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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 3116


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Salary Range 14 $2464 $2557 $2657 $2741 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540


The CARTOGRAPHER 1 drafts and revises simple maps such as large and small scale planimetric and those of a city subdivision in which lots have already been platted, by using property documents, field surveys, other source maps and aerial photos graphs. Work may be accomplished by computerized as well as manual methods.


This is the second level of a five-level series. It is distinguished from the lower level Cartographic Assistant by the entry level mapmaking responsibilities. It is distinguished from the higher levels by an absence of responsibility for the more skilled, detailed, and independent cartography.


  1. Mapping. Typical tasks: reads and sorts property documents, field surveys, aerial photographs, and available maps to determine map layout; drafts simple maps, such as subdivisions of a city in which lots are already platted, involving detail such as adding lot dimensions, tax lotting, and determining numerical sequence of tax lottings; revises and updates maps by making simple changes, such as property divisions and ownership changes, and involving deed interpretation, acreage computations, and updating of records; may prepare charts, graphs, and other graphics as required.
  2. Records. Typical tasks: assembles finalized maps and records to be turned over to the county assessor or other appropriate party; ensures that all records are properly labeled and numbered and that necessary copies are on file.


Employees in this class have regular telephone contact with other agencies or with county government personnel to exchange information about maps and mapping standards and to inquire about discrepancies or needed information concerning surveys, deeds, and other property documents. Employees are in contact monthly by telephone or in-person with other agencies or the public who are interested in obtaining map(s) prepared by the agency.


Employees in this class receive close supervision, usually by a project manager or administrative superior. Specific written standards for scales, lettering and symbols are provided. The work is reviewed in progress and at completion for accuracy, neatness, and compliance with established mapping standards.


  • Two years of drafting experience; OR
  • Two years of training in a college or technical school in drafting, mapping, or closely related field.

NOTE: Knowledge of drafting, surveying, plane geometry, algebra, and cartographic principles is required to successfully perform this work.