Thursday, April 18, 2019

Job Posting: Temporary Engineering Helper - GIS

Organization: Enstar
Position Type: Full-Time, Temporary/Seasonal
Location: Anchorage
Closing Date: Until filled

Online Job Announcement

Position is expected to begin in April/May and end in August/September.

Job Summary:
Under direct supervision, the Engineering Helper provides assistance and support to ENSTAR's Engineering department with regard to file maintenance and maintaining the Geographic Information System.

Essential Functions:
  • Make updates to GIS data as directed.
  • Database and file entry: Organize and link project data to GIS system. Review project files to ensure all data is in place.
  • Work in a constant state of alertness and in a safe manner.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • High School Diploma or equivalent.
  • Minimum second year geomatics / GIS / surveying student or equivalent.
  • Training in one or more of the following areas preferred: Geomatics, Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering.
  • Familiarity with ArcGIS Desktop software.
  • Valid Alaska Driver's License and be qualified to operate a vehicle under the conditions of the ENSTAR's Driving Policy.
  • Ability to pass a drug, background, credit, past employment, and driving record screening.
  • Knowledge of GIS concepts and cartography.
  • Should have knowledge of geomatics.
  • Must be able to read the Company's as-builts.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, ability to work effectively and cooperatively with all levels of management, staff, and the public; exhibit a professional manner in dealing with others in difficult circumstances or to resolve issues.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills. Proven ability to prepare clear and understandable written documentation and communication materials.
  • Must have the ability to contribute in a team environment or independently.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.

To apply for this position, please complete and submit an application from the Online Job Announcement link above. For more information, contact the Human Resources Team at 907-334-7651.

Friday, March 22, 2019

Event Announcement: 2019 Great Alaska Sportsman Show

VIP Lounge: GPS for Outdoor Enthusiasts

GIS Specialists Joel Cusick and Chris Felker will teach you how to mark your current location using a GPS receiver, how to navigate back to “home” along a route and how to use a compass and map when all else fails. A free satellite map showing the Sullivan Arena will be provided, along with GPS devices to practice on. This seminar is presented by the Alaska Arc User Group and National Park Service and is for adults, kids, hunters, fishermen, aviators, snowmachiners and hikers.

Volunteers are needed to support AAUG in this annual outreach event.

Please consider helping out during one or more of the following timeslots:
April 4 : 7:00 pm
April 5 : 5:00 pm
April 6 : Noon & 5:00 pm
April 7 : Noon

Contact Joel Cusick at or Chris Felker at

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Event Announcement: Alaska Geographic GeoBee

The Alaska Geographic GeoBee is looking for volunteers on March 29 to moderate, judge, time, and keep score at the 2019 State GeoBee. This exciting event features the top one-hundred 4-8 grade geography students from around the state, competing to answer questions written by the National Geographic Society. The winning student gets the opportunity to travel to Washington, DC, to compete in the national GeoBee.

The GeoBee is also looking for donations of prizes/goodies to give to the students to help spark their enthusiasm in geography. This year's GeoBee is Friday, March 29, at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage.

If this opportunity is something you or someone you know would be interested in, or if you would like more information, please contact Kristin Shea at

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Training Announcement: GIS Programming

Organization: UAF eCampus
Location: Online
Date(s): January 14-May 5, 2019

GIS programming for ArcView, Arc/Info and ArcGIS. Programming techniques for customizing GIS, efficient batch processing, and development of custom tools for GIS display and analysis. Taught by David Verbyla. 3 Credits.

Training Announcement

Training Announcement: GIS Analysis

Organization: UAF eCampus
Location: Online
Date(s): January 14-May 5, 2019

GIS analysis of natural resources including spatial query, attribute query, vector, grid, image, topographic and network analysis techniques. Taught by David Verbyla. 4 Credits.

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Training Announcement: Navigating GIS Concepts

Organization: UAF-GINA/Blue Skies Solutions Training
Location: GINA Remote Sensing/GIS Lab, West Ridge Research Bldg Room 004, Fairbanks
Date(s): August 20-21, 2018; January 7-8, 2019; March 11-12, 2019; May 6-7, 2019

This course teaches what a GIS is and what you can do with it with a focus on utilizing Alaska GIS resources. Working with Esri’s ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Online, you will create maps, explore and analyze the data behind the maps, and apply methods to easily share your maps. By the end of the course, you will gain solid understanding of how GIS maps and ArcGIS tools are used to visualize real-world features, discover patterns, obtain information, and communicate that information to others.

After completing the course, you will:
  • Have a clear understanding of GIS data structure and the file format in which they are stored and managed
  • Be familiar with the most commonly used projections and datums in Alaska and how they impact your mapping
  • Import and work with GPS data points in your GIS
  • Locate GIS data for Alaska, and utilize data from the Geographic Information Network of Alaska (GINA)
  • Analyze a GIS map to identify where features that meet specific criteria are located
  • Quickly create and share a GIS map using ArcGIS Online, so they can be viewed using desktop applications, websites, and mobile devices
  • Have an understanding of what Python scripting is and how it may be used to aid your GIS processes

Training Announcement

Training Announcement: Mastering GIS Concepts

Organization: UAF-GINA/Blue Skies Solutions Training
Location: GINA Remote Sensing/GIS Lab, West Ridge Research Bldg Room 004, Fairbanks
Date(s): August 22-23, 2018; January 9-10, 2019; March 13-14, 2019; May 8-9, 2019

This course is designed for those who have a good foundation in the basics of GIS and are ready to explore some of the more technical components of ArcGIS for Desktop software as well as ArcGIS Online.

After completing the course, you will:
  • Use the various methods of labeling in ArcGIS
  • Create new data and edit existing data in ArcGIS
  • Create and execute a Python tool
  • Use the primary geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS to perform spatial analysis
  • Use ArcGIS Online to create a feature service of editable vector data
  • Use ArcGIS Online to create a map application that allows users to edit data

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