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.

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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

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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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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Job Posting: Data Scientist/Technical Lead Position

Organization: Western States Water Council
Position Type: Full-Time, 2-Year Term
Location: Murray City, UT
Closing Date: September 28, 2018

Online Job Announcement

The Western States Water Council (WSWC) is soliciting applications for a full-time data scientist/technical lead position with experience in the fields of hydrology, computer science, data science and visualization, hydroinformatics, and application development to work its office, located in Murray City, Utah, for a limited 2-year term. The position is grant-based, but there is a potential for a longer term with continued program funding. This position is salaried and provides excellent leave and healthcare benefits.

The position will oversee updates to the technical aspects of the WaDE (Water Data Exchange) data-sharing system, comprised of GitHub repositories, data servers, MSSQL and PostgreSQL databases, web services code, ESRI and R/Shiny-based data-discovery mapping applications and other visualizations. Candidate will be involved in refinement of regional controlled vocabularies, API re-development, assisting state water resource agency staff with installation of updates, and monitoring performance and maintenance of the system. Other knowledge, skills, and abilities are as follows:
  • Identify data formats and understand how current state data are reported (via websites and reports). Documentation, retrieval, and maintenance of state agency water data (including maps and GIS data) for WSWC-hosted state “nodes”.
  • Use GitHub and SwaggerHub for system/code maintenance, documentation, and API definition development.
  • Familiarity with Extensible Mark-up Language (XML), Water Mark-up Language (WaterML) and other data-transfer standards.
  • Work with other collaborative data-sharing interests including CUAHSI, Internet of Water, USGS, the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), and the Open Water Data Initiative (OWDI) on data transfer standards setting and greater interoperability between platforms.
  • Familiarity with cloud-based platforms and computing, including application load balancing, performance monitoring, and usage/performance metric.
  • Create data visualization applications based on WaDE web services using R, Plotly, Tableau, Qlik, or other software.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to Sara Larsen, WaDE Program Manager at Western States Water Council,

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Job Posting: GIS Technician

Organization: Chugach Electric
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, AK
Closing Date: September 30, 2018

Online Job Announcement

Working under general supervision, the GIS Technician is responsible for the development, maintenance and accuracy of Geographic Information System (GIS) maps and data. This position provides GIS support for all departments.

Representative Duties:
  • Performs tasks to create, edit or verify GIS and related data.
  • Interprets construction and maintenance work from documentation or verbal direction to accurately update the GIS database in a timely manner. This includes, but is not limited to performing or verifying data entry, and/or editing, attributing, and developing data sets.
  • Creates and updates GIS maps from notes, sketches, drawings, data files, GPS, or verbal direction except as defined in the GIS Specialist Grade 10 classification
  • Verifies data following department Quality Assurance/Quality Control (QA/QC) procedures to ensure the creation and maintenance of accurate data including relationships and connectivity.
  • Creates reports, maps, and extracts data by developing basic queries using query wizards or pre-defined queries.
  • Performs GIS basic spatial analyses using existing tools and creates maps to illustrate results.
  • Downloads, converts, and uploads GIS data available from internal or external sources for use. This includes coordinate system conversions, cataloging, inventorying, cleanup of GIS data, and metadata creation to the department standard.
  • Ensures the plotter and scanner is operational by performing basic maintenance and loading paper or ink/pearls. Reports technical difficulties and supply needs to the Manager.
  • Assists the GIS Specialist with testing GIS software enhancements, upgrades, and configurations according to a predefined test plan.
  • Assists the GIS Specialist in creating or editing an existing web map except as defined in the GIS Specialist Grade 10 classification.
  • Provides periodic status reports and write-ups of GIS activities.
  • May assist in performing Grade 9 CAD editing duties.
  • Performs other related duties and projects as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
  • Must have the ability to proficiently and independently operate GIS software packages to perform the representative duties.
  • Must have the ability to learn or do basic CAD editing. Some CAD experience or education preferred.
  • Must be detail and accuracy oriented with strong mathematical skills.
  • Ability to translate physical field plant work documentation to update GIS data and displays.
  • Knowledge of and ability to follow QA/QC procedures.
  • Must have the ability to create and run basic or pre-defined Structured Query Language (SQL) queries.
  • Knowledge of the steps required to perform and display spatial analysis.
  • Ability to create file-based geodatabases and design simple feature classes.
  • Ability to import and export data to various formats.
  • Ability to understand land-based coordinate systems.
  • Must exhibit excellent English verbal and written communication skills with strong abilities in organization. Skilled in writing instructions, documentation and reports.
  • Perform scanner/plotter/printer operation, maintenance.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.
  • Must be able to work with Microsoft Office Suite products.

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