Bargaining Unit: Use for all Job Titles
Class Code: 093882

Education and Experience: Education equivalent to graduation from a standard high school.

Substitution of Experience for Education: Qualifying full-time aerial photographic or photographic laboratory experience may be substituted for the required education on a year-for-year basis.

Other Requirements: Necessary Special Qualifications: None.

Examination Method: Education and Experience, 100%, for Preferred Service positions.

Job Overview: Summary: Under immediate supervision, performs aerial photographic work of routine difficulty, and performs related work as required.

Distinguishing Features: *This is the entry level class in the Aerial Photography sub-series.  An employee in this class learns to take aerial photographs for use in road planning and other survey needs.  This class is flexibly staffed with and differs from that of an Aerial Photographer 2* in that an incumbent of the latter is responsible for performing aerial photographic work of average difficulty.

Work Activities: Getting Information:

  1. Learns to acquire aerial digital photographic imagery using large-format digital camera as requested by internal and external business partners.
  2. Learns to operate computer systems during flight to obtain real-time airborne GPS data to ensure accurate positioning information for acquired images.
  3. Learns to collect geospatial data, using technologies such as aerial photography, light and radio wave detection systems, or digital satellites to acquire all project-related information.
  4. Receives job assignments via electronic or in-person communication.

Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment:

  1. Learns to test camera equipment and software using manufacturer-specified procedures to ensure proper functioning.
  2. Learns to perform minor repairs on camera hardware to restore proper functioning as needed.
  3. Learns to update camera and computer software as needed and available to improve business processes.

Judging the Qualities of Things, Services, or People:

  1. Learns to assess flight path and elevation visually to ensure images are captured accurately during flight.
  2. Learns to evaluate imagery visually for errors and quality issues to ensure accurate and complete information is acquired.

Thinking Creatively:

  1. Learns to retouch digital images using digital photography software to correct defects.

Processing Information:

  1. Learns to perform color balancing using camera-specific software to ensure uniformity of appearance.
  2. Learns to process data from camera raw to evaluation stage imagery using camera-specific software to facilitate image evaluation.
  3. Learns to calculate latitudes, longitudes, angles, areas, or other information for mapmaking, using survey field notes or reference tables.
  4. Identifies and compiles database information to extract tabular data in response to requests.
  5. Learns to trim, align, and join images to form photographic mosaics, maintaining scaled distances between reference points.
  6. Learns to produce or update overlay maps to show information boundaries on various base maps or at different scales.
  7. Learns to compare topographical features with images from aerial photographs, old maps, or other reference materials to verify the accuracy of their identification.

Making Decisions and Solving Problems:

  1. Learn to respond appropriately to errors, such as troubleshooting technical and/or software malfunctions.
  2. Learns to make decisions as to best location to attempt to acquire images based on in-flight conditions.
  3. Learns to make decisions to re-fly flight paths as needed to obtain higher quality images.
  4. Utilizes search engines and departmental resources to find solutions to problems as they arise or to improve business processes as needed.

Documenting/Recording Information:

  1. Learns to store completed images and exterior orientations in appropriate storage location, such as servers or external hard drives.
  2. Learns to digitize analog archival film using optical scanning equipment to store historical images and data.
  3. Learns to perform backup of camera raw information for archiving and retrieval.
  4. Records necessary in-flight information such as take-off time, landing time, sun angle time, camera malfunctions, and weather conditions on paper to ensure accurate documentation.

Performing General Physical Activities:

  1. Climbs into aircraft and takes position in camera operator seat to prepare for flight.
  2. Moves about inside aircraft during flight to operate equipment as required.
  3. Crouches, stoops, and crawls under aircraft to maintain camera lens cap and glass.

Analyzing Data or Information:

  1. Learns to create lists of images broken down by county for metadata to meet delivery requirements.
  2. Learns to spread out and match aerial photographs in sequences in which they were taken and identifies any areas missing from photographs to ensure complete acquisition of images.

Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards:

  1. Learns to evaluate image data visually and using camera-specific software to ensure compliance with project needs and standards.

Monitor Processes, Materials, or Surroundings:

  1. Learns to monitor performance of camera and computers in flight visually to ensure proper functioning of all necessary equipment.
  2. Learns to monitor weather forecasts and current conditions to determine whether a flight mission is feasible.
  3. Monitors the progress of image downloads to ensure download is completed.
  4. Monitors personal workstation to ensure proper operation and functioning of systems.

Interacting With Computers:

  1. Learns to initiate download of data to server using electronic equipment.
  2. Learns to select and print required digital images using computer software according to project specifications.
  3. Learns to use appropriate database tracking software specific to the state and agency as required.
  4. Uses office productivity software including but not limited to word processing programs, spreadsheet programs, presentation software, web-based email programs, instant-messaging programs, and search engines.

Handling and Moving Objects:

  1. Transfers mobile storage device to and from workplace and aircraft, including using rolling cart.
  2. Assists hangar mechanics in the disassembly and packing of camera and equipment for transport as needed.

Identifying Objects, Actions, and Events:

  1. Learns to examine “ortho mosaics” for defects, such as blooms, warps, spots, shifts, or blurs for repair and to ensure quality.
  2. Learns to analyze aerial photograph and other resources to detect and interpret significant industrial, resource, or topographical data.

Coordinating the Work and Activities of Others:

  1. Learns to coordinate with pilots regarding potential flight days using phone, e-mail, or in person.
  2. Learns to coordinate with mechanics regarding maintenance schedules for aircraft and camera equipment, and transportation for camera equipment.

Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work:

  1. Incorporates last minute and unscheduled tasks into current workload to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.
  2. Organizes and prioritizes personal workload using calendars, lists, and other facilitators to ensure timely and accurate completion of work.

Inspecting Equipment, Structures, or Material:

  1. Learns to inspect cables, camera, and other data acquisition equipment to ensure proper functioning and operation.

Assisting and Caring for Others:

  1. Responds appropriately during emergencies as required.

Controlling Machines and Processes:

  1. Learns to repair and clean broken or separated film and mounts film on reels in order to ensure quality scans and safety of scanning equipment.

Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates:

  1. Provides completed flight log regarding acquisition information to appropriate personnel to ensure accurate and complete documentation of work activities.
  2. Learns to communicate work-related information to peers and supervisors to facilitate teamwork and coordinate effort.
  3. Informs supervisor and other involved personnel that assignments have been completed and are ready for review.

Resolving Conflicts and Negotiating with Others:

  1. Reports internal and external conflicts, complaints, and other issues to assigned supervisor or appropriate reporting authority as required.
  2. Maintains a respectful and productive work environment within the assigned work unit to minimize disputes and facilitate performance.

Scheduling Work and Activities:

  1. Schedules personal workload to ensure timely processing and account for current workload.

Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge:

  1. Attends in-service training as required and additional industry conferences, to ensure continual learning and current knowledge of the field.
  2. Attends agency-specific training as required to ensure compliance with departmental, state, and federal laws and guidelines.
  3. Attends vendor-provided training as needed to keep up-to-date on latest technology and best practices.

Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships:

  1. Maintains professional working relationships with peers and upper management to ensure smooth and effective team operations.
  2. Networks with internal business partners to ensure open dialogues exist and to facilitate coordination and unified effort.

Performing Administrative Activities:

  1. Logs personal time worked, projects worked, and leave taken on department-specific forms and in appropriate databases as required.
  2. Responds to emails, phone calls, and other correspondence as required.

Competencies (KSA’s):

  1. Intellectual Horsepower
  2. Problem Solving
  3. Dealing with Ambiguity
  4. Time Management
  5. Technical Learning
  6. Patience
  7. Self-Development
  8. Learning on the Fly
  9. Listening
  10. Approachability


  1. Basic knowledge of computers and electronics
  2. Basic knowledge of Geography
  3. Basic Clerical knowledge
  4. Basic knowledge of Mathematics


  1. Active Learning
  2. Critical Thinking
  3. Mathematics
  4. Basic Reading Comprehension
  5. Speaking
  6. Writing
  7. Coordination
  8. Basic Judgment and Decision Making
  9. Basic Time Management


  1. Deductive Reasoning
  2. Oral Comprehension
  3. Spatial Orientation
  4. Time Sharing
  5. Visualization
  6. Written Comprehension
  7. Written Expression
  8. Arm-Hand Steadiness
  9. Control Precision
  10. Finger Dexterity
  11. Dynamic Strength
  12. Extent Flexibility
  13. Gross Body Equilibrium
  14. Auditory Attention
  15. Speech Clarity
  16. Visual Color Discrimination

Tools and Equipment Used:

  1. Personal Computer, and Computer Servers
  2. Telephone
  3. Fax Machine
  4. Printer
  5. Digital Aerial Camera
  6. Basic hand tools for maintenance, repairs, and linear measurement
  7. Basic computer applications, such as word processing, spreadsheet, presentation, database, and email programs
  8. Various software, including but not limited to, GPS, Design, Database, Analytics, Graphics and Photo Imaging, Desktop Publishing, Compression, Conversion, and Map Creation
  9. Various plotters, including analytical, large-format, and color inkjet
  10. Photogrammetric Scanners Data
  11. Multimeter/Voltmeter


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