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Mary Hao, Director, Human Resources

Resource Specialist Geographic Information Systems

Bargaining Unit: MAPE COMM&TECH
Bi-Weekly Hours: 75.0

Step 1 Step 2 Step 3 Step 4 Step 5
Hourly Rate: $32.75 $34.48 $36.29 $38.18 $40.18
Bi-Weekly Salary: $2,456 $2,586 $2,722 $2,864 $3,014
Monthly Salary: $5,322 $5,603 $5,897 $6,204 $6,529
Annual Salary: $63,863 $67,236 $70,766 $74,451 $78,351

Class Specification

Functional Titles


Class specifications are intended to present a descriptive list of the range of duties performed by employees in the class. Class specifications are not intended to reflect all duties performed within a job.


Under general supervision, to collect spatially-related natural resource data, clean and repair Geographic Information System (GIS) coverages, develop databases, analyze spatial data, model natural resource processes using GIS, and prepare presentations of GIS outputs such as: maps, PowerPoint presentations, and other graphical products and to use such information to assist temporary resource staff in resource management implementation; to participate in erosion control, fire management, rare species inventory; and vegetation management; to direct field crews in restoration and weed eradication projects; and to perform related duties as required.

Class Characteristics

This is the fully qualified, journey-level class characterized by the responsibility for conducting a wide range of Geographic Information Services and database management for the natural resource program, including tasks related to resource enhancement, baseline biological data collection, and field surveys. Incumbents may serve as a specialist in a specific natural resource program and provide direction and supervision for temporary resource staff.

This class is distinguished from the Natural Resources Program Manager by the latter’s primary responsibility for coordinating policies, procedures, plans and multi-agency resource management projects.

Examples of Duties (Illustrative Only)

Note: The following duties are performed by employees in this classification; however, employees may perform related duties at an equivalent level. Each individual in the classification does not necessarily perform all duties listed.

  • Resource duties such as assists in the application of geospatial information required to support the Open Space District's Resource Management Program.
  • Actively participates in field projects to enhance natural resources, wildlife, and vegetation, and terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems such as erosion control, fire management, species monitoring, and habitat restoration programs.
  • Assists in general field and survey work, which may involve fisheries, wildlife, botanical, or wetland resources.
  • Uses GIS and other systems to assist with the implementation and maintenance of a comprehensive natural resource management program.
  • Conducts literature searches and analysis of other sources of information to determine the status of District biological resources.
  • Establishes and maintains spatial data and related information for the District.
  • Monitors baseline conditions of natural resources for various parks and projects using current GIS applications.
  • Maintains and updates natural resources inventory.
  • May prepare and/or provide spatial information for a variety of grant proposals.
  • Assembles, organizes and digitizes information into the appropriate GIS database.
  • May work with consultants and/or other agencies on biotic surveys and natural resource problems.
  • May review and direct the work of a small group of subordinates on a project basis

Minimum Qualifications

Any combination of education and experience that would provide the knowledge and skills listed below. Typically, equivalent to graduation from a four year college or university with a major in geography, biology, natural sciences, resource management, forestry, wildlife management or a related science and two years of professional experience which includes development and implementation of resource management projects with an emphasis on GIS or experience in digitizing data or working with ortho-photography and/or automated geographic information databases.

Substitution: Additional experience in geography, biology, natural sciences, resource management, forestry, wildlife management or a related science can be substituted for the four year degree on a year-for-year basis.

Special Sub-class Recruitments

Recruitments for positions in this class may be conducted according to the program or department in which a vacancy exists and the special certificates, licenses and/or experience requirements of the position.

Recruitment for these positions may be conducted to include bilingual ability according to the needs of the department.

Knowledge Of

  • Principles and practices of the development and implementation of geographic information systems, including the production of digitized and hard-copy maps and statistical data.
  • Resource management and the interrelationships of various disciplines to clearly portray ecological relationships in order to facilitate the planning, design, coordination and implementation of integrated geospatial information systems.
  • Geographic systems hardware, software and applications as utilized by the County.
  • Basic principles, practices and methods of botany, natural resources management, and soil science.
  • Computer applications related to the work, particularly as related to GIS, databases, report writing and scheduling.
  • Planning for, directing and supervising temporary field staff in daily operations.
  • Techniques for monitoring and evaluating vegetation, habitat types, erosion and other watershed parameters.
  • Principles of plant and wildlife communities in the County of Marin.
  • Laws, codes, orders, regulations and practices related to the functional areas of open space natural resource protection and administration, general land conservation, and employee and public safety.
  • Principles, practices, and application of uplands and wetlands protection and mitigation, soil science, botany, forestry, wildlife management, ecology and related biological and physical science as applied to habitat restoration, maintenance and enhancement.
  • Native plant and animal resources, and archaeological, geological and aquatic resources, such as found in Marin County Open Space areas.
  • Techniques for monitoring vegetation and habitat types.
  • Safety equipment and practices including the proper operation and minor maintenance of hand tools and measuring devices used in monitoring and mitigation.

Ability To

  • Determine work priorities and coordinate materials and equipment.
  • Participate in programs such as erosion control, exotic plant and animal control, fire prevention and prescribed burn management, re-vegetation, wild land disease and insect control, pesticide use and integrated pest management and fresh water and marine habitat improvement.
  • Work cooperatively to maintain effective Open Space Natural Resource programs.
  • Collect, analyze, evaluate biological and natural resource data and make effective recommendations.
  • Interpret and apply laws, codes, regulations and procedures.
  • Maintain accurate records and files.
  • Prepare clear and concise reports and correspondence.
  • Analyze situations, weigh alternatives, make independent decisions, and take appropriate action.
  • Communicate effectively in English both verbally and in writing.
  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff, administration, other departments and the public.

The physical demands and working conditions described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

Physical Demands

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to walk, sit and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to use hands to finger, handle, feel or operate objects, tools, or controls; and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and walk on steep, uneven terrain.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, color vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

Working Conditions

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The employee is occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions, toxic or caustic chemicals.

The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet while in the office, or moderately loud when in the field.

ADA Compliance

The County will make reasonable accommodation of the known physical or mental limitations of a qualified applicant with a disability upon request.

Classification History

Class Code: 0618
Date Established: 4/18/2006 12:00:00 AM

There were 5 records found.

All In Classification
StatusBudget CenterTotal
Regular-Hourly Full TimeWater Resources1
Regular-Salary Overtime FT 3
Temporary-Extra Hire-Hourly 1