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

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Job Posting: GIS Analyst III

Organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health
Position Type: Full-Time, Long-Term, Non-Permanent
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Closing Date: December 2, 2020 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

This recruitment is open to Alaska residents only.

Online Job Announcement

The Department of Health and Social Services, Division of Public Health is looking to recruit a highly motivated, goal-oriented individual. The work performed by this position is important and at times challenging. We are seeking applicants who demonstrate a high level of initiative, have excellent interpersonal skills, and those who enjoy a dynamic, changing work environment.

The mission of the Division of Public Health is to protect and promote the health of Alaskans. As a member of our team, you will contribute every day to the improvement of the health of Alaskans and their families.

The incumbent works in the admin unit for multiple sections within Public Health. We are currently supporting the COVID-19 response. The person will:
  • Create dashboards and utilize Python scripting in ArcGIS Esri software, specifically Esri Online, and work with COVID Data Dissemination team to improve data upload and data dissemination efforts.
  • Analyze and present spatial data through Esri software, including designing digital maps with geographic data using population data sets.
  • Provides technical assistance in the application of GIS technology to create graphics and participate in surveillance activities important to public health practice, which includes analytic research and interpretation of information.
  • Participates in daily team meeting and in surveillance, investigation, and analysis of this major public health issue with the COVID Data Dissemination team members.
  • Participate in the daily update of the COVID-19 Data Response Hub, which periodically includes weekend updates and support for the data hub

Competencies that are desired/contribute to success in this position:
  • Computer Skills: Uses computers, software applications, databases, and automated systems to accomplish work.
  • Quality Assurance: Knowledge of the principles, methods, and tools of quality assurance and quality control used to ensure a product fulfills functional requirements and standards.
  • Analytical Thinking/Problem Solving: Uses a logical, systematic, and sequential approach to address problems or opportunities or manage a situation by drawing on one’s knowledge and experience base and calling on other references and resources as necessary.
  • Planning and Evaluating: Organizes work, sets priorities, and determines resource requirements; determines short- or long-term goals and strategies to achieve them; coordinates with other organizations or parts of the organization to accomplish goals; monitors progress and evaluates outcomes.
  • Self-Management: Sets well-defined and realistic personal goals; displays a high level of initiative, effort, and commitment towards completing assignments in a timely manner; works with minimal supervision; is motivated to achieve; demonstrates responsible behavior.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst II with the State of Alaska.
  • OR A master's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration or a GIS certificate.

For specific questions regarding this position, please contact the hiring manager, Rosa Avila, Public Health Scientist at (907) 269-6936 or via email at

Monday, September 28, 2020

Job Posting: GIS Analyst III

Organization: Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys, DNR
Position Type: Full-Time, Long-Term, Non-Permanent
Location: Fairbanks, Alaska
Closing Date: October 12, 2020 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

This recruitment is open to Alaska residents only.

Online Job Announcement

The Alaska Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys (DGGS) is seeking a motivated and detail-oriented advanced GIS Analyst to perform important grant-funded work to continue development of an Alaska-wide GIS database of geologic information. The database uses an Alaska-pioneered, extended national data standard for geologic maps. DGGS’ in-development geologic map production system is of interest to other state geologic surveys and the U.S. Geological Survey. The position will also use programming to develop potentially high-profile GIS web applications and write scripts to streamline data management processes that may be distributed nationally. This position will be part of the DGGS Geologic Information Center (GIC) team and work with other GIS-focused staff to manage and distribute Alaska geologic data. This position is anticipated to last 1.5 years with the possibility of extensions through future grant funding.

The mission of the Division of Geological & Geophysical Surveys is to determine the potential of Alaskan land for 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 division views public geologic information as a key element in unlocking our natural resources, protecting communities, and helping grow Alaska's economy. Geologic Information Center (section) staff supports the dedicated scientists of DGGS who create geologic data to further the division’s mission.

Duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
  • Manage the division’s geologic map production workflow, which is based on Geologic Map Schema (GeMS) and utilizes both ArcGIS Enterprise and PostgreSQL.
  • Populate and maintain the content of the multi-map enterprise PostgreSQL geodatabase with published single-geologic-map geodatabases.
  • Administer GIS data in the division’s enterprise multi-map and numerous single-map PostgreSQL geodatabases, ensuring GIS data quality and maintaining the map data archive.
  • Perform programming tasks to develop and maintain web-based user interfaces to GIS resources, including the development of internal and public-facing map services and applications.
  • Create and document map production workflow components, automations, and code.

The successful candidate will demonstrate or provide experience related to the following knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs) and core competencies:
  • Expert knowledge of ArcGIS Enterprise (ArcGIS Server, Portal for ArcGIS, and ArcGIS Image Server), geodatabase administration, and PostgreSQL
  • Experience with programming and scripting languages (for example, Python, JavaScript, SQL, HTML) and frameworks/APIs (for example, Leaflet, ArcGIS API, REST web services) suitable for the development of web maps in a UNIX-based environment
  • Speak and write effectively; provide advanced level training, technical support, and GIS-related professional development opportunities for division staff; work effectively with others
  • Knowledge of geologic mapping and the Geologic Map Schema (GeMS) standard are not required, but are desired

Minimum Qualifications:
  • One year of professional experience equivalent to GIS Analyst II with the State of Alaska.
  • OR A master's degree from an accredited college that includes either a GIS related concentration or a GIS certificate.

For specific questions regarding this position, please contact the hiring manager, Jennifer Athey at at (907) 451-5028 or via email at

Friday, May 15, 2020

Job Posting: GIS Analyst II

Organization: Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development
Position Type: Full-Time, Permanent
Location: Anchorage, Alaska
Closing Date: May 27, 2019 at 5:00 PM Alaska Time

This recruitment is open to Alaska residents only.

Online Job Announcement

Our mission at DCRA is to focus on consistent community communication and collaboration. This position will provide advanced-level technical GIS and cartographic design expertise and training to facilitate the production of maps, graphics, reports, visual presentation, and digital data products. These products will facilitate the transmission of community-based data so this position will involve managing and controlling quality data going within the division's geodatabases; acquiring, analyzing, and managing digital geospatial data; and providing training and support to the division's GIS users.

To be successful in this position a candidate will need the following core competencies:
  • Fluency and currency in GIS technology such as ArcGIS and thorough understanding of geodatabase concepts;
  • Technical knowledge in AutoCAD and in its interoperability with GIS technology;
  • Technical knowledge in management of ArcGIS Server and enterprise geodatabase;
  • Advanced skills in cartographic science, visual communication, color theory and graphic design; and
  • Experience with land planning and management.

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;
  • OR 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;
  • OR 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 questions regarding this position, please contact the hiring manager, Grace Beaujean at at (907) 269-4521 or via email at

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Job Posting: Seasonal Cartographic Technician

Organization: National Park Service
Position Type: Full-Time Temporary
Duration: Approximately April through October 2020
Location: Multiple Locations in Alaska
Closing Date: January 17, 2020 at 11:59 PM (EST)

Online Announcement for AK-1537-AKRO-20-10619780-DE

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

The typical seasonal period is April through October, but can be variable during these months due to weather conditions, project needs, or funding. Anticipated Entry on Duty: April or May 2020.

  • 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.

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.

New Server for AK DNR's Public Services

We would like to announce we have a new ArcGIS Server to host DNR’s public services. We have to retire our old server by January 31st, which we understand isn’t very long to get services transferred. However, we need to try to push that direction quickly since the software on the server is outdated.

The new services tree is found here:

Along with the server change, we also restructured our services tree. Please take a moment to find the services you use within our new structure. Most of our services fall under Open Data, which we serve out to our Open Data site here:

We found the ArcGIS Online Assistant helpful in updating web map URL’s. The ArcGIS Online Assistant can be found here:

If you have any questions or need assistance finding a service, please contact Erin Palmer or Belinda Jerger know and we would be happy to help.