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Classification Specifications


Classification Number: 3117


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Salary Range 18 $2859 $2971 $3103 $3235 $3382 $3540 $3710 $3887 $4072 $4265


The CARTOGRAPHER 2 performs skilled drafting of detailed, multicolor maps such as sections of a county, timber maps and fire protection maps, using property documents, field surveys, other map sources and aerial photos. work may be accomplished by computerized as well as manual method.


This is the third level of a five-level series. It is distinguished from the lower levels by having responsibility for more skilled, detailed, and independent cartography. It is distinguished from the higher levels by the absence of responsibility for cartography of entire counties or other map projects, for maps which require greater degree of detail and technical information, and greater responsibility for the finished product.


  1. Mapping. Typical tasks: interprets and plots descriptions from deed records and other property documents, field surveys, aerial photographs, and available maps to determine map layout; computes acreages, perimeters, e.g., timber types or burned forested areas, and control and grid systems necessary for base control mapping (mapping which establishes section, subdivision, and survey corners) using calculator, computer or planimeter; drafts detailed, multicolor maps such as sections of a county, timber maps and fire protection maps, involving detail such as boundaries (township, property, rural fire protection district), roads and highways, drainage systems, railroads, land parcels, surveys, property descriptions, and geographic features such as mountains, coastlines, rivers, creeks, and lakes; converts maps to different scales; assigns parcel numbers or property description numbers; may prepare charts, graphs, and other graphics as required.
  2. Records Maintenance. Typical tasks: transfers map information, lines, and text onto a Computer Assisted Mapping System via CRT keyboard and other special input devices to create computer files so maps can be quickly reproduced in an inked form by a plotting machine; stores files on tape, corrects and edits files; establishes new manual files for United States Geological Survey maps, county assessor maps, aerial photographs, property description records, and tax lot records.
  3. Research Activities. Typical tasks: conducts research on new and accumulated data concerning deeds, property titles, boundaries and legal descriptions which may involve pulling records and files on hand, contacting other State, County, or Federal agencies, or visiting county courthouses, county assessor offices, or field or regional offices.


Employees in this class are in contact weekly in-person or by telephone with other agency or county government personnel to exchange information about deeds, surveys, roads, zones, boundaries, maps, and mapping standards. Employees are in contact monthly by telephone or in-person with other State and Federal agencies such as the State Highway Department, United States Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management to obtain information such as ownership of lands, status of road construction and official boundaries.


Employees in this class receive general supervision, usually by a project manager or administrative superior. Completed maps are reviewed for accuracy, neatness, and compliance with established mapping standards. Scheduling and prioritizing of mapping projects and work progress are reviewed on a weekly basis.


  • Three years of computer mapping experience which included at least one year of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) experience.

A Bachelor's degree in Geography, or a closely related science field, may be substituted for up to two years of the required experience. There is no substitution for the one year of GIS experience.

To receive credit for a degree or coursework, you must submit a photocopy of your transcripts.