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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 541F
Category: Science & Engineering

Class Series Concept

See Cartographer 1


Performs entry professional cartographic evaluation, analysis, compilation, information derivation, and development of processes and procedures to gather, prescribe and interpret information input and to produce maps or map/data products by computer aided drafting, geographic information system or conventional means.

Distinguishing Characteristics

Produces custom maps or map/data products or develops procedures when accuracy requirements are subjective or data involves a limited number of variables. Works under the supervision, guidance, and approval of higher level professionals.

Typical Work

Designs maps under close supervision; produces revisions of maps utilizing field reports, engineer's plans and plats, aerial photographs, U.S.G.S. quadrangles, coast and geodetic charts and other reliable sources;

Performs miscellaneous map, chart, graph and display work;

Digitizes points (i.e., section corners and survey control points) and lines (i.e., roads and streams) per established procedures through the use of an electronic cursor unit or keyboard input station;

Assists instructors in a higher education institution and supervises students in research or academic projects;

Maintains map collections and libraries;

Operates and maintains cartographic and research equipment;

Edits mapping data input;

Performs non-cartographic drafting;

Performs miscellaneous fine drafting;

Writes map specifications including duplication/printing instructions;

Performs other work as required.

Knowledge and Abilities

Knowledge of: technical cartography; geographic information evaluation and analyses methods; computer applications and operations of geographic or spatial information; engineering drafting and calculations.

Ability to: organize and develop operating procedures to produce map or map/data products and input geographic and/or engineering information into computer systems; resolve technical and operating problems; perform conventional cartography assignments; produce maps and/or map/data products when operating procedures are not available; lead technicians.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.

Desirable Qualifications

A Bachelor's degree in cartography, geography, photogrammetry, geographic information systems, computer sciences, remote sensing, land survey, civil engineering, natural resources or closely related field that includes at least one course in cartography and one course in computer sciences or geographic information systems.

One college level course in cartography and one college level course in either computer sciences or geographic information systems AND any combination of four years of: 1) related undergraduate college education and 2) full-time experience in technical cartographic or geographic information systems production will substitute for the Bachelor's degree.

Class Specification History

New class, effective December 1, 1965.
Revised definition and minimum qualifications, effective April 23, 1973.
Revised definition, effective February 18, 1977.
Revised definition, minimum qualifications, added distinguishing characteristics, effective June 12, 1987.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective February 9, 1990.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective July 15, 1994.
Revised minimum qualifications, effective January 13, 1995.
Revise class. Revised title (formerly Cartographer 1), class code (formerly 65530) and distinguishing characteristics; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
Added class series concept; adopted June 22, 2023, effective July 1, 2023.