Monday, March 12, 2018

Job Posting: GIS Lead

Organization: SurvBase, LLC
Position Type: Full-Time
Location: Anchorage, AK
Closing Date: March 23, 2018

SurvBase is recruiting for a GIS Lead to assist on a variety of projects. Using GIS, the incumbent will aggregate and analyze title, boundary, natural resource, elevation, and other data. Data will be presented to clients via web portal, printed maps, reports, etc.

This position requires a versatile individual to lead on GIS based projects/tasks as well as to work on a wide variety of more traditional survey tasks such as title research, boundary determination, field surveys, scanning, and hydrographic surveys. SurvBase provides training and mentorship to help the incumbent increase expertise and broaden their knowledge base. This is a great opportunity for a person with a strong GIS background to get experience which counts towards professional land surveyor licensing experience in Alaska.

SurvBase offers above average pay and competitive benefits.

Position starts: March 2018

Hours: 40 hours per week, some overtime available

Key responsibilities include the following:
  • Acquire, assess, and organize GIS data
  • Work with clients and staff to determine appropriate mapping and analysis goals - produce the required maps and reports
  • Mentor other staff

Position requirements:
  • Strong ability to communicate graphically and in writing
  • Experience using ArcGIS software
  • Light programming
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A basic understanding of title and boundary law
  • Ability to work independently
  • Willingness to expand title, boundary, and field survey skills

For specific information about the position please contact:
Name: John Kerr

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Training Announcement: Navigating GIS Concepts

Organization: Blue Skies Solutions, LLC
Location: TIPS Training Lab, 9th Floor, Atwood Building, 550 W 7th Avenue, Anchorage
Date(s): April 23-24, 2018; February 5-6, 2018

This 2-day, 16-hour course, with a focus on Alaska applications, is designed for those new to the world of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), or for those desiring a refresher on what makes GIS such a powerful workplace tool.

Using Esri's ArcGIS Desktop, you will learn where to find data, create maps, explore the data behind the maps, and apply methods to share your maps. You will also learn how to create and distribute powerful interactive maps using ArcGIS Online.

Training Announcement

For more information, please visit the web link above or contact

Training Announcement: Mastering GIS Concepts

Organization: Blue Skies Solutions, LLC
Location: TIPS Training Lab, 9th Floor, Atwood Building, 550 W 7th Avenue, Anchorage
Date(s): April 25-26, 2018; February 7-8, 2018

This is also a 2-day, 16-hour course with a focus on Alaska applications. It picks up where "Navigating GIS Concepts" leaves off. It is designed for those with a solid foundation in the basics of GIS and are ready to explore some of the more technical components of ArcGIS for Desktop and ArcGIS Online.

You will will learn to use the various methods of labeling in ArcGIS, to create new data and edit existing data in ArcGIS, to utilize Python scripting to help speed up your work processes, learn how data driven pages can create some amazing map books, and to use the primary geoprocessing tools within ArcGIS to perform spatial analysis and to create a model.

With ArcGIS Online, you will create a feature service of editable vector data, and also use ArcGIS Online to create a map application that allows users to add and edit data.

Training Announcement

For more information, please visit the web link above or contact

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Job Posting: Geologist I

Organization: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, DNR
Position Type: Full-Time, Short-Term, Non-Permanent
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Closing Date: February 22, 2018 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is recruiting for a Geologist I to help the Survey preserve its legacy of samples and data for future research. Using GIS, the incumbent will harvest sample locations and information from scanned oversized maps. DGGS database programmers will then associate the sample locations and data with DGGS samples stored at the Geologic Materials Center in Anchorage and in DGGS’ various databases.

Dates needed: March 1 – June 30, 2018

Hours: 30-37.5 hours per week, 37.5 hours preferred

Key responsibilities include the following:
  • Scan oversize maps
  • Digitize sample locations using ArcGIS 10.5.1
  • Record important information about the maps in DGGS’ online archiving application

Position requirements:
  • Experience using ArcGIS software
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • A basic understanding of geologic terms
  • Ability to work independently

For specific information in reference to the position please contact:
Name: Jennifer Athey

Monday, January 8, 2018

Job Posting: Seasonal Cartographic Technician

Organization: National Park Service
Position Type: Full-Time Temporary
Duration: Approximately May through August 2018
Location: Multiple Locations in Alaska
Closing Date: January 12, 2018 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Online Announcement for AK-1537-AKRO-18-10052596-DE

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

These positions are Full-Time temporary positions not-to-exceed 1039 regular hours (about 6 months) in a service year. Positions may be terminated sooner or extended depending on management needs. Individuals selected under this vacancy announcement are eligible for rehire in subsequent service years.

The typical seasonal entry-on-duty period for these positions is May-August, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: May 2018.

This job announcement is open to receive applications from the first 300 applicants. The job announcement will remain open until either the quota of applicants, or 01/12/2018 is reached. All applications submitted by 11:59 (EST) on the closing day will receive consideration, even those that exceed the applicant limit.

Travel, transportation, and relocation expenses will not be paid. All travel, transportation, and relocation expenses associated with reporting for duty in this position will be the sole responsibility of the selected employee.

Government housing may be available.

Selectees may be moved between duty stations within the park

  • 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.
Occasional travel - You may be expected to travel for this position.

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.

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