Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Volunteers Needed for Alaska State Geographic Bee

Friday, April 1, Alaska will be hosting 100 4-8th graders at the Egan Center in one of the greatest competitions for geographic knowledge. Each year, the Bee is in need of about 30 willing volunteers who time, judge, score or moderate the Bee. If this opportunity is something you or someone you know would be interested in, please contact Kristi Shea at

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Outreach Posting: IT Specialist

Organization: USDA Forest Service
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Grade: GS-2210-11/12
Location: Juneau, AK
Respond By: February 5, 2016

Outreach Announcement

The USDA Forest Service, Information Management Office will be filling an Information Technology Specialist, GS-2210-9/11, permanent position to be located at Juneau, AK. This announcement is generated for general distribution to interested parties having the skillsets listed below. If you are interested in this opportunity, please respond through the database, fill out the outreach form at the end of the announcement, and send a resume to

Management can select a qualified employee immediately, without issuing a formal vacancy announcement, if an employee responds who qualifies for placement without competition. Your interest will identify the area of consideration and whether a vacancy announcement may be advertised multi-graded.

Major Duties:

This IT position performs a wide variety of IT functions including: providing technical expertise in support of deployed IM applications; developing hardware or software technical requirements for new or modified IT systems; analyzing and developing optimal hardware and software configurations; providing technical guidance in the sustainment process of various IT systems; and providing data platform storage deposit and retrieval functions; and server system administration duties.

Performs special operations on IT hardware and software specialty areas in the IM realm. Plans and coordinates short and long range project plans for Regional and Forest requirements. Conducts analyses and recommends solutions or improvements for IT issues affecting the IM and R10 Regional Office. May work on various teams that cut across many of the IT specialty areas within Regional and inter-Regional IM realm.

Analyzes alternatives and recommends solutions relating to long term operational support for various information systems. Reviews general business and functional requirements that support the need for systems and recommends solutions or alternatives. Examines data, ensures accurate and timely data storage techniques and schedules of IM data throughout the Region. Resolves inconsistencies in information, and implements changes or improvements to existing platforms.

Participates in conferences, workshops, and task groups within the agency or with external partners as required. Performs a variety of other duties related to information technology (IT) projects involving IM program-related issues that contain complicated technical elements.

Submission Information:

If you are interested in the permanent position, please complete the outreach form from the Outreach Announcement link above, along with a resume, and send to Curtis Goehring at by February 5, 2016. Completion of this form is not an application for the position; this must be done by creating an account and applying for the vacancy at USAJOBs ( and the Forest Service eRecuit Automated application system. It is expected that the official vacancy announcement for this positon will be posted to USAJOBS in late February 2016.

Outreach Posting: Geospatial Services Specialist

Organization: USDA Forest Service
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Grade: GS-101/401/1301-11/12 Location: Juneau, AK
Respond By: February 3, 2016

Outreach Announcement

The Region 10 information management organization will soon be advertising one GIS web map and mobile application specialist position (GS-101/401/1301-11/12) located at the Regional Office in Juneau, Alaska. The incumbent will work as a member of the IM Staff to assist developing mobile field geospatial data collection applications that work with ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Online and ArcGIS Portal. Additionally the incumbent will lead the Forest Service Region 10 web mapping development team and deploy applications and services using ArcGIS Server for desktop, web and mobile use. The incumbent will work under the guidance of the Regional Geospatial Program Manager.

Major duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Provide technical support, advice, consultation, and assistance to various levels of staff (resources specialists, engineers, scientists, planners, subject matter experts, and managers) to identify and develop GIS applications to support resource management decisions for multiple units or a large geographical region.
  • Lead the Alaska Region web mapping development team and provide guidance, technical support, and help in adopting industry’s best business practices in geospatial web/mobile development.
  • Empower public and decision-makers with information using the ArcGIS Platform (ArcGIS Desktop, ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Mobile, ArcGIS SDE, and ArcGIS Online).
  • Develop and deploy mobile GIS applications using feature services for field data collection.
  • Deploy ArcGIS server focused web and mobile applications using various runtime SDKs from ESRI.
  • Assist in teaching Mobile GIS classes and maintaining mobile applications using ArcPad Studio and runtime SDKs.

If interested in this position, please complete and submit the outreach form from the Outreach Announcement link above. For more information, contact Erik Johnson via email at