Monday, May 31, 2021

Job Posting: GIS Analyst II

Organization: Alaska Department of Natural Resources, DGGS
Position Type: Full-Time, Long-Term, Non-Permanent
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Closing Date: June 10, 2021 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

Online Job Announcement

The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking an early career professional to contribute to coastal shoreline change, flooding, and associated natural hazards studies that impact communities and infrastructure in Alaska. The successful applicant will use knowledge of coastal geomorphology, field data collection for coastal hazards, Geographic Information Systems (GIS) geospatial data analysis and processing, and airborne/satellite remote sensing to make meaningful contributions to the Division’s Coastal Hazards Program (CHP). The successful applicant will work under the direction of the CHP manager in Anchorage, Alaska. This is a long-term nonpermanent position for at least one year, with opportunities for annual extension.

Mission & Culture:

The DGGS mission is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for the production of metals, minerals, fuels, and geothermal resources, the locations and supplies of groundwater and construction material, and the potential geologic hazards to buildings, roads, bridges, and other installations and structures (AS 41.08.020). The DGGS Coastal Hazards Program conducts mapping, monitoring, and modeling to evaluate vulnerabilities to coastal flooding and erosion. This program is dedicated to fostering scientific partnerships that will improve the quality and quantity of the critical baseline data that are necessary to fuel informed decision-making throughout the state.

Core Responsibilities:

Specific responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:
  • Plan, conduct, and process data from field investigations to assess coastal flood and erosion vulnerability, including logistical support for travel throughout rural Alaska communities, collection of survey-grade RTK-GPS elevation data, operation of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and using survey processing software (e.g., Trimble Business Center) as well as online tools (e.g., NOAA-NGS online positioning user service) to process elevation data.
  • Locate, import, export, reformat, and process thematic and geologic hazard data for use within a GIS.
  • Create and maintain geodatabases to store geologic hazard project data.
  • Perform geospatial analysis of data to answer unique questions regarding coastal flooding and erosion.
  • Evaluate field-collected and other spatial data to determine positional accuracy according to community (e.g., ASPRS) accepted metrics.
  • Orthorectify aerial and satellite imagery for use in base maps and geologic hazard analysis.
  • Prepare and use remotely sensed data (elevation and imagery) to create raw data layers, maps, and online tools in geographic information products.
  • Apply cartographic design principles to create publication-ready maps of geologic hazards.
  • Create GIS processing enhancements by using Python scripting or developing step-by-step workflows for processing spatial data.
  • Work with the public and project partners to explain GIS capabilities and data requirements, to provide GIS-related training, and to design specifications for individual deliverables in compliance with common geologic hazards practice.
  • Prepare written publications and communications of GIS analyses for the public and project partners.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst I with the State of Alaska. -AND- An associate's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration, a GIS certificate, or 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of GIS-related course work;
  • SUBSTITUTION: Two years of paraprofessional experience working in data collection, cartography, web-site development, GIS operations, or a related field will substitute for the required associate's degree.
  • SUBSTITUTION: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS-related major or minor, a GIS certificate, or 18 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of GIS-related coursework will substitute for the required experience and associate's degree.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact:
Name: Jacquelyn Overbeck
Phone: 907-451-5026
Email: jacquelyn.overbeck@alaska.gov

Monday, April 5, 2021

Event Recordings: 2021 AK Virtual Geospatial Gathering

Recordings are now posted

Thanks to our enthusiastic geospatial community, we received enough content for three days plus a half day of Esri technical sessions. The community presentations were held Tuesday through Thursday, March 2-4 and these presentations are now available.

Click here to access recorded presentations.

Wednesday, March 31, 2021

Job Posting: GIS Analyst II

Organization: Alaska Department of Fish & Game
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Closing Date: April 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

Online Job Announcement

Who we are:

Under the supervision of a Habitat Biologist III, this position has primary responsibility for maintaining and making annual revisions to the master statewide Anadromous Waters Catalog (AWC) dataset. There are typically hundreds of nominations to update the AWC each year; and the editing, geodatabases and metadata revisions, and production of new maps follows a tight schedule with deadlines that includes a Department and public review. Additionally, the position supports department staff by producing a variety of publication quality digital (geodatabases, data, project applications) and hard copy Geographic Information System (GIS) products (maps, figures), requiring a strong working knowledge of a variety of graphic and mapping software applications.

The mission of the Division of Sport Fish is to protect, maintain and improve the state’s fisheries resources. In Alaska, habitats that support use by migrating, spawning, or rearing anadromous fish are protected under multiple administrative jurisdictions, including state, federal, and local habitat protection standards. Alaska Statute (AS) 16.05.871 (the Anadromous Fish Act) is a keystone statutory protection for freshwater habitats of anadromous fish in Alaska, requiring the ADF&G to "specify the various rivers, lakes, and streams or parts of them" of the state that are important to the spawning, rearing, or migration of anadromous fish. The AWC and its companion Atlas are the media used to accomplish this specification and are adopted as regulation under 5 AAC 95.011. The primary purpose of the AWC is to inform land use and permitting decisions regarding habitats important to the migration, spawning and rearing of anadromous fish species.

Who we are looking for:
  • Professional level knowledge of and proficiency using ArcGIS software and related spatial data management products.
  • Experience creating publication quality electronic and hard copy products (maps and data), primarily in ArcGIS, for a variety of topics and subjects, including depictions of fish & wildlife distributions, point data, river hydrology, land status, topology, and administrative boundaries.
  • Experience reviewing and editing draft maps and spatial data layers to ensure accuracy and precision of final projects including data depiction, registration, and presentation.
  • Experience collaborating, planning, and developing spatial data projects by assessing staff needs and delivering ArcMap data, analysis, publication quality maps, KML (Google EarthTMfiles) or GPS files as requested.
  • Experience documenting GIS data layers by writing metadata following established standards, which often includes Federal Geographic Data Committee compliant metadata (i.e., national standard for metadata).

Minimum Qualifications:
  • One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst I with the State of Alaska. -AND- An associate's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration, a GIS certificate, or 9 semester hours (12 quarter hours) of GIS-related course work;
  • SUBSTITUTION: Two years of paraprofessional experience working in data collection, cartography, web-site development, GIS operations, or a related field will substitute for the required associate's degree.
  • SUBSTITUTION: A bachelor's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS-related major or minor, a GIS certificate, or 18 semester hours (24 quarter hours) of GIS-related coursework will substitute for the required experience and associate's degree.

For specific information in reference to the position please contact:
Name: Joe Giefer
Phone: 907-267-2336
Email: joe.giefer@alaska.gov

Monday, March 15, 2021

Job Posting: GIS Intern

Organization: Hilcorp
Position Title: GIS Intern
Position Type: Temporary Full-Time
Location: Anchorage, AK

Job Announcement

Hilcorp offers internships to Computer Science & Computer Systems Engineering students based upon previous experience and current course work/enrollment in Computer Science programs. GIS Interns will work in the corporate office, located in Anchorage, AK.

Responsibilities: Junior, Senior, or recently graduated Geomatics* students will work directly with the Hilcorp Geospatial Team on enterprise GIS implementations and web mapping systems, including automation & programming.

  • Adheres to the company’s values – Integrity, Ownership, Urgency, Alignment and Innovation.
  • Supports company vision and mission.
  • Adheres to established work schedule, attendance standards and is punctual to work and meetings.
  • Strong desire to learn and add value to a technical department.
Qualifications:
  • Applicant must have full summer availability.
  • *Graduating 2021, 2022, or recently graduated students working towards their BS/BA in Geomatics, Geological Sciences, Computer Science or BS in Computer Systems Engineering are encouraged to apply. Other disciplines with minor in Geographic Information Systems will also be considered.
  • Intern should be a full-time student or recently graduated with the last 12 months, with an interest in pursuing a career in the oil & gas industry.
  • Students or graduates must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Ability to work a 5-day weekly office schedule in Anchorage.
  • Other duties as assigned by management.
  • Student must be an AK resident or enrolled with an accredited school in Alaska.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Event Registration: 2021 AK Virtual Geospatial Gathering

Registration is Now Open ~ March 1st through 4th

Thanks to our enthusiastic geospatial community, we received enough content for three days plus a half day of Esri technical sessions. The Esri sessions will be held the afternoon of Monday, March 1, followed by community presentations Tuesday through Thursday, March 2-4. The event will be held virtually via GoToWebinar and it will be free to attend.

Click here to register or for more information.

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Event Announcement: 2021 AK Virtual Geospatial Gathering

Save the Date ~ Week of March 1st
Call for Presentations ~ Deadline February 8th

Plans are in the works to have a Virtual Geospatial Gathering event in March.

The goal is to provide a platform for the Alaskan geospatial community to share work, interact with relevant professionals, participate in learning, receive updates, and build community during this pandemic induced time of physical isolation and distancing. AAUG/URISA annual meeting will be held during one of the breaks. Other groups are encouraged to do the same. Information will be updated here as it develops.

Dates for the gathering will be the week of March 1-5, 2021. We are anticipating it will be a one to three-day event. Exact duration will depend on the amount of content submitted. The event will be held virtually via a webinar platform and it will be free to attend.

Registration information will be announced once we have the program defined.

Click here for more information.

Thursday, December 10, 2020

Job Posting: GIS Assistant

Organization: National Park Service
Position Title: GIS Assistant with Scienctists in Park (SIP) Program
Position Type: Seasonal Staring May 2021 for 20 Weeks
Location: Denali Park, AK
Closing Date: January 24, 2021

Job Announcement

Land use in and around Denali National Park and Preserve has changed since the inception of the park 100 years ago - from Gold Rush-era mining to proposed visitor services' facilities, the ebb and flow of development and restoration is obvious at multiple temporal and spatial scales across the landscape of the park and surround areas. As the park moves into the next 100 years, many park management decisions will be related to land use. Documenting the historic, current, and proposed land uses from existing geospatial data, historic aerial and oblique photos, oral histories, satellite imagery, and proposed project documents into a concise geospatial dataset, along with producing map products and written reports, will allow managers both a visual and quantitative assessment of land use trends.

Participants will assist with documenting changes of land use in and around Denali National Park and Preserve by:

  • Organizing and/or collecting existing data (e.g., aerial photos, satellite imagery) for scanning, georeferencing, and digitizing
  • Assisting in creating primary (e.g., flight lines and orthomosaics) and secondary mapping products (e.g., 3D models from stereo-pair compilations, kernel density maps) to assess the change over time
  • Providing metadata and writing standard operating guidelines for data creation and access
Additionally, participants may have the opportunity to assist in field surveys to establish ground control for structure-from-motion photogrammetric products produced by both historic and future fixed wing and small unmanned aerial systems flights. Shorter cartographic projects requiring immediate attention may arise throughout the season, such as support for pressing management issues or incident response. The participant may also have the opportunity, in conjunction with the Alaska Geographic/Murie Science and Learning Center, to work with and lead small groups of youth (middle and high school students) through the concepts of GIS or cartography during field days and holiday events.

Answering historic and current land-use questions often drive management decisions related to park policy, regulations, and guidelines. SIP participants will assist in providing the best data available to managers for making these decisions.

This position is offered through the National Park Service's Scientists in Parks (SIP) Program in partnership with Stewards Individual Placement Program (Stewards) and The Geological Society of America (GSA).

The applicant must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent legal resident (“green-card-holder”) between the ages of 18 and 30 years old, inclusive, or veterans up to age 35. Prior to starting this position, a government security background clearance will be required. Please see additional Qualifications in the Job Announcement.

Park housing is available and will be provided at no cost to the participant. Please see additional Housing details in the Job Announcement.

AmeriCorps is a program that engages individuals in intensive community service work with the goal of “helping others and meeting critical needs in the community”. The SIP Program is supported through AmeriCorps by providing a Segal Education Award in addition to the SIP’s living stipend and relocation allowance. Upon successful completion of the SIP position, the SIPs (AmeriCorps members) are eligible for a $1,638 - $6,195 pre-tax education award that can be used for paying back student loans or for continuing their education. The amount of the education award is based on the length of the position. AmeriCorps limits the number of terms an individual can serve to 4 terms. If an applicant has previously completed 4 SIP or other AmeriCorps positions, they will not be eligible to apply for an additional SIP position.

For questions regarding the duties of this position, please contact Britta Schroeder at (907) 683-6243 or via email at britta_schroeder@nps.gov.