine when sufficient data/information has been obtained, identify trends and relationships in information/data and be able to utilize and/or present research and conclusions in a clear and concise manner.


Analytical Reasoning/Attention to Detail – Must demonstrate knowledge of terminology related to geographic information systems, legal descriptions, cartography, engineering, aerial photography, and orthophotography. Must demonstrate an ability to analyze geographic information systems and procedures; read and interpret legal descriptions, cartography, aerial photography, and orthophotography. Must demonstrate an ability to examine data/information, discern variations/similarities, and be able identify trends, relationships and causal factors, as well as grasp issues, draw accurate conclusions, and solve problems.

Technology (computers/hardware/software/operating systems) – Proficiency with testing, installing and implementing geographic information system programs. Demonstrated proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook), and appropriate levels of proficiency with utilized software and systems and be able to learn new software/systems.


Confidentiality and Protected Information – Must demonstrate an ability to responsibly handle sensitive and confidential information and situations and adhere to applicable laws/statutes/policies related to access, maintenance and dissemination of information.


Safety – Must be able to work in safe manner at all times, avoiding shortcuts that have potential adverse results/risks, and must be able to comply with safety standards and best practices.




The physical and environmental demands described here are representative of those encountered and/or necessary for the 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.

  • Environment:  office;

  • Ambulatory skills:  stand, walk, sit, stoop;

  • Hand-eye coordination and arm/hand/finger dexterity;

  • Ability to speak, hear and exercise visual acuity;

  • Ability to transfer weights of 20 pounds anticipated for this position;

  • Driving requirements:  Occasional (5%)

State of Texas Benefits and Retirement Information: https://www.ers.texas.gov/

A DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group and state title will be transferred with no salary change.


A DPS employee who is selected for a position in their current salary group with a new state title may receive an increase of no more than 3.4% over their current salary regardless of posted salary.


Salary is contingent upon qualifications and is subject to salary administration and budgetary restrictions.




State of Texas retirees may be rehired for full-time, non-commissioned positions only under very specific circumstances.