Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Job Posting: Seasonal Cartographic Technician

Organization: National Park Service
Position Type: Full-Time Temporary
Duration: Approximately April through October 2020
Location: Multiple Locations in Alaska
Closing Date: January 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Online Announcement for AK-1537-AKRO-20-10619780-DE

These positions are located in the Resources Division in: Please visit find a park or the links above for additional park information.

The typical seasonal period is April through October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April or May 2020.

  • Visits field sites to gather information using accepted Global Position System (GPS) surveying and mapping techniques including both mapping grade and surveying grade Real Time Kinematic (RTK) projects.
  • Prepares digital and hardcopy mapping and information products for park needs with required tasks including (nut no limited to) field data collection, spatial analysis, LIDAR processing, creating 3D geospatial datasets/representations, geo-referencing and cartographic production.
  • Prepares and maintains digital and hardcopy versions of data and data histories (meeting FGDC metadata standards).
  • Assists in the design and development of GPS data dictionaries, spatial data inventories and field collection planning for seasonal natural resources, cultural resources and facility management projects.
  • Assists park staff in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software and analysis, helps train staff in field GPS techniques and in integration of field data into geospatial information.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit the required documents as described on the Online Announcement link above. For more information, contact the HR Assistant at 907-644-3828 or via email at with questions about the position.

New Server for AK DNR's Public Services

We would like to announce we have a new ArcGIS Server to host DNR’s public services. We have to retire our old server by January 31st, which we understand isn’t very long to get services transferred. However, we need to try to push that direction quickly since the software on the server is outdated.

The new services tree is found here:

Along with the server change, we also restructured our services tree. Please take a moment to find the services you use within our new structure. Most of our services fall under Open Data, which we serve out to our Open Data site here:

We found the ArcGIS Online Assistant helpful in updating web map URL’s. The ArcGIS Online Assistant can be found here:

If you have any questions or need assistance finding a service, please contact Erin Palmer or Belinda Jerger know and we would be happy to help.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Job Posting: GIS Analyst II

Organization: Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Closing Date: December 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

This recruitment is open to Alaska residents only.

Online Job Announcement

The Division of Community and Regional Affairs (DCRA) is looking for a self-reliant, energetic and detail-oriented individual who is willing to independently provide advanced-level technical GIS and cartographic design expertise and training to facilitate publication of maps, graphics, reports, visual presentations, and digital data products resulting from analysis and synthesis of original field data collected by division.

Fulfilling this mission will involve acquiring, analyzing, and managing digital geospatial data, ultimately helping to create a comprehensive enterprise geodatabase; providing training and support to the division's GIS users; functioning as a liaison between DCRA and other entities' GIS users and data; managing and quality controlling data going into and out of the division's geodatabase.

At DCRA, we recruit employees who demonstrate a high level of initiative, excellent interpersonal skills, ability to adapt to a changing environment, and an interest in assisting local governments.

Duties of this position include but are not limited to:
  • Independently designing, producing, and updating complex base maps and thematic data, using ArcGIS software as necessary;
  • Training other users in developing geodatabases and high quality maps that meet the programmatic and divisional needs;
  • Accessing and organizing data from external sources to ensure currency of spatial data library;
  • Automating workflows and improving process efficiencies by creating models and/or scripts;
  • Applying ArcGIS and AutoCAD software to independently gather data and for analyzing, managing and converting formats of digital data into interoperable formats;
  • Serving as the administrator of the divisional enterprise server and geodatabase;
  • Serving as the liaison between DCCED IT and the division in all issues related to the ArcGIS server architecture;
  • Hosting data in the enterprise geodatabase in accordance with data standards and serving them out using apps or other effective medium;
  • Reviewing metes and bounds descriptions as proposed by municipalities;
  • Developing specific mapping and land suitability decisions for ANCSA planning using technical knowledge of land use and suitability;
  • Managing land information system that geographically displays the title acquisition and land tenure of statewide Municipal Trust Land holdings;
  • Preliminary scoping, contract review, quality control, storage, and distribution of digital mapping produced in DCRA's community profile mapping partnerships; and
  • Responding to public information requests regarding the division´s programs and resources.

Our successful candidate will possess some or all of the following knowledge, skills and abilities. Please document your level of skill and/or experience with each item on this list in your separately attached professional cover letter. Applicants are not required to have experience in every area. If you do not have experience with a particular trait, simply say so:
  • Ability to communicate clearly, verbally and in writing;
  • Excellent analytical skills required to understand and communicate complex procedurally based systems;
  • Fluency and currency in GIS technology such as ArcGIS and thorough understanding of geodatabase concepts;
  • Technical knowledge in AutoCAD and in its interoperability with GIS technology;
  • Technical knowledge in management of ArcGIS Server and enterprise geodatabase;
  • Experience with land planning and management;
  • Excellent ability to deal practically and effectively with others;
  • Advanced skills in cartographic science, visual communications, color theory and graphic design; and
  • Skills with public process and public meeting are critical.

For specific questions regarding this position, please contact the hiring manager, Melissa Taylor at at (907) 269-4540 or via email at

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Job Posting: GIS Mapping Technician II

Organization: GCI
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, AK
Closing Date: Until filled

Online Job Announcement- Search "GIS"

GCI’s Technician II, GIS Mapping will support business goals performing mapping duties by using GIS tools and related systems in the creation and maintenance of new/existing GIS data systems.

Essential Duties of All Levels in the Position:

  • Review and update customer parcel maps and validate internal systems database
  • Maintain new and existing geospatial data files and systems
  • Compile and query geospatial data from multiple sources
  • Analyze telecommunications networks
  • Provide GIS support to Outside Plant Engineers, Project Managers and Technicians

Additional Job Requirements: This is an intermediate level position within the Network GIS Mapping discipline. Must have a strong understanding of telecommunications technology industry, surveying and mapping. Work on more complex assignments developing proficiency and under minimal direction of the supervisor. Mentor junior technicians and supports senior level technicians, Engineers, and Project Managers. Ability to perform mapping calculations, create and maintain maps. Ability to create and manage parcel maps for the company and understand geospatial data from multiple sources.

Essential Duties for this position:
  • Review and update customer address information (Parcel maps). Validate and maintain system service boundaries and update internal systems/ database.
  • Create, attribute and maintain new and existing geospatial data files and systems.
  • Compile and query geospatial data from multiple sources.
  • Create and analyze telecommunications networks.
  • Act as the department subject matter expert and provide GIS support to OSP Engineers and Project managers.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Job Posting: Senior Spatial Analyst

Organization: Audubon Alaska
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, AK
Closing Date: Until filled

Online Job Announcement

The Senior Spatial Analyst will support Audubon’s conservation science and policy initiatives in Alaska. They will collect, map, and analyze spatial biological data, social science data, review scientific literature, and prepare maps, reports, community engagement materials, and scientific publications. The emphasis will be on compiling, managing, analyzing, and preparing products using geospatial data on Alaska’s wildlife, habitats, cultural and traditional resources and socio-political uses and boundaries. They will apply advanced skills in data management, landscape analysis, map design, and scientific writing related to a variety of projects across Alaska.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Training Announcement: Imagery and 3D Mapping for Governments on the Rural Edge

Free Webinar
Organization: Esri
Date: September 10, 2019 at 10:00 AM

Join Esri to learn how your organization can use imagery and GIS to improve how it conducts change analysis and assesses the impact of change due to development.

In this session, you will see how ArcGIS Pro can help you:
  • Manage imagery archives.
  • Work with historical imagery.
  • Implement a low-cost drone program.
  • Create 3D site modeling and visualization.
  • Extract features from imagery.
  • Work with LiDAR data and more

Please register here:

Abstract: The “Rural Edge” is a sensitive zone that exists between urbanization and rural environments. As rural landscapes are transformed by development, the result is often irreversible change that has significant impacts on quality of life and the environment. The Rural Edge is found at all scales, whether it be the boundary of a major metropolitan area or a rapidly growing recreational area within an otherwise remote location. Esri, the Municipality of Anchorage, the Matanuska Susitna Borough, and the Alaska Department of Natural Resources have teamed up to demonstrate how up-to-date imagery and 3D data, from modern low-cost sources, can provide the most relevant geospatial information for understanding and managing change within the Rural Edge.

Monday, June 10, 2019

Job Posting: GIS Analyst II

Organization: Alaska Department of Fish & Game, Wildlife Conservation
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Closing Date: June 11, 2019 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

Online Job Announcement

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADFG), Division of Wildlife Conservation is seeking a full-time permanent GIS Analyst II to be stationed in Anchorage. This position creates digital cartographic (geospatial) data, performs spatial analysis, and produces map and other graphic products using automated (GIS) techniques. Under general supervision, incumbent must exercise independent judgment to determine the most effective and efficient method of creating, obtaining, manipulating and portraying geo-spatial data, including assessment of scale, density, placement and orientation of data, features and symbols, production methodology, and printing options.

Key responsibilities include the following:
  • Create geospatial data to support the division's research and management efforts.
  • Maintain and update geospatial datasets for various projects including permit and general season hunt areas, management/closed/controlled-use areas, and other areas.
  • Research and interpret written area descriptions to develop the best geographic representation of the area.
  • Digitize GIS data from hard copy photos, maps, hand drawings, graphics, and images.
  • Perform geoprocessing tasks and analysis to create new or modified datasets or statistical information.
  • Proof data and perform complex GIS editing functions.
  • Produce map products for hunting regulations, supplements, ADFG website.
  • Locate and acquire data from other agencies as needed to produce map products.
  • Support Division ArcGIS users with ad hoc data and mapping and analysis requests.
  • Aid staff with locating and manipulating GIS data sets.
  • Operate large format plotter, laminator, and trimmer board.

The successful candidate will possess some or all the following knowledge, skills, abilities, and experience (KSAE). To receive an interview, each of the following KSAE must be documented in your cover letter. If you do not have experience with one or more of the KSAE listed below, simply say so:
  • Knowledge of the general methods and techniques associated with creating geographic information products and interpreting data in a GIS environment.
  • Knowledge of various GIS data types, projections, and output formats.
  • Knowledge of current GIS software capabilities and limitations (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Pro, Adobe Photoshop, MS Office).
  • Knowledge of the techniques and principles associated with organizing, storing and maintaining the integrity of spatial data.
  • Knowledge of cartographic and graphic design principles such as symbology/color, labeling, and design layout.
  • Knowledge of field data types and collection methods.
  • Experience editing GIS datasets and creating/maintaining topologies.
  • Experience creating digital and printed maps for varied projects.
  • Experience interpreting and analyzing spatial data.
  • Experience digitizing GIS data from hard copy sources and digital on-screen sources.
  • Skill in incorporating aesthetic value into GIS products.
  • Skill in communicating technical GIS concepts to an agency's non-GIS staff.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact the hiring manager, Kenneth Matthews at (907) 267-2408 or via email at