Friday, April 13, 2018

Outreach Posting: Cartographer

Organization: USDA Forest Service
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Grade: GS-1370-11/12
Location: Juneau, AK
Respond By: April 30, 2018

Outreach Announcement
Online Announcement

The Alaska Region, Engineering & Information Management, is outreaching to fill a Permanent full-time Cartographer, GS-1370-11/12 to be located in Juneau, Alaska at the Regional Office. This is a non-supervisory position, serving as the Cartography specialist in support of the unit’s cartographic production and publication.

This outreach serves to gauge interest for a future vacancy announcement. Reassignment for eligible Forest Service candidates at the full performance level (GS-12) may also be available. TOS may be negotiated.

This position is located at the Regional Office in Juneau, Alaska. Positions located in the Alaska Region receive a locality payment of 28.02%. Additionally, employees located in Juneau, Alaska receive a 3.74% Cost of Living Allowance (COLA) which is not federally taxed. A gradually reducing COLA will continue to be paid after December 31, 2012. See the OPM website at: for additional information.

Position is responsible for delivering high quality cartographic products and related geospatial support to the Alaska Region to support land, natural resources and ecosystem management by providing a wide range of activities including, but not limited to:

  • Developing and managing the Alaska Region’s cartography production, geographic names and map sales programs, collaborating/coordinating with forest, region, national and non-federal entities.
  • Using professional knowledge of theories, principles, practices and techniques of cartography to plan, estimate, and schedule unusually difficult and complex work projects connected with the photogrammetry process, remote sensing, GIS, geodesy and cartography.
  • Applying new and evolving state-of-the-art technology and automation techniques (scripting and programming tools) to design and produce attractive, accurate, cost effective, professional cartographic products and reports that meet the specific needs of the agency’s program, resource and land managers, and the public. The maps may be standard Forest Service products or custom designs.
  • Applying the principles and applications of modern cartography, with emphasis on photogrammetry, statistics, remote sensing, digital image processing and photointerpretation to evaluate source material; research, analyze, select and prepare photographic and cartographic materials.
  • Working as part of a regional team, modernizes traditional map production using appropriate analysis, design and production tools systems, such as geospatial information, photogrammetric systems, graphic design, image processing software, cartographic production systems, web mapping applications and global positioning systems.

If interested in this position, please complete and submit the outreach form from the Outreach Announcement link above. For more information, contact Kim Homan at (907) 586-7957 or via email at

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.