Thursday, December 14, 2017

Job Posting: GIS Developer/Analyst

Organization: Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT)
Location: Fort Collins, CO
Closing Date: Until filled

Online Job Announcement

Forest Health Assessment and Applied Sciences Team (FHAAST), our client, is responsible for performing quantitative analyses for a number of programs including internal support to the GIS and Spatial Analysis, Remote Sensing, and Invasive Species Risk Assessment Programs. Quantitative analysis also provides support to the FHP Washington Office.

We are seeking an experienced GIS Developer/Analyst to design, develop and maintain GIS software tools and systems.

  • Design, develop & implement solutions using ESRI's ArcGIS suite: ArcGIS Service, ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS portal.
  • Maintain GIS software tools and applications including but not limited to; ArcGIS, ArcSDE, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Accounts, ArcGIS Server and applications of MS SQL and Office Suite.
  • Performs complex geospatial data maintenance, manipulation, extraction and analysis.
  • Designs, implements, and tests configuration changes in software such as ESRI and Microsoft and custom software developed by Cherokee Nation Technologies (CNT), subcontractors, and U.S. Forest Service Forest Health Assessment and Applied Sciences Team (FHAAST) to meet end user business requirements and ensure effective operation.
  • Analyzes, troubleshoots and resolves geospatial applications including GIS and Global Positioning Systems (GPS) problems including mobile systems; communicates with internal and external technical resources to resolve end user issues; provides guidance to users on methods for correcting reported problems.
  • Performs quality assurance and quality control of geospatial data and ensures data meet data standards and formats Maintains web-based applications and data in support of FHAAST.
  • Analyzes requests for new applications, programs and modifications to existing geospatial programs; analyzes and documents user work processes and systems functionality requirements; analyzes current geospatial system functions, procedures and capabilities to determine if improved methods are possible; develops and presents proposals for new approaches and options to meet user needs; participates in requirements gathering, work flow analysis and system implementation, testing and training.
  • Coordinates and conducts user applications training classes; develops training materials and manuals; responds to and resolves user inquiries; develops and maintains user documentation.

  • Bachelor’s degree in MIS, computer science, or other related field or equivalent formal education and job-related experience to include: Possess specialized, in depth-knowledge and experience with ESRI products and the area of GIS.
  • Or A Bachelor’s Degree in geosciences, geography, geographic information systems, ability to use and maintain GIS software and applications including but not limited to ArcGIS, ArcSDE, ArcGIS Online, ArcGIS Accounts, ArcGIS Server and applications of MS SQL and Office Suite.
  • Five years or more of progressively responsible experience in the design, development, maintenance and support of GIS systems and applications. Knowledge of ArcGIS Server and AGOL administration required.
  • Experience and proficiency with Application Development using Python, JavaScript, HTMLS, CSS, REST APIs, Map/Web Services, GIS/Geospatial processing tasks, ArcSDE, ArcServer, ArcObjects, SQL, Java.
  • Experience customizing/extending GIS web applications using Web AppBuilder for ArcGIS.
  • Experience using ArcGIS for Server geoprocessing services, including developing Python scripts.
  • Analyze complex problems, evaluate alternatives and make sound independent decisions within established guidelines.
  • Train others in the use of GIS applications.
  • Work collaboratively and effectively with project teams including user representatives and outside resources and others encountered in the course of work.
  • Applicants selected will be subject to a U.S. Government security investigation and must meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information.
To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above.

Friday, November 24, 2017

Job Posting: GIS Data Manager VIP

Organization: Denali National Park and Preserve
Position Type: Volunteer
Duration: January through April 2018
Location: Denali National Park and Preserve
Closing Date: Until filled

Online Announcement

Denali National Park and Preserve is almost entirely comprised of eligible and designated wilderness (5.9 million acres of 6 million total). Temporary and permanent physical installations in wilderness, as well as research uses and management activities impact the underlying character of the wild places in the park; these installations and proposed activities need to be presenting in a holistic, spatial, quantitative analysis to better assist park managers in objectively making management decisions related to uses in wilderness.

Currently, a Geographic Information System (GIS) dataset tracks all of the existing physical installations within and around parks in the Alaska Region, but there is no mechanism to spatially assess the cumulative impacts to an area for proposed administrative and research projects in park wilderness. This project will create a way for park project leaders and research liaisons to submit spatial data for proposed projects, as well as create geodatabases and online products for housing this data. The final product will include an NPS-internal online map application driven by GIS data to assist managers in assessing how proposed uses will cumulatively impact the wilderness character.

The GIS Data Manager Volunteer (Wilderness) will work under the direction of the park GIS Specialist to:
  • Work with regional and park Wilderness Coordinators and the park Research Permit Coordinator to establish project data and product needs;
  • Design a sustainable workflow for housing cumulative effects of the four main use groups (i.e. administrative, commercial, scientific, and vistors);
  • Create a mechanism for park researchers, or park liaisons for research permit applicants, to submit geospatial data regarding the location and time of their proposed study areas (e.g., ArcGIS Online Geoform);
  • Create geodatabase, with appropriate relationship classes, attachments, and datasets;
  • Create a desktop map for GIS users to assess the cumulative impacts of the temporary and permanent installations on the landscape, including time enabled data at appropriate spatial extent;
  • Create non-GIS user-friendly map with interactive interface (e.g., ability of user to turn on/off layers, change basemaps, zoom in/out, time animation) through the NPS ArcGIS Online Portal;
  • Attend Wilderness Working Group meetings each month
Time and interest allowing, the volunteer may also have the opportunity to assist with various winter park operations/activities/events such as:
  • Assisting with Winterfest in February, which is a weekend-long event celebrating Alaska's longest season (see link);
  • Assisting with wildlife/visitor monitoring/road ecology projects along the park road during day trips;
  • Assisting other work groups with cartographic support.

Duty Station / Living Accommodation Information
  • The primary work place would be in the Resources building at park headquarters (mile three on the Denali Park Road). The office has full office facilities (phones, electricity, heat, Internet access, bathroom, break/lunch area, etc.)
  • Housing is located in C-Camp, the seasonal housing area. C-Camp cabins generally have two bedrooms, a shared living area, and a cold water kitchen (however, water to the cabins is turned off in the winter)
  • C-Camp residents share a cabin with one other person. All efforts are made to place same gender residents in each cabin, but it is not always feasible
  • Restrooms, showers, laundry and dish washing facilities are located in the common shower house.
  • C-Camp is located at approximately mile three on the Denali Park Road, near park headquarters. The closest urban area is Fairbanks, AK, approximately 120 miles north.
  • This is primarily an office position; however, the candidate may have the opportunity to conduct field work if interested and properly trained;
  • Accommodations for those with physical limitations are available;
  • Work schedule is a minimum of 32 hours/week;
  • Tour of duty is generally January 2018 through April 2018; however, start and end dates are negotiable.

Skills and Requirements:
  • Intermediate to advanced GIS skills are required, whether acquired through experience or education.
    • Intermediate skills are defined as: understanding projections and datums; editing vector feature class geometry and attributes; building query expressions; symbolizing and labeling features; and the ability to run spatial analysis density tools to create raster datasets.
    • Advanced skills are defined as: the ability to manipulate time/date data as string or date fields in attribute tables, feature class properties, with map toolbars and geoprocessing tools as intervals and durations; experience with publishing feature and map services to an online Arc Server; XSL, KML, or other language experience for customizing HTML pop-up windows; knowledge of relationship classes, domains, and database attachments; understanding of 3D data analysis with geoprocessing tools and visualization through ArcScene/ArcGlobe; or experience publishing map and feature services to a server.
  • Ability to communicate orally and in writing.
  • Volunteer in this position must be age 18 or older.
  • Volunteer for this position is subject to a background investigation in order to have access to federal computer networks.
  • Volunteer must possess a valid state driver's license, s/he will be required to drive a government vehicle.
In addition, the ideal candidate will have: an understanding of the legislation relating to wilderness; an appreciation for the complexity of management issues surrounding wilderness; a passion for wild places, with the desire to instill such awe in others; and the ability to think both critically and creatively

  • Gain GIS skills in data management, database design, web mapping;
  • Access to online trainings and webinars through Esri provided to NPS employees free of cost;
  • Gain experience with a new method of analysis with room to apply these methods as the analysis expands to other parks;
  • Free in-park NPS housing;
  • Reimbursement for some travel expenses may be available;
  • The opportunity to experience the wilderness and backcountry of Denali National Park and Preserve as few others do.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above. For more information, contact Britta Schroeder at 907-683-6243 or via email at or Dave Schirokauer at 907-683-9605 or via email at with questions about the position.

For more information about the park itself, please visit

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Job Posting: GIS Programmer Analyst

Organization: Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Position Type: Regular Full-Time
Location: Palmer, AK
Closing Date: November 19, 2017 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

Online Job Announcement

This position is responsible for the performance, integrity, security, stability, availability, repair, and recovery of enterprise GIS data, geo databases, and GIS applications.

Work is performed and duties are carried out in accordance with established policies, procedures, and Borough core values: Accountability, Customer Focus, Dedication, Integrity, Responsiveness and Teamwork.

Minimum Requirements
  • Baccalaureate degree in a course of study related to the occupational field. Post-secondary education or experience which provides the expertise required to perform effectively the functions of the position may substitute for the degree on a year-for-year basis.
  • Three years of experience in the occupational field, sufficient to understand the major duties of the position.
  • Possession of or ability to readily obtain a valid driver's license issued by the State of Alaska for the type of vehicle or equipment operated.
  • Completion of required Incident Command System (ICS) course in accordance with established Borough Policy.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Develops, configures, publishes and manages ArcGIS Server image, map and data services.
  • Monitors and gathers performance related information for enterprise GIS architecture; prepares reports regarding performance data, performs analyzes, optimizes and implements solutions.
  • Administers and maintains enterprise geographic information systems.
  • Creates, designs, and manages file geo databases.
  • Designs, configures, maintains, administers, modifies and troubleshoots the Borough's web mapping presence.
  • Designs, installs, configures, maintains, administers, and troubleshoots enterprise GIS architecture.
  • Designs, develops, maintains, administers, modifies and troubleshoots the enterprise geo database architecture for Borough mapping services.
  • Provides oversight and functional direction of assigned contractor daily activities.
  • Provides customer support.
  • Manages assigned projects.
  • Develops processes and procedures.
  • Develops a variety of regular and special reports.
  • Provides user training.
  • Provides IT support for the Emergency Operations Center during emergency events or training exercises.
  • Performs related duties.
  • Knowledge of GIS database administration principles.
  • Knowledge computerized cartographic principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of enterprise management principles.
  • Knowledge of computer programming techniques and languages.
  • Knowledge of information technology testing procedures.
  • Knowledge of Project Management Principles.
  • Knowledge of report design and business analysis principles.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in establishing plans and setting objectives and goals.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above. For more information, contact Human Resources at 907-861-8404.

Training Announcement: GINA January 2018

Organization: UAF-GINA
Location: GINA Remote Sensing/GIS Lab, West Ridge Research Bldg Room 004, Fairbanks
Dates: January 9 & 10 / January 11 & 12 2018

Announcing GINA's next round of introductory GIS training on the UAF campus coming up in January 2018. Two extremely high quality instructor led courses are being offered:

1) Navigating GIS Concepts on Monday and Tuesday January 9-10, followed by
2) Mastering GIS Concepts on Wednesday and Thursday January 11-12, 2018.

Each course is $1,070.00 per person and each consists of two full days of training (8:30am to 5pm). You may register and/or learn more about these courses from our online registration page located at the link below:

A map to WRRB 004 is available here. Please pass this announcement along to whomever you feel may also be interested. For more information, please visit the web link above or contact Pete Hickman at

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Job Posting: GIS Analyst II

Organization: Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Position Type: Full-Time Permanent
Location: Juneau, Alaska
Closing Date: November 13, 2017 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

This position is open to Alaska residents only.

Online Job Announcement

The Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development Division of Community and Regional Affairs is recruiting for GIS Analyst II to join our team.

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.

The key responsibilities of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • 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.

For complete details, please see the job announcement link above. For specific information in reference to the position contact the hiring manager:
Name: Manjula Boyina
Phone: (907) 269-7959
Fax: (907) 269-4563

Friday, October 27, 2017

Job Posting: GIS Technician Assistant

Organization: Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Position Type: On-Call 1000 Hours
Location: Palmer, AK
Closing Date: November 10, 2017 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

Online Job Announcement

The employee occupying the position of this class is responsible for performing cadastral drafting in preparing, maintaining, and updating Borough base and special maps.

One of the following:
  • Two years cadastral drafting or mapping experience of which six months included computerized mapping or drafting using AutoCAD. Background in coordinate geometry a plus.
  • A combination of prior related experience and education may substitute on a year for year basis for the experience requirement.

Duties and Responsibilities
  • Updates all tax maps by adding or altering subdivisions and creating parcels using coordinates and legal descriptions.
  • Enters subdivision plat and related data into computer graphics program; translates CAD data to the GIS database.
  • Designs and creates special use maps and reports, as requested; runs bluelines for the public.
  • Assists other staff with introduction to cadastral matters; performs computer assisted area computations for assessment staff.
  • Uses PC-based G.I.S. software for data analysis and preparation.
  • Performs related work as required.
  • Knowledge of cadastral drafting procedures, terminology, and equipment using computer assisted drafting software.
  • Knowledge of the use and manipulation of computer assisted graphics programs.
  • Some knowledge of legal descriptions, geometric coordinates, and aliquot parts.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with staff and technical business representatives.
  • Ability to perform computer assisted cadastral drafting.
  • Ability to design and develop written and computer generated reports.
  • Ability to understand and work from technical oral and written instructions and sketches.
  • Skilled in the use of personal computers; familiarity with DOS operating systems.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above. For more information, contact Human Resources at 907-861-8404.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Job Posting: GIS Analyst

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

Online Job Announcement

Quantum Spatial is seeking GIS Specialists to work onsite at a federal government client facility in Anchorage, AK. Primary responsibilities include research, identification and acquisition of specific datasets; developing data into geospatial layers which conform to defined national data standards, are topologically correct and are in accordance with FGDC and client metadata standards; and to ensure that all data are consolidated at the national level. Secondary responsibilities include performing quality control (QC), reporting, and metadata documentation. Only qualified candidates meeting the specific requirements below will be considered for these positions.

  • Research, identify and acquire specific data from staff in order to develop those data into geospatial layers that conform to defined data standards, which are topologically correct and are documented in accordance with FGDC and agency metadata standards. Ensure that all state level data compilations roll up to national views.
  • Utilize primary tools, to include ArcGIS for Desktop (ArcMap), Enterprise Geodatabases (formerly SDE), and other geospatial software components that may vary by office.
  • Convert all formats of data acquired into single, well documented geospatial files at a state or national level using a versioned enterprise geodatabase environment.
  • Create a process and method for each dataset using versioned workflows such that geospatial data flows from various local office locations and rolled into national datasets using an existing national geodatabase replication process.
  • Create and ensure client and FGDC standard metadata is associated with each geospatial file, using any one of the available edit programs.
  • Prepare maps to demonstrate progress or to illustrate data complexities and issues.
  • Assist client staff with data collection, consolidation, sharing and general data management activities. This may include: Identifying and acquiring data in native formats from various client offices. Priority data lists and methods will be provided, requiring exploring, searching, and documenting data via communication with a wide variety of client staff.
  • Generate geospatial data, databases, analysis, maps, services and applications according to client standards or specifications. Document any development activities for future usage within the organization.
  • Communicate workflows for data maintenance and quality improvements to field office and state office personnel.
  • Communicate and work with an extended interdisciplinary team across the agency to ensure proper understanding of programmatic data elements, client-specific data standards and guidance for geospatial methods.
  • Provide demonstrations and briefings for client staff on progress and results, and with client leadership for all aspects of the work.
  • Prepare weekly status/progress reports.
  • Participate in monthly/weekly conference calls and in-person meetings as scheduled.
  • Attend trainings and orientation as scheduled.
  • Periodic travel may be required.

  • GeoData Acquisition and Compilation
  • Geospatial Metadata Development
  • Data Standards & Quality Assurance
  • Communications and Tech Transfer

For complete details, please see the job announcement link above.