THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
Conservation Vision and GIS Program
Position: GIS Analyst I
This Santa Fe, NM-based position is responsible for supporting programs and projects for a nationwide parks and land conservation organization. We invite you to consider a position on our team of enthusiastic and talented National GIS conservation professionals. This is a unique, exciting position combining technical GIS modeling, analytical skills, and cartography with the ability to aid in the development of unique solutions for land conservation and park-related issues around the country. The department supports organizational work for 40+ offices working in partnership with local and state governments on land conservation operations. TPL’s GIS programmatic services are in demand and our program is growing quickly. The ideal candidate must be flexible and willing to participate in building our GIS program, bringing multiple talents to our team. TPL supports a diverse workforce and offers excellent benefits.
-Serve as the primary liaison for mapping/GIS analytical requests from one or more of TPL’s divisions, working closely with the Cartography Program Coordinator
-Support TPL’s National initiative projects using a wide range of tasks such as GIS data collection and management, creation of maps and products, managing project relationships and project documentation. Current examples of TPL GIS projects include The Trust for Public Land ParkScore™ Project and TPL’s protected places inventory.
-Assist TPL Greenprint Project Managers with data collection, data processing, model development, implementation and delivery and occasionally
assist with in-person and web-based presentations of the Greenprint process.
-Assist the GIS team in Quality Control of GIS analytical models and outputs.
-Convey complex, technical project components to non-technical/non-GIS
staff and partners
-National travel for projects and conferences.
-Assists in the development of GIS program standards, systems and protocol for workflow, system design, implementation, management and quality control standards.
-Assists in the development of creative GIS solutions for use of internal TPL staff and external partners.
-Bachelor’s Degree in Geography, Urban Planning, Ecology, Engineering, GIS, Geology, Computer Science, Information Technology, Cartography, Landscape Architecture, Remote Sensing or a directly related field.
-Two years of hands-on professional experience working with geographical or land information systems to input and present data, including project management experience.
-Extensive knowledge of ESRI software ArcGIS 10.0 including: ArcView, ArcInfo, Model Builder, Geoprocessing tools, MAPLEX, Spatial Analyst, Network Analyst, Geodatabase and file-based database design and management.
-An understanding of cartographic principles.
-Presentation skills with references.
-Excellent oral, written communication skills and analytical skills.
-Mastery of personal computer concepts and software applications, particularly Excel, Access, Power Point, database applications and other graphics programs.
-Attention to detail, organization, diligence and commitment to excellence.
-Ability to work under deadline pressure on multiple projects.
-Ability to work on complex assignments exercising good judgment and taking initiative with little supervision.
-Available for regular travel, often overnight
-Experience with relational databases and customizing ArcGIS using VBA or Python is a plus
-Experience with water quality, conservation or park-related modeling a plus.
Salary and Benefits: This position is expected to be offered in the range of $18-20/hr plus full benefits (medical, dental, life insurance, retirement plan) and 15 days vacation in your first year. Relocation assistance for candidates who would need to move to Santa Fe may be available.
To Apply: Send resume and cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org and reference “GIS Analyst” in the subject line.
Here is an interesting article that argues that 'mindsets' are more important than 'skillsets' in the current job market.
USGS puts out a new Global Elevation model - here is a excerpt from the announcement:
"the USGS and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) have collaborated to produce an enhanced replacement for GTOPO30, the Global Land One-km Base Elevation (GLOBE) model and other comparable 30-arc-second-resolution global models, using the best available data. The new model is called the Global Multi-resolution Terrain Elevation Data 2010, or GMTED2010 for short. This suite of products at three different resolutions (approximately 1,000, 500, and 250 meters) is designed to support many applications directly by providing users with generic products (for example, maximum, minimum, and median elevations) that have been derived directly from the raw input data that would not be available to the general user or would be very costly and time-consuming to produce for individual applications."
To read the full report: http://pubs.usgs.gov/of/2011/1073/
taken directly from the ESRI website:
"ArcGIS Apps for SmartPhones extends the reach of your GIS from the office to the field. It includes a free application that you can download from the Apple App Store or Windows Marketplace. Both Apps include a developer focused API that you can leverage to build your own custom Windows Phone or iOS applications.
Overview: A new position for a remote sensing and GIS technician is available in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The major work tasks will be to download, pre-process and classify satellite imagery, especially from Landsat and MODIS sensors, and to acquire and process GIS datasets. The technician will work primarily on two major projects assessing deforestation in Mexico, and climate change effects on biodiversity in the U.S.
The position is part of the SILVIS lab (silvis.forest.wisc.edu). In the lab, we strive for a strong level of collaboration and team work, and to facilitate this, the technician's task will also include assisting
graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with remote sensing and GIS analyses. V. Radeloff will be the supervisor for this position.
- B.S. in geography, forestry, environmental science, computer science or a related discipline. MS preferred.
- 1-2 years of experience in remote sensing image classification (e.g., with ERDAS Imagine, ENVI), and processing of GIS datasets (e.g., in ArcGIS, GRASS) is essential. Programming experience to automate tasks
highly desirable. Familiarity with Internet-GIS a plus. The GIS/Remote Sensing Specialist will organize and manage extensive spatial databases, and support and lead efforts to map land use and land use change. The
specialist will also be responsible for documenting metadata and creating maps. Experience with conservation-related spatial data analysis is a
- We especially encourage candidates who work well in a collaborative setting and have excellent communication and writing skills.
- UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
We are particularly interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching and/or service.
Position: The appointment type is Associate Information Processing Consultant. Funding is in hand for 2 years, and the position is renewable based on continued funding and satisfactory performance. The position is available immediately, and an early start date is preferred, but is open to negotiation. Salary is competitive and includes health care benefits.
To apply: Candidates should send a cover letter summarizing their research interests, a CV, and the contact information for three references. Review of applicants will begin immediately; position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. All applications
received on or before May 26th 2011 are guaranteed consideration.
Application packages (e-mailed as a single PDF file) should be sent to email@example.com.
Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.
Volunteer GIS Student INTERN needed to help with collaborative mapping, building websites using Google Apps and/or other collaboration tools. Experience with ESRI ArcGIS, Google Earth, web design, and Microsoft Office helpful. Approx 20 hrs/wk for summer.
Please contact El Aran, GIS Analyst, USDA Forest Service, InRe Enterprise Unit, 620 SW Main St, Portland, OR 97205; 503-808-2371; firstname.lastname@example.org.
Interior Announces Satellite Imagery of Earth Accessible to Public on "ChangeMatters" Website
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today Deputy Secretary of the Interior David J. Hayes announced that a new geospatial website, "ChangeMatters," has made the Department of the Interior's satellite imagery of the world more easily accessible to the public.
Developed by Esri, the site allows users to view the Global Land Survey(GLS) Landsat data developed by Interior's U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and NASA, which spans a time period from 1975 to 2005. By viewing GLS satellite imagery throughout the world, anyone can monitor and map change between epochs resulting from events such as forest harvesting, urban growth, wildfires, floods, pest outbreaks, and drought. "Landsat satellite imagery is one of the most valuable resources for Earth observation," stated Deputy Secretary Hayes. "Esri's website achieves the kind of thing we had hoped to see happen by making USGS's Landsat dataset available to the public. The website will enable people and scientists around the world to more quickly and easily see how landscapes have changed over the years. Nearly four decades of continuously acquired data provide a remarkable window to our planet."
"The site brings the ability to monitor landscape change to internet users worldwide," said Esri President Jack Dangermond. "We are excited to showcase this valuable government resource, using Esri's image-service technology, which allows rapid delivery of imagery over the web through dynamic mosaicing and the on-the-fly processing of a large number of images."
The website leverages the 40-year U.S. government investment in the collection and archiving of continuous worldwide Landsat imagery for earth observation. USGS began providing Landsat imagery to the public for free two years ago. At 30- meter spatial resolution, Landsat imagery is useful for mapping regional trends in agriculture, climate change, wildlife habitat, forestry, regional planning, coastal zones, and national security, providing hundreds of millions of dollars in estimated value to the U.S. economy per year. Each Landsat satellite image "sees" more than humans can by collecting data in the infrared, as well as the visible (natural color) portions of the electromagnetic spectrum.
The website permits users to roam the Earth, choose the decade they want to view, and pick from different combinations of Landsat bands, each highlighting a different application. For example, pest outbreaks can be monitored using the "Healthy Vegetation" band combination, and water flooding can be viewed using the "Land/Water" combination.
The site also includes a change-detection tool that users can employ to view and map landscape change by decade. Several examples and tutorials are included in the site--such as wildfire damage in Grand Canyon National Park, bark beetle mortality in the Rocky Mountains, deforestation in Haiti, conversion from forests to agriculture in Paraguay, wetland loss in the Mississippi River delta, and the decline of water level in Lake Mead.
"This announcement complements Interior's Open Government Plan to incorporate transparency, collaboration and participation into the mission for an open and accountable government," said Assistant Secretary of Water and Science Anne Castle. "We are very pleased that this Landsat data can be the platform for new innovative products that provide great value to many end users and are publicly available."
In March 2011, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar announced plans to make the USGS the permanent manager of the Landsat series of Earth observation satellites, a recommendation endorsed by both the Obama and Bush Administrations. Landsat has become vital to the Nation's agricultural, water management, disaster response, and national security sectors, providing an estimated $935 million in value to the U.S. economy per year. Working closely with NASA to procure and build future satellites, a USGS-led program will best ensure the continued collection and maintenance of this important scientific resource.
To find out more about USGS's Landsat program, please visit:
The ChangeMatters website is available here: www.esri.com/landsat
A message from the Oregon Grospatial Enterprise office:
"We are pleased to announce the release of the 2009 NAIP Imagery for Oregon (1/2 meter 4-band), now available through the Oregon Imagery Explorer. In addition to the 2009 imagery, the 2000 and 1995 1-meter black and white image services are also now available.
Instructions for connecting to these services are available on the Oregon Imagery Explorer site: http://oregonexplorer.info/imagery
Note: We are still working to address issues of speed and display quality for these image services, and will be providing updates to improve these services over the next few months. During this ‘beta period’, there may short periods when the services will become unavailable. We will make every effort to ensure that these interruptions occur during off-peak hours."