Want to Volunteer? March High School Workshop: GIS w/ ChickTech (@ PCC, Sylvania)Read Now
On March 19th, ChickTech is hosting another workshop for High School Program. This workshop will be held at PCC Sylvania Campus and is taught by Emily McGrath.
This is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) using the ESRI program ArcMap. GIS is one of the fastest growing sectors of technology, in use by everything from non-profits focused on wildlife conservation to Yelp and NASA. There are no limits to where this interesting technology can take your career.
In this workshop girls will learn the basics of cartography, and then employ this knowledge together with their artistic skill to make maps of a region of the world. The workshop will teach girls how to think about the concept of mapping, how to choose complementary datasets, how to symbolize data, and how to use color and visual hierarchy to make maps both appealing and instructive.
If you have any GIS experience available, we would love any technical help we can get!!
We're using VolunteerSpot (the leading online signup and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming activity.
Please sign up for March High School Program Workshop: GIS!
Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1. Click this link to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/CwV89T
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3. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders. Easy!
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There's a GIS MOOC cycle available free of charge.
This cycle is made up of three different Modules:
Module 1: "Introduction to GIS"
Module 2: "Layer Editing"
Module 3: "Raster Analysis"
It will lead participants to how to use and exploit the potentiality of the open source software gvSIG while performing the most common GIS activities. This Course is both addressed to beginners and skilled GIS users who want to learn how to use this software.
The Course is open in continuous form and each module requires a participants engagement of around thirty hours.
Participants can thus plan individually the time to allocate to the course and complete all the scheduled activities without interfering with their daily work.
This Course is completely free of charge except for those participants asking for the corresponding credits of the gvSIG user certification program from the gvSIG Association, that is submitted to the payment of 40 Euro for each module or 100 Euro for the whole cycle. It will be earmarked for the sustainability of the project.
For further information about topics, goals…:
For registration, you have to press "Enroll" at the corresponding Module, and then accept the "Site policy agreement". Finally you will have to register at the web page, or login if you were registered already.
April 4th & 5th, 2016
(Workshops April 6th)
Early Registration is NOW OPEN! Click HERE to register.
Please mark your calendars for the TWENTY-FOURTH Annual GIS In Action Conference, hosted by the Columbia River Region of the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS) and the Oregon-Southwest Washington Chapter of the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA).
This year, we are back at Portland State University!
Each year ASPRS and URISA collaborate to hold this informational conference on current issues in the Geospatial Information Community. Join us for what will surely be another successful opportunity to meet with colleagues in the geospatial industries and organizations, to learn about emerging topics and recent advances in GIS applications, and to discuss our problems and solutions together. Don’t miss this amazing opportunity to meet and network with GIS professionals from the region. Find out who is doing what, and how.
Preliminary Conference Program!
Here's our conference only web site.
Register now for the upcoming GIS in Action conference April 4 & 5, 2016 held at Portland State University.
There are several post-conference workshops being held on Wednesday, April 6th, the day after the conference. These workshops are all offered at a discount to conference attendees.
Here is the list of workshops with detailed descriptions on the web site.
Cartographic Workshop – ‘Cutting Through The Graphic Clutter’
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 9 AM – 3 PM
Extending ArcGIS: Python Geoprocessing Tools and Add-Ins
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 8:30 AM – 5 PM
Introduction to CartoDB for Web and Mobile Applications
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 8 AM – 3 PM
Create Great Web Apps – No Coding Required
Format and schedule: Half-day workshop, April 6th, 9 AM – 12PM
ArcGIS Open Data: Get Started and Use Best Practices
Format and schedule: Half-day workshop, April 6th, 1 – 4 PM
Format and schedule: Full-day workshop, April 6th, 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Call for posters!
Poetical Poster Contestants,
Participants at the 2016 GIS in Action conference will have the opportunity to present a poster and engage in a competition, which includes prizes in different poster categories. Anyone going to the conference can enter to display their poster. Details for entry to the competition are below. You can enter a digital and/or paper version. The deadline to enter is the beginning of the conference.
Voting will happen on all posters and winners will receive $50 REI gift certificates for first place and $25 certificate for second place for five categories.
If you plan to enter a poster please submit your poster on our web site.
The City of Lake Oswego is recruiting for a full-time GIS Specialist/Analyst.
CITY OF LAKE OSWEGO
invites applications for the position of:
Technical Support Specialist or Analyst
$24.39 - $32.73 Hourly
$4,227.60 - $5,673.20 Monthly
$50,731.20 - $68,078.40 Annually
OPENING DATE: 02/23/16
CLOSING DATE: 03/14/16 05:00 PM
The City of Lake Oswego announces an excellent opportunity within the Engineering Department. Under the direction of the Engineering Program Supervisor, the Technical Support Specialist or Technical Support Analyst is responsible for participating in the development and maintenance of the City's Geographical Information System (GIS). This position is represented by the Lake Oswego Municipal Employees Association (LOMEA)/ American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME).
Note: There is only one job vacancy. Depending upon the individual's qualifications, a candidate may be offered a position at either the Technical Support Specialist or the Technical Support Analyst level at the discretion of the hiring manager.
Key responsibilities and functions can include but are not limited to:
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTS:
A typical way of obtaining the knowledge, skills and abilities outlined above is through a Bachelor's degree in Geography, Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field and one to five years or work in GIS or computer science; or, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job such as those listed above. Candidates must have strong knowledge of AutoCAD and ArcView software programs, operating systems, such as Windows, Geo Administrator, and Adobe Illustrator. Prior experience with INFOR desired.
Positions in this classification require the ability to possess and maintain a valid driver's license and ability to meet the City's driving standards.
For a complete list of essential duties, knowledge, skills and abilities required, and physical and mental demands please review the complete job description at www.ci.oswego.or.us.
This summer at the University of Central Florida will be the first year of the National Science Foundation Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site “Preparing the Next Generation of Scholars through Community GIS and Citizen Science.” This program offers fully funded summer research experiences for at least 8 undergraduate students in Belize for 5 weeks and Orlando for two weeks. The program is open to all U.S. students and runs June 20-August 5, 2016. It is interdisciplinary in nature emphasizing community geography, community GIS, and citizen science through mixed methods, including sketch mapping, mobile mapping applications, focus groups, in-depth interviews, GIS, and spatial analysis.
Research opportunities: Students will work in one of two research directions with community partners and mentors from University of Central Florida, University of Belize, Georgia State University, and The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Caribbean Coral Reef Ecosystems Program:
Compensation: Each REU student will receive a competitive funding package, including a $3500 research stipend, $1400 meal allowance, free shared housing in Belize and Orlando, up to $750 in travel support to/from the REU Site, up to $750 for post-REU conference travel, and 2 research methods books.
Application process: The priority application deadline is Friday, March 25th @ 5 PM EST. Complete program information and application instructions can be found at www.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site.
Student reflections from the field: “Challenging, emotional, fun, collaborative, thought-provoking, interesting, real-life, and eye-opening.” These are some of the words used by students to describe our previous research programs. We expect similar experiences in our new REU! Check out a series of short videos from our students at: www.citizensciencegis.org/ucf-reu-site/....
Questions can be directed to:
The GeoTech Center is pleased to announce the 2016 Undergraduate Geospatial Technology Skills Competition! The intent of the competition is to showcase the geospatial technology skills of U.S. undergraduate students. Competing students will create a project that utilizes geospatial technology to address a real-world problem. The student will then present the project and the resulting deliverables as a Poster that not only highlights their use of geospatial technology, but also demonstrates their communication and presentation skills.
All materials must be submitted no later than midnight Eastern Time on Friday, April 29th.
The competition will be judged by a panel of experienced geospatial specialists, and the combined scores from all judges will determine the winners. These winners will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the 2016 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, CA on June 27 - July 1, 2016. Winning posters will be on display at the 2016 Esri User Conference map gallery.
Please check out our website for more information:
Ristow Prize in CartographyRead Now
THE DR. WALTER W. RISTOW PRIZE
FOR AN ACADEMIC PAPER IN THE HISTORY OF CARTOGRAPHY
The Dr. Walter W. Ristow Prize, offered annually by the Washington Map Society since 1994, recognizes academic achievement in the History of Cartography. It honors the legacy of the late Dr. Walter W. Ristow, former chief of the Geography & Map Division, Library of Congress, and co-founder and first president of the Washington Map Society.
See previous prize winners here
The winner of the Ristow Prize Competition shall receive the following:
• $1000 cash award
• a one-year membership in the Washington Map Society
• publication of the paper in The Portolan - Journal of the Washington Map Society
• six copies of The Portolan in which the winning paper appears
Publication of the winning paper is a requisite for receipt of the Ristow Prize. It is the responsibility of the winning scholar to work with the editor of The Portolan to prepare the paper for publication. The cash award is paid on verification by the editor that the author has provided the necessary assistance to make publication possible.
A designation of Honorable Mention may be awarded at the judges' discretion. The recipient of this designation shall receive the following:
• a one-year membership in the Washington Map Society
• possible publication of the paper in The Portolan - Journal of the Washington Map Society
• if published, six copies of The Portolan in which the paper appears
Publication of a paper designated for Honorable Mention is at the discretion of the editor of The Portolan, and only with the consent of the author. Publication is not a requisite for receipt of that designation.
For more information: http://www.washmapsociety.org/Ristow-Prize.htm
Job Title: GIS Technician
Agency: Department of State Lands – South Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve
Other Benefits: None
Start: February 2016
Position Duration: Half-time/10 months
Job Location: Charleston, OR (near Coos Bay, OR on the south-central Oregon coast)
Job Summary: The purpose of this position is to help refine Oregon’s Coastal and Marine Ecological Classification (CMECS) habitat classification scheme for the Coos estuary.
Contact: Jenni Schmitt: 541.888.8270 x 312 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Send resume and letter of interest to email@example.com
The Wilderness Society is looking for Cartographic Designer. The individual in this position will work closely with our national campaigns, philanthropy and GIS staff. The Cartographic Designer will be responsible for creating public-facing cartographic designs that convey our conservation stories and leading the expansion of this work for the organization. Visual design work will require the integration of complex information to generate easy-to-understand map-based products for a range of audiences and media platforms. The work will require message development with multidisciplinary teams, designing and creating cartographic or related visual products and managing the editorial and production process. A successful candidate will be steeped in graphic design and storytelling expertise and have the technical abilities to create map-based products and work with the data that support these graphics.
Please see the full description and application on our website. All applications must be submitted through the website.
The Great Basin Institute, in cooperation with the Nevada Bureau of Land Management (BLM) is recruiting an experienced ecologist to work as a District Lead on a three-person interdisciplinary field team. The overall objective of each team is to perform land health assessments through the inventory and monitoring of public range lands and riparian systems within the Ely BLM district. Biotic, hydrologic, and soil qualitative indicators are used in conjunction with quantitative data to inform conservation planning and adaptive management decisions.
General field duties include implementing standardized assessment and monitoring protocols (Assessment, Inventory, and Monitoring [AIM] Strategy, and Interpreting Indicators for Range Health [IIRH]), walking long distances over uneven terrain, recording GPS points, collection of photos at monitoring sites, backcountry navigation, and data organization. The District Lead will also coordinate with the Land Health Assessment Program Coordinator, the Data Specialist, and the BLM Technical Adviser for project planning, field protocol and data QA/QC, team deployment and supervision, equipment organization and maintenance. This is a supervisory position, thus the successful applicant must have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and exhibit strong leadership and organizational skills, and safety awareness. Office tasks include reporting on a quarterly basis, generating sampling site locations using a randomized selection process in ArcGIS, database management, data processing and QA/QC, post-processing GPS points, utilizing geoprocessing tools in GIS to create and edit polygons as well as point and line data, creating queries in an Access database and creating reports with GIS maps, pictures, and concise field notes. This position requires advanced GIS skills in ArcGIS 10.x and related mapping software and will play a vital role in facilitating the effective and efficient collection of monitoring data. This position will require regular travel and camping during the field season in order to ensure that all transects are successfully completed during the field season and may require long hours including early mornings and weekends.
This position is based out of the Ely, Nevada BLM district office. Terrain is typical of the Great Basin High Desert with wide, long valleys bordered by mountain ranges. Field conditions include hot, arid days with high exposure to the sun, as well as cold, damp winter weather. Resources of the region include threatened and/or endangered species habitat, big game habitat, Wilderness Study Areas, active grazing allotments, abandoned mine lands, historic and prehistoric cultural sites, and wild horse management areas.
Contract length: Upon availability until 18 November, 2016. Potential for extension, pending positive performance review and available funding.
Rate of Pay: $1,400 biweekly salary
• Health insurance
• Paid personal leave
• Field per diem
• Bachelor’s degree in one of the major natural sciences – applicants with advanced degrees preferred;
• Applicant must be able to demonstrate strong leadership skills;
• Applicant must possess strong plant identification skills; those with additional soil identification experience will be given preference;
• Applicants should possess relevant or related field experience – knowledge of and/or experience in high desert and Great Basin ecology preferred;
• Understanding of basic principles related to botany, soil science, wildlife biology, geology, and/or hydrology;
• Ability to navigate and set a bearing using a compass and to read a topographical map;
• Ability to collect, QA/QC, and post-process data using handheld GPS unit and computer tablet;
• Possess a clear understanding of GIS theory and applications, including experience with ArcGIS 10.x to create maps, manipulate and analyze data, and generate reports;
• Ability to communicate effectively, both written and orally, with a diverse audience;
• Physically fit to work outdoors, carry personal and field equipment, and withstand working and camping in inclement weather during late winter, spring, and summer in northern Nevada;
• Experience in best practices for field safety and awareness of low impact principles for living and working in the backcountry;
• Possess a clean, valid, state-issued driver’s license and the ability to operate a 4WD vehicle on and off paved roads; and
• Meet requirements of federal agency security background checks (i.e., FBI criminal and National Sex Offender Public Registry, Department of Interior Security Screening).
How to Apply:
Qualified and interested applicants should forward a cover letter, their résumé, and a list of three professional references to RA Recruitment at RArecruitment@thegreatbasininstitute.org. Please write, “LHA Ely Lead” in the email subject line and include in your cover letter where you found this position posted.
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